The Las Vegas Raiders have a vacancy at the quarterback position. The Raiders duo consisting of head coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler crossed one name off the list of a possible replacement.
Raiders beat writer Vic Tafur of the Athletic reported that Ziegler and McDaniels “have apparently agreed that the Raiders won’t be in on the [Rodgers] sweepstakes.”
The concept makes sense especially considering the additional positional needs that the Raiders have to address. This should make fans of the Raiders happy knowing that Ziegler is set to improve the Raiders as a whole, not just at the quarterback position. Acquiring Aaron Rodgers would require a significant amount of draft picks in order to facilitate a trade. Not to mention an abundance of cash for Rodgers’ pricey contract (avg of $50 million a year).
This issue that still exists is how wide receiver Davante Adams is going to handle this news. Adams suggested via social media that if his friend Derek Carr was not going to be the quarterback in Las Vegas anymore, then Adams preferred to reunite with a familiar face.
Adams is likely on his final large contract and came to Las Vegas to win. It is safe to assume Adams wants to have a top-tier quarterback throwing him for his remaining years at Allegiant Stadium. McDaniels and Ziegler recently spoke at the Combine. McDaniels in particular emphasized that they are searching for a quarterback to be the long-time leader of the Raiders.
What is important in this situation is that Ziegler mentioned during his Combine interviews that “Davante isn’t selecting who the quarterback is but he’ll be involved in the process.”
Other teams may be more inclined to part ways with draft picks and money to acquire Aaron Rodgers. The Las Vegas Raiders will not be one of them. While that is true and it may disappoint their star receiver the Raiders are keeping him involved. Hopefully, the fans, the team, and Adams are all pleased with McDaniels and Ziegler’s eventual selection.