- Paul Gutierrez, ESPN Staff Writer
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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.
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.
“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.
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