The Oakland Raiders need to improve and they need to do so with expediency. After a decade of fielding horrific teams, the Raiders showed a lot of promise and got the Raider Nation excited with back to back 8-8 seasons. Clearly these were not great seasons, but after what the fan base had been through, they sure seemed great.

Then team owner Al Davis passed away and a complete overhaul of the organization began. The result of the overhaul? A 4-12 season that left Raiders fans yearning for a return to the ways of Al Davis.

Now, second year head coach Dennis Allen and second year general manager Reggie McKenzie are tasked with making solid improvement after new owner Mark Davis expressed his displeasure at the end of last season. In attempting to right the ship, McKenzie cannot afford to shut the door on any potential roster moves, including a potential trade of star running back Darren McFadden.

In fact, I believe the Raiders would like to trade McFadden if given the opportunity. McKenzie, of all people, knows how the league is turning into a passing league and how important the quarterback position is. Similarly, he recognizes how the running back position is being devalued. Plus, as Alfred Morris of the Washington Redskins proved last season, it is not that uncommon to find a solid running back late in the draft. Add to this the fact that McFadden is perenailly injured and may very well walk away as a free agent next off season and the idea of trading McFadden is clearly not an outlandish one.