The Oakland Raiders have been one of the most active teams in the league in the last few weeks of the offseason. The front office has continued to make moves to alter the roster on both sides of the ball.
This has seen them pick up that effort in reshaping the roster over the weekend. According to Ian Rapoport of The NFL Network, the Raiders have decided to trade veteran wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson along with a sixth-round pick to the New England Patriots in exchange for a fifth-round pick.
Terms: The #Patriots traded for WR Cordarrelle Patterson, while swapping a 5th round pick for a #Raiders 6th round pick.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 18, 2018
Patterson spent just one season with the Raiders where he struggled to provide a consistent offensive factor after registering just 31 catches on 42 targets for 309 receiving yards with zero touchdown receptions to go with 121 rushing yards on 13 carries with a pair of touchdowns. In fact, this marked his second-lowest total of receptions and receiving yards in his five-year career.
It was a drop off from his best individual campaign where he posted a career-high 52 receptions for 453 receiving yards and a pair of touchdown catches. Although he could bounce back next season as a versatile weapon, he has likely become an expendable piece in exchange for a draft pick and $3.2 million salary off the books for the 2018 season.
The Raiders have been active making moves over the last few days with the addition of cornerback Shareece Wright, linebacker Kyle Wilber, defensive lineman Tank Carradine. Meanwhile, running back Doug Martin, and tight end Derek Carrier, and quarterback Josh Johnson have also been added to the mix.
Oakland could look into free agency for a wide receiver that could help fill the versatile void that Patterson covered. It will likely see running back Jalen Richard take over as the primary kickoff returner next season while Seth Roberts could step into a more prominent role in the passing game alongside Amari Cooper and offseason addition Jordy Nelson, who signed a two-year, $15 million with the team last week.