Former Buccaneers edge rusher Carl Nassib has signed a 3-year $25.25 million deal with the Raiders as the team look to overhaul their defense. With 18 career sacks, Nassib will add some much needed penetration to a unit that registered the seventh lowest total in the NFL in 2019 with 32 sacks.
Originally drafted in the third round, 65th overall, by the Cleveland Browns Nassib gained national attention with his financial advice to teammates in Hard Knocks. However, he was cut by the Browns in training camp, before signing on with Bucs.
PFF have graded Carl Nassib as a steadily improving defender over his career after a very slow start in 2016. With 6 sacks in 2019 and 6.5 in 2018, Nassib will likely start opposite Clelin Ferrell on the left side of the defence in 2020.
Carl Nassib adds penetration and versatility
The contract, which has $16.75 million guaranteed has an easy out for the Raiders after 2021 with no dead cap. Nassib rose to a starter’s role on the Bucs midway through the 2018 season and has impressed with his versatility playing defensive end in the 4-3 and OLB in a 3-4.
While he has shown some prowess in coverage, his primary role will be getting to the QB. He registered a career-high 36 total pressures in 2019 and was voted a defensive captain.