Raiders make it official _ Hagan is back


Put away the X-box, Derek Hagan is back.

The Raiders confirmed Thursday they had signed the veteran wide receiver to a contract to shore up a position group that could be short-handed when they open the regular season Monday night against the San Diego Chargers.

Hagan, 27, made the Raiders with a strong training camp as a possession receiver last season and played in six games, catching 11 passes for 114 yards. He was cut to make room for T.J. Houshmandzadeh and finished the season with 13 catches for 138 yards and one touchdown in four games with the Buffalo Bills.

A strong veteran presence, Hagan falls in line with the type of attitudes sought by general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen. Former coach Hue Jackson noted the serious nature displayed by Hagan during last year’s camp.

“He understands that instead of going in and playing X-Box at night and trying to figure out how to score on that video game, he goes in, takes his book, opens it and works on it,’’ Jackson said.

When asked about it by reporters, Hagan said, “I don’t play X-box too much. I do, but there’s no reason. We’re in training camp, and you shouldn’t even be playing video games. You got to get your study time in. This is my job, this is my profession and it’s something I love to do. I try to stick what I do best and that’s playing football.”

In seven seasons with Miami, the New York Giants, the Raiders and most recently Buffalo, Hagan has 109 receptions for 1,221 yards and six touchdowns. He played the final four games of the 2012 season in Buffalo with 13 catches for 138 yards and one touchdown.

The Raiders also reportedly looked at veteran wide receiver Jabar Gaffney Wednesday as they could enter their season opener against the San Diego short on receivers.

Denarius Moore (hamstring) and Jacoby Ford (foot) have been out for extended periods of time and rookie Juron Criner (ankle) has been hobbling in practice.

To make room for Hagan on the roster, cornerback Coye Francies was waived.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • oakfoshow

    Hope Moore plays,or long night.

  • Raidernationdave

    I have Moore as one of my fantasy receivers – would you play him this week?


    RaiderDuck Says:
    September 6th, 2012 at 11:19 am
    Moore’s back. GREAT.

    Moore and DHB starting.

    Streater in the slot.

    Hagan as the #4.

    Let’s roll.

  • oakfoshow

    Hagen,Criner,Streater solid group?

  • RaidersOne

    Albinator Says:
    September 6th, 2012 at 11:48 am

    It’s great to have Hagen back but I can’t help but be pissed off at Hubert for extending a scholarship to a washed up Housh last year instead of taking Hagen, the guy who actually earned a roster spot. So glad Reggie is here to oversee and over rule that kind of BS. We were going no where under Hue. So glad the DA is running the show now.

    Good riddance to Hue the Pimpin Magnificent. Why he waived Hagen in favor of a burned out Housh is no mystery: it was plain stupidity with some ego inflation mixed in.

    Thank the Lord that Mark and Reggie dumped that jackass.

  • Raidernationdave Says:
    September 6th, 2012 at 11:52 am
    I have Moore as one of my fantasy receivers – would you play him this week?


    Not if you have other options. Moore practiced today, but he could re-pull that hammy in the first quarter Monday and not be seen again.

  • TxRaider210

    Raidernationdave Says:
    September 6th, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Got some killer shiznizzie last night – $60 an 1/8 though


    R8ER MIKE Says:
    September 6th, 2012 at 8:52 am
    Raidernationdave Says:
    September 6th, 2012 at 8:50 am
    Morning Beyotches!

    what up HOE !!!
    oh damn… ho !!!
    lol lol lol
    Nice! That’s about average for Tx.

  • Intrepid

    oakfoshow Says: Hagen,Criner,Streater solid group?////////You mistakenly put a question mark at the end.

  • Decisions such as dumping Hagan for Housh and benching DHB for no discernible reason are why Hue didn’t even get an HC interview last winter, and got (I think) ONE OC interview (for the Rams job, and they hired someone else).

  • TxRaider210

    The Hagan move by Hubert had me livid last year, glad the kid is back in the right colors.

  • New post losers

  • RaidersOne

    We desperately needed a big, possession, multi-purpose WR who can take and dish out punishment, and Hagan is that WR.

    With all these skinny-legged injury dogged WR’s and their aching “hammies”, Hagan will see a lot of action.

  • branden.w

    Any chance the Raiders go after Pablo Sandoval to solidify the D-Line against the run. Did you guys see that fat A$$ blow up the guy coming into 3rd base last night?

  • oakfoshow

    #407 Nope, a giant ???????