Have the NFL rumors dropped a bit from their usual frequency for this time of year?
Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilson have been powering the NFL news cycles for weeks, but even the headline of “disgruntled Pro Bowl quarterback” can only carry the industry for a while, especially when nothing really happens.
Maybe it’s the pandemic (less access) or maybe the teams are being quieter, but the first week of March is usually filled with much more free agent rumors than we’ve seen so far.
However, a low-key Raiders history right now is probably worth keeping an eye on. There is a prevailing idea that Jon Gruden is open for business with his next draft picks. The Raiders need a lot of help on the defensive side of the ball, and the last two drafts probably haven’t done much to convince Gruden to stick with draft picks this year.
Raiders media personality JT The Brick recently brought up the idea of the Raiders trading for a standout defensive player and he’s not the only one talking about it. There’s nothing firm to report on the matter (and teams are always looking to improve in any way they can), but it looks like this year the Raiders might have an aggressive move to come. No, it is not a trade for Watson or Russell. Instead, a trade for a veteran defensive player.
Raiders general manager Mike Mayock loves his draft picks, but there’s a feeling his top picks might not be as protected as they have been for the past two years. And that thought raises an obvious question …
What kind of defensive playmaker could the Raiders get by trading a day one or day two draft pick?