After trading Amari Cooper to the Cowboys yesterday, the Raiders are clearly open for business, doing whatever they can to acquire assets to improve the team down the road. And Jason La Canfora reports that the market is heating up for one Raiders player in particular.
Teams sniffing around on Janoris Jenkins and Gareon Conley. The corner market is hot ahead of the deadline. PHI, NE, PIT among those exploring multiple options— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 23, 2018
We know that Patrick Peterson has requested a trade from the Cardinals, and though New Orleans was the former LSU Tiger’s preferred destination, the Saints earlier today traded for Eli Apple from the Giants, so that ship appears to have sailed. But cornerback is certainly the new hotness this week, and many teams that consider themselves contenders are looking to upgrade at that spot.
If the Raiders are going to trade Conley, they had better get a sweet deal for him. Young shutdown corners are difficult to come by, and the Raiders haven’t had one in many years. To give up on Conley so quickly (when he is finally healthy) would seem to be a rash decision, but he either fits the defensive scheme or he doesn’t. If he doesn’t, and the coaching staff doesn’t have the confidence that he can adapt, then he may be better off elsewhere. But losing a young corner of Conley’s caliber would certainly sting.
Oakland’s best bet would be to get several teams into a bidding war for Conley like they did for Amari Cooper. His price got driven up much higher than his real value, but Conley’s value as a potential top corner is far higher than that, especially to a team hurting for secondary players like the Steelers. The Eagles may want to pair Conley with Sidney Jones for the future, and the Patriots would want Conley across from Stephon Gilmore.
Any potential Patrick Peterson trade could affect the market, but Peterson is all All-World corner and return man who will require a higher price than Conley, so a team looking for a value play may well try to work with Oakland over Arizona. Let’s see who wants to do business.