Raiders coach Jack Del Rio kept it pretty simple on the decision to trade linebacker Sio Moore.
“He wasn’t going to make the team,” Del Rio said Sunday in his first comments since Friday’s trade of Moore to the Indianapolis Colts for a sixth-round pick.
“We had depth there that we’re really happy about,” Del Rio continued. “We brought in two free agent linebackers. They both are playing very well. Two draft picks that are both playing very well. We developed a guy at the position that’s returning in Ray-Ray and we added a guy that we think is a real core difference-maker on special teams. So we’ve got a full group.”
That group that Del Rio references would be Curtis Lofton and Malcolm Smith as the free agents, Ben Heeney and Neiron Ball as the draft picks, Ray-Ray Armstrong as the returning player and Lorenzo Alexander as the special teamer.
So clearly in Del Rio’s eyes, Moore wasn’t as good as those players or something occurred to drop the third-year linebacker out of favor with the first-year coach. But whatever it was, the Raiders didn’t have a spot for him and sent Moore away.
“It was an opportunity to acquire a pick for a guy that somebody else may want to have,” Del Rio said.