In a highly questionable move, the Raiders exchanged a third round pick (79 overall) for troubled Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant. Many analysts assumed he would compete with Seth Roberts for the third receiving spot, but there may not be much of a competition after all.
Oakland is actively looking to move Roberts for a draft pick according to Vic Tafur of The Athletic. Originally an undrafted free agent, Roberts has combined for 1,332 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns throughout the past three seasons. That production took a dip in 2017 as he mustered up just 43 receptions for 455 yards and one touchdown.
The four-year veteran is well respected throughout the organization for his toughness battling through injuries to stay on the field, but that doesn’t excuse issues he has had catching the football.
Ironically, the Silver and Black are undefeated in games that Roberts has scored a touchdown with a perfect 10-0 record.
The slot receiver signed a two year contract extension this past season worth up to $10.5 million including $4 million guaranteed at signing and another $2.5 fully guaranteed if he is on the roster by the third day of the 2018 league year. The Raiders would prefer not to cut Roberts as he would count for over $4 million in dead money against the salary cap according to over the cap.
Jon Gruden and the Raiders still have 11 picks remaining, but they could use a potential pick acquired in a Roberts trade to package with other picks and potentially move up in the draft for a player they highly value.