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Raiders rumors: Oakland nearly traded for Robby Anderson

Robby Anderson, Raiders, Jets

The Las Vegas Raiders — when they were the Oakland Raiders months ago — tried to bolster their wide receiver corps before the 2019 NFL trade deadline. Their eyes were set on a New York Jet.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Raiders tried to complete a deal with the Jets for wide receiver Robby Anderson. The deal fell apart after the Jets asked for a third-round pick in exchange for the speedy veteran, a price too high for Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock.

Anderson will be an unrestricted free agent in March. The Raiders were not inclined to send a high draft pick for somebody they may lose months later.

Luckily, the Raiders can acquire Anderson in free agency. The 26-year-old is set to cash-in as an unrestricted free agent. The 26-year-old will be a coveted commodity on the open market, considering his big-play prowess.

Anderson hauled in 52 receptions for 779 yards and five touchdowns in 2019, good for an average of 15 yards per catch. Through his four NFL years, he’s averaged 14.8 yards per reception.

In four seasons with the Jets, Andeson tallied 207 receptions for 3,059 yards and 20 touchdowns. He proved to be a consistent force on an inconsistent team.

The Raiders expect to upgrade their receiving corps in the 2020 offseason. With plenty of cap space and two first-round picks, they can make that happen easily. If all goes right, the Raiders will enter the Las Vegas-era with a No. 1 option not named Tyrell Williams. Whether or not Anderson could be that No. 1 option remains to be seen.