How Cardinals trading No. 1 NFL draft pick could affect Raiders, 49ers

How Cardinals trading No. 1 NFL draft pick could affect Raiders, 49ers

The Arizona Cardinals will draft Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick next week. Right? Right?

Maybe not, NBC Sports' Peter King speculates.

The veteran NFL reporter dropped an interesting scenario in his “Football Morning in America” column Sunday night. After writing that he doesn’t believe Cardinals brass has unanimously decided whether it will use the No. 1 pick on Murray, trade down, or switch gears and select an edge rusher such as Nick Bosa, King asks this question: What if the Raiders came calling with a big package of pick to trade?

Hmm, let’s examine …

King wonders if Raiders coach Jon Gruden would offer two first-round picks (Nos. 4 and 27) from this year’s draft and another first-rounder from next year’s draft for the No. 1 pick. That would give the Cardinals four first-round picks in the next two drafts -- an enticing proposition for a franchise with numerous holes.

Of course, if Murray landed in Silver and Black, that likely would mean the end of Derek Carr’s stay. King speculates that the Raiders could unload Carr to QB-needy teams such as the Miami Dolphins, New York Giants or Washington for a 2020 first-round pick. That also would save the Raiders $13 million per year, King notes, because of the difference between Murray’s and Carr’s contract.

While King is just laying out a scenario, he’s also coming from an informed place. So, if he’s hearing whispers that the Raiders really like Murray, maybe there’s more to this.

Of course, we all heard Raiders general manager Mike Mayock loud and clear last week, when, after saying the team believes Carr is a franchise QB, he added this: "We love Derek. We love what he brings to the table, but like every other position, we’re going to do all of our due diligence. I happen to work with a head coach that absolutely loves that position. We’re always going to know about those guys.”

OK, then.

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Rooting against all this are the 49ers, who own the No. 2 pick. They could have the edge rusher of their choice -- Bosa, Josh Allen, Quinnen Williams -- if the Cardinals stand pat and draft Murray. On top of that, the 49ers would have the chance to harass a rookie QB twice next season, with the Cardinals also in the NFC West.

We’ll likely have to wait until April 25 to see what the Cardinals do, but if they decide to trade the No. 1 pick, it’d be quite the bombshell that could impact both Bay Area NFL teams.

Antonio Brown misses Raiders practice, GM Mike Mayock shows frustration

Antonio Brown misses Raiders practice, GM Mike Mayock shows frustration

NAPA -- The Raiders have clearly reached a breaking point with Antonio Brown. 

General manager Mike Mayock made that point clear during Sunday's final training camp practice, which their superstar receiver did not attend over his longstanding helmet issue. 

His quest to use a preferred Schutt Air Advantage helmet hit a snag on Saturday -- it failed an NFL test, per Pro Football Talk -- and he left camp in frustration. 

The Raiders, and Mayock in particular, have been supportive of Brown's helmet preference. Going AWOL at this point, when he's healthy enough to practice fully for only the second time since dealing with frostbitten feet, is a point of contention for his employer. 

"Antonio Brown is not here today, and here's the bottom line: he's upset about the helmet issue," Mayock said in a statement to reporters on hand Sunday in Napa. "We have supported that. We appreciate that. We have, at this point, exhausted all avenues of relief. From our perspective, it's time for him to be all-in or all-out.

"We're hoping he is back soon. We have 89 guys busting their tails. We are really excited about where this franchise is going, and we hope AB is going to be a big part of it starting Week 1 against Denver. End of story. No questions."

Brown’s helmet saga has gone on for months, because the Schutt Air Advantage helmet he has used in some form or another since high school was no longer permitted for use in NFL games. Only helmets certified by an independent safety body (NOCSAE) are eligible for use, and helmets over 10 years old are not eligible for certification.

According to an epic Twitter thread by NFL Network’s Mike Silver, Brown has been so frustrated by an inability to use his preferred helmet, that he resorted to repainting a Schutt Air Advantage helmet brought in from outside the team when the Raiders wouldn’t give him one.

Brown filed a grievance with the NFL and NFLPA to wear his preferred helmet, and an independent arbitrator formally ruled against him on Aug. 12.

Drew Rosenhaus, Brown’s agent, said the following day that he believed a resolution was close thanks to a loophole in the certification rules. If Brown’s camp could find a Schutt Air Advantage helmet less than 10 years old, they could re-condition it and get it re-certified.

Brown’s camp crowd sourced the effort and acquired a few such models, though the NFL and NFLPA told Brown’s representation that a newer version would have to be submitted to an independent lab for testing. Per a source, the helmet failed the test.

Brown’s representatives were informed of the failed test on Saturday. After failing the test, the source said, the Schutt Air Advantage has now been placed on the list of helmets prohibited by the NFL.

Brown voiced his displeasure with that decision on social media, using language that will not be repeated here.

He left Raiders camp for a second time after receiving bad news about his helmet.

He came back Tuesday from his first absence, a 10-day stint in Florida, where Rosenhaus said he was gone only to receive treatment for frostbitten feet.

His private treatment ended before his Aug. 13 return to Napa, and Brown was healthy enough to run full speed in pre-game warm-ups before Thursday’s exhibition in Arizona and participate fully in Saturday’s walk-through practices.

He was supposed to practice fully on Sunday, for the first time since July 30, but left camp instead over this helmet news.

Brown’s decision to leave amplified the Raiders’ simmering frustration and prompted Mayock’s statement, which drew a line in the sand.

The Raiders traded third- and fifth-round picks to Pittsburgh for Brown, and subsequently reworked his contract to pay out $50 million over three seasons, including $30 million guaranteed.

Brown spoke after Thursday’s preseason game and refuted a report that he would retire over this helmet issue.

“Why would I retire, man?” Brown said. “I have a beautiful career. I’m healthy. I love to play the game. Obviously, I inspire people with the way I play the game. I’m grateful to play the game. I’m excited to put it all on display, not only for my family but for these guys and our shared goals and everybody in the community who believes in me.”

Brown said that before Saturday’s news that his preferred helmet was prohibited. He and Rosenhaus have stated that they are willing to work within the system to find a helmet suitable for Brown to wear and feel safe playing in.

Brown has to decide his next course of action, whether or not to return to a team that has grown frustrated with his decision to leave the team over this issue, when there are plenty of certified helmets to choose from.

Mike Glennon, Nate Peterman giving Raiders solid play behind Derek Carr

Mike Glennon, Nate Peterman giving Raiders solid play behind Derek Carr

NAPA – The Raiders' quarterbacks were collectively awesome Thursday against Arizona.

Derek Carr scored an efficient touchdown in his only series. Mike Glennon turned in a perfect passer rating over five drives. Nathan Peterman played the entire second half without throwing an incomplete pass.

That’s a positive heading toward the 2019 season. Carr has been as good as ever in this training camp, and his training-camp backups have been far better than recent seasons.

It’s hard to call the backup quarterback spot a position battle anymore, with Glennon running away with it. Peterman has been good, but Glennon is slinging it all over the field with confidence and zip.

He threw two interceptions in the preseason opener against the L.A. Rams but was solid outside that. He was near perfect against the Cardinals, showing the kind of firm command coaches love from backup quarterbacks.

Peterman entered and ran a ton of read option, showing athleticism and wise, albeit conservative decision making during his time behind center.

There’s no sense in comparing the two, because they were asked to do different things. Both guys are doing their job well to this stage.

“We’ve have been happy,” Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson said Sunday. “Things have been really clean in terms of mechanics getting in and out of the huddle and runs things at the line of scrimmage.

“They’ve done what they’ve been asked to do. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, there have been different game plans between Glennon and Peterman, and they’ve both handled their responsibilities really well. They have produced and prepared well. We have been happy with their development.”

Raiders fans will see plenty of both guys in Thursday’s preseason game in Winnipeg, with Carr expected to sit out against the Packers.

They’ll try to cement roles or show their ability on tape for other prospective employers. It seems likely the Raiders will keep just two quarterbacks, with other positions needing extra bodies. Carr and Glennon seem to be that pair, though Peterman would be a third guy or someone with practice squad eligibility if he can clear waivers.

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Peterman’s viewed as a punch line at times for some rough starts made for Buffalo, but he has been solid in this training camp and has gotten some confidence back. He’s still just 25 with a strong, accurate arm.

“We have two veteran backup quarterbacks who have started in this league,” head coach Jon Gruden said. “I think they are both good enough to play in the NFL, but we’re not done yet.”