Oakland Raiders wide receiver Derek Hagan in 2011 training camp (photo by Levi Damien)
Wednesday afternoon former Raiders wide receiver Derek Hagan tweeted that he is a Raiders once again. Hagan spent the first seven games of last season with the Raiders before he was released in favor of Carson Palmer's former favorite target from his Cincinnati days, TJ Houshmandzadeh.
The move was not looked up favorably by many who saw Hagan as the Raiders most reliable target. He proved to be a consistent possession receiver on a team with a lot of speed and not a lot of hands or healthy receivers. So it stands to reason that now that two of those same speedy receivers from last season are nursing injuries that Hagan should return once again to be the steady hand this team needs.
Once the Raiders released him, it wasn't long before the Bills came calling when they needed a good possession receiver. He finished out the 2011 season in Buffalo, collecting 13 catches for 138 yards and a touchdown. He was in Bills camp this season but was among their final roster cuts.
The Raiders had worked out several free agent receivers including Hagan, Jabar Gaffney, and Tiquan Underwood. His signing was necessary due to the uncertainty of the injury statuses of Denarius Moore, Jacoby Ford, and Juron Criner.
Raiders return to practice Thursday morning.