The Las Vegas Raiders have the best roster they’ve had in years, but it has some holes.
If the team was in another division, they’d likely be among the favorites to be one of the two best teams in it. However, the Raiders are in the AFC West, which is the best division in the NFL by a longshot.
The team can’t afford to have any glaring holes.
One of the biggest concerns is interior pass rush. Johnathan Hankins and Bilal Nichols have missed most of training camp and no other players have shown that they can consistently push the pocket from the inside. Nichols should help in that department but has never had more than 5.0 sacks in a season.
If the Raiders feel like they need more interior pass rushing juice, there’s a notable option still available in free agency. Former Detroit Lions Ndamukong Suh has been linked to the team for weeks after he mentioned on Twitter that he’d be interested in the Raiders. According to Tashah Reed of The Athletic, Las Vegas does have an interest in Suh but may not want to pay his asking price.
Ndamukong Suh is now 35 years old, so he’s not what he was during his youthful peak when he earned four Pro Bowl nods and three First Team All-Pro selections over five seasons in Detroit.
But Suh is absolutely still an effective player, with six sacks in each of the last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and at least seven tackles for loss in three straight campaigns. He would surely prefer to join a team that has a chance to win a Super Bowl, or at minimum a team that will be relevant in the playoff race this year.
The Cleveland Browns, Las Vegas Raiders and Minnesota Vikings have surfaced off and on as the top suitors for Suh, and in June Suh himself tweeted that joining the Raiders “could be fun.” But things never seemed to get very far with any of those three teams, or any other team for that matter.