Are Raiders willing to trade a RB?

The rumor mill heated Monday with talk the Raiders are dangling running backs Justin Fargas and Michael Bush as trade bait but interim head coach Tom Cable says he knows nothing about it. That doesn't mean something isn't in the works, however.

CBS Sports reported that the Raiders are mulling offers for one of the two running backs and that Bush seems to be the likely candidate to go if a trade is made.

Cable, speaking a day after Oakland's 34-3 loss to New Orleans, downplayed the rumors and insisted he knows nothing about a potential trade.

"I don't believe that's accurate in any way," Cable said Monday. "I know the trade deadline is coming up and we'll listen to anybody. But those are names at least I had not heard of."

Asked if that meant the Raiders were not actively shopping Bush or Fargas, Cable replied "No, I would not be. No one would be doing that, I don't think. Those are two really good players on this football team."

Still, it wouldn't be the first time owner Al Davis made a personnel move without the head coach's knowledge. And if there's one position where the Raiders have an abundance of talent, it's at running back. The only player Davis apparently isn't willing to part with is rookie Darren McFadden.

One way or another, the situation will be resolved soon. The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, 1 p.m. PDT.


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