During the free agency period in the NFL, we expect to see a lot of players move from team to team. It will eventually die down, but we can then expect more activity when the draft day rolls around next month. What we don’t see very often is entire teams go on the move, but we will see that this coming season, with the Las Vegas Raiders moving to their new home in Las Vegas. When a team goes to a new location and a fancy new stadium, you expect them to go all out to build a team that will pull in fans in their new home. That is perhaps why the Raiders were considered to be among the teams going all out to get Tom Brady as their starting QB for next season. We now all know how the Brady sweepstakes played out, with the GOAT taking his services to Tampa Bay. With that whole thing out of the way, the Raiders have been able to use free agency to address some of their more glaring holes, so here’s an overview of the Las Vegas Raiders and their NFL Odds as it stands.
Las Vegas Raiders Odds After Free Agency Week 1
Player Movement and Possible Future Moves
After a positive start to the season in 2019 where they were challenging for the top spot in the AFC West, things started to go south for the Raiders. They eventually finished the season at 7-9, which was obviously not good enough to get them into the postseason. In the offseason, reports began to surface that coach Jon Gruden was not entirely sold on QB Derek Carr, which may explain why the Raiders were part of the Brady conversation.
The Raiders needed to address potential issues all over the field, and they got that ball rolling by picking up QB Marcus Mariota from Tennessee. Mariota has been a starter from day one, so you can bet that he is going to Las Vegas to compete with Carr for the starting spot.
One of the other issues that the Raiders have is that they don’t really have a legitimate #1 receiver. Antonio Brown was supposed to be that, but we all know how that played out. Instead, the Raider went out and landed Nelson Agholor from Philly. This is a WR who has been inconsistent, but a move might just jumpstart his career. The Raiders also added a veteran at TE, picking up Jason Witten from the Cowboys. Las Vegas also needed help at the CB position and they certainly got that with the acquisition of Eli Apple, who should play opposite Trayvon Mullen. The Raiders also brought in S Jeff Heath and DE Carl Nassib, as well as DT Maliek Collins. They also added a pair of linebackers to the squad, with hopes of strengthening at all positions.
The Raiders have made a ton of changes as they look to move on from what was ultimately a bit of a disappointing season last year. Will they all take, and who will be the starter at QB?
The Las Vegas Raiders Odds to Win the Super Bowl
The Raiders showed signs last year that they might be very close to being competitive, but we will need to wait and see how all these free agent moves will pan out. The bookies have them in as a bit of an outsider at +4000 Odds to win the Super Bowl.