Cory Littleton reaches 3-year agreement with Las Vegas
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2020
Littleton was one of the bigger prizes at the linebacker position of free agency. Spending the first four years of his career with the Los Angeles Rams, Littleton has broken out over the last two.
Last season, Littleton set career-highs in tackles (134), forced fumbles (2) and fumble recoveries (4). The season prior saw his highs in sacks (4), tackles for loss (9), defensive touchdowns (1), interceptions (3) and pass deflections (13).
With all those massive numbers coming recently, it’s easy to see why a lot of teams may have been interested in the 26-year-old.
This is a much flashier signing for the Raiders than their move yesterday of acquiring quarterback Marcus Mariota. Both signify that Las Vegas is ready to make some moves though.
Mariota gives them a young quarterback with plenty of upside, who could still see his career turn back around. Worst case scenario, they have a backup quarterback that they can trust to compete and help keep them afloat should Derek Carr get injured.
Meanwhile, Littleton is a legitimate star at linebacker and gives them a leader defensively. Adding him addresses one of the bigger needs of the team.
Both moves seem different, but in the end they both show where the Raiders truly are. They are ready to compete and are stocking up their team to make a legitimate Super Bowl push.
There is still a lot of time left too. Clearly Las Vegas has been active early. There’s no reason to believe the Raiders won’t continue to make some more moves as free agency continues. What’s next for the black and silver?