Raiders To Continue Exploring Hunter Renfrow Trade

The Raiders will continue their efforts to trade wide receiver Hunter Renfrow, as Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal writes. The club tried to deal Renfrow in advance of the 2023 trade deadline, but the guaranteed money that remained on the slot man’s contract proved to be a deterrent for interested teams.

Now, however, the only money left on Renfrow’s deal is his non-guaranteed base salary of $11.15MM. As the Clemson product is coming off of back-to-back disappointing seasons, that number would be just as untenable for an acquiring club as it would be for the Raiders, but the contract should be easy enough to re-work in order to make a trade happen.

And it stands to reason that there will be some degree of interest in Renfrow’s services. In 2021, the Jon GrudenMike Mayock draftee posted a 103/1,038/9 line that earned him a Pro Bowl nod and a two-year, $32MM extension in June 2022. While the since-deposed Josh McDanielsDave Ziegler partnership signed off on that investment, Renfrow proved to be a poor fit in McDaniels’ offense.

Shortly after Antonio Pierce took over for McDaniels midway through the 2023 season, Renfrow showed some flashes of his former self, including a three-game stretch in which he posted 12 catches for 126 yards. Those totals represented about half of his output for the entire season — he ended the year with 25 catches for 255 yards — but from Weeks 16 through 18, he appeared in just 28 total snaps and was not targeted once.

Still, Renfrow profiles as an intriguing change-of-scenery candidate for a team in need of a slot weapon, especially since he just turned 28 in December and is not too far removed from Pro Bowl-level production.

“[Renfrow is] an NFL-caliber wide receiver,” Pierce said last month (via “He’s a starting receiver. He’s a really good football player.”

Bonsignore confirms that if the Raiders cannot find a trade partner, they will release Renfrow (assuming the two sides are not interested in coming to terms on a pay reduction). Due to void years in Renfrow’s contract, Las Vegas would be saddled with a $5.5MM dead money charge if he is cut with a pre-June 1 designation, though such a move would also create $8.2MM of cap savings.

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