The Raiders might or might not be open for business ahead of the NFL's Oct. 30 trade deadline, depending upon who you ask. If they are, teams reportedly will be interested in one former first-round draft pick.
Teams are "sniffing around" on Oakland cornerback Gareon Conley, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, and three contenders are looking to improve their secondaries.
Teams sniffing around on Janoris Jenkins and Gareon Conley. The corner market is hot ahead of the deadline. PHI, NE, PIT among those exploring multiple options— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 23, 2018
The Raiders selected Conley No. 24 overall in the 2017 draft. He played in just two games in his rookie season, and none after Week 3, after dealing with a shin injury. He entered this season injury-free, and scored his first NFL touchdown on his first career interception in Week 4.
In Week 6, Raiders coach Jon Gruden benched the second-year pro in a 27-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at London's Wembley Stadium. After the game, Gruden said he still had hope for the cornerback.
“Conley is still a young guy,” Gruden said at the time. “We're going to reiterate that over and over. His career is just getting started. He had a couple plays last week that he's got to get better and improve at. He will.”
Time will tell if that improvement will happen in Silver and Black. The Raiders have traded two first-round picks since September, sending edge rusher Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears and wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys. Oakland also reportedly is shopping safety Karl Joseph, the team's first-round pick in 2016.
If Joseph and Conley are dealt, the Raiders will have traded each of their last four first-round picks selected before the team re-hired Gruden. After the Mack and Cooper trades, the Raiders will have three first-round picks in 2019, and two in 2020.
Ahead of the Raiders' move to Las Vegas, Gruden really is taking the words "out with the old, and in with the new" to heart.