The Oakland Raiders opened free agency by signing two consensus top free agents.
The Raiders swooped Bruce Irvin from the Seattle Seahawks via a contract that will pay him a guaranteed $12.5 mill. in his first season.
— Jimmy Durkin (@Jimmy_Durkin) March 9, 2016
Irvin penned a farewell to Seattle, but he joins a Raiders defense that features All-Pro linebacker and defensive end Khalil Mack.
Irvin joins former linebacker coach Ken Norton Jr., who is the defensive coordinator in Oakland. The 28-year-old registered 22 sacks in 58 career games. He brings his own versatility with an ability to play linebacker or defensive end.
Speaking of versatility, the Raiders inked one of the best and most versatile linemen on the open market.
Oakland signed Kelechi Osemele from the Baltimore Ravens.
The Kelechi Osemele deal — 5 years, $60M max — is wild. Highest paid guard in NFL history. Crazy $. #Raiders beef up that line.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2016
Although Osemele signed the richest contract for a guard, he may end up at left tackle for the Raiders. Osemele started a few games at left tackle, as well as guard, for the Ravens.
The Raiders should officially announce the Irvin and Osemele signings when both arrive in Oakland tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the Raiders are also lead suitors for former Kansas City Chiefs corner Sean Smith.
With market set ($12 mil a year), told it’s down to #Raiders and three other teams for prized FA CB Sean Smith
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) March 9, 2016
Adding Smith would be major for the Raiders’ reconstruction of their secondary.
Expect the Raiders to continue making headlines as Free Agency continues.