The third week of Raiders free agency was relatively quiet compared to the drama that accompanied the previous two weeks. There were no blockbuster trades and minimal big signings, but general manager Dave Ziegler and head coach Josh McDaniels were still hard at work building their new roster.
This week, the Raiders signed free agent QB Nick Mullens and brought back DT Johnathan Hankins.
Mullens spent the 2021 season with the Cleveland Browns after spending the previous three years with the San Francisco 49ers. Mullen is heading into his fifth year in the league, serving as a backup throughout his career. He has started 17 games in his career, throwing for 4,861 career yards. He has dealt out 26 touchdowns with 22 interceptions per Pro Football Reference. Mullens signed a one-year contract with Las Vegas on Friday. He is expected to serve as the primary backup to Derek Carr.
Johnathan Hankins was the Raiders’ own free agent. He has played nine seasons in the NFL, including four with the Silver and Black. He started his career with the New York Giants and will now reunite with the Raiders’ new defensive coordinator, Patrick Graham. Hankins has started 116 games over his nine-year career, including 14 games in 2021.
The Raiders are sitting at around $6 million in cap space as of now. They will get roughly $20 million more on June 2 once the contracts of Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski are no longer on the books. With just under four weeks left until the 2022 NFL Draft, the Raiders can be confident they are building an impressive roster through free agency to try and improve upon their 2021 success.
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