The NFL free agency period is in full swing and there has been plenty of movement around the league. Perhaps the most notable development, though, has been teaming upgrading their offensive lines.
The Oakland Raiders were left with a vacancy at right tackle after Menelik Watson agreed to join the Denver Broncos. However, according to Raiders, the team was able to find his replacement:
The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent OL Marshall Newhouse, the club announced Monday.
Signing the veteran tackle to help protect Derek Carr is a solid move for the Raiders as they look to continue to build off the strength of their offensive line. The Raiders were known for their high-octane offense last season and allowing Carr more time to read the defense should help them remain the best at putting points on the board.
Newhouse was originally drafted 169th overall by the Green Bay Packers and played three seasons there, ultimately winning Super Bowl XLV in 2011. He then made a stop with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2014 and recently played his last two seasons with the New York Giants. The offensive tackle has played 86 career games with 56 starts and brings experience to an already formidable front line.
While Newhouse is expected to be the new starting right tackle, he will have his work cut out for him in the AFC West as it features pass rushers like Von Miller and Joey Bosa. If he is able to hold his own, however, the Raiders will be in good shape to replicate the success of last season.