The first half of the Las Vegas Raiders’ Week 1 duel against the Los Angeles Chargers was a worrying one as the defense played poorly. They allowed 17 points in two quarters and Justin Herbert was almost perfect. Fortunately, the group picked up speed again in the second half and only allowed seven points.
Running defense looked great, only allowing 76 yards, but there are still concerns about passing. Starting security and former first-round pick Johnathan Abram made a few plays against the Chargers but still has trouble with coverage. If the Raiders think they need a security upgrade, Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox thinks Baltimore Ravens starter Chuck Clark might be available:
Knox then went on to discuss why the Raiders would make sense for Clark.
“The Raiders should also have some interest after being picked apart by Justin Herbert and AFC West rivals Los Angeles Chargers in Week 1,” Knox wrote. “Safety Johnathan Abram allowed an opposing passer rating of 111.5 in the opener.”
Clark has no future in Baltimore. Kyle Hamilton and Marcus Williams are the future of the Ravens. The problem for Clark is that he is under contract until next season. That means it’s likely to be traded at some point. He has proven to be one of the better safeties in the NFL and has been a starter for one of the league’s best defenses for four seasons.
The Ravens won’t just trade Clark, but Safeties aren’t the most valuable players in the league. If the Raiders want to add a safety, the price shouldn’t be too high. A third-round pick should be enough to move Clark away from the Ravens. It’s possible he’ll eventually force the issue and ask for a trade if Williams and Hamilton push him out of the rotation. In this case, its value may decrease.
Depending on Tre’von Moehrig’s state of health, the need for security can become even greater. The 2021 second-round pick was one of the Raiders’ top defensemen last season but was forced to leave the Chargers’ game early with a hip injury. It’s also kept him out of practice this week.
Möhrig having to give up time would be a heavy blow for the secondary school. Duron Harmon is a solid veteran, but he’s 31 years old. Thankfully, he hasn’t missed a game since 2013, so he’s one of the longest-lived players on the team. However, without Moehrig, the Raiders would have to rely more often on Abram for coverage, which hasn’t proven to be a recipe for success.