Oct 24, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) celebrates with cornerback Nate Hobbs (39) against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The AFC West keeps getting more and more competitive this offseason. One move Wednesday brought free agent pass rusher Chandler Jones to the Las Vegas Raiders.

Jones should give the Raiders some help to get to some of the elite quarterbacks in the AFC West, That includes the Denver Broncosbig offseason acquisition of Russell Wilson.

This was a rather surprising move considering the Raiders already had Maxx Crosby and Yannick Ngakoue as their top pass rushers. But another move on Wednesday provided some more clarity on that situation. The Raiders agreed to a deal with the Indianapolis Colts to trade Ngakoue (seen above last fall) in return for cornerback Rock Ya-Sin.

Ngakoue had a very solid season with the Raiders in 2021, recording 10 sacks on the season and helping the team’s defense improve significantly. Meanwhile, Ya-Sin was a starting cornerback on a very impressive Colts defense that had the second-most takeaways last season. The trade garnered a ton of reactions around the NFL world, with many speculating on who got the better of this deal.


On paper, this certainly looks like a trade that could benefit both teams for years to come. Nkagoue fills a much-needed hole that the Colts have had for years, while Ya-Sin does the same for the Raiders.

The Raiders’ offseason moves have certainly been questionable in the past, but signing Jones and then making this move for a very promising cornerback like Ya-Sin seems like a good strategy to keep up with the rest of the improving teams in the AFC West.

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About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.