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2 Former Raiders WRs Sign With NFC West Teams

2 Former Raiders WRs Sign With NFC West Teams

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Getty Former Las Vegas Raiders WR Marcell Ateman.

The Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver room is looking set and the only guaranteed returner from last season will be Hunter Renfrow. The team made some big changes this offseason with the addition of Davante Adams and new head coach Josh McDaniels wasn’t interested in many returning players.

One player who won’t be on the team’s roster is Marcell Ateman.

The former seventh-round pick has been on and off the Raiders roster for the past four seasons. For the first time in his career, Ateman is finally getting a shot on a new roster. The Arizona Cardinals announced that they’ve signed the veteran wide receiver.

We have signed WR Marcell Ateman.

— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) August 4, 2022

In his four seasons with the Raiders, Ateman played in 19 games. His most prominent season came during his rookie year when he started in six games and made 15 catches for 154 yards. Since then, Ateman has had a difficult time finding a consistent role. He’ll be a big body for the Cardinals to use at 6-foot-4. There’s plenty of opportunity in Arizona with DeAndre Hoplins suspended for the first six games and Hollywood Brown potentially facing punishment after getting charged with criminal speeding.

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Willie Snead Signing With 49ers

Unlike Ateman, Willie Snead only spent a short time with the Raiders. He was signed by the team last offseason but asked to be cut after just seven games with the team. He only had three catches in those seven games with the Raiders.

He didn’t have much luck after forcing his way out of Las Vegas. He eventually landed with the Carolina Panthers where he played in just two games. In those two games, he had one catch and the Panthers finished with a 5-12 record. Had he stayed with the Raiders, he could’ve carved out a bigger role and played for a playoff team. It was a bad bet on his part.

Luckily, Snead will get another look. According to Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network, the San Francisco 49ers are signing the veteran wide receiver.

49ers are signing wide receiver Willie Snead, per a league source @PFN365 #49ers

— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) August 5, 2022

Snead started off his career quite strongly with the New Orleans Saints when he combined for 1,879 receiving yards over his first two seasons. He only has 1,552 yards combined in the five seasons since.

Raiders Should Be Happy With WR Room

The Raiders have had a very difficult time putting together a strong wide receiver room over the years. It looked like they solved the issue with Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper in 2015 and 2016 but that only lasted a couple of seasons. The Raiders now have the best wide receiver in the NFL in Adams and a Pro Bowl slot receiver in Renfrow.

How the depth behind those two will shake out remains to be seen but there’s reason to be positive. The team has size in Mack Hollins, speed in Tyron Johnson and veteran consistency in Keelan Cole. The Raiders’ wide receiver group is in a really good spot and quarterback Derek Carr should be excited with the players he gets to work with this season.

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Knicks Can Beat East Rivals All-In Offer for Donovan Mitchell

Getty Is Donovan Mitchell finding a new home?

The New York Knicks are still considered to be the frontrunners for the services of Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, but trade talks have slowed down significantly.

Across the NBA, teams are waiting for a major domino to fall, and whether it’s Kevin Durant or Mitchell remains to be seen. There are many teams who could also use the production Mitchell provides, and his trade market might be more robust than Durant’s is due to a possible lower asking price.

The Brooklyn Nets are looking for a big haul in exchange for their star, and that might be a big part of what’s holding back a trade there. For the Jazz, there appear to be many team’s that have a package ready to go, and it comes down to Utah accepting them.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported six teams were interested in acquiring Mitchell, and the Miami Heat were among those names.

Out of every team with interest, the Heat seem to be the most ready to win a championship with Mitchell, so the Knicks would like to avoid that scenario if possible, and The Athletic’s Fred Katz believes that can be done.

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In an August 8 article, Katz laid out how the Knicks would be able to beat any offer the Heat come up with, including an “all in” offer.

Knicks Are All Clear

At this point, it would be a shock to those around the league if the Knicks weren’t the team with Mitchell in the end, if the Jazz decide to trade him of course.

The biggest trade chip for the Heat would be Sixth Man of the Year Tyler Herro, and to be fair, that’s a big one. Here’s the full proposal for Miami that Katz would consider to be their “all in” offer for Mitchell.

  • Duncan Robinson
  • Tyler Herro
  • Nikola Jovic
  • 2023 first-round pick (unprotected)
  • 2027 first-round swap (unprotected)
  • 2028 first-round pick (unprotected)
  • 2029 first-round swap (unprotected)

For the Knicks to beat that, they would be able to include even more picks and more young players. Nobody in the Knicks offer is at the level of Herro, but they would seemingly have no problem making up that ground elsewhere.

“Three unprotected first-rounders (including the ones from 2027 and ‘29, which are the most valuable) along with a couple of first-rounders from other teams and a prospect could clinch this for the Knicks,” Katz writes. “If not, they could include one more of the first-rounders from other teams or one more player and still have room to spare.”

Will the Trade Happen?

"As of right now, sources tell me that talks between the Jazz and the Knicks around a Donovan Mitchell trade have stalled out."

NBA Insider @ShamsCharania has the latest on Donovan Mitchell trade discussions.

— The Rally (@TheRally) July 29, 2022

At this point, the Jazz must have a good idea of what the various packages for Mitchell look like around the league, so what are they waiting for?

As for right now, it’s tough to say what the hangup is. On July 29, Charania reported the two sides have “stalled out” in their talks.

“As of right now, sources tell me that talks between the Jazz and the Knicks around a Donovan Mitchell trade have stalled out,” Charania said. “I’m told there hasn’t been contact between the two sides in roughly the last two weeks.”

There could be a variety of reasons for that happening, so fans will just have to wait and see how things play out in the coming weeks and months.

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