We already know Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock aren’t afraid of making major moves.
Since he took over, Gruden has traded Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper, and last year he and Mayock made the move for that one wide receiver that you all remember, but try to forget every day.
The point is the Raiders are no strangers to making bold moves.
And they are set up well to take advantage of unique situations that arise. They have more than $50 million in salary-cap room and two picks in the top 19 and five in the first three rounds. The Raiders have the resources and means to make a big move.
One such move may be representing itself. The Jacksonville Jaguars are reportedly going to put the franchise tag on stud pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue with the intent of trading him. Ngakoue doesn’t want to be there anymore.
If Jacksonville does give Ngakoue the franchise tag and trade him it will continue a recent trend in the league. Last year, Kansas City traded pass-rusher Dee Ford to San Francisco for a second-round pick. Also, the Chiefs acquired pass-rusher Frank Clark for a first and second-round pick from Seattle.
Ngakoue is 24 and has 37.5 sacks in four NFL seasons. He had eight sacks last season and he is an overall quality player.
So, the trade cost would likely be closer to Clark’s than Ford’s.
Ngakoue is going to demand a huge contract in any trade. Clark received a five-year, $105.5 million deal form the Chiefs. Ngakoue will likely get paid in that neighborhood.
The Raiders can use another pass-rusher and they have the means.
Yes, they have Maxx Crosby and Clelin Ferrell. But adding Ngakoue would make everyone better and they all would go into their primes together.
Mayock keeps saying he wants impact players. Making a deal for Ngakoue would qualify as such a move.
I’m not completely sold on this idea. But it’s worth discussing because of all the above elements. Would this be something you could get behind?
Let me know in the comments section below.