Raiders lose WR Nelson Agholor to the Patriots

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Just minutes after agreeing to terms with free-agent defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, the Raiders have suffered their first big loss of free agency.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the New England Patriots have agreed to a deal with wide receiver Nelson Agholor. It’s unclear what the terms of the deal are yet, but he will be headed to Foxboro to play with Cam Newton.

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Agholor signed a one-year deal with the Raiders last season and ended up as their most consistent receiver. He finished the year with 898 yards and eight touchdowns on just 48 receptions. Agholor played 68 percent of the snaps for the Raiders in 2020, excelling as a field-stretcher as he averaged nearly 19 yards per reception.

The Raiders do have options to replace him after drafting Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards last year, but they will certainly miss his veteran presence. Depth is now an issue for the Raiders at wide receiver.