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Silver Minings: Warren Moon was nearly a Raider

Hall of Fame quarterback was nearly traded to the Raiders in 1986

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On a recent episode of the Touchdown Wire NFL Podcast, host Doug Farrar interviewed former NCAA/CFL/NFL coach and offensive innovator June Jones. During their conversation, the coach revealed that Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon was nearly traded to the-then Los Angeles Raiders.

Jones said that Al Davis wanted Moon and the Houston Oilers management was frustrated with the quarterback’s perceived lack of poise in the pocket. However, the coach convinced the organization to keep the legendary signal-caller. Moon would go on to throw for 5,133 yards and 38 touchdowns with one Pro Bowl selection during his two years under Jones’ tutelage.

The Raiders could have used the Hall of Famer back then. In 1987 and 1988, the two years Moon and Jones worked together, the Silver and Black went a combined 12-19 and started five different quarterbacks.

Jay Schroder would eventually take command of the offense in 1990 and lead the team to a division title, but that was short-lived as the organization quickly went back to playing quarterback musical chairs while Moon made Pro Bowl after Pro Bowl.

Hypothetically, if Warren Moon did get traded to Los Angeles, where would he rank among the Raiders’ all-time greats?

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