Before the 2020 NFL Draft, three current Las Vegas Raiders were on the trade block. At the end, the front office ended up not trading any of them, for better or worse.
Head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock have previously shown that they aren’t afraid to move any players. Whether they are in the receiving end or they send them packing, the team hasn’t shied away from being on both sides of the equation. Back in February, the Raiders were actively shopping quarterback Derek Carr. In March, Gabe Jackson was being offered for little compensation in return and was still available as recently as just a few days ago. Last but no least, 2018 second round pick P.J. Hall joined the trade block too. The draft came and went, it’s now over and all of them remain with the Raiders.
Ever since last season, Carr has been part of trade chatter. Only head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock know how they really feel about the veteran quarterback. Maybe they didn’t get an offer they deemed fair, or they didn’t find an upgrade in the draft. They saw that their best option at quarterback heading to the 2020 season was currently on the roster and decided to proceed accordingly.
Just like Carr, Jackson was part of the Raiders 2014 draft class that saw a franchise resurgence if only for one year back in 2016. The team deemed him a key contributor and projected him to become an All-Pro guard. For that reason they gave him a juicy contract that reflected a potential rise to the his position top echelon. That never happened, his performance was serviceable but not in par with his salary and that’s why he was being offered.
Hall hasn’t become the force he was expected to be when the Raiders made him their second-round pick in 2018. The Raiders added Maliek Collins this past offseason and Johnathan Hankins is still part of the defensive line rotation. At this point of his career, Hall doesn’t offer anything the other two can’t do and that’s why Las Vegas was shopping him. He may be given another chance to thrive in training camp, but anything could happen between now and then.
Heading into the season, Carr is the starter at quarterback, but the Raiders can do without Hall or Jackson. Their spot with the Raiders looks safe for now but they could part ways at any moment.
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