Former All-Pro WR Suggestions Raiders Could Bench $72 Million Star

With so many new players on the Las Vegas Raiders roster this season, it's difficult to gauge how good they could be. 

A team does not sign a seasoned quarterback like Jimmy Garoppolo to a $72.75 million contract unless they believe they can compete.

If things go south for the Raiders early on, they'll have to make some tough decisions. 

 Aidan O'Connell, a rookie fourth-round pick, impressed in the preseason but has yet to play against top opposition. 

Steve Smith Sr., a former All-Pro wide receiver turned NFL Network commentator, believes the Raiders would replace Garoppolo with O'Connell during the 2023 season.

"Will Jimmy Garoppolo lose his starting job to a rookie for the second year in a row?" On a September 1 broadcast of "NFL Total Access," Smith was asked to make a big prediction for the 2023 season.

It's impossible to imagine Garoppolo being benched in favor of O'Connell until there's an injury. 

The Raiders would have to have a disastrous start in order for the franchise to consider making that move.

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