3 EDGE Rushers Las Vegas Should Sign

A new trend for the Las Vegas Raiders has been the need for another pass rusher, for depth purposes, of course. This follows disappointing news that Kyler Fackrell will be out for the year.

There were high hopes for Fackrell this offseason. Many fans hoped he would become a solid rotational piece behind the Raiders’ duo of Maxx Crosby and Chandler Jones. In fact, as training camp progressed, Fackrell was expected to compete for snaps with players such as Malcolm Koonce and another new addition, Tashawn Bower. His production was certainly remarkable (seven sacks over the past two seasons) and surely would have been useful for the Raiders. Unfortunately, Fackrell will miss this coming seasonleaving the Raiders shorthanded.

Should the Las Vegas Raiders add another player to their rotation?

Dee Ford

One name going around is Dee Ford. The former Pro Bowler was released by the San Francisco 49ers because he was unable to stay healthy. throughout his career.

The #49ers gave Dee Ford a five-year, $85.5 million contract in 2019. During that contract, Ford was limited to 21 GMs and recorded 10.5 sacks and 10 TFLs. Ford will leave behind a combined cap of $11.66 million over the next two seasons. #NFL | #FTTB

It really is a high risk, high reward scenario with Ford. We wouldn’t count on him to be a constant runner, so that bodes well for him. When he was healthy, his impact was undeniable. Take 2018, for example. With the Kansas City Chiefs, Ford had seven forced fumbles and 13 sacks while playing 16 regular season games. Or look at 2019, when Ford had six and a half sacks in 11 games played for the 49ers. If he’s healthy, there’s no reason to think Ford can’t get four to seven sacks in a rotational role for the Raiders.

Jason Pierre-Paul

It’s not every day you get to add a three-time Pro Bowler and a former All-Pro to your edge rotation. Jason Pierre-Paul is 33 years old but has been especially reliable in recent years. As a key member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Super Bowl-winning defense, Pierre-Paul is still awaiting a call for his services. Although his sack count has steadily declined (2.5 in 2021, 9.5 in 2020), as a rotational piece, Pierre-Paul should be able to have an impact.

In a team that craves quality depth, the Raiders could inevitably use one of the most experienced passing throwers in the NFL. He turned out to be relatively healthy, which is impressive at his age. Plugging it in to take Fackrell’s place is an immediate upgrade, no disrespect to Fackrell. A rotation featuring Pierre-Paul behind Crosby and Jones would be solid in Patrick Graham’s first year as defensive coordinator.

Raiders News: Should Carl Nassib be given another chance?

Nassib made headlines not only in Raiders news last season, but around the world. His story of being the first openly gay player sent shockwaves through the NFL and was seen as a huge win for the LGBTQ movement. However, Nassib had signed a deal worth over $25 million, with $16.75 guaranteed. Considering the production the Raiders received, it was clear that this contract was lopsided and that the new regime in Vegas cut ties. However, Nassib is, by all accounts, highly regarded in the dressing room. Under a more team-friendly deal and with the understanding that he would be a rotational player, expectations could be more grounded in a second round with the Raiders.

*Top photo: USA Today Images

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