Raiders Expected To Put Mychal Rivera On Trade Block

Mychal Rivera is a name to watch as the draft approaches, according to Adam Schefter of, who says (via Twitter) that the Raiders are expected to place the tight end on the trade block. As Adam Caplan of observes (via Twitter), Oakland is “very high” on Clive Walford, and wants to expand his role going forward.Mychal Rivera

Rivera, 25, started 10 games for the Raiders in 2014, catching a career-high 58 balls for 534 yards and four touchdowns. However, he saw his role reduced in 2015 upon the arrival of Walford, who was selected by Oakland by the third round in last spring’s draft.

Although Rivera still caught more passes in 2015 than Walford (32 to 28), he averaged just 8.8 yards per reception and found the end zone only once. Walford had three TDs and averaged nearly 12 yards per catch, and also assumed a larger role within the offense during the second half of the season.

After earning the minimum salary for his first three seasons, Rivera will see his base salary jump to $1.671MM for 2016, which perhaps contributes to the Raiders’ apparent willingness to move him. If Oakland finds a taker for the Tennessee product, the return isn’t likely to be significant, but the team could add a late-round pick or a backup player.

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4 comments on “Raiders Expected To Put Mychal Rivera On Trade Block

  1. strikers

    Let the Giants get him and how do the Giants let Vernon Davis sign with Washington

    • peteralt

      Absolutely agree. The Giants tight end situation is pathetic. Why draft a guy in the third round when u can get a quality TE for a fifth rounder

  2. boltergeist19

    Riveria is soft though, can’t block, drops a lot of passes and is only good when he is really I mean really wide open. That’s why the haters are letting him go. He is cheap to keep so it has to be due to little growth after 2 seasons.

    • Snorgator

      As a raiders fan, I love mychal Rivera but agree he’s only a receiving tight end. I think Will Tye has better potential at this point than Rivera, and Donnell is probably the only worse blocker at tight end in the league. Not much of an upgrade at starter, but a quality TE2

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