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The Raiders Should Trade This Player While They Still Can

Jason Schandl
The Las Vegas Raiders should trade away this player while they can still get a solid return.
The Las Vegas Raiders should trade away this player while they can still get a solid return. / Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

The Las Vegas Raiders made some key additions this offseason, and this looks like a team that could be on the verge of being a real player in the AFC again. To succeed at getting all the way out of this long rebuild period, they have to continue making moves with a long-term focus.

That's why trading away wide receiver Tyrell Williams would make a ton of sense.

The Raiders wide receiving corps is quietly looking pretty strong heading into the 2020 season. Taking Henry Ruggs III in the NFL Draft was a big move, and signing Nelson Agholor for the veteran minimum was sneaky-smart.

Hunter Renfrow also showed a ton of promise as a slot receiver in his 2019 rookie season, and Darren Waller emerged as one of the NFL's best receiving tight ends. Williams had a strong year as well, but it doesn't look like he's going to be crucial to this offense's success.

Trading Williams would also be a savvy move for salary cap purposes. He carries a cap hit around $11 million in each of the next three seasons, but the Raiders would incur no dead money by trading him now that we're into June.

Williams' trade value also isn't likely to get any higher than it is right now. He got a chance to serve as the No. 1 option when he was healthy last year, and his 46.5 receiving yards per game were the second-most of his career. This passing game is getting crowded with weapons now, and that could drive his numbers down, especially if Ruggs is serving as the primary deep threat.

Getting what they can for Williams in a trade right now would be a smart long-term move for the Raiders.

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