Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera isn’t going anywhere.
The Raiders don’t plan on trading Rivera, despite speculation that the fourth-year tight end was on his way out of town, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
Rivera caught 32 passes for 280 yards and a touchdown last season, but was listed as third on Oakland’s most recent depth chart behind Lee Smith and Clive Watford.
Rivera was drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft and produced solid dividends on a minimal investment during his first two seasons. He caught 96 passes for 941 yards and 8 touchdowns during his first two seasons.
Many thought Year 3 could be a big one for the Tennessee product. That promise fizzled out, as he didn’t start a single game in 2015.
The Raiders are hoping to find a reputable safety valve for quarterback Derek Carr. Oakland could have a rather potent offense led by Carr and wide receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. If the Raiders can find a reliable tight end, their offense could take an enormous step forward in a wide-open AFC West.