Offensive line was a sore spot in 2022 for the Raiders, but a veteran member of the unit will be staying place. Per a team announcement, right tackle Brandon Parker has been re-signed.
The 27-year-old missed the entire 2022 campaign due to injury, which threw off the team’s plans at his position. Parker was in line to remain the full-time RT starter, as he had been in 2021. He had seen a brief spell on the blindside previously in his career, but right tackle represents his most familiar spot on the o-line. In his absence, the Raiders relied on veteran Jermaine Eluemunor and seventh-round rookie Thayer Munford at the position.
A 2018 third-round pick, Parker has started 32 games across his 54 total appearances, all with the Silver and Black. Over that span, he has never drawn good reviews from PFF, though the 2021 season did see him register a new career-high overall rating of 55.8. The Raiders are confident he will be able to return to full health by inking him to a new deal, although it likely won’t eat much into their available funds.
Parker had a cap hit of just $3.5MM in 2022, and the fact that he didn’t play obviously won’t have boosted his stock ahead of free agency. This new pact will prevent him from being able to test the open market, though it will give Vegas some continuity in an offseason where shoring up their protection up front will no doubt be among their top priorities.
The Raiders also announced on Friday that they have re-signed tight end Jesper Horsted. The 26-year-old began his career with the Bears, seeing game time there in 2019 and 2021. He signed with Vegas last summer, and played almost exclusively on special teams. That will likely continue this coming season, one in which both he and Parker will remain in the fold.