Raiders WR situation in flux


Derek Hagan and Denarius Moore managed to crack the Raiders 53-man roster last season based on strong showings in training camp and exhibition games. Moore is a lock for the 2012 team. Hagan ultimately was released, and signed with the Buffalo Bills.
For now, the Raiders have Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jacoby Ford, Moore and Louis Murphy under contract. That leaves one or two spots to be filled, assuming the Raiders don’t re-sign free-agents-to-be Chaz Schilens and/or T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
In a perfect world, the Raiders would go after a big-name receiver such as Vincent Jackson, who escaped the franchise tag and is headed for unrestricted free agency.
In Jackson, the Raiders would get a legitimate No. 1 target for quarterback Carson Palmer and someone who would take off pressure from the other receivers.
The Raiders also wouldn’t have to worry about covering Jackson twice a year any longer as they have the past seven seasons when he starred for the San Diego Chargers.
Some feel as if the Raiders are set at receiver. Problem is, that’s based on Heyward-Bey’s breakout season in 2011 and the potential of Ford and Moore. None has accomplished in a season what Jackson has several times during his NFL career.
Three times, Jackson amassed at least 1,098 yards in a season, and he has averaged a gaudy 17.5 yards per reception for his career. Make no mistake, the Raiders aren’t set at receiver and there’s room for a receiver with Jackson’s skill set.
It’s possible that Heyward-Bey, Moore or Ford one day will reach such a level. That’s the predicament facing general manager Reggie McKenzie, projecting what he has vs. what he needs from his receivers.
Signing a big-time receiver such as Jackson won’t come cheaply. The Raiders aren’t flush with salary-cap room and aren’t in a position to compete with some teams loaded with cap room. However, it can be done, as long as Jackson is willing to take more money in latter years, beginning in 2013.

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  • lefty12

    Both defensive ends are on the wrong side of 30.
    Says it all.We are building a good young team,no need for old,over the hill players.Those days are hopefully over.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 6th, 2012 at 11:17 am
    I dont expect any impact FA signings


    does tagging Tyvon Branch (aka Gibril Wilson II) count?

    ‘FA’…so no.

    But that was huge.

    Im not one of those guys, but if I was I would save this for later when Branch is, as the youngsters say “ballin”

  • DennisAllensVisor

    If you ‘talk up’ Giordano, and ‘talk down’ Branch, I dont see me taking anything you say seriously. 🙂

  • DMAC

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 6th, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I dont expect any impact FA signings


    does tagging Tyvon Branch (aka Gibril Wilson II) count?

    DA will have Branch skipping his pro bowl appearance, only to play in the super bowl.

  • RaiderRockstar

    WR @EdMcGee16 doing some pass catching drills & working out in Hermosa Beach, CA with @RAIDERS QB Carson Palmer #Raiders @RaidersBlog
    Retweeted by John Dickinson

    McGee to take Housh or Chaz’ spot? (kid is putting in the extra work)



    Carson Palmer mentioned there was a guy Raiders fans haven’t heard of that will turn some heads next season … think maybe it was McGee?

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post chicks

  • DMAC

    new post


    No beer, but he does have some cool azz glasses on

    lol.. DMAC… can wait to see this handsome mother f’er


    We could probably get same production from groves if we let kam go, jus resighn for a fraction of the price, I think it would go unnoticeable since they both can’t cover and are both to small and weak to play de.

  • JLofty

    @365: Truth!

  • Gdog

    Simply using McClain more in the blitz, and less covering the other teams best WR… will improve how he looks on our teevee’s.

    And how frigging hard is it to get someone to STAY ON ASSIGNMENT??

    I don’t know how many times last year all he had to do was stand there like a blob in the middle and the RB would have ran right into him… and instead he was either helping some lineman (why? who knows) or he guessed the wrong gap to jump into…

  • Gdog

    The first thing I would ask McClain if I were Allen… “What exactly do you think a MLB is supposed to do?” And go from there.

    My guess is he would say “If I see a lineman in front of me that looks like he needs help, I am to abandon my assignment and hope someone behind me covers my ass.”

    Seriously… thats all he ever does on running plays…

  • uglyorc

    what other options are there if KW gets dumped?

    find a OLB in free agency for the vet minimum or throw an undrafted kid in there?

    Shaughnessy and 4.5 million to sign another LB to play opposite Curry. I dont want to lose KW but it wouldnt be a total loss. Steve is wrong about a lot of things. Look at Shaughnessy’s scouting reports. He’s a 3-4 OLB, not a 3-4 DE.