The Las Vegas Raiders need to retool their roster if they want to make the playoffs next year. Here are three players they should look to unload this offseason.
For much of the 2020 regular season, the Las Vegas Raiders looked poised to cruise into a relatively comfortable playoff berth. Unfortunately for Jon Gruden and his coaching staff, a late-season swoon has effectively ended their chances of crashing the NFL‘s postseason party.
That collapse should make everyone on the Raiders’ roster nervous heading into the offseason. There aren’t many guys who should feel completely comfortable about their chance of returning to the team next year. Las Vegas already needs to make some roster cuts to fit into next season’s lower-than-projected salary cap number. It’s an even safer bet that Gruden and Mike Mayock will look to reshuffle the roster to wash the bad taste of this season’s finish out of the organization’s collective mouth.
The following three players should not be at all surprised if their names pop up in trade talks this offseason.
3. Trent Brown
Trent Brown was brought in to stabilize the right tackle position and provide Derek Carr increased protection on the edge. Instead, he’s missed big chunks of time this season due to both a calf injury and COVID-19. In his absence, Sam Young has shown the Raiders that he’s capable of giving them solid production at a lower price tag.
Finding a team ready to assume the roughly $30 million due to Brown over the next two seasons might be a bit of a challenge. On the other hand, almost every team in the NFL is looking to improve their options at tackle. It’s even conceivable another team might trade for Brown with the idea that he can become a starter at left tackle once again.
Las Vegas isn’t going to get a ton in return for such a highly paid player, but there’s no reason they shouldn’t be able to recoup some measure of draft compensation in exchange for Brown. He’s not a worthwhile investment for the Raiders, but he could help fill a void for one of their competitors.