The start of free agency is closing in and many teams around the league are getting ahead of re-signing some key veterans. The Las Vegas Raiders have quite a few free agents this offseason but it remains to be seen which ones they will keep. With the team franchise tagging Josh Jacobs, running back is certainly not a position of need.
Brandon Bolden, Zamir White and Brittain Brown were all on the roster last year and are still under contract. Despite having plenty of running backs, the Raiders have decided to bring another one back. The team announced that they’ve signed Ameer Abdullah to a one-year contract.
We have re-signed RB Ameer Abdullah and G Netane Muti. pic.twitter.com/jfYKu37bkD
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) March 10, 2023
Abdullah was a later addition to the team last offseason but quickly carved out a role. By the end of the season, he was seeing more snaps than Bolden or White. He cemented himself as the Raiders’ third-down running back. Jacobs carries a vast majority of the rushing workload so it’s important to have a running back who can make plays in the passing game. Abdullah had 25 catches last season for 211 yards. He only carried the ball four times so the team doesn’t have an interest in using him much in the running game. Head coach Josh McDaniels is a big fan of his so he could see his role expand even further in 2023.
Raiders Also Sign Netane Muti
Abdullah wasn’t the only move the Raiders announced. They also revealed that they’re bringing back offensive guard Netane Muti. The 23-year-old offensive lineman spent much of last season with the Denver Broncos before the Raiders poached him off their practice squad. Las Vegas had some issues on the offensive line last season but Muti didn’t get the chance to see the field.
Prior to joining the Raiders, he played in 20 games for the Broncos over three seasons, starting three of them. The former sixth-round pick out of Fresno State is still young and has the potential to develop into an everyday player. The Raiders like what they saw from him last season and do have a need at guard. He’ll get every chance to earn one of those guard openings.
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