Saturday, August 24, 2013
Oakland may pursue trade for another QB
By Brent Sobleski
To add to the speculation surrounding the Oakland Raiders and the team's uncertain plans at quarterback, the possibility of a trade could become a legitimate option. The Raiders liked a specific quarterback in this year's draft class they could potentially make a move to obtain.
Matt Flynn was plan A. Terrelle Pryor may have been plan B, but he's now working his way into potentially becoming the team's top option behind center. Plan C could be Matt Barkley.
"It’s noteworthy that Raiders owner Mark Davis wanted to draft USC’s Matt Barkley, and the team probably would have done so had Philadelphia not traded up to the top of the fourth round to grab him," Sam Farmer of the Chicago Tribune wrote.
"Barkley appears to be an odd fit for Coach Chip Kelly’s system with the Eagles, although it’s fair to say we won’t know exactly what that system will look like, and Michael Vick -- this week named the starter -- and Nick Foles are completely different quarterbacks as well."
The Eagles drafted Barkley simply because he was far and away the top rated prospect still on the board at the top of the fourth round. Apparently, Oakland felt similarly. If Barkley is nothing more than good value and a No. 3 quarterback to Philadelphia, he could very well be available for the right price.
The Raiders may want to see what they have in Pryor before Barkley develops into a legitimate possibility.