The cuts just keep on comin' this offseason. Today, two former 1000-yard receivers were let go, adding to what looks to be a pretty abundant group of free agent wide receivers. The Falcons cut Harry Douglas and the Dolphins let go of Brian Hartline.
Both receivers are just a season removed from surpassing the 1000-yard mark and both are still reasonably young. Hartline is 28 and Douglas is 30.
Now is when I remind everyone the Raiders haven't had a 1000-yard receiver since 2005 and have had just one since 2002.
Hartline is especially intriguing. He had two-straight seasons of at least 130 catches and over 1000 yards in Miami in 2012-13. After that 2013 season, he was signed to a 5-year deal. Part of that deal had him as a $5.9 million cap hit this year so they let him go, presumably to try and clear cap space so they could hold onto Mike Wallace.
Hartline had a down season in 2014, but still managed to have his best game against the Raiders. In their week 4 meeting in London, he caught six passes for 74 yards. The previous meeting between the two teams was in 2012 and he Hartline his second best game of the season, catching 9 passes for 111 yards.
Douglas also had a bit of a down year in 2014 with 556 yards compared to his 1067 yards in 2013, though it was his second best season in the NFL. He was another cap move as he saves $3.5 million for the Falcons and was their third wide receiver behind Julio Jones and Roddy White.
Neither Hartline nor Douglas are the answer to the Raiders' burning number one wide receiver vacancy, though they both can be contributors on a team. They are reasonably reliable with both averaging about five drops per season the past two seasons.
The top wide receiver option on the Raiders roster as of now are Rod Streater, James Jones, Andre Holmes, and Brice Butler. So, I guess you must ask yourself if either Hartline or Douglas would be an upgrade over any of them.
The definite benefit to these two joining the fray is the more receivers on the market, the less competition there will be for each of them. Players get overpaid when they are one of the only good options at their position and teams are clamoring to fill a need position.