One executive explained that the Raiders are going to want at least two first-round picks for Mack.
“They are not giving him away,” the exec said. “They are not taking a one. I think it’s two ones, at minimum. They are going to make it hard on people. Gruden is starting to see their pass rush and it’s just not good enough without Mack.”
One GM thinks the Raiders could get a first-round pick another mid-round selection, but he says it’s a “double-edged sword” for the team acquiring Mack, given that they’d have to turn around and pay him a top-of-the-market contract after parting with draft picks.
“It would take a one and change, maybe a one and a four, a one and a three,” the GM said. “But it’s a double-edged sword for the [acquiring] team. You gotta give up the picks and the money. It’s tricky if you already have a highly paid quarterback or other players you’re looking to pay.”
Sando admits that every team in the NFL could have interest in Mack, but he lists the 49ers, Jets, Seahawks, Packers and Bears teams worth watching.
The consensus among the sources Sando spoke to is that they’re not sure why the Raiders would trade a talented player like Mack.
- Matt Miller has spoken to multiple NFL sources today who mentioned that at least three teams have made strong inquiries about a potential trade for Mack.
- According to Miller, this doesn’t mean Mack will definitely be traded, but the Raiders are “listening and in some cases even pursuing trade partners.“
Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com lists a number of players who have come up as potential trade candidates in NFL circles including:
- Steelers QB Josh Dobbs
- Vikings CB Marcus Sherels
- Vikings CB Mackensie Alexander
- Lions RB Ameer Abdullah
- Packers WR Trevor Davis
- Packers CB Quinten Rollins
- Raiders DL Mario Edwards
- Texans WR Braxton Miller
- Colts OT Austin Howard
- Eagles G Chance Warmack
- Bears C Hroniss Grasu
- The American Alliance of Football announced that former NFL RB Trent Richardson has signed with their franchise in Birmingham, Alabama.