Surprise! The Oakland Raiders made no changes before the trade deadline passed.
In four years as general manager, Reggie Mckenzie continues to not make any trades.
Trade deadline passes for fourth straight year with McKenzie leaving guns holstered. Not how Reggie rolls. #Raiders
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) November 3, 2015
Of course fans like myself would like to see him take some gambles. However, the team is winning this year so I’ll keep my mouth shut.
In past years I have been adament about the Raiders making a play on some star power. This year I would have said the same, but the Raiders are in the playoff hunt. Moreover, they have all of their draft picks.
Raider fans know Reggie McKenzie loves him some draft picks.
Some of the names rumored on the trading block included Brian Cushing and Eric Weddle. Who wants some washed up defensive players?
Sheldon Richardson and Jason Pierre-Paul are probably the only names I would have traded for. They have enough off-field risks to warrant a discount price.
But let’s get real. It still would have cost a couple of high draft picks. Not worth it considering the Raiders are young and only getting better.
Plus, McKenzie has done a fine enough job scouring the waiver wire. He found gold in cornerback David Amerson.
Oakland basically resurrected Amerson’s career. Not to mention, he licked his chops with a hit on Geno Smith this Sunday versus the New York Jets.
Then there was also the Week 1 signing of Aldon Smith. Smith faced some legal troubles, but McKenzie took the gamble. Now he might have a cornerstone pass rusher across from Khalil Mack
Hence, we should forget about the trade deadline. Lets just be happy we are winning.