Eighth in a series analyzing quesitons and issues regarding the Raiders with players reporting to training camp in Napa a week from today:
Is it possible the Raiders will bring aboard Terrell Owens?
Columnist Monte Poole thinks so, and made his case in today’s Bay Area News Group publications.
If that argument sounds vaguely familiar, I wrote pretty much the same thing back on March 11.
If Monte thinks something, chances are pretty good the Raiders are thinking the opposite. The two sides have a special relationship that way.
And while the Raiders and I were on the same page on draft day with the selection of Rolando McClain, two developments in the offseason made it a lot less likely they would bring in Owens.
The first was an improvement in Darrius Heyward-Bey, last year’s No. 7 overall pick. While the second-year receiver still has to prove it during live contact, as well as during preseason and regular season games, there was a marked difference in the way he performed during minicamps and organized team activities open to the media.
The second was the appearance of Chaz Schilens during the last OTA open to the media. Schilens underwent a second surgery for on a broken fifth metatarsal on his left foot following the season, and the Raiders had to be at least a little nervous about him holding up. Coach Tom Cable originally said Schilens wouldn’t be ready to go until training camp, so he’s ahead of schedule.
I’m guessing that at this point the Raiders want to fully develop their young corps of receivers, which includes Louis Murphy, and won’t do anything to cut into their playing time by bringing in Owens.
As I mentioned on my on-line chat Tuesday, the best chance of seeing Owens would be if one of those three players were to be injured and out for a prolonged length of time.
That’s probably the game Owens is playing now _ waiting and watching to see if a team loses a receiver during training camp.
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