Despite all the talk about the Raiders being open for business with several veteran players, there were none dealt at the trade deadline. The Raiders were said to be listening to offers for players such as Bruce Irvin, Rashaan Melvin, Karl Joseph, and Kelechi Osemele, but the trade deadline came and went with no deals made.
There was a lot of talk about the one trade the Raiders did make, however. That was the trade 8 days ago that had Amari Cooper go to Dallas for a 2019 first round pick.
Two trades today in particular had many invoking the Raiders trade of Cooper. The Broncos trade of Demarius Thomas to the Texans for a 4th round pick and the Lions trade of Golden Tate to the Eagles for a third round pick.
Outside of their positions, there aren’t a lot of similarities between these three players. Thomas and Tate are both 30 years old. Cooper is 24. Thomas has a big contract for an aging player and Tate’s contract is up after this season.
Even still, there’s no question the Raiders got great compensation for Amari Cooper, especially when you consider the Cowboys are currently out of the playoff picture and could be giving up a somewhat high first round pick unless they turn things around.
There are certainly scarier trades the Raiders have made and could’ve made. Well played, ESPN.
Raiders fans after the trade deadline passes ... pic.twitter.com/GbSnjBAprE— ESPN (@espn) October 30, 2018