If there is one team that is not afraid to make big moves at the trade deadline, it is the Las Vegas Raiders. Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden are always looking to make noise and improve their team. In the AFC West, they will have to continue to get better to keep up with the Kansas City Chiefs, who they already have a head-to-head win over.
Deals involving Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack come to mind immediately. The Raiders have had superstar players on their roster in the past and have moved them for draft assets. This is a different situation. Las Vegas will be buyers at the trade deadline rather than sellers. They could look to improve their defensive line in the trade market.
The Raiders are currently 3-2 and second in the AFC West. They are 1.5 games behind the Chiefs and are coming off of a 40-32 win over their rival. Gruden has this team playing well and with confidence. With an extra playoff team beginning this season, there is no reason why the Raiders should not try to go for it.
With the trade deadline approaching, we know that the Raiders will be active. These four options could be near the top of their list when they begin making calls.
4. Odell Beckham Jr.
Beckham has been a headache since he entered the league. Fans of his call it passion for the game and heart, but it is not the same as the passion shown by players like Dak Prescott or Tom Brady. There is a reason that Beckham has been traded once and most likely will be again.
The Browns might have to find a trade partner for Beckham. Even though he is having a better season in 2020, the marriage just did not work out. If they do indeed decide to trade Beckham, the Raiders could be one team interested.
Las Vegas needed help at the wide receiver position entering the offseason. That led them to drafting Henry Ruggs III in the first round of April’s draft. Since then, Tyrell Williams went to IR. Darren Waller is their best pass catcher, but they could use another weapon on the outside.
Who knows if the Raiders will be the team that can control Beckham, but we all know Gruden likes to make big moves. Bringing in Beckham would certainly be a big splash and give Derek Carr another weapon.
3. Connor Williams
It seemed as though everyone was trying to give Williams away in the offseason. It was rumored that he was in danger of losing his starting spot, but that has not been the case yet this season. Tyron Smith will miss the rest of the season with a neck injury, so it is unlikely that the Cowboys will part ways with another starter along the offensive line.
Anything is possible. Williams is only in his third season in the NFL and the future could be bright. As of now, the Raiders’ offensive line remains middle of the pack. They could use that piece to take them to the next level. This would help keep Carr upright and open up holes for Josh Jacobs in the run game.
Again, this was more of an offseason topic, but Jerry Jones remains one of the most unpredictable people in the league. If he wants to move Williams, he will.
2. Quinnen Williams
The New York Jets selected Williams with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. So far, he has been anything but impressive. There have been flashes, but overall, Williams has been a disappointment. So now what?
He is in his second season in the league, so the Jets could either wait for him to progress or trade him while there is still value.
If they go the second route, the Raiders should inquire. The Jets received calls on Williams at the trade deadline last season. There were teams willing to offer a boatload of picks for a rookie defensive lineman with a high ceiling. Now, we are not sure what the market is on the Alabama product.
The Raiders could use some help on the interior defensive line. You can never have too much depth at any position. It seems as though no one can be successful on the Jets. Maybe Williams needs a change of scenery.
Who knows what Joe Douglas will decide to do at the deadline. The Jets seem more focused on the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
1. William Jackson III
Jackson was the 24th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Bengals. They picked up his fifth-year option, which means he is making $9.9 million this season. He will be a free agent at the end of the season, so the Bengals have a choice to make. If they do not want to re-sign Jackson then it would be beneficial to trade him.
This is a player that the Raiders would welcome. Teams inquired about Jackson during the draft and prior to training camp. He was also a big name during last year’s deadline.
The Bengals have rejected offers and said he is not on the table, but that could change as we inch closer. The Raiders need an impact playmaker at cornerback. Jackson is still on his rookie deal, so he will be looking for a big payday once the season is up.
This is a chance for the Raiders to improve their secondary for the future. Jackson is an intriguing name and the No. 1 player the Raiders should be looking at come the trade deadline.