Oakland Raiders: A few free agents to target, one to take a hard pass on

SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Head coach Jon Gruden of the Oakland Raiders looks on during warm ups prior to their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on November 1, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Head coach Jon Gruden of the Oakland Raiders looks on during warm ups prior to their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on November 1, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 14: Anthony Barr #55 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates after tackling David Johnson #31 of the Arizona Cardinals in the third quarter of the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

Anthony Barr (OLB)

Playing out the final year of his rookie deal, Anthony Barr is likely going to be a sought after commodity once the free agency window opens. And why wouldn’t he be? He’s a tough, hard nosed grinder who gets after the football and doesn’t take plays off.

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At six-foot-five, 255 pounds, Barr has excellent size and surprising quickness. He’s stout against the run, but has the speed to defend the pass as well. He’s a solid all-around linebacker who would provide leadership, toughness, and perhaps most importantly – competence – to a Raiders linebackers group that desperately needs it.

Over the course of his five years in the league, Barr has amassed 312 tackles (217 solo), 10.5 sacks and defensed a pair of passes. He’s forced seven fumbles, recovered four others, and also has a touchdown, and an interception to his credit.

It’s not the most scintillating stat line and one that won’t overwhelm you, but he’s steady, consistent, and plays hard for sixty minutes.

The one snag might be the price tag. Playing under his fifth-year option, Barr is making a tick over $12 million dollars this season and will likely be looking for a raise on that once he hits the open market. Yes, the Raiders will have a ton of cap space, but they need to use it wisely.

Barr is definitely a guy they can use and one who would be an immediate upgrade. But, is the upgrade big enough to justify the price tag?