Mining the trade market: looters should start shopping

The Las Vegas Raiders, currently at 2-4, sit in a special position, but they should be looking at reasonable trade offers.

So far, the Raiders have been sellers ahead of the Nov. 1 deadline. This week, they shipped Johnathan Hankins to the Cowboys for late-round picks. Hankins was declining but slowly warming up as the season progressed. He was even healthier in the previous regime. The healthy scratch against KC made that clear. Let’s hope the Raiders aren’t done moving because they will have to climb out of a massive 2-4 hole.

The current trading block

Come back Christian McCaffrey was never really a threat to come to Vegas. james robinson was the other versatile full-back who was moved on last week. Browns RB hunt kareem and Broncos RB Melvin Gordon are also prevalent on the block. Vegas has yet to figure out Josh Jacobs’ contract situation after this year. Jacobs can become a free agent and he’s playing his best football yet.

The mighty Quinn

Edge Robert Quinn was another implicated in the Raiders rumors. Quinn went to Philadelphia for a bevy of picks in what was considered a bargain for both teams. The Raiders have needed an extra pass thrower all year, but so have a lot of teams. That’s why Vegas took calls on Clelin Ferrell and that’s also why they probably won’t end up trading it. Who would they replace him with?

Vegas Luck

Earlier this season, the Raiders traded for tackle Frank Herron. Herron failed to break the Patriots’ rotation, and Vegas acquired him for a late-round pick trade. He was supposed to add striking depth to the Raiders’ offensive line. Unfortunately, Herron tore his ACL in practice earlier this month.

Trending names available

The sexiest names on the open market are always receivers. AJ Green has appeared since the Cardinals made other moves at that position. They traded for Robbie Anderson earlier this season. Jet Receivers Denzel Mims and Elijah Moore both requested trades at different times this offseason. Moore is a versatile and explosive playmaker. Mims is a big body that has yet to live up to all the hype of the project.

Reception problems

Speaking of New York, the Giants have Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney to rot. Golladay owes a lot of money and they invested the initial capital in Toney. Darius Slayton has also heard his name on the block all year. Denver’s receiving duo of KJ Hamler and Jerry Jeudy also make an appearance, but they’re out because they’re in the division. Steelers receiver Chase Claypool could also be available. However, the last two times the Raiders traded for a Pittsburgh receiver, they regretted it. Do you remember Martavis Bryant and Antonio Brown?

Nelson Reunion

Nelson Agholor is a name Raiders fans have known since his year with the team two seasons ago. He hasn’t done much since cashing in with the Patriots, but could bring speed and deep ball ability to an offense that needs it.


brandin cooks

The Raiders saw brandin cooks go for four catches and 48 yards this week alone. Honestly, he could have had a much better day too. Either way, Cooks has back-to-back mile seasons. He is not quite thirty yet and he has two years left on his contracts. The money is not fully guaranteed so the risk is not too high. Texans are rebuilding and they might be willing to move cooks on the cheap. Granted, the Cooks could cost a mid-term pick and the Raiders have invested a lot of draft capital in Davante Adams during the offseason.

long game

Getting Cooks takes him away from AFC contenders like the Chiefs. It also gives them a guy who can stretch the field in front of Adams. He can also do some mid-range work to relieve Adams, Waller and Renfrow. Stack that with Foster Moreau, Josh Jacobthe sand mac hollins for one of the best skill positions in the entire league. Investing in Cook would really help the attack succeed. They’ve invested a lot in the whole squad but they still need one more fast receiver who can do it all.

Daron Payne

Commanders defensive tackle Daron Payne is on track for his best year since his rookie campaign in 2018. Payne already has twenty-four tackles and 3.5 sacks for Washington. Payne is a versatile offensive lineman with the size and length to make an impact on the run as well as the explosiveness and quickness to make plays in the pass. He comes out of Alabama so the 3-4 defense is in his blood. Washington is running variations of it which should help Payne make the transition pretty seamlessly. Washington is 3-4 and not entirely out of the NFC East. However, they would be smart to start moving assets given their QB dumpster fire. Their property and stadium are also a mess. Payne is expected to leave after this year if the COs don’t trade him. Their defensive line is their deepest position and Chase Young hasn’t even returned from injury yet.

Larry Ogunjobi

The Steelers also don’t seem to be heading in the right direction this year at 2-5. It’s not because of the defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi. The vet signed a one-year contract in the offseason after leaving the Bengals. Ogunjobi signed a proof agreement as he recovered from injury. He had his best season with seven sacks in 2021. Now, the first player drafted in Charlotte history seems to have rebounded. He’s only got 0.5 sacks this year, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. He comes down from the rock, plays with leverage and uses his hands. That’s exactly what the Raiders lack against Andrew Billings on the defensive line.

New team, new role

Ironically, Ogunjobi replaced Billings with the Bengals last year. Billings also spent time with the Browns, which is the team that drafted Ogunjobi. They would give the Raiders two of the best tackles in the league. Ogunjobi also brings an extra ounce on transmissions. They could slide Ogunjobi to nose dive on passes so they can save Billings for first and second downs. Ogunjobi is also only 28 years old.

Block first, ask questions later

Of course, the Raiders could use some help on the offensive line. Still, there aren’t many good options. It is very rare for Pro Bowl offensive linemen to enter the trading block. The Chiefs are not going to trade Orlando Brown after the price they paid. Plus, the Raiders are in the division. Never mind Brown’s contract situation. They could press the Patriots again to see what happens with Isaiah Wynn. He hasn’t been very good in five starts.

First Rounders Refurbishment

49ers tackle Mike McGlinchey is also expected to arrive on the open market. He’s been too good for San Francisco not to re-sign, but they can trade him if they know his departure is inevitable. 2019 first-round pick and Eagles tackle Andre Dillard just came off injured reserve. Maybe the Raiders think he could be a worthwhile acclimation project. Falcons tackle Kaleb McGary is also expected to hit the open market after this year. He’s been one of the Falcons’ few bright spots, so they should keep him out of the trading bloc and hitting the open market. Jaguars tackle Jawaan Taylor and Browns tackle Jack Conklin have both been bright spots for their respective lines. Even though they’re slated for free agency, those teams are likely keeping them considering their own depth issues. Vegas might kick the tires in exchange for a guy with starting experience, including Ja’Wuan James, Kelvin Beachem, Greg Little, George Fant, Matt Pryor or Cameron Erving, but I don’t know if the one of them is an upgrade.

Just swap baby

Ultimately, the Raiders will likely have to wait until the offseason to sort out their issues on the right side of the offensive line. The group looked better last week with Alex Bars and Jermaine Eluemunor. Thayer Munford also looked good in spots.

Realism

The Raiders should look for a defensive assist and an offensive playmaker in the open market. Lincoln Kennedy, Mo Collins, Rodney Hudson, Art Shell and Gene Upshaw don’t walk through that door. The Vegas offensive line will just have to figure it out from the inside for now. Either way, the Raiders need to stop sitting out at the deadline. Their team is not bad 2-4 and a few moves could help them get through. Hoarding project capital isn’t all it’s made out to be, just look at their latest project classes. Vegas has also proven they can play with the Chargers and Chiefs in their division. They just need to add a few key things to help them stay competitive.

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