Raiders News: Las Vegas gets an ‘A’ in free agency

Now that the dust has settled and more details have emerged on the Las Vegas Raiders’ recent moves in free agency, more and more people are weighing in on them.

Although reviews are somewhat mixed, CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin is a huge fan of Raiders trades. Benjamin gave only four “A” grades—two or three teams got “A-“s—and Las Vegas was one of them.

“Apparently they’re all about Derek Carr and an immediate title chase,” wrote Benjamin. “Adams is by far the biggest addition, and suddenly elevates Vegas’ offense from ‘probably good’ to ‘probably dangerous,’ with the No. 17 joining Josh Jacobs, Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow in silver and black. Jones, as to him, gives them an elite punch against Maxx Crosby.

The bad news is that two of the other three “A teams” also play in the AFC West…

Here’s what Benjamin had to say about the Los Angeles Chargers:

It is very possible that they overpaid for [J.C.] Jackson on the corner (5 years, $82.5 million), but at the same time, they’re absolutely right to go all-in on their opening window with Justin Herbert at QB. Their defense already looks much better on paper, and keeping Williams out was huge.

And the Denver Broncoshis other “A-team”:

It’s hard to give them anything more than an “A” this offseason because, well, Russell Wilson. They promised to be aggressive at QB, and they delivered. [D.J.] Jones is their next best addition, giving an already solid defense a big, rising man inside. They may have paid too much for [Randy] Gregory (5 years, $70 million), but he brings at least a long-term advantage in front Bradley Chubb.

Even the Kansas City Chiefs earned a decent writer’s note, filling the report card with a ‘B-‘.

The addition of Reid marked the end of the Tyrant Matthew era, but it’s a decent bet in the long run. Let’s see how they handle the D line beyond restructuring by Frank Clark OK. Judging by AFC West standards, they’ve had a very quiet offseason.

The division was tough last year with three of four teams finishing above .500 and the Broncos rounding things out at 7-10, which was the second-best last-place record behind the Ravens 8-9 and Browns. However, this year it looks like the AFC West will be an absolute dogfight where all four teams have a shot at qualifying for the playoffs. Again, this could be too competitive and teams would start to eliminate each other.

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