Oakland Raiders: 5 pending free agents who should be re-signed

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3. WR/ST Dwayne Harris (UFA)

Had you asked me what the future held when Dwayne Harris was first signed back in April, I would have told you that he wouldn’t even make the 53-man roster. As it turns out, he actually ended up being one of the most underrated pieces of the squad in 2018.

Yes, his impact as a receiver was and always has been minimal. Despite a death of talent out wide, Harris never carved out a role for himself in the passing game. He finished the season with only six receptions for 40 yards, which isn’t out of the ordinary for the eight-year NFL veteran.

His impact on special teams, however, made him a welcomed addition to this Raiders roster.

Whether he was returning kicks or covering kicks, Harris always seemed to be doing good things on special teams. On the year, he had two return touchdowns (one kick, one punt) and tied for the league lead in punt return average with 14.1 yards per return. On top of that, he totaled 15 tackles on the year while using his speed to get down the field on kick coverage.

Harris generally comes cheap ($1.005 million in 2018), so re-signing him shouldn’t put too much strain on the Raiders’ plethora of cap space. If they can convince him to stay, they’d be wise to obtain his signature.