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Are Raiders buyers in trade market?

October, 29, 2013
On one end of the Oakland Raiders' in-season trade spectrum rests the deal from two years ago that brought Carson Palmer to town for what turned out to be a first-round draft pick and a second-rounder and a whole lot of what-ifs ... but no playoffs.

On the other end, the 1983 deal that landed the Raiders cornerback Mike Haynes from the New England Patriots for a first- and second-rounder and, it turns out, a Super Bowl ring.

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Somewhere in the middle, the 1988 swap with Washington that saw Jay Schroeder go from perceived savior to perceived villain, and it cost the Raiders offensive tackle Jim Lachey.

So with the NFL trade deadline at 4 p.m ET Tuesday, where do these 3-4 Raiders sit in terms of deal philosophy? It doesn’t sound like they’re all that interested.

“Well, there’s a reason why you go to training camp ... a reason why you have an offseason program,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said in his weekly news conference Monday. “It’s so that you can install your schemes and what you want to do offensively, defensively, in the kicking game, how you’re going to build the culture of your football team.

“It’s just hard to bring a guy in in the middle of the year and think that he’s going to come in and have a chance to be really effective for you midway through the year. I just think it’s a tough proposition to think that you’re going to bring somebody in that’s going to make a huge difference. But we’ll see.”

Fans are pounding the drum for Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon or even Minnesota Vikings receiver Greg Jennings, the former Green Bay Packers wideout who would be well known to Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie.

Yes, the Raiders, who have six straight games against teams that currently do not have a winning record, are angling to go on a little run. But if one thing was made evident in Sunday’s 21-18 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland needs a veteran presence at wide receiver.

Denarius Moore was rendered moot by Ike Taylor for the most part. Jacoby Ford had the worst game of his NFL career, as did rookie Brice Butler.

“I just think we’ve got to get better production overall from that position,” Allen said. “Again, it’s the consistency factor. We’ve got to be a lot more consistent in doing our job and making the plays we’ve got the opportunity to make, whether it be in the run game blocking, whether it be running our routes exactly right and catching the football.

“That will be an area we’re going to emphasize to make sure we improve in that area.”

Now, Allen was not talking about a trade specifically. But what could the Raiders offer in trade value?

McKenzie loves his draft picks and it’s hard to imagine him parting with anything above a fourth-rounder. And even running back Darren McFadden, who is in a contract year and would seemingly be prime trade bait, seems to be rounding into shape after missing a game with a strained hamstring.

The Raiders, though, like the rest of the NFL, seem ready to stand pat for the most part as the trade deadline comes and goes.

Besides, health appears to be on their side, as they should soon regain the services of linebacker Miles Burris (knee), rookie left tackle Menelik Watson (calf), right tackle Tony Pashos (hip), left guard/center Andre Gurode (quad) and possibly left tackle Jared Veldheer (left triceps).

And a combo of those guys might be better than any trade the Raiders could swing in the current climate.

Posted by's Bill Williamson

On a busy Monday night:

The San Diego Union Tribune reports that the Chargers would consider trading cornerback Antonio Cromartie if they bring back Drayton Florence. The word around the league Monday night is that the Chargers would take a third-rounder for Cromartie, who had 10 interceptions in 2007 but whose production and cover ability suffered in 2008.

It makes sense. The team would then likely make Antoine Cason, the first-round pick from 2008, the starter. Even though he had a poor season in 2008, Cromartie would likely get interest around the league in trade talks.

New Kansas City coach Todd Haley said that new quarterback Matt Cassel won't be handed the starting job and that Tyler Thigpen, who ended last season as the starter, will compete for the job. That's all well and fine, but it would be a shock if Cassel wasn't the starter in Kansas City.
The Chiefs didn't acquire Cassel to be the backup but Haley's words are smart. It helps Thigpen stay hungry and it keeps Cassel on his toes.

The Miami Herald is reporting that the Dolphins are close to signing Raiders' center Jake Grove.

Former Oakland cornerback and NFL hall of famer Mike Haynes has cancer.

It is being reported that former Browns head coach Romeo Crennel is still in the mix to be the Chiefs' defensive coordinator. If he doesn't take the job, it wouldn't be a surprise if Crennel reunites with Scott Pioli and Mike Vrabel in Kansas City. They were all in New England together.
Josh McDaniels has been collecting older defensive players so it wouldn't be a shock if the Broncos tried to pursue Jason Taylor, who was cut by Washington on Monday. Taylor would fit Denver's scheme as well. The Broncos are still considering bringing in defensive tackle Grady Jackson. Denver did sign San Francisco defensive tackle Ronald Fields on Monday. He will likely be a rotation player.

The Broncos and the agents for running back J.J. Arrington may try to fix the problems his contract and try to finalize the deal. Denver lost out on running back Derrick Ward, who agreed to terms with Tampa Bay on Monday. With Ward out of the picture, talks between Denver and Arrington could intensify.