This morning, Adam Schefter of ESPN, reported that the Raiders are shopping its entire roster, including Nnamdi Asomugha.The insider article states that Asomugha’s contract makes him nearly untradeable due to a large roster bonus due on March 5 and the cost to franchise him next season being the average of the top 5 highest paid Quarterbacks.
As Schefter points out, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are all due large extensions, pushing that number well beyond what anyone would dare to pay.
Making the entire roster available comes as no surprise. Al Davis has always made players available to see if the right deal comes along, one that obviously favors the Raiders.
What isn’t known is what the Raiders would be seeking in any deal. Draft picks? Players?
What players would have value around the league? The simple answer is young players with cheap contracts. A couple examples would be Tyvon Branch, Michael Bush, Louis Murphy, Zach Miller and Chaz Schilens. The other players that could have some value would be the Restricted Free Agents like Kirk Morrison and Thomas Howard.
Al Davis almost routinely will make players available, only to find few people willing to pay his asking price. I know Davis would love teams to call and ask to take garbage and pay him for it, but it hasn’t happened in the NFL in many years. This isn’t the NBA.