Not trading RBs in the way to go in Oakland

October, 14, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Raiders coach Tom Cable shot down a CBS report Sunday that said the Raiders were shopping running backs Justin Fargas and Michael Bush. We'll find out the truth Tuesday with the NFL trading deadline at 4 p.m. ET.

If the Raiders truly are not going to deal Fargas and/or Bush, I think it's the best move. The Raiders don't have a lot going for them these days. Their impressive caché of running backs is one of the few bright spots.

Give Oakland time and it will make people pay with its running game. Fargas, Bush and rookie Darren McFadden could be a special threesome. The Raiders just need time to develop an attack. Plus, Fargas and McFadden have been beat up this season and Bush is essentially a rookie.

Oakland can't give up on this trio. Considering quarterback JaMarcus Russell is still struggling to find his way and the Oakland receiving crew is weak, the Raiders have to play to their strength. They have to run the ball -- and they have to keep all three of their runners.

Also, Cable indicated there could be a shakeup at receiver. Perhaps that means less time for free-agent bust Javon Walker and more time for rookie Chaz Schilens. It will be interesting to watch what develops this week.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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