Las Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock, left, and coach Jon Gruden, right, will have a busy week when free agency starts up next week. The Raiders will have $55.4 million in cap space to go after free agents.

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NFL free agency is days away and the Las Vegas Raiders will have plenty of cap space to pursue some free agents.

There are holes to fill on the Raiders roster with $53.6 million available in cap space, according to OverTheCap.com.

The Raiders freed up more space this past Monday after releasing linebacker Tahir Whitehead who spent the past two seasons with the team.

Whoever the Raiders sign, the players will not have to worry about any taxes because Nevada is a tax-free state.

Players can negotiate contracts with teams on Monday, but can’t be officially signed until March 18 (new league year).

The Raiders lacked depth at linebacker last season and ended the season with Will Compton, Ukeme Eligwe, Nicholas Morrow, Quentin Poling and Kyle Wilber.

Marquel Lee ended the season on injured reserve and Vontaze Burfict was suspended for 12 games.

Let’s dive in and take a look at who the Raiders could sign in the free agency.

Cory Littleton

He would be a good pick up for the Raiders.

He’s produced the past two seasons since becoming the Los Angeles Rams’ starting linebacker, notching more than 100 tackles.

Littleton, 26, had a career-high 134 tackles and also had four fumble recoveries, two interceptions and nine pass deflections.

Pro Football Focus rates him as the sixth-best free agent on defense.

Kyle Van Noy

He is a Nevada native and played for the University of Nevada.

It would make sense for the Raiders to go after him.

He played the past four seasons with the New England Patriots and accumulated 221 tackles, two interceptions, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

Van Noy, 28, would give the Raiders veteran leadership on defense and championship experience.

Among the 50th best available, Van Noy checks in at No. 36, according to PFF.

Joe Schobert

Rated as the 37th best available free agent by PFF, Schobert has started in 49 games for the Cleveland Browns.

Last season, he had four interceptions, 133 tackles, two sacks and four pass breakups.

“He’s a good football player,” Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said at the 2016 draft. “When you talk about production, Joe Schobert has a skillset that can rush the quarterback. I like what he can do off the edge and the ability to drop in coverage. He can handle the pass game.”

Nick Kwiatkoski

There was no room for Kwiatkoski, 26, as the Chicago Bears stuck with Danny Trevathan on a three-year contract extension.

He was productive for the Bears last season, totaling 76 tackles, three sacks, four pass deflections and one interception.

Kwiatkoski has played in 57 games the past four seasons with the Bears.

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Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. He covers the Oakland Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA and junior colleges. He’s been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.



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