NFL Rumors: Should the Oakland Raiders trade for Steven Jackson?
Why not go for veteran running back Steven Jackson of the St. Louis Rams?
The Raiders (1-4) have plenty of holes in their roster, they have one of the worst passing defenses in the entire league. The problem is that there are no corner backs or safeties who are in the last year of their contracts that are worth trading for. The lack of a rush attack is also causing the Raiders to not play to their full potential.
Running back Darren McFadden can not take all the blame, because McFadden has 271 rushing yards of the Raiders’ 392 rushing on the season. They lack a solid rushing game, and can not run the ball effectively down the middle of the field. They need less sweep plays to the outside, and focus on moving the ball forward every play up the gut of the defense.
Jackson would be the perfect fit for this offense, because now this would be a different style runner in the backfield. Trading for Jackson would only help McFadden more because he will run harder with competition of Jackson, and be able to share carries more often and get well rested.
The Raiders would have to give up a 3rd or 4th round draft pick to the Rams in order to acquire Jackson, but they should also consider throwing Mike Goodson into the mix, and maybe trade a 5th round pick and Goodson if the Rams are willing to do so.
McFadden is averaging 3.2 yards per carry, and Jackson is averaging 3.6 yards per carry. Both players can improve with shared carries, and get forward progress.
If the Raiders plan to make this move, they may have to give up a little more than they hope for, which is a risk they should be willing to take like they have in the past.
This is a trade that can bring fire back to the team, and help them start winning games.