There have been three high profiled free agent wide receivers on the market much of this offseason-Plaxico Burress, Chad Johnson, and Terrell Owens. And it seems whenever the Raiders have a need at receiver or one of those three players come available again, the question start pouring in about whether the Raiders would sign one of them. Well, today Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie put those questions to bed.
"It's not just (their) age," said McKenzie of the three high-profile receivers. "If the right player could add to the group ... we just didn't feel that those three were the right ones. Clear and simple. If I felt like they could have added something to what we were doing, I would have strongly considered it."
So, there you have it. The Raiders have had several receivers in for workouts-- Jabar Gaffney and Derek Hagan chief among them-and they signed Hagan. The veteran receiver had four catches in the team's Monday night opener.
The team has since learned that Jacoby Ford will be lost for a considerable amount of time, if not for the entire season. It was discovered that he has a Lisfranc foot injury-the same injury suffered by running back Darren McFadden in week six of last season and had him out the remainder of the season.
Ford had surgery on that foot on Tuesday and coach Dennis Allen said there is a chance he could be placed on IR. But he also said the team is content with the five receivers they currently have. Denarius Moore and Juron Criner are expected back in the lineup this week versus the Dolphins and they will join Darrius Heyward-Bey, Rod Streater, and Derek Hagan.
Five receivers is commonplace among NFL teams so there is no real need to bring someone else in. It is hard to say who will take Ford's spot as the team's slot receiver just yet. There isn't a player on this team with the same skill set as Ford with the closest being Heyward-Bey.
With the entire receiving corps in place this week, we will get a better idea of who will line up where.