At the end of the exclusive negotiation period for free agents, the Utah Raptors did not come to terms on any new contracts with any of their pending free agents.
The big ticket was quarterback Mike Reilly, but after he declined a deal worth more than $2.3 million per year, the Raptors moved on and acquired Vernon Adams threw a trade to go with former SFL Grand Finale winner Ryan Nassib. The team also declined to meet defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins demands of another $3 million per year.
Scatback DJ Foster did not break into a significant role with the Raptors but earned a surprising NFL contract bid that the team was not willing to match. Cornerback Emmanuel Davis also left for free agency but seems likely to continue negotiations with the Raptors. Davis started the last two seasons, but never had huge success at cornerback. The Raptors organization said they will keep their offer on the table for him as he fields other offers.
Offensive tackle Thaddeus Coleman was a successful starting left tackle for the Raptors but the team was ready to move on from the 33-year-old, looking to get younger at the position while at the same time opening up a spot for one of their multiple talented young offensive tackles. Cole Toner, Sam Tevi and Josiah St. John will all be fighting for the two starting spots and all seem ready and capable for the increased role.
Of all the players who did not reach a deal during the exclusive negotiation period, Joe Kruger seems most likely to return. Kruger is a Utah native, who played collegiately at Utah and is the brother of the team’s top pass rusher Paul Kruger. He just wanted to test the market for a better opportunity, but neither side closed the door on a return.