Raiders Trying To Trade WR Hunter Renfrow; Latest On Josh McDaniels’ Job Status

OCTOBER 22: While owner Mark Davis told Russini at the annual fall meetings last week that the team is trying to win and not sell, Renfrow remains available (subscription required). The problem, as ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler writes in a subscriber-only piece, is the $10.82MM in salary and roster bonuses that Renfrow is due this year. A little over half of that amount would become the responsibility of an acquiring team if Renfrow were dealt at the deadline, and the Raiders are presently unwilling to pick up any portion of the tab to facilitate a deal.

If the Raiders and another club can come to terms on the financial components of a trade, Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports hears that Renfrow could be had for nothing more than a late-round selection.

OCTOBER 15: The Raiders would like to add a pass rusher in advance of the October 31 trade deadline — preferably without sacrificing any draft picks — and they are apparently willing to do some selling as well. Per Dianna Russini of The Athletic (subscription required), the club is trying to deal wide receiver Hunter Renfrow.

That represents a departure from the team’s stance in July, when it was reported that the Raiders were not shopping the 27-year-old slot man. Of course, even if Las Vegas was not actively calling teams to discuss a Renfrow trade, it has been clear for some time that GM Dave Ziegler and HC Josh McDaniels are willing to move the Mike Mayock draftee. Indeed, a report from May indicated that Renfrow would almost certainly be elsewhere by 2024, the last year of his current deal.

In 2022, the first year of the McDaniels/Ziegler partnership in Las Vegas, Renfrow took a major step back from the 103/1,038/9 line that earned him a Pro Bowl nod in 2021 and a two-year, $32MM extension last June. While Ziegler and McDaniels signed off on that investment, Renfrow has proven to be a poor fit in McDaniels’ offense, especially since McDaniels cut down on the route improvisations that Jon Gruden encouraged. The fact that Renfrow was limited to 10 games in 2022 due to a number of injury concerns certainly did not help matters.

This season, the Clemson product has appeared in all five of the Raiders’ games but has seen just nine targets, which he has converted into six receptions for 59 yards. On the other hand, his abilities, youth, and Pro Bowl pedigree would make him an attractive change-of-scenery prospect for any number of teams. While his $11.15MM base salary for 2024 is a bit hefty in light of his 2022-23 output, that number could easily be lowered with an extension or could be removed entirely if Renfrow struggles in new environs.

At the risk of burying the lede, Russini has heard whispers that McDaniels’ job could be in jeopardy if the 2-3 Raiders do not start winning more games. It is unclear, however, whence those whispers emanate, and the fact that McDaniels does not wish to trade draft capital to acquire a pass rusher, is prepared to part ways with a talented wideout for what would presumably be minimal compensation, and considered a trade-down manuever in the first round of the 2023 draft suggests that he is not overly concerned about his job status.

For what it’s worth, owner Mark Davis offered an emphatic endorsement of McDaniels in November, though it does not appear Davis gave McDaniels any guarantees that he would remain the Raiders’ HC into 2024.

View Comments (31)