Days after signing the Raiders Keelan Cole, they switch from one of their other auxiliary wide receivers. They trade Bryan Edwards at the Falcons, Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal tweet.
The Raiders will add a 2023 fifth-round pick to that deal and send the Falcons a seventh in 2023, according to ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter (on Twitter). It shouldn’t come as a surprise that this pick-based deal is reminiscent of the type the Patriots have frequently struck in recent years, with the Raiders’ new regime coming from New England.
There are two years left on Edwards’ rookie contract; this will both give an old Day 2 pick a fresh start, but also provide an opportunity to impress a team with a finer receiver depth chart. Although the Falcons drafted Drake London Eighth overall, they entered Friday light on support wheels at the position. Edwards will join the likes of Olamide Zaccheaus, Auden Tate, Damiere Byrd and Kha Darel Hodge. The Falcons now have a host of big targets for the ex-Raider Marcus Mariotawith the 6ft 3in Edwards joining London (6-4), Tate (6-5) and Kyle Pitts (6-6).
This trade marks another parting of the Raiders from an early 2020 rookie. They waived in the first rounds Henry Ruggs and Damon Arnette and traded third-round players Lynn Bowden Jr. and Edwards. The South Carolina product struggled with injuries as a rookie but showed progress last season, hauling 34 passes for 571 yards and three touchdowns. Vegas’ David Ziegler– and Josh McDaniels-led, however, has since acquired Cole, Demarcus Robinson and mac hollinscluttering the depth chart around major targets Davante Adams, Darren Waller and Renfrow Hunter.
Atlanta has seen even more changes at receiver than Las Vegas, having seen its Julio Jones–Calvin Riley–Russell Gage Depth Map Shard. Ridley is banned for the year due to a game suspension, and the Falcons were set to trade the former first-rounder to the Eagles. Gage, who led the Falcon wides in receiving distance by a wide margin last season, is now a Buccaneer.