Raiders McFadden Potentially Trade Bait?
Tim Kavanaugh of ESPN.com brought up speculation that Darren McFadden could be a trade option in the 2012 off-season.
Again, this is purely speculation, but the points he makes are valid and the situation could be a viable opportunity for the Raiders.
The Raiders lack a first round, second round, and third round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, thanks to the Carson Palmer trade, trade up for Joseph Barksdale and Taiwan Jones in 2011, and the third round selection of Terrelle Pryor in the 2011 Supplemental Draft.
In a deep draft class, the Raiders have a lot of holes that they could potentially fill if they could deal McFadden.
McFadden has yet to play a full season for the Raiders, most recently starting the first seven games, and missing the last nine with a lisfranc sprain in 2011.
He’s loaded with talent and has rushed for 5.2 and 5.4 yards per carry, respectively, in each of his last two seasons, but has struggled with health.
Backup Michael Bush had his ups and downs in 2011 finishing with 3.8 yards per carry on 977 yards and seven touchdowns.
But pair bush up with second year man Taiwan Jones, and they could fill the void with McFadden, while stockpiling a few more picks in the 2012 and 2013 draft (which they also lose picks in).
New General Manager Reggie McKenzie would likely try and build this team through the draft, and he needs picks to do it.
There are very few dire needs for a running back in the NFL, so it could cause a problem finding a trade partner, but a team like the Green Bay Packers or Cincinnati Bengals could use a late first round pick, or multiple mid-round picks to take a chance on the oft-injured McFadden.
Keet Bailey heads the NFL Draft division of NFL Soup. Bailey's 2012 NFL Mock Draft scored 12th overall among 112 participants according to The Huddle Report's Annual Mock Draft scoring contest. An avid Cleveland Browns fan, Keet hails from and resides in Ohio. Follow Keet on Twitter @NFLSoupKeet