The NFL trade deadline has come and gone, with all trades needing to be made by 4 p.m. ET Tuesday, and the Raiders were not among the many teams wheeling and dealing despite being in a desperate situation at 2-5.
Among the most notable players traded Tuesday were former Lions TE T.J. Hockenson to the Vikings, Steelers WR Chase Claypool to the Bears, Broncos EDGE Bradley Chubb to the Dolphins, Falcons WR Calvin Ridley to the Jaguars, and more. All in all, a record 12 trades were made before the deadline.
With the Raiders at the bottom of the AFC West almost halfway through the regular season, a big move could’ve been in the cards for general manager Dave Ziegler and head coach Josh McDaniels. The Raiders spent all offseason signaling that the team was ready to compete with the inherited roster mostly intact, but with only two wins under their belt and their 2023 draft picks projecting higher than expected, the team’s aggressive approach appears to have cooled.
With the Raiders’ issues at defensive tackle, linebacker, cornerback, and maybe even right tackle, an addition at the trade deadline may have given a well under .500 football team a boost. LBs Denzel Perryman and Divine Deablo have underperformed so far, and CB Nate Hobbs remains out and on IR. A trade for a right tackle may have been the most surprising position to address, as rookie OL Thayer Munford Jr. may have potential as a long-term answer there.
On the flip side, the Raiders did not trade away talent for future draft capital at the trade deadline, a move that may have been prudent if the team didn’t believe they could rebound this year and push for a playoff spot. Now, with the deadline passed, the Raiders will make do with their current roster for the second half of the season.
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