Raiders players who should be on the trade block after week 3
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Josh McDaniels could be looking to shake things up after an 0-3 start. (AP Photo/John Amis)
The shine of the Dave Ziegler-Josh McDaniels era quickly faded after an 0-3 start, but they are still building the team in their image.
A lot of moves have been made this offseason. The additions of Chandler Jones and Davante Adams were bold pick-ups that shaped the roster, but the truth is, building a team is a years-long process.
The rosters remain fairly static during the season, but we are starting to approach the time of year for in-season trades.
While the Raiders are still looking for their first win, here are a few players they might want to shop around to meet other needs or start raising draft capital.
Brim Clelin Ferrell
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Clelin Ferrell has been a speculative trade contender for several seasons, but the logic still holds. The former Clemon defensive end entered the league as a high draft pick but failed to live up to his potential in Las Vegas.
The capital project still counts for the front offices. Former first-round picks tend to have more chances to rejuvenate their careers, and it’s not like Ferrell seemed useless in his time with the Raiders.
His box-score stats were never mind-blowing, but he did enough dirty work to earn a 76.1 rating from PFF in 2020.
That’s just enough potential to convince a team it’s worth acquiring.
However, that wasn’t enough to convince the new coaching staff to play him more. Ferrell played fair 32 percent defensive snaps, by Pro Football Reference. If a team is looking for a winger who can play on scruffy pitches and might just need a change of scenery, he’s an intriguing addition.
TE Foster Moreau
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It’s not quite the time to start a full sellout, but the Raiders might want to see who becomes expendable if this losing streak continues.
In a competitive AFC West, it won’t be long before the team has to start thinking about 2023. Foster Moreau is a nice luxury to have as a second tight end with receiving ability, but the team just gave Darren Waller a over three years, $51 million extension.
Moreau’s contract expires at the end of the season which raises the question of what they plan to do with him in the future.
McDaniels’ attacks in New England have occasionally featured two tight ends, but with Davante Adams, Hunter Renfrow and Mack Hollins forming a solid receiving trio, Moreau’s future is cloudy.
Moreau was effective while Waller was out last season and finished the 2021 campaign with 373 yards and three touchdowns on 44 targets.
He is a player who deserves to be the number 1 tight end somewhere. The Raiders may want to make a draft pick for him now rather than wait for the compensatory formula to award them one before next season.
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Coaching staff aside, Johnathan Abram has been a liability for the Raiders since becoming a regular starter in the second year of his career.
Security never cleared a passer note less than 111.4 in high season. Last season, he was responsible for five touchdowns while catching just one pass and giving up a 79.2 percent completion percentage.
Abram’s strengths come in the form of a safe but even in that position he has to be called upon to cover running backs and tight ends.
The franchise has already given some insight into how they feel about him by declining his fifth-year option ahead of this season. The chances of them considering giving him another contract are extremely low.
If the Raiders can find takers, they’d be wise to take just about anything to get delisted. Duron Harmon and Roderic Teamer may not be the answers, but taking a chance is better than continuing to watch Abram get burned.