Grading Raiders 2013 off-season moves: Receivers

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I move on to grade the Raiders' off-season moves at wide receiver and tight end.

The Raiders receiving game has struggled for a while. Not since Randy Moss in 2005 have they fielded a 1000 yard receiver. Darrius Heyward-Bey came close in 2011 and that was the only season the past five years the Raiders' leading receiver wasn't a tight end.

At wide receiver, the team has added a good looking rookie each season but has yet to find that sure thing. It was Rod Streater last season, Denarius Moore in 2011, and Jacoby Ford in 2010. The last time they went big in free agency for a receiver was 2008 when Javon Walker was paid big money and flopped.

At tight end, it's going on four straight seasons with a new starter - Zach Miller, Kevin Boss, Brandon Myers, and whoever takes the job next season.

Departures

WR Darrius Heyward-Bey - There was no way the Raiders were going to bring him back at $11 million. I would argue there was really no chance they were bringing him back, period. The new regime is moving past high paid, underachieving players. Few embodied that more than DHB.

TE Brandon Myers - The Raiders let him leave as a free agent which wasn't a big surprise. Even though he was the team's leading receiver last season.

Unsigned Free Agents: WR Derek Hagan

Additions

None

Re-signed Free Agents: None

Breakdown: There is no sure number one receiver on the team. Darrius Heyward-Bey wasn't it and there is no telling if any of the others are either. All number one receiver type options were way too expensive. The Raiders most productive receiver last season was Brandon Myers and his departure leaves no sure starter. The team has David Ausberry and Richard Gordon but neither has proven they can be impact players.

Receiver grade: C-


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