The New England Patriots just consummated a trade for Cincinnati Bengals veteran wide receiver Chad Ochocinco.
Soon thereafter, the Boston Herald reported that the Raiders, 49ers and Patriots were the three teams that requested permission to speak with the Bengals about a trade for Ochocinco.
Keep that in mind when Raiders coach Hue Jackson talks about the state of his receiving corps, especially if he says that he is content with the receivers he already has on his roster. Also, keep that in mind whenever another veteran receiver such as Plaxico Burress (free agent), Steve Smith (Panthers) or Bernard Berrian (Vikings) hits the open market.
This news also supports what Jackson said Wednesday about being interested in any free agent that might be able to help the Raiders:
“We’re talking to everybody,” Jackson said. “I know everyone wants to know, ‘Are you talking to this guy or that guy?’ We’re talking to everybody. If there’s a guy that’s out there that is free, trust me I’ve called him and I’ve talked to him.”