Not even a week after they started a frenzy in free agency, the Oakland Raiders are also wheeling and dealing making trades of two players for draft picks.
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden told fans last week that “We ain’t done yet, just watch.” when talking about remaking the team. So far he is making good on that statement as the Raiders made two trades in the last 24 hours.
Wide receiver and special teams star Cordarrelle Patterson was traded to the New England Patriots yesterday. The move freed up $3.25 million in salary cap space and turned a sixth round compensatory pick (#210 overall) into a fifth round selection(#159 overall). Patterson’s primary value as a Raider was in the kick return game. In 2017, Patteson gave the Raiders the best starting field position in the NFL as a return man. His numbers fell off later in the year as the league quickly adapted and kicked away from him. Patterson wasn’t used for punt returns so his role was diminished.
Not a strong route runner, Patterson didn’t fit into Gruden’s plans moving forward.
Just today, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport broke the news Oakland fullback Jamize Olawale was the next inherited player to be shuffled off the roster and out of town.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 20, 2018
Olawale was a mismatch nightmare and strong blocker for the Raiders during his time in Oakland. To his detriment, he was hampered with nagging injuries the past two seasons and that made him expendable. The end for Olawale and the Raiders came as the team signed free agent Keith Smith. In return for Olawale the the Raiders again traded a 6th round pick for a 5th round pick. Details of the pick swap are not known at this time.
Moves Create Cap Space and Improve Draft Capital
With these two trades, the Raiders have cleared $5 million in cap space and swapped two 6th round picks for two 5th round picks. Additionally, the Raiders still have about $10 million in cap liquidity from a few players still currently on the roster. This is not to suggest the Raiders will cut or trade anyone else but they do have the flexibility to do so if the right player or compensation comes along.