Las Vegas Raiders: Ranking players most likely to be cut or traded
4. Raiders OT Trent Brown
Savings if traded: $14 million
Trent Brown’s situation can go either way, but he ranks No. 4 because he’s one of the best players at his position when healthy. Unfortunately, the 27-year-old has only played half the games since Vegas made him the highest-paid offensive lineman at the time of his contract signing during the 2019 offseason.
Yet, Brown earned a Pro Bowl nod for his play through the 2019 campaign, allowing 11 quarterback pressures in 581 snaps, per Pro Football Focus. He battled foot, calf, knee and pectoral injuries in that year.
Brown continued to battle a calf ailment going into the 2020 term. He tested positive for COVID-19 and experienced a mishap with his pregame IV that kept him out for an extended period. The 6-8, 380-pound right tackle didn’t suit up for Week 17 because of an ankle issue.
If we set aside Brown’s bout with COVID-19, his injuries still make him a costly investment. Perhaps the Raiders approach him about restructuring his deal. If not, they could gauge his trade value.
In the event the team cannot return much for Brown in a deal, he could be safe for another season, though we should expect the team to draft another offensive tackle whether the six-year veteran stays or not. Brandon Parker, a 2018 third-rounder, isn’t ready for a starting role, and he’s possibly just a backup swing tackle.