We thought it made sense that the Las Vegas Raiders would make a play for disgruntled Cincinnati Bengals pass rusher Carlos Dunlap because the Raiders have a need and he played for Raiders’ defensive coordinator Paul Guenther in the past.
However, the Bengals traded Dunlap to the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday morning, ending that possibility for Guenther and the Raiders. Still, there are other options with the NFL trade deadline looming in six days.
ESPN reported that the Atlanta Falcons are shopping defensive end Takk McKinley and the Buffalo Bills are making available defensive end Trent Murphy.
So, Everson Griffen to Lions and Carlos Dunlap to Seahawks as D-lineman trade market starts to move. Two other names I've been told are being discussed in potential trades around the league are Atlanta's Takk McKinley and Buffalo's Trent Murphy.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) October 28, 2020
Neither McKinley nor Murphy would likely be expensive. Both players could add some pass-rush burst to a Las Vegas defense that has just seven sacks in six games. Only two teams have fewer sacks this season. McKinley, in his fourth NFL season, has one sack this season and 17.5 sacks in his career. Murphy has 1.5 sacks this season and 25.5 sacks since joining the NFL in 2014.
If the Raiders are looking for help on the interior defensive line, the Cowboys are expected to release Dontari Poe if they don’t trade him today. A Poe release seems more likely. UPDATE: Poe was cut Wednesday and is now available.
Do you like any of these options for a Raiders’ defense that Jon Gruden has vowed to change this week?