At this point, the Oakland Raiders don’t see much of a future for quarterback Matt McGloin. While that’s not to say he isn’t a quality signal caller with a future in the NFL, he simply doesn’t fit into their long-term plan after trading for Matt Schaub and drafting Derek Carr.
That’s why rumors have begun swirling that the Raiders could be looking to trade McGloin.
So far during the preseason, McGloin has arguably been the best of the Raiders’ three quarterbacks. Completing 18 of 33 passes (54.5 percent) for 204 yards and one touchdown, the former undrafted free agent has looked solid. His Raiders cohorts have looked far less impressive, but the team simply has too much invested in both to bench them for McGloin.
Especially in a league that depends heavily on quarterback play to win games, McGloin’s stock could be high enough to warrant a noteworthy trade if another team gets desperate. He proved last season as a rookie that he’s capable of starting from time to time, but obviously needs work before he’s ready to be a full-time starter. An opportunity to earn the starting job instead of being stuck at No. 3 on the depth chart could be exactly what McGloin needs to reach his full potential – which, admittedly, is an average starter at best.
Either way, look for the Raiders to shop McGloin heavily over the next month. His value is extremely high for a third-string quarterback, and injuries or ineptitude could force other teams to table decent offers. Look for the Houston Texans to be interested if other options don’t pan out.
The Raiders need help at numerous positions, and McGloin could be just the trade chip to help them upgrade their roster before the regular season.