The Las Vegas Raiders have shockingly traded Lynn Bowden to the Miami Dolphins.
As first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Raiders are sending Bowden and a sixth-round pick to the Dolphins in exchange for a fourth-round pick.
Notably, that fourth-round pick that they are receiving is the same one that the team sent to Miami for linebacker Raekwon McMillan earlier in the week meaning that, essentially, the team has traded Bowden and a sixth-rounder for McMillan and a fifth.
Nonetheless, this is undoubtedly a trade that will raise many eyebrows strictly for the fact that the Raiders spent a third-round pick on a player who will never play a down for them.
Bowden was selected 80th overall in this past draft with the hopes that he could be used as an all-round offensive weapon of sorts.
The Raiders called him the “joker” of the offense and despite being used primarily as a slot receiver and part-time quarterback in college, the team opted to move him to running back.
Eyeing additional depth behind Josh Jacobs, it made sense at the time. But evidently, the transition did not go as smoothly as they had hoped.
The Raiders clearly didn’t like what they saw from Lynn Bowden in training camp.
Bowden reportedly struggled in pass protection and altogether had a very disappointing camp. Still, you’d have to figure that there’s more at play here considering the team was so willing to move on from him so quickly.
The Raiders basically traded a third-round pick and a sixth-round pick for a fourth-round pick. That’s awful business no matter how you look at it.
Clearly, the team is admitting that they messed up with this selection. And now, they will search for other answers behind Jacobs as they lick their wounds and try to recoup their losses.
Veterans Theo Riddick and Rod Smith were cut meaning that the team’s three halfbacks heading into 2020 should be Jacobs, Jalen Richard, and Devontae Booker. However, don’t rule out the possibility of an outside addition as well.
This is a confusing move and certainly one that’s worrisome for the draft class. The Raiders made a mistake — and this was their way of admitting it.