By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 at 8:12 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The publicist for Raiders rookie wide receiver Denarius Moore confirmed that he signed a four-year, $2.2 million contract Wednesday.
Moore joins running back Taiwan Jones as the only Raiders draftees who have signed and are expected to practice Thursday afternoon.
Raiders coach Hue Jackson said that the other draftees are close to signing deals, and they all “could” be at practice Thursday. The fact the practice doesn’t begin until 3:30 p.m. gives the players ample time to sign their deals, take their physicals and hit the field without missing a beat.
Moore was selected in the fifth round out of Tennessee. He is expected to compete for a backup spot in a crowded field of receivers that includes returners Chaz Schilens, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Louis Murphy, Jacoby Ford and Nick Miller.
In other news, Jets all-world cornerback Darrelle Revis is fanning the flames in the red-hot stories about Raiders three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha joining the Jets.
“He’s the best cornerback in the league,” Revis told Jets reporters Wednesday. “Me and him as a tandem would be unbelievable. It would be awesome. I would love to have him as a teammate.”
Revis said he spoke with Asomugha recently, but the conversation didn’t take on a recruiting slant. When asked if he preferred Asomugha or Antonio Cromartie, Revis said: ”(Cromartie) has been a part of this team and this defense, but the talk going on right now, the focus is Nnamdi Asomugha.”
If Asomugha signs with the Jets, the Raiders would face him in their regular season home opener Sept.25.
Raiders tight end Zach Miller’s name hasn’t surfaced with any of the league’s 31 other teams just yet. The longer it stays that way, the better chance the Raiders have of re-signing him to a long-term contract.