The NFL trade deadline hits at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday October 18,and the Oakland Raiders are in the hunt for a quarterback after starter Jason Campbell suffered a broken collar bone during Week 6 action against the Cleveland Browns.
Right now the starting quarterback for the Raiders is Kyle Boller, backed by rookie Terrelle Pryor who has only been practicing with the team for a little over a week. Even in the event that the team decides to stick with Boller, they are still in need of a suitable backup option.
Rumors the past few days have been that the Raiders were going after semi-retired Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, but Cincinnati owner Mike Brown, as well as head coach Marvin Lewis, have both reiterated that the team is in no way looking to trade Palmer and that he will remain retired.
The best option for the Raiders could be trading for Denver quarterback Kyle Orton. However, even though the Raiders could probably get Orton, they would likely have to sacrifice a mid-round draft pick, and whether or not they are willing to make that sacrifice would be the decision to be made.
Another option the Raiders considered was free agent quarterback David Garrard, but Garrard just recently informed the team that he is in fact not ready to play as he needs immediate surgery on a herniated disk in his back.
Other names that have been tossed around include former Raider Josh McCown, Troy Smith, currently with the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL, and free agent Todd Bouman, who according to NFL.com will work out for the team this week. These three would probably only be considered as backup options to Boller.
If the Raiders can not get something worked out with Denver or another team before Tuesday, then one of these players may end up with a deal.