With starting tackle Brandon Parker likely out for the season, the Raiders may need to turn their attention to free agency to bring in another offensive lineman to wrap up their line before the season kicks off.
The Raiders’ right tackle, Brandon Parker, has torn triceps and is at risk of being out for the entire 2022 season. If that’s true, the Raiders will have some decisions to make along the offensive line. Parker started at left tackle for Kolton Miller, who sat out; Parker struggled throughout the game.
With Parker being out, Alex Leatherwood is the lead option on the roster for the starting right tackle spot. He struggled last season and was moved to right guard in the middle of the season. With a new coaching staff, Leatherwood is trying to improve and prove he can start at right tackle in the NFL. Although he played well in the Hall of Fame game, he will need to continue to play well to lock up the starting spot.
Las Vegas has about $22 million left in cap space and could sign a free agent tackle. There are a few out there that could help the Raiders a lot.
Raiders RT Position In Question, They May Look To Free Agency
Eric Fisher spent last season with the Indianapolis Colts and started 15 games; he earned a PFF grade of 68.2. Fisher allowed seven sacks in 874 offensive plays. However, the offensive tackle could come in and compete for the starting job and push Leatherwood a lot more.
Bryan Bulaga is an outstanding player but has been injured a lot lately, which is probably why he has not signed with a team yet. Bulaga has the experience and knows how to play the game and would be an excellent pick-up, but injury concerns will probably keep him off the Raiders.
Daryl Williams could be a solid starter for the Raiders; he would take the pressure off Leatherwood. Williams may not be an all-pro player, but he is a solid starter and depth to the offensive line. He posted a 67.5 PFF grade last season.
Bobby Massie earned a 70 grade from PFF last season and only gave up five sacks while playing for the Denver Broncos. In addition, Massie only got called for one penalty. He is a quality offensive lineman that could help the Raiders.
At 40, Jason Peters is staying in shape and hoping that a team calls him and gives him a chance to play. Peters last played for the Bears in 2021, starting in all 15 games. He is of the best tackles to play in the NFL. Peters could help mentor Leatherwood and the other Raiders offensive lineman if signed. Even at his age, Peters could still help the Raiders on and off the field.
If the Raiders choose not to sign any more offensive linemen, they still have Jermaine Eluemunor, Bamidele Olaseni, and Tayer Munford Jr. All three players are young; Olaseni and Munford are rookies.
So behind Leatherwood, there is not much experience. If he or Kolton Miller were to go down with an injury, the Raiders could be in big trouble. The Raiders must go out and sign more offensive linemen for depth. With all the additions to the Raiders’ offense, it would be sad to let the season go down the drain because of the unwillingness to bring in an offensive lineman.