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As of Friday, the Oakland Raiders still possess over $18 million in cap space, per Over The Cap.
However, that figure is misleading as it does not include Raiders guard Gabe Jackson’s new extension, or two more draft picks Oakland still must sign that will cost around $4 million in total. Jackson signed a five-year, $56 million contract, $26 million guaranteed and an average annual salary of $11.2 million, per SpoTrac.
Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley should be expected to get around $3 million per year, based upon the players’ contracts around him and Raiders safety Obi Melfinowu should get around $800,000 based upon Houston Texans linebacker Zach Cunningham’s contract.
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Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Zach Orr is thinking about making a comeback to the NFL after being advised to retire in January due to having an unformed vertebra.
Just recently, Orr met with Sanford Emery, a West Virginia spine specialist, and the doctors concluded that he is at no more risk than any other player.
As such, Orr is “even more hungry to play” after he got the “taste of the game being taken away” and is looking for an NFL comeback, per NFL Network’s Good Morning Football.
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With the Oakland Raiders’ weakness at linebacker, Oakland is an intriguing landing spot for the talented Orr who racked up 133 tackles and three interceptions earning him a second-team All-Pro selection in 2016.
With that being said, Orr would immediately be the leader in the clubhouse to win the starting job if he came to the Raiders, for he would be the most established inside linebacker and is only 25-years-old.
Since Orr retired last season, he has no affiliation with the Ravens and is actually an unrestricted free agent, which is great news for any team interested.
With that being the case, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie should immediately go after Orr. His price should not be too high as he just retired from a thought to be career ending injury and he would immediately be the best inside linebacker on defense.
If Oakland can land Orr, it could be the final piece to help turn around this porous Raiders’ defense and make this team into a feared Super Bowl contender.