Raiders shouldn't expect much for Jordan
Jordan was at the team's facilities in Alameda for the start of the mandatory mini-camp Tuesday but met with head coach Lane Kiffin prior to the morning workout and was told not to practice. In theory, Oakland doesn't want to risk Jordan getting injured thus lowering his potential trade value.
But the market isn't going to be very high for a player who teams know is not in Oakland's plans for next season or any other and who will almost certainly be released unless the Raiders can find someone willing to make a deal.
Jordan's agent is optimistic he'll find a team who needs Jordan but admits it won't be easy. Most teams are in the final stages of their offseason workout programs and have already established their training camp rosters.
"We have not had any success at this point in doing so because there are many moving pieces to such a trade," Alvin Keels, Jordan's agent, told ProFootballTalk.com. "However, with new developments going on around the league maybe something can be done in the coming days."
Oakland has no room for Jordan in an already crowded backfield. Justin Fargas, Michael Bush and rookie Darren McFadden all practiced with the rest of their teammates Tuesday and will likely head into training camp as the top three running backs on the depth chart.
The Raiders might be tempted to hold on to Jordan as insurance until they get McFadden, their first-round draft pick, under contract. A year ago Oakland didn't get its top pick -- JaMarcus Russell --signed until the regular season.
Still, they're not taking any chances by having Jordan practice.
"We're pursuing some other options with him," Kiffin said. "He was here this morning. We're just keeping him off the field."
A year ago the Raiders traded Randy Moss to the New England Patriots in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick.
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