2016 first-round pick Karl Joseph was supposed to be the next big-hitting Raiders’ safety. However, he has dealt with injuries and just hasn’t been all that good when he’s on the field. He has struggled in coverage and hasn’t found a home in this Raiders’ defense. He has played just 11 total snaps on defense in 2018.
According to FOX’s Jay Glazer, the Raiders have had discussions with other teams across the NFL in regards to a trade of Joseph. Given the position he plays and his injury history, a team would likely be able to acquire Joseph by surrounding a conditional Day 3 draft pick. With every passing day, it seems more likely that this will be Joseph’s final year with the team.
Another first-round pick that could be on his way out is cornerback Gareon Conley. Conley started the season as the team’s top cornerback, but has been demoted and failed to even record a snap on Sunday. Conley has dealt with injuries and confidence issues, but he still has a lot of talent.
However, he might need a change of scenery to realize just how good he can be. The Raiders are currently playing veterans Leon Hall, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Daryl Worley over him. They seemingly have no interest in developing young players at this point in time.
I don’t expect Oakland to give up Conley for cheap as he still has two years left on his rookie contract. But he could probably be had for a top-100 pick. At times, Conley looks like he can be a No.1 cornerback in the league. But he probably needs to go to a situation where he can be developed, rather than benched every other week.
In the offseason, the Raiders signed veteran cornerback Rashaan Melvin to a one-year, $5 million deal. However, that hasn’t panned out well for either party. On Monday, Melvin expressed frustration with his role on the team as he had been benched in Week 6. Head coach Jon Gruden fired back with this quote at his press conference on Tuesday:
While Melvin certainly hasn’t been great this season, he has had success in the past. With the NFL always in search of experienced cornerbacks at this time of the season, you would expect there to be a market for Melvin.
One under-the-radar name that could be on the move is Bruce Irvin. While the team clearly wanted Irvin to take on a more significant role this season, that just hasn’t happened. Considering his price tag and his age, he may not be the ideal defender for a rebuilding Raiders’ team.
However, there are teams out there that are in desperate need of speed off the edge and would be willing to take on his salary. The Raiders probably wouldn’t get much back for Irvin, but it would be the cap relief that would be appealing for Oakland. Expect to hear Irvin’s name in trade rumors over the next few weeks.
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