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Raiders poach former Pro Bowl corner from Chargers

Raiders, Casey Hayward

The Las Vegas Raiders are keeping the former Pro Bowl corner in the division. After being cut by the Los Angeles Chargers earlier in the offseason, Casey Hayward decided to sign with the Raiders, according to Josina Anderson. He signed a 1-year deal that can be worth up to $4 million. He will be a welcomed addition to a very weak secondary as they finished 31st in the league last season.

This signing may go under the radar but is a very important one. If the Raiders have any chance of making a playoff push this season they needed to improve their secondary. After drafting Trevon Moehrig in the second round and signing Hayward the secondary could turn around this season.

The Raiders are in a very competitive division with the Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos, and the Chargers but they are another team on the rise. Addressing the secondary was vital for their success as they have to see Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Keenan Allen twice a year.

Head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock have made many questionable moves throughout their tenure with the Raiders. They seem to reach for talent in the draft claiming they see something everyone else doesn’t. While they think they are making some solid moves, they are setting back the potential of this team by reaching. When the Raiders have had a high pick in the draft they have taken a player that isn’t on anyone’s board that early. An example of this is in this draft when they took tackle Alex Leatherwood with the 17th pick who was expected to go in the second round.

The Raiders made a good signing in Hayward but need to do more to compete.