NFL Rumors: Bears-Jonathan Taylor buzz, Cowboys loved Hurts, Raiders trade

  • Bears aren't interested in Jonathan Taylor
  • Jerry Jones wanted Cowboys to draft a now-division rival
  • Raiders trade buzz is growing ahead of cut day
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NFL Rumors: Raiders expected to make a trade in coming days

On Sunday, Las Vegas Raiders beat reporter Vincent Bonsignore said he would not rule out a Raiders trade over the next couple of days. This opened up the Pandora's Box for Raiders nation, who collectively pondered: Who might Las Vegas trade for ahead of the upcoming season?

Bleacher Report's Moe Moton theorized that the Raiders could seek reinforcements at the linebacker and offensive tackle positions but didn't reveal any specific names.

Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen has been floated as a highly rumored trade chip in recent weeks, though Baltimore still seems high on the 2020 first-rounder and really likes Queen's pairing with Roquan Smith.

After top linebacker Denzel Perryman left Las Vegas to join Houston, the Raiders' linebacker corps does indeed sag compared to other units. They have projected starters Robert Spillane and Divine Deablo, neither of whom have sparkling track records, and inconsistent backups or raw rookies in Luke Masterson, Amari Burney, and a few others.

As for the offensive line, PFF projects the Raiders' O-line to be a bottom-half unit in 2023, citing the interior trio (Dylan Parham, Andre James, Alex Bars) as one of the more glaring blemishes on the roster. Left tackle Kolton Miller has developed into a quality starter, bucking the trend of the Raiders' disappointing draft picks of the last few years; other than Miller, Las Vegas could stand to improve with an addition or two in the trenches.

Both Bonsignore and Moton expect the Raiders to make a deal as soon as this week.

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