Raiders got 2019 5th round pick from Steelers for Ryan Switzer which is decent compensation

 Finally a trade the Raiders made this
offseason in which is didn’t feel like they were robbed. Today Jon Gruden
revealed the Raiders received a 5th round pick for Ryan Switzer ,
who the team had acquired during the draft for Jihad Ward. The Raiders also send
a 6th rounder to Pittsburgh in the deal.So, essentially the Raiders traded Jihad
Ward and a 6th round pick for a 5th round pick. That’s pretty good considering
Ward had bust written all over him.Or, if you like, they traded Jihad Ward and a
third and sixth round pick for Martavis Bryant and a 5th round pick.Switzer was
a 4th round pick just last year, so to nearly receive his original draft value
in a trade, despite him not having done anything as a receiver in the NFL is
pretty good.It’s refreshing to get good compensation in a trade after all the
questionable trades they made in the draft. From getting just a 3rd round pick
in their trade down in the first round with the Cardinals so they could get
their franchise quarterback, to trading up in the third to get small school
project tackle Brandon Parker.Gruden went on to say, the move was made possible
because Dwayne Harris had proven his worth to the team, mostly on special
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, but also in his ability to play the
slot.Follow @LeviDamien Bills rookie starter Josh Allen is gaining a mentor
after Buffalo signed Derek Anderson on Tuesday.The Bills announced the move
Tuesday, a day after Anderson visited the team's facility. The 35-year-old has a
20-27 record over 12 NFL seasons, and spent the past seven serving as Cam
Newton's backup in Carolina.Coach Sean McDermott supported the need to add a
veteran presence to help groom Allen in discussing the possibility of the Bills
signing Anderson a day earlier."He's got some good wisdom stored up in that
brain," McDermott said."He's got a good outlook on the game from an offensive
standpoint and understands defenses," he added. "So there's a lot of value to it
from where we are right now in terms of that quarterback room."Allen welcomed
the idea of the Bills signing Anderson when the possibility was first broached
following a 13-12 win over Tennessee on Sunday."I'm not going to turn any help
away, for sure," the rookie first-round pick said. "I know there's a lot of
things for me to improve and grow on, and that comes with repetition and that
comes with an extra set of eyes maybe sometimes, too."The move comes with the
Bills off to a 2-3 start and preparing for a game at Houston (2-3) on
Sunday.Buffalo has lacked veteran depth at quarterback since trading fifth-year
player AJ McCarron to Oakland on Sept. 1. That left the Bills opening the season
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, and Allen serving as the backup.Allen's time
on the sideline didn't last long.The Bills had no choice but to speed up Allen's
developmental timetable by naming him the starter after Peterman faltered
miserably in a season-opening 47-3 loss at Baltimore.Allen has a 2-2 record, and
enjoyed his first game-winning drive by setting up Stephen Hauschka's 46-yard
field goal as time expired against Tennessee. The 22-year-old, however, is far
from a finished product, and overseeing a sputtering offense that has yet to top
300 yards this season.Allen had 82 yards passing against Tennessee, which were
the fewest in a win by a Bills quarterback who played the entire game since Drew
Bledsoe had 81 yards in a 38-14 victory over Arizona on Oct. 31, 2004.Overall,
he has gone 65 of 122 for 748 yards with two touchdowns passing, a team-best
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, along with five interceptions and a lost
fumble. Allen has also been sacked 19 times.The Bills are very familiar with
Anderson.McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane both worked in Carolina
before being hired by the Bills last year.First-year offensive coordinator Brian
Daboll held the same job in Cleveland in 2009, when Anderson went 3-4 upon
replacing Brady Quinn as the starter three weeks into the season.Anderson went
2-2 in four starts with Carolina, and had three brief appearances in a backup
role last year.His best season was 2007 in Cleveland, when he went 10-5 and had
3,787 yards passing with 29 touchdowns and 19 interceptions to earn his only Pro
Bowl selection.To make room for Allen, Buffalo released safety Dean Marlowe.
Buffalo also shuffled its practice squad roster by signing tight end Keith
Towbridge and releasing cornerback Michael Hunter.
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