— It’s an understatement to say this: The Raiders will spend a lot of money in free agency this offseason.
They’ll probably spend a little more, too.
The Raiders spent $10.6 million on offensive linemen, $4.9 million on wide receivers and $5.4 million on defensive linemen.
The team has been shopping at least two other players.
The first was defensive end Malik Jackson, who was a fourth-round pick last year and played his first three games.
Jackson is scheduled to make $3.75 million this season, including a $1.5 million signing bonus.
The second is receiver Chris Harper-Mercer, who made his NFL debut last year but is coming off a torn ACL.
Harper-Merrillos $2.5-million contract is set to become fully guaranteed next year.
The next Raiders free agent signing is tight end Justin Hunter, who signed with the New Orleans Saints.
Hunter’s $3 million contract is fully guaranteed, so the team is only in the red.
The Raiders also have a $3-million option on tight end Charles Clay’s contract that becomes fully guaranteed in 2018.
They could add a receiver as well.
The salary cap is projected to increase by $9.8 million for next season.
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The 49ers are still likely to be the only team that’s a lock to re-sign starting quarterback Alex Smith, but they could spend as much as $15 million on a wide receiver, a second-round defensive lineman or a fourth overall draft pick.
The Broncos, Packers and Chargers are all projected to be in the mix for top-10 free agents, though it’s unlikely any of those teams will pay as much to retain them.
The Vikings, Packers, Bills and Dolphins are all looking for help at defensive end, cornerback and offensive tackle, respectively.
The Eagles, Raiders and Saints will be free agents for the first time since the 2011 season.
The Saints have made no moves and the Eagles have yet to make any.
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