Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/28/13
With the NFL trade deadline coming up shortly, many fans are wondering who the Oakland Raiders will acquire… And who they’ll let go. A major topic of interest revolves around rookie running back, Darren McFadden, who is among many players that are potential trade targets. When I first heard McFadden may possibly be released from the Raiders, I felt a pang of sadness. The Raiders have been attempting quite the comeback this year, and McFadden has no doubt contributed to their improvements. What other running backs could even take his place if Oakland went through with the trade? Best to keep the running back who has helped lead the Raiders to a highly improved season. Why are the Raiders even debating trading such a star player? Why is there a question whether or not to keep such an asset? There is always a chance McFadden won’t re-sign with the Raiders next year and choose a different team, in which case Oakland would lose him for free. However, the Dallas Cowboys are highly interested in acquiring the young running back this year, and the Raiders could gain something in return for going through with the trade. It’s a possibility McFadden will leave the team for greener pastures once he becomes a free agent, so why wouldn’t the Raiders cash in on him before that happens? It makes sense for the Raiders to trade McFadden, but I still think they should keep him. He is their last chance if they have any hope of reaching the playoffs, and he’s already shown his capability of creating a healthy offensive line for the Raiders. Jared Allen, best trade choice for the Oakland Raiders To me, the biggest issue for the Raiders is their defense. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor has no trouble moving the ball around the field, but the team’s defense is sometimes unable to hold back the opposing team’s offense. So who should the Raiders be interested in acquiring for their defense? One possible trade could involve Jared Allen, defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings. Allen has been one of the NFL’s top pass-rushers since his somewhat anonymous entrance to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2004. So why would the Vikings consider trading him? For the same reason Oakland is debating trading McFadden – he will be a free agent next year and could likely leave the Vikings on his own, which is incentive enough for Minnesota to trade him now.  Allen has a nine-sack attack as a rookie and has continued to improve. Other trade options include Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Fred Davis of the Washington Redskins, but neither would be beneficial like Jared Allen. It would be highly beneficial for the Raiders to snag him while they can and help strengthen their defense. Who should the Raiders consider trading from their defense? Possibly Khalif Barnes, who should have been traded last year, after his many failed attempts to protect then-quarterback Carson Palmer. Barnes is a player that you notice when he’s gone, but you don’t really notice when he’s there. I think the Raiders would be wise in trading him for a right tackle who stands out a little more. That being said, the biggest surprise will be whether the Raiders decide to trade McFadden, and I can only hope we see him playing this weekend when Oakland takes on the Philadelphia Eagles.  
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