By Tyler Bischoff
Last week Jon Gruden laid out some of the deficiencies on the Raiders roster. One highlighted position was interior defensive line.
Gruden and the Raiders have decided at least one defensive tackle was worth bringing back, as Justin Ellis has reportedly agreed to stay in Oakland.
#Raiders DT Justin Ellis has agreed to terms on a 3-year, more than $15M deal, sources say, pending review of the final contract. More $6M guaranteed. A key building block in Oakland stays in place. ????????
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2018
Ellis has appeared in 60 games for the Raiders over the last four seasons. He has made a total of 112 tackles, but has just a half sack to his credit. That half sack came last season, as Ellis started 14 of 16 games for the Raiders.
The Raiders are giving Ellis a significant raise to an average of $5 million per season. Last year (the final year of his rookie deal) Ellis had a cap hit of $1.9 million last season.
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