The Raiders still need a top wide receiver and will even if they add someone left on an underwhelming free agent market.
Beckham Jr. would instantly become the Raiders’ top receiver and add a major dynamic to the offense.
Let’s look at the pros and cons of Las Vegas trading for OBJ:
He’s pretty awesome:
Beckham Jr. is a legitimate No. 1 receiver and he is in his prime at 27. He has compiled 1,000-yard receiving seasons in all five of the years he was healthy. He would be a great fit with tight ends Darren Waller and running back Josh Jacobs. He’d make Derek Carr’s job much easier.
The Raiders can make it happen:
The Raiders can probably find a way to fit in Beckham’s remaining four years of his five-year, $80 million deal. Last year, the Browns sent the Giants for first and third round picks and safety Jabrill Peppers. It was then considered a bad deal for the Giants. But the Browns will likely get less. Maybe. There were two top receivers traded this week, DeAndre Hopkins from Houston to Arizona ad Stefon Diggs from Minnesota to Buffalo, Hopkins is probably better than Beckham right now, but Beckham is clearly better than Diggs. Still, Diggs cost much more than Hopkins. In a deal that has been panned, the Texans sent Hopkins and a fourth-round pick to the Cardinals for a second rounder this year, a fourth rounder next year, running back David Johnson and his bloated contract. The Vikings sent Diggs and a seventh rounder to the Bills for a first rounder, fifth and sixth rounders this year and a fourth rounder next year. The market is mixed. Getting Beckham would likely include a first-round pick and perhaps guard Gabe Jackson or some other addition. But it’s doable.
There’s a reason why he’s available:
When players are traded back-to-back years there are red flags, especially when it’s a great player. Teams don’t want to keep OBJ for some reason.
OBJ in Vegas:
Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock have been open about bringing in the right players as they transition to the bright lights of Las Vegas. Beckham might embrace the Vegas lifestyle a little too much for the Raiders’ liking.
Gruden’s trade history at receiver:
Martavis Bryant, Antonio Brown, Trevor Davis and Zay Jones. That’s a lot of wasted draft picks and bad karma.
Great draft class:
This draft class is loaded. It’s considered one of the best receiver classes in the past twenty years. The Raiders might be better off keeping their picks and taking their own guys.
He’s a special talent, but, the cons outweigh the pros.