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David Carr Lets Slip Which QB Davante Adams Wants Raiders to Add

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Las Vegas Raiders WR Davante Adams.

There’s conflicting information on what the Las Vegas Raiders might do in the 2024 NFL Draft but there’s no denying the team needs to upgrade the quarterback position. Wide receiver Davante Adams is 31 and doesn’t want to waste a season with a stopgap quarterback.He’s been vocal about the team’s quarterback position in the past and wanted them to add C.J. Stroud this year. According to NFL Network’s David Carr, Adams has another specific quarterback he’s eyeing this year.“You gotta move up,” Carr said on the April 1 episode of “NFL Total Access. “You’re going to have to make something happen. So, he has a lot of trust in his front office in finding the right guy, and then also making the appropriate moves to get up there. But honestly, when you look at this thing, I really think that they’re going to have to get one a little bit higher than where they are. They’re going to have to identify who they want, what quarterback fits their system – obviously, we know who Davante [Adams] wants.”“I think that that’s something you’re going to have to navigate also because he’s not a piece that you can move. That would be kind of ironic; you trade Davante to bring in Jayden Daniels, who he wants. I think that’s going to be really fun to see how this thing plays out.”Adams is very close with the Carr family as he was a teammate of David’s brother Derek Carr at Fresno State and on the Raiders. The wide receiver has also hinted at interest in Daniels in the past so this information from Carr isn’t a big surprise.Less & Less Likely Las Vegas Raiders Will Get Jayden DanielsAs bad as Davante Adams might want Jayden Daniels, it’s not likely to happen. It’s looking more and more like the Washington Commanders at No. 2 are locked in on the quarterback.Caleb Williams will be the Chicago Bears‘ pick at No. 1 so there won’t be any surprises for Washington. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it might just be a matter of when, not if Daniels will be the Commanders’ selection at No. 2.“I think you can go and get those Jayden Daniels jerseys,” Schefter told Commanders fans on the April 12 episode of the “The Trap or Dive Podcast.”Schefter is one of the most connected reporters in the NFL so unless there’s a change in the next couple of weeks, Daniels is going to be a Commander.What Do Las Vegas Raiders Do if Jayden Daniels Isn’t an Option?The Raiders have been heavily connected to Jayden Daniels due to his previous experience with head coach Antonio Pierce. There hasn’t been much of an indication about which quarterbacks the team likes outside of Daniels.Daniels going at No. 2 would open up the possibility that Drake Maye could be available. He has long been considered the second-best quarterback prospect in the draft but Daniels appears to have leapfrogged him. It’s unclear if the Raiders would want to trade up to get him. The team could also stay put with their No. 13 pick and take Washington’s Michel Penix Jr. They may also be able to get him if they trade down. The Raiders don’t have many appealing options considering their draft position. […]

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Conflicting Rumors on Raiders QB Draft Plans Emerge

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Antonio Pierce & Tom Telesco of the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Las Vegas Raiders aren’t shy about the fact that they’d like to add a young quarterback but haven’t exposed what exactly their plan to get one is. The team doesn’t pick until No. 13 so getting one of the top prospects will likely require a trade-up.According to The Athletic’s Vic Tafur, that’s exactly what the team wants to do.“The Las Vegas Raiders quarterback was a fourth-round draft pick a year ago and wound up starting 10 games,” Tafur wrote in an April 11 column. “The team finished the season winning three of its last four games under interim coach Antonio Pierce, with O’Connell throwing eight touchdowns and no interceptions.“But the first thing anybody mentions when it comes to the Raiders and the upcoming NFL Draft is their need for a quarterback. … The Raiders have the 13th pick and would like to trade up.”LSU’s Jayden Daniels is likely the team’s desired target considering his previous relationship with head coach Antonio Pierce. Pierce was his recruiting coordinator at Arizona State. The draft is getting closer and there isn’t much time for the Raiders to pull off a trade but the situation is worth watching.ESPN Says Las Vegas Raiders Prefer OL or CBWhile Vic Tafur is reporting that the Raiders want to trade up for a quarterback, ESPN’s Jordan Reid believes the team is targeting other positions.“Yeah, expect offensive line or cornerback at No. 13 overall,” Reid wrote in an April 11 column. “At Alabama’s pro day last month, Pierce seemed to be keeping a close eye on Terrion Arnold, who would give Vegas a shutdown corner on the outside. But sources with the team have also suggested to me that the Raiders could add another tackle to pair with Kolton Miller. Taliese Fuaga is a natural match based on the hole at right tackle and play style, but don’t dismiss JC Latham at this spot, either.”Now, if the Raiders stay at No. 13, taking a quarterback could be a reach depending on who is still available. The team does have needs at cornerback and offensive line so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the team favor those positions than reaching for the fifth or sixth-best quarterback in the draft. Also, the price to trade up will be steep so the Raiders could prefer to keep their picks and build out the rest of the roster.What Should Las Vegas Raiders Do?The Raiders haven’t used a first-round pick on a quarterback since JaMarcus Russell in 2007. Prior to that, the team last used a first-round pick on a quarterback with Todd Marinovich in 1991. Considering those two players are all-time draft busts, it’s easy to see why the Raiders haven’t been eager to draft quarterbacks early.That said, the Raiders haven’t won a playoff game since 2002 and much of that has been due to lackluster quarterback play. At a certain point, the team is going to have to take a swing on a quarterback. The Raiders aren’t going to go far in an AFC that is loaded with elite quarterback talent with Gardner Minshew running the offense. Perhaps if the team was in the NFC, they’d be able to get away with average quarterback play but that’s not going to work in the AFC. […]

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Christian Wilkins Reveals Why He Ditched Dolphins for Raiders

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Las Vegas Raiders DT Christian Wilkins.

The Las Vegas Raiders made one of the biggest free agent signings of the offseason when they landed defensive tackle Christian Wilkins. He had a number of suitors in free agency but decided to go with the Raiders.There were many reasons why he made the choice but perhaps the biggest one involved star defensive end Maxx Crosby.“Obviously, just for me, I’m just looking – the big one is looking to help out No. 98 the best I can. Playing next to Maxx Crosby will be a really cool experience,” Wilkins said of why he signed with the Raiders during the April 10 episode of the “Third and Long” podcast. “He’s a heck of a player and probably my favorite player in the league just because of things he does and all of that stuff, so I’m just looking at being able to help him out, help the younger guys out.”Crosby came into the NFL as a fourth-round pick in 2019 but has quickly established himself as one of the best defensive players in the league. Other players have taken notice and are eager to play with him. Wilkins and Crosby playing next to each other should make both of their jobs a lot easier.Christian Wilkins Happy for Fresh StartChristian Wilkins is leaving the Miami Dolphins after five seasons and enjoyed his experience with the team. However, he’s excited about the chance to start anew and is a big fan of Raiders head coach Antonio Pierce.“It’s just cool because it’s kind of like a fresh start,” Wilkins said. “And it’s just kind of like the next chapter in my story, the next chapter in my life. Which is kind of cool because I get to write it, and it all starts since March 14 when I signed on the dotted line and made it official.“So, that’s really cool. Just looking forward to just becoming a part of already what kind of has been established there. Just good energy where you got a head coach [Antonio Pierce] who’s a player’s coach and allowing guys to be themselves. And he was a former player, so he knows what it is, he knows what it takes.”Pierce is clearly having a positive impact when it comes to the Raiders’ ability to recruit top free agents.Christian Wilkins Thinks Las Vegas Raiders Are Headed in Right DirectionThe Raiders went 8-9 last season but there are reasons for optimism. The team finished the season 3-1 under Antonio Pierce and should be improved with the coach getting a full year under his belt.Christian Wilkins believes the Raiders are ascending and that played a role in why he wanted to come to Las Vegas.“I just feel like it was kind of my purpose and my calling and just my call to move on to this next journey, this next chapter, and to shine my light somewhere else,” Wilkins said. “So, I’m just looking forward to all of the things that’s going to come with it. Going in there with an open mind and just the spirit I always had: just with the work-comes-first grinding and see where you end up.“And I think the organization’s heading in the right way. Again, there’s so much to be excited about just from a team standpoint, and everything’s happening, I feel like, right there, and I just want to add to it as much as I can.” […]

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Ex-Raiders Starting CB Signs Contract With 49ers

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Former Raiders CB Rock Ya-Sin.

When the Las Vegas Raiders traded defensive end Yannick Ngakoue for cornerback Rock Ya-Sin in 2022, the hope was that he’d potentially be a long-term starter. However, injuries hampered him that season and he only played in 11 games, starting nine of them.The former second-round pick spent last season with the Baltimore Ravens and is on the move once again. The San Francisco 49ers announced on April 11 that they’ve signed Ya-Sin to a one-year contract.

The #49ers today announced the team has signed CB Rock Ya-Sin to a one-year deal.

Ya-Sin’s biggest knock is that he hasn’t been able to stay healthy consistently. He hasn’t played a full season once in five years. He’s also not much of a ballhawk. He hasn’t had an interception since the 2020 season and just two in his whole career.The 49ers have had one of the better defenses in the NFL for several years now but have invested most of their money in the front seven. There should be an opportunity for Ya-Sin to see the field a lot and make some plays. The 49ers’ elite defensive line makes life easier for cornerbacks so this could be the situation that Ya-Sin needs to reboot his career.Las Vegas Raiders Expected to Add OL or CB in 1st-RoundMuch of the discussion surrounding what the Raiders might do in the draft has involved quarterbacks. However, the team doesn’t pick until No. 13, and with so many teams picking before them needing quarterbacks, it could prove too difficult to get one in the first round this season.ESPN’s Jordan Reid is now expecting the Raiders to look at other positions early.“Yeah, expect offensive line or cornerback at No. 13 overall,” Reid wrote in an April 11 column. “At Alabama’s pro day last month, Pierce seemed to be keeping a close eye on Terrion Arnold, who would give Vegas a shutdown corner on the outside. But sources with the team have also suggested to me that the Raiders could add another tackle to pair with Kolton Miller. Taliese Fuaga is a natural match based on the hole at right tackle and play style, but don’t dismiss JC Latham at this spot, either.”Quarterback is the team’s biggest need so they will likely continue to consider their options in case there’s a scenario where they can add one they like. If not, there’s no reason to force the issue right now and waste a first-round pick on the wrong quarterback.Should Las Vegas Raiders Favor OL or CB?Outside of quarterback, offensive line and cornerback are definitely the team’s biggest needs. The team has not been aggressive addressing the positions in free agency so there’s a good chance they have plans to add to both positions in the draft.With the No. 13 pick, offensive line would likely make more sense than cornerback. There are still good cornerbacks in free agency that the Raiders could sign as stopgap starters. It’s much harder to find good offensive linemen in free agency right now. Plus, their prices are going way up. The team doesn’t have a right guard or a right tackle right now. There’s a very good chance that Las Vegas will target a right tackle in the first round and address the cornerback need later. […]

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Legendary QB Not Opposed to NFL Return; Mentions Raiders as Possibility

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Antonio Pierce & Mark Davis of the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Las Vegas Raiders are still waiting for Tom Brady’s ownership stake in the team to be approved but he could still have other plans. Brady retired during the 2023 offseason and it was the first season he wasn’t on an NFL team since 2000.Brady has already come out of retirement once and said he doesn’t want to do it again. However, a year away from football may have softened his stance. The legendary quarterback was recently given a hypothetical scenario where it’s toward the end of the season and a playoff team loses their starting quarterback. Would he be willing to return just for a playoff push?“I’m not opposed to it,” Brady said on the April 11 episode of “DeepCut with VicBlends” when asked about a possible NFL return.Prior to being given the scenario, Brady threw out the Raiders and New England Patriots as possible teams that could interest him if he were to return. He turns 47 in August and would instantly be the oldest player in the NFL if he came back. It sounds like it would have to be a perfect scenario for him to return but nothing is off the table. There have been playoff teams that have had their seasons derailed in the past due to quarterback injuries so Brady could be an interesting player to watch if a big injury happens next season.

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Would Las Vegas Raiders Want Tom Brady Playing QB?Last offseason, the Raiders were heavily linked to Tom Brady. He had a longstanding relationship with former head coach Josh McDaniels and the team had a need at quarterback. However, Brady decided to choose retirement over coming to Las Vegas.A year later, the Raiders still have a need at quarterback and are expected to target the position in the draft. It doesn’t sound like Brady has much interest in spending a full season with a team so Las Vegas wouldn’t sign him to be the quarterback right now.That said, if the Raiders play well in 2024 but have quarterback issues, then it could be a possibility that he’d be an option but there would be some hurdles to clear.Can Tom Brady Play & Be an Owner?Tom Brady’s ownership in the Raiders hasn’t been approved yet but there’s no reason to believe it won’t eventually happen. If he were to get approved before the 2024 season, a return to the field would be much more complicated.According to a 2023 report from TMZ, Brady would technically be allowed to play again if he owned a team but it would require a vote from the owners. He would need 24 or 32 teams to approve him being a player again.The problem here is that there likely wouldn’t be many teams looking to help the Raiders, especially if they’re a playoff team toward the end of the season. Now, Brady is great for ratings and his triumphant return would likely bring a ton of money back into the NFL. Would NFL owners prefer to put the Raiders at a competitive disadvantage or to make more money? This would be an unprecedented situation so it’s impossible to know. […]

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Trade Prediction Has Raiders Deal With Falcons to Land Highly-Touted QB

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Las Vegas Raiders GM Tom Telesco.

The Las Vegas Raiders haven’t leaked out their draft plans yet but it seems likely that they’ll consider their options at quarterback. Moving up into the top three will prove difficult so the team may sit back and see how the board plays out.Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy is considered by many to be the fourth-best quarterback in the draft. If he somehow falls to the Atlanta Falcons at No. 8, Ian Valentino of The 33rd Team is predicting the Raiders to trade up and select McCarthy.“Being stuck in a division with Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert means the Las Vegas Raiders and Broncos might have to get creative to find their solutions at the position,” Valentino wrote in an April 11 column.“Las Vegas doesn’t have to act completely desperate because it has Gardner Minshew II and Aidan O’Connell on the roster, but being within range of a move for J.J. McCarthy makes them trading up possible. McCarthy offers a much better physical skill set to develop than his peers on the roster.”Moving from No. 13 to No. 8 will be much less costly than moving up into the top three. However, would the Raiders want to move up to take the fourth-best quarterback in the draft? That remains to be seen.Will J.J. McCarthy Make It out of the Top 5?When the offseason first started, J.J. McCarthy was expected to be available by pick No. 8. In recent months, he’s been one of the fastest risers in the draft. Recent mock drafts from ESPN and NFL.com both have McCarthy being selected in the top five.It seems like every year there’s a quarterback who gets hyped up during the draft process who ends up falling so it’s possible that will be McCarthy this year but it’s still hard to see a scenario where he’s available at No. 8.The Raiders could always trade further up the board but that will be costly. It may be worth it if the team could get one of the top three quarterbacks but might be too steep of a price for McCarthy, who never threw for more than 22 touchdowns in a season in college.

JJ McCarthy on his meeting with the Raiders

Las Vegas Raiders Could Go OL in 1st-RoundWith finding a way to trade up for a top quarterback proving difficult, the Raiders could address other needs with their first-round pick. The team needs a new right tackle after Jermaine Eluemunor signed with the New York Giants in free agency.In Mel Kiper Jr.’s latest mock draft for ESPN, he has the Raiders selecting Oregon State offensive lineman Taliese Fuaga.“Las Vegas could be another team to watch for the edge rushers, but I don’t think it can ignore its void at right tackle, particularly in this great class,” Kiper wrote in his April 10 mock draft. “Fuaga, one of my favorite prospects in this draft, is a punishing blocker who plays with nastiness. He allowed just one sack over the past two seasons while playing right tackle for the Beavers. He and veteran Kolton Miller would make a solid duo of bookends. Cornerback is the other position I considered for the Raiders, with Terrion Arnold (Alabama) likely to go in this range.” […]

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Aidan O’Connell Has Strong Response to Raiders Potentially Adding a QB

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Las Vegas Raiders QB Aidan O’Connell.

The Las Vegas Raiders could be in the market for a quarterback in the 2024 NFL Draft. The team already added one with the Gardner Minshew signing but is likely to add at least one more player to the position group.Aidan O’Connell started 10 games for the Raiders last season but the team hasn’t indicated that they plan for him to be the long-term starter. For his part, O’Connell isn’t offended by the team adding quarterbacks. He welcomes the competition.“I have had to compete my whole life, and I wouldn’t want it any other way,” O’Connell told The Athletic’s Vic Tafur in an April 11 interview. “The NFL is the best of the best, and you have to earn everything every year. That’s the way it should be. It’s my job to keep my job. It doesn’t really matter who they bring in.”O’Connell has a leg up over a potential rookie and Minshew considering he was with the team last season. Head coach Antonio Pierce is a fan of the quarterback and was the reason the team didn’t make a change during the season when O’Connell was struggling. He’ll likely still be in the mix to start next season but he’ll be facing an uphill battle if the Raiders select a quarterback in the first round.Aidan O’Connell Working on MobilityAidan O’Connell has a good arm, which he showed on a number of deep passes throughout the season. His accuracy was a bit erratic but that should be improved as he gets more experience. The biggest problem facing O’Connell is his lack of mobility.He’s slow and not particularly elusive in the pocket, which led to several easy sacks last season. O’Connell knows that he’s not going to get substantially faster but that’s not stopping him from working on his mobility.“My job is to get the ball to our talented playmakers, and that can mean sliding over and buying yourself a couple of seconds,” O’Connell said. “The NFL game is extremely fast, and I have to be quick with my decision-making and getting the ball out. And while I am not going to win any foot races, I have to be able to get a couple of yards for a first down if the opportunity presents itself. You do whatever you have to, to make a play and win a game, and that’s how we approach training.”Even Patrick Mahomes isn’t particularly fast but he consistently makes defenders miss with how elusive he is. If O’Connell can figure out how to dodge pass rushers more consistently, his chances of being a starting quarterback will be much higher.

Top performing #Raiders rookies according to @PFF – with their ranking among their position group in the 2023 draft class:
Aidan O’Connell (2nd out of 13)Tre Tucker (13th out of 43)Michael Mayer (5th out of 9)

Aidan O’Connell’s Coach Discusses ProgressThere’s no guarantee the Raiders will be able to get a quarterback they like in the draft this year. Even if they do, they’ll still need to earn the starting spot. Aidan O’Connell still has a chance to be the starter next season and isn’t taking his foot off the gas, according to his personal quarterback coach Jeff Christensen.“He always worked hard to have great mechanics and his accuracy is elite,” Christensen told Vic Tafur. “The one I don’t think people talked enough about last season was that he threw a really nice deep ball. I know the Raiders love that. … There is a lot to be excited about with Aidan, and he is really looking forward to competing for the starting job again.” […]

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Little-Known NFL Rule Is Negatively Impacting Raiders Offseason

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Las Vegas Raiders head coach Antonio Pierce.

Antonio Pierce is in his first offseason as an NFL head coach but isn’t going to be afforded the same luxuries that other first-time head coaches get. Pierce was first given the head coaching job during last season after the Las Vegas Raiders fired Josh McDaniels.He ended up coaching nine games before the team decided to promote him to the full-time position in the offseason. There were seven other teams in the NFL this offseason to make head coaching changes and all of those teams have been able to start their offseason program.The NFL lets new head coaches get an early start due to the fact that they have more work to do. However, the Raiders have yet to start their offseason program and that’s due to a little-known NFL rule, per Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer.“It turns out there’s a rule—that at least I didn’t know about—biting the Raiders here,” Breer wrote in an April 9 column. “Under the NFL and NFLPA’s agreement, if a head coach was interim coach for more than two games, then he and his staff are ineligible for the added time and extra minicamp in their first offseason with the team. Antonio Pierce, having coached nine games, was way over that threshold. So the Raiders, under Pierce, will start next Monday.”Pierce has an almost entirely new coaching staff on offense and several new coaches on defense. There’s also a new front office in place. It seems odd that the Raiders wouldn’t be afforded the same luxuries as other teams with new coaches but Pierce has been with the team for two years so the learning curve shouldn’t be as steep.Las Vegas Raiders’ Silver LiningWhile the Raiders won’t be able to get a head start on the offseason, it may not even matter. Antonio Pierce has previously stated that at least 30 players have been at the team’s facility daily working on football.According to Albert Breer, that should help alleviate the disadvantage the NFL’s rules have put on the Raiders.“The silver lining here is that the number of players who have voluntarily come in to work out at the facility over the last few weeks has been very healthy, and that helps mitigate anything lost without that built-in advantage,” Breer wrote. “You can chalk at least part of that up, of course, to guys wanting to be in Vegas, or living there full-time, in the offseason.”It’s a good sign for the Raiders that players are volunteering to work at the facility when they aren’t mandated to.Las Vegas Raiders Players Are MotivatedMany Raiders players were very vocal about Antonio Pierce becoming the full-time head coach this offseason. They got their wish but haven’t taken their foot off the gas once he was given the job. It’s clear that the players are heavily motivated to play hard under Pierce.Running an offseason will be new for Pierce but having his players eager to work will only make things easier for him. The Raiders still have many openings on the roster so it remains to be seen how new players will adapt to the culture but returning players are ready for the 2024 season to start already. […]

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Mark Davis’ Opinion on Raiders Possibly Trading for QB Leaked to Media

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Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis.

The Las Vegas Raiders have had quarterback questions since Rich Gannon was the starter from 1999 to 2004. There were only a few years of Derek Carr when it looked like they finally had an answer.Right now, the Raiders seem very keen on drafting a quarterback this year but they don’t pick until No. 13 in the first-round. If the team wants one of the top quarterbacks, they will need to trade up. Owner Mark Davis typically likes to remain hands-off but trading up for a quarterback could have long-term ramifications for the franchise.According to ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez, Davis is open to whatever general manager Tom Telesco and head coach Antonio Pierce think is best.“Sources say Raiders owner Mark Davis has given his blessing for Telesco and Pierce to make a move, any move … so long as it makes sense,” Gutierrez wrote in an April 10 column.Trading up into the top-three for a quarterback will likely cost three or more picks so there is a major risk in making that type of move. Selecting the wrong quarterback in this scenario could set the team back a few years. Regardless, it sounds like he trusts Telesco and Pierce to make the right decision.Which QB Would Las Vegas Raiders Trade up For?The Raiders can’t trade up just to trade up. They have to do it if they have a quarterback they really want. The obvious player the team could be eyeing is former LSU quarterback and 2023 Heisman Trophy winner Jayden Daniels.Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal explained why Daniels is perfect for the Raiders.“It’s almost too perfect of a match,” Hill wrote in an April 9 column. “Daniels would give the Raiders a franchise quarterback and be reunited with a coach he’s known since high school in the process. Antonio Pierce was Arizona State’s associate head coach two of Daniels’ three seasons there. Pierce recruited the quarterback to the school.”The connection between Daniels and Pierce is strong. However, there’s a real chance that the quarterback will be selected at No. 2 by the Washington Commanders. That would make it nearly impossible for the Raiders to have an avenue to add him. Now, the New England Patriots at No. 3 could be open to trading down but it’s going to be expensive. Would the Raiders be willing to depart with three first-round picks to get Daniels? That may be what it costs.

Jayden Daniels on his meeting with Raiders and old friend Antonio Pierce:

What if Las Vegas Raiders Can’t Get Jayden Daniels?The Raiders could also consider trying to trade up to No. 3 to get UNC’s Drake Maye but there hasn’t been much of an indication that the team is interested in him. There’s also Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy but trading up for the fourth-best quarterback on the board isn’t ideal.If Jayden Daniels is going to New England or Washington, the Raiders may need to start thinking about Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. or Oregon’s Bo Nix. Both are older prospects with less upside but played a lot of games in college and should be ready to step in quickly.South Carolina’s Spencer Rattler is also an option if the team prefers to wait until the second or third round to address the position. […]

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Raiders WR Davante Adams Hit With Dreaded Label

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Las Vegas Raiders DE Maxx Crosby.

When the Las Vegas Raiders traded for Davante Adams in 2022 and gave him a contract worth $14o million, the hope was that the team would be competing for the playoffs. Two years into Adams’ tenure and Las Vegas hasn’t been close to a playoff berth.Adams remains an elite wide receiver and has over 1,100 receiving yards in back-to-back seasons but he’s also 31 and should be on the decline. Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report went through and listed every team’s most overpaid player and landed on Adams as the Raiders’.“This was a tie between Adams and new addition Christian Wilkins,” Gagnon wrote in an April 10 column. “The former is the second-highest paid receiver in the sport and appears to be declining at 31, while the latter is now the fifth-highest paid defender in the league despite having never been a first- or second-team All-Pro at 28. At least there’s more upside with Wilkins.”Adams does have the Raiders’ biggest salary cap hit at $25.35 million in 2024, and it’s going to skyrocket in 2025 when it reaches $44.1 million. Las Vegas isn’t grossly overpaying any player so Adams may have just been selected due to the fact that there weren’t a ton of options.Not Fair to Say Davante Adams Is DecliningBrad Gagnon made the assertion that Davante Adams is on the decline but there’s little reason to believe that’s true. Adams did go from 1,516 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns in 2022 to 1,144 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in 2023. Yes, his stats did decline but that’s ignoring context.The Raiders had three different starting quarterbacks in 2023 and the team took on dead money just to move on from two of them. Rookie fourth-round pick Aidan O’Connell ended up starting most of the games but it took him several games to get comfortable.Adams can’t throw himself the ball. The Raiders’ offense as a whole was lackluster in 2023 and also had to go through a coaching change halfway through the season. Despite all of that, Adams finished 15th in the NFL in receiving yards. Luke Getsy coached Adams for years in Green Bay and is now the Raiders’ offensive coordinator. He should know how to get Adams the ball more effectively than the last coaching staff did.Las Vegas Raiders Still Need a QBThe Raiders’ quarterback group should be in a better position than it was last season. Aidan O’Connell will be better in his second year and Gardner Minshew is likely an upgrade over Jimmy Garoppolo.However, the Raiders would still be wise to try to upgrade the group. There’s been a lot of talk around the idea of the team drafting a quarterback early. Davante Adams seems to like LSU’s Jayden Daniels but Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. is a more realistic target.Either player would provide much more upside to the position than what the Raiders currently have. Having a wide receiver like Adams would make life easier for a rookie and the team doesn’t plan to trade him. It seems likely that the Raiders will at least strongly consider taking a quarterback in the first round but could also upgrade the offensive line. Either addition should help Adams be more productive. […]