Former Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Stacy McGee has signed a five-year $25 million contract with the Washington Redskins.
The deal is a little shocking considering McGee only started in and played in nine games last season. However, he was productive during his limited time on the field. McGee graded out well earning an 80.5 player grade according to Pro Football Focus’s player grades.
Consequently, this leaves an opening at defensive tackle for the Raiders. They will have to look to free agency or the draft to replace McGee.
Unfortunately for the Raiders, most of the top defensive tackles on the market have been signed including Kawaan Short, Calais Campbell, Brandon Williams and Chris Baker.
Therefore, the Raiders must look at:
DT Jared Odrick
The former Jacksonville Jaguar was cut this offseason after signing a $42.5 million dollar contract in 2015. He played poorly in 2015 and played in only six games last season. This would definitely be a risky move, but it could provide huge upside if he returns to the form he had when he was a Miami Dolphin. That Jared Odrick was a force stopping the run and would provide much-needed pressure up the middle to help Bruce Irving and Khalil Mack. In addition, Odrick is only 29 years old and could be signed for relatively cheap.
DT Dontari Poe
A popular target for Raider Nation, Poe had a down year in 2016 dealing with a back injury that led to a poor 55.8 PFF grade. However, many people in the NFL, including former 95.7 The Game’s John Middlekauf, think that Poe’s career might be over. Back injuries, especially for defensive linemen, are very tough to come back from. Nevertheless, he is another player that could provide huge upside if he can return to his old form. If Oakland has the opportunity to sign him to a bargain one-year deal, then they should take the flier because his upside is immense.
NT Johnathan Hankins
My favorite target for the Raiders, Hankins tore his pectoral muscle in 2015 forcing him to miss seven games. The injury seemed to carry into the 2016 season resulting in a poor campaign (47.1 PFF player grade). Despite little media coverage, Hankins is still an extremely talented player and would provide exactly what Oakland needs. He is a young player, only 24 years old, and could provide a huge push up the middle to strengthen the Raider’s pass rush. He recorded seven sacks in 2014 (85.9 PFF player grade) and still recorded three this past season despite what was considered a poor year.
Ryan is currently a student at the University of North Carolina. He grew up in the Bay Area and has had Raiders season tickets his entire life fostering his love for the NFL. He has founded his own sports website, thejrreport.com and works at the Sports Desk for the Daily Tar Heel. You can follow Ryan on twitter @rytime98 if you want to discuss anything sports.