As the NFL’s trade deadline approaches in the coming weeks, there are sure to be names in the rumor mill, especially those from teams that didn’t get off to a great start. For the Las Vegas Raiders, it’s apparently a few former first-round picks who didn’t quite live up to expectations.
The Raiders had three first-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, giving them a chance to quickly rebuild the roster if they could knock. But two of the three are apparently on the trading block with a new regime that took things over the past offseason.
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Raiders are buying safety Johnathan Abram and defensive end Clelin Ferrell before the next trade deadline, via Bleacher Report’s Tim Daniels:
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported on Tuesday that the Raiders are in talks with rival teams over the two players, with Abram’s name “circulating a lot”.
“The Raiders are trying to come away with players that fit their personality,” an NFC executive told Fowler. “They were pretty aggressive in there.”
Fowler would add that the Raiders’ interest in moving certain players is well known around the league, via Daniels:
It’s “no secret” that Ziegler is working to rid the roster of the previous regime, according to Fowler.
It’s pretty standard when a franchise gets a new head coach and general manager. Josh McDaniels and Dave Ziegler intend to build the team they want, and often that means some players who don’t fit that mold are moved on.
Abram is actually coming off the best season of his young career, as he totaled 116 tackles, four passes defended and one interception in 2021. In five games this season, he has 32 tackles, ranking third on the Raiders, but while known as a heavy hitter from the safety post, his coverage issues led to poor rankings by many analytical systems.
Ferrell has had much less of an impact despite being the fourth overall pick in this 2019 draft. He has just four tackles and no sacks in five games this year and plays just 34% of snaps defensively. of the Raiders this season.
Coincidentally, it was the third of those 2019 first-round picks, Josh Jacobs, who was the subject of many trade rumors coming this season. But he now looks like a central part of the Raiders’ future after a strong start this year, while Abram and Ferrell could be moved on very soon.