By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, September 5th, 2010 at 4:23 pm in Oakland Raiders.
ESPN is reporting the Jets have cut 16-year veteran Tony Richardson, one of the league’s best blocking fullbacks.
Given that the Raiders have only Marcel Reece, a work-in-progress blocker and an excellent receiver, you wonder if they’ll make a run at Richardson.
Richardson has made a living clearing the way for productive running backs _ Marcus Allen, Chester Taylor, Adrian Peterson, Larry Johnson, Thomas Jones _ and the Raiders could use a level head as well as a lead blocker for Darren McFadden, Michael Bush (when healthy) and whoever else lines up in the backfield. It’s something they attempted with Lorenzo Neal last year, only to find Neal was too close to the end of his career before a hamstring tear ended it.
On the other hand, the Raiders could also use an experienced wide receiver. Chaz Schilens will miss the opener and beyond, although no one seems sure exactly how long he’ll be out. They don’t have the veteran who can find open areas, get first downs take some of the pressure off Zach Miller as someone quarterback Jason Campbell completely trusts.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh remains on the open market, although the Raiders have been adamant about developing their young wide receivers.
If you accept the premise it’s unlikely they’d sign both, which would be more beneficial to the 2010 Raiders, Richardson or Houshmandzadeh?