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Another roster move for the Raiders this offseason. Just a day after the team signed former Jets and Jaguars receiver Keelan Cole, they are sending former third round pick WR Bryan Edwards to Atlanta along with a seventh round pick in exchange for a fifth round pick.
Compensation update: Raiders traded WR Bryan Edwards and a 2023 seventh-round pick to Atlanta in exchange for the Falcons’ 2023 fifth-round pick, per source. https://t.co/qyjPmkYS1p
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 13, 2022
Edwards was much hyped as being a potential ‘steal’ by the Raiders in the 2020 draft out of South Carolina.
While he showed flashes of being a solid red zone target, he never played well enough to earn a starting job on the team.
This offseason, the Raiders made the trade to acquire Davante Adams from the Packers. Adams comes in as a bonafide superstar and number one receiver. He also plays the X receiver position, essentially relegating Edwards to barely seeing the field.
On one hand, it’s not great value to send a recent 81 overall pick away for a late round pick swap. On the other hand, the Raiders needed to try and get something for a receiver who was likely going to find himself buried on the depth chart and seeing only a handful of snaps each week.
This also means the only remaining players from the Raiders 2020 draft still on the roster are former round four picks G John Simpson and CB Amik Robertson.