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Veteran linebacker Cory Littleton’s tenure with the Las Vegas Raiders would be coming to an end.
According to ESPN Jeremy Fowler, the Raiders plan to release Littleton. The 28-year-old has spent the past two seasons in Las Vegas after signing a three-year, $36 million deal in 2020.
Littleton signed with the Los Angeles Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2016. Two years later, he became the team’s full-time starter and recorded more than 100 tackles in consecutive seasons, including a career-high 134 in 2019.
Littleton appeared in all 17 games last year for the Raiders, making 13 starts. He had 98 total tackles with one fumble recovery and four pass deflections.
The Washington product was never known for his blitz as he never had five or more sacks in a season. The half-sack Littleton recorded last year was the only time he reached quarterback in two years with Las Vegas. He has a total of nine sacks over his six-year career.
Although Littleton is not a bag artist, he is an experienced player who can be a tackle machine in the right scheme. He will likely have his fair share of contenders in the open market.
The Raiders will look to improve on a defense that allowed 337.2 yards per game in 2021. Las Vegas ranked in the bottom half of the league with just 35 sacks last year. The team also struggled to create turnovers, finishing with the league’s worst six interceptions and a turnover differential of minus nine.