Options for Las Vegas Raiders after missing out on Byron Jones

  • Byron Jones
  • Chris Harris Jr.
  • Darius Slay
  • Las Vegas Raiders
By theoeleven March 17, 2020 0 Comment
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Byron Jones signed a record-breaking deal with the Miami Dolphins. So what now? Here are options for the Las Vegas Raiders after missing out on Byron Jones.

Byron Jones is not a Las Vegas Raider. Bummer. Jones signed a record deal with the Miami Dolphins, including $40M over the first two seasons of the 5-year deal. That part of the contract was simply too steep a price for Las Vegas to payout. So what now? Here are the two names to watch out for during the next 48 hours.

Chris Harris Jr

How sweet it would be to steal Chris Harris Jr. away from arch-rival Denver Broncos. He saw a slight decline in production this past season. However, some of that must be contributed to the fact Denver played him exclusively as a Slot CB. While he excels in Slot, he’s also an excellent outside cornerback. With the Raiders, he will have the opportunity to do both.

He is still one of the league’s top Man cover CB at 30 years old. Al Davis would be salivating at the thought of getting him in the Silver & Black. He possesses excellent quickness and change of direction ability to mirror at the top of routes. Compensates for his small stature with physicality and aggression at the LOS in Press coverage. And his instincts and ball skills allow him to make plays with the ball in the air, where he shows a rare ability to locate with his back to the QB and play through WRs at the catch point.

The Raiders may not play as much man coverage as they did in the Al Davis Era. However, Harris is still an exceptional fit for their defense that still runs a healthy amount of Cover 1 schemes. Harris projects at about $11M AAV – well within Las Vegas’ price range.

Darius Slay

Trading for Darius Slay would be an unbelievable upgrade for this defense. His consistency over the past six seasons has been remarkable: 99 PBUs & 19 INTs. He’s balanced as they come in terms of Man & Zone coverage ability. He possesses athleticism, instincts, and competitive toughness to match up with the league’s best every down and more than hold his own. In 14 games last season, he surrendered 56% Completion% & QB Rating of 81.6 (93 targets).

Is acquiring him to good to be true for Las Vegas. Maybe not. The team that receives Slay will need to extend his contract because he’s a Free Agent in 2021. For Las Vegas, that doesn’t seem like too big of an issue. Thus the real question is what will take to get him. The Raiders have the capital – 5 picks in the top 91. Is Darius Slay worth 2 of them?

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