Upon his return to the Raider Nation, coach Jon Gruden's first season was back with Raiders – in his hope to rebuild the once great franchise – more noted for the two trades and three first-round draft picks than the skinny four wins.
Since the offseason has proven to be very similar in its chaotic ways with Raiders still searching for a home in 2019 before moving to Las Vegas in 2020, Gruden claims it is not possible to do so.
The Raiders own the fourth, 24th and 27th place in the first round of the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft with the latter two choices coming through Bears and Cowboys respectively.
When asked if the last rounds could be in play for a trade, Gruden said they could. And it could also be No. 4.
"I think there are many opportunities for trades," Gruden told J.T. The Brick on "The Game Plan" podcast. "I think it's one of the things I'm really excited about. [New Raiders general manager] Mike Mayock, what he brings to the table, he has good resources around the NFL. He has been in all the buildings he is in first name, all together know mike, and i think he will be on the phones quite a bit, not only with the two you talk about, who knows we can move up with the number 4 choice, we can move back with the choice ll see how everything unfolds. "
While Raiders fought for a 4-12 season that planted them firmly in the late AFC West, Bears won the NFC North Crown after trading for passport rusher Khalil Mack and Cowboy's claimed NFC East title after receiving receives Amari Cooper. Most and most of all, Raiders' dealings by Mack and Cooper got them a couple of first round picks, but the two can be traded out, apparently.
At the moment, it is primarily to study up for free agents, but the draft weaves ever larger now it seems.
"That's what we've been doing for the last 10 days. We've done nothing but studying free agents Boys who are contracts are up," Gruden said. "Of course, we do not want to add players at the end of their career, we are looking for thriving young players. These guys usually do not come to free agency. So the voters are slim for everyone, but there are a few diamonds in ru. We see where the market goes. But you do not want to spend all your money you have on a few free agents, you will try to keep some of the money available in case a trade can develop under the draft. "
There are many needs for Gruden's team, although defensive line and secondary seem to be the most sharp. Whatever is forecasted by the Gruden, there is no point in it all because it is still very much in the air.
"No one can lock anyone into who we choose yet because we don't even know – trust me," he said.
Trades very told in the 2018 tale of Raiders and still seems to be in charge of the Gruden, so the only surefire prediction for Oakland is the roller coaster ride that awaits. A final decision has not yet been made on where the Raiders will call home in 2019, and apparently there are plenty of decisions to be made when it comes to the first round, whether it is who is to be drafted or what to choose to trade .
For the Gruden, it is only another step in the reconstruction of the Raiders. And even he knows it's a long and winding road ahead.
"We are really proud of the Raider's tradition, of course, but we are very aware that we have to solve the recent tradition," said the horror. "We've had a winning season in the last 16 seasons and it's repulsive and we have a long way to go, but we get there."