The NFL trade deadline has come and gone. The Raiders talent pool hasn’t changed.
The team wasn’t expected to make a move, although they were certainly willing to listen to offers for their wares. After Tuesday’s 1 p.m. deadline, Darren McFadden is still a Raider. Jared Allen and Josh Gordon aren’t.
No shocker there.
NFL’s trade deadline is typically bark over bite, especially compared to other leagues. That’s due in large part to the complexity of the sport's schemes.
“There’s a reason why you go to training camp,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said on Monday. “There’s a reason why you have an offseason program. It’s so that you can install your schemes and what you want to do offensively, defensively, in the kicking game. It’s how you’re going to build the culture of your football team.
“It’s just hard to bring a guy in in the middle of the year and think that he’s going to come in and have a chance to be really effective for you midway through the year. I just think it’s a tough proposition to think that you’re going to bring somebody in that’s going to make a huge difference.”
That isn’t to say that the Raiders could use an upgrade at several spots. It’s hard to argue that the team would be better with a new slot receiver or a veteran left guard. But, in a quick cost-benefit analysis, draft picks are worth more to a team in transition than what was available on the trade market.
Also, with money to spend next season, why not sign a veteran free agent and add a draft pick? That's two players over one. The Raiders need talent in large volume as they try to construct a contending team in the long term.
Stockpiling picks could be attractive, but the Raiders are a competitive 3-4 and McFadden wasn't going to garner a pick the Raiders felt would be worth getting rid of him midseason.
There wasn’t an offer general manager Reggie McKenzie couldn’t pass up and, as expected, the Raiders chose to stand pat.