NFL Rumors: Raiders continue sad trend of wanting Chargers' leftovers
By Jason Reed
Both the LA Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders have been fairly busy thus far in free agency. The Chargers have re-signed several key players and replaced Drue Tranquill while the Raiders brought in the likes of Jimmy Garoppolo, Jakobi Meyers, and best of all, paid Jerry Tillery.
It has been an interesting offseason to say the least for the Raiders, who are undoubtedly one of the 2023 opponents on the Chargers' schedule that have gotten worse this offseason. But alas, anything can happen on any given Sunday and Raiders fans will absolutely convince themselves that 2023 is the year.
That belief in the team could be furthered for Raiders faithful if they pull off the latest potential signing. Wide-out DeAndre Carter reportedly met with the team on Friday as Vegas could look to once again steal another player from the Chargers.
NFL Rumors: Raiders could sign DeAndre Carter away from Chargers.
DeAndre Carter was solid for the LA Chargers last season and certainly was more productive than the team envisioned before the season. Carter was meant to be the WR5 on the roster who added special teams value and there were games in 2022 in which he was the WR2.
Hopefully, it results in Carter getting paid by some team this offseason that look at the numbers that he produced in that offense. That being said, Chargers fans know that Carter is limited as an offensive weapon and the numbers will not be as good if he doesn't have a quarterback like Justin Herbert throwing him the football.
The Raiders are likely interested in Carter for his surprising numbers last season as well as the fact that he played on the Chargers last year. Vegas has had a sad trend of going after the Chargers' leftovers in recent years that has already been on full display this offseason.
On top of Tillery, the Raiders also signed Brandon Facyson, who previously had a stint in Vegas after playing for the Chargers. Facyson and Tillery are far from being alone, though. The likes of Denzel Perryman, Casey Hayward Jr, Tyrell Williams, Tyron Johnson, Isaac Rochell, Darius Philon, Damion Square and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley all went to Vegas after stints with the Chargers.
If a player dons the powder blue at some point in their career then they undoubtedly become more valuable in the eyes of the Raiders. Perhaps they just want to really be like the Chargers.