With the NFL trade deadline approaching, fans are wondering who the Oakland Raiders will acquire… And who they’ll let go.
A major topic of interest revolves around running back, Darren McFadden, who is among many players that are potential trade targets. When I heard McFadden might be released from the Raiders, I felt a pang of sadness. The Raiders have been attempting a comeback this year, and McFadden has no doubt contributed to their improvements.
What running backs could take his place if Oakland went through with the trade? I feel it’s best to keep the running back who has helped lead them to a highly improved season.
Why are the Raiders even debating trading such a star player? The Dallas Cowboys are interested in acquiring the young running back this year, and the Raiders could gain something in return for the trade.
There is always a chance McFadden won’t re-sign with the Raiders next year as a free agent, in which case Oakland would lose him and get nothing in return. So why wouldn’t the Raiders cash in on him before that happens? It makes sense for the Raiders to trade McFadden for that reason, but I still think they should keep him. He is their last chance if they have any hope of reaching the playoffs, and he’s already shown his capability of creating a healthy offensive line for the Raiders.
To me, the biggest issue for the Raiders is their defense. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor has no trouble moving the ball around the field, but the team’s defense is sometimes unable to stop the opposing offense.
Who should the Raiders be interested in acquiring for their defense and why? One possible trade could involve Jared Allen, defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings.
Allen has been one of the NFL’s top pass-rushers since his somewhat anonymous entrance to the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2004. Allen had a nine-sack attack as a rookie and has continued to improve.
So why would the Vikings consider trading him? For the same reason Oakland is debating trading Darren McFadden – he will be a free agent next year and could likely leave the Vikings on his own, which is incentive enough for Minnesota to trade him now.
Other trade options include Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Fred Davis of the Washington Redskins, but neither would be as beneficial as Allen. The Raiders should snag him while they can to help strengthen their defense. Of course, Allen is a big star with a pretty high price tag, and it may not be feasible that the Raiders can acquire him.
That being said, the biggest surprise will be whether the Raiders decide to trade Darren McFadden, and I can only hope we see him playing this weekend when Oakland takes on the Philadelphia Eagles.
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