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Raiders Have Made TE Mychal Rivera Available For Trade

Adam Caplan of ESPN mentioned during an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio that the Raiders have made TE Mychal Rivera available for trade because they’re “very high” on Clive Walford.

This fits with a previous report from Adam Schefter, who mentioned that Rivera was expected to be available for trade in the weeks leading up to this year’s NFL Draft.

As of now, there haven’t been any teams connected to Rivera, but it’s possible that someone could contact the Raiders about him, given that there isn’t much depth at tight end in available pool of free agents right now. On top of that, many consider this year’s tight class to be largely underwhelming, which could also help the Raiders’ odds of moving Rivera.

Rivera, 25, is a former sixth-round pick of the Raiders back in 2013. He’s in the final year of his four-year, $2.265 million rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $675,000 for the 2016 season.

According to OverTheCap.com, trading Rivera would free up $1,671,000 in available cap space while creating $26,213 in dead money.

In 2015, Rivera appeared in all 16 games for the Raiders and recorded 32 receptions for 280 yards receiving and a single touchdown. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 57 tight end out of 67 qualifying players.

We’ll have more regarding a potential trade involving Rivera as the news is available.