Jon Gruden is working to fill the team with his guys. But even before that, the Raiders had a need at wide receiver. For those reasons, there has been a lot of movement at the position in the past few days. They signed Jordy Nelson, cut Michael Crabtree and traded away Cordarrelle Patterson, leaving them now down a receiver.
With the cutting of Crabtree, the Ravens backed out of signing Ryan Grant, citing a failed physical. So, the Raiders scheduled a visit with him, along with a physical. That visit happened Monday and Grant left without signing a deal, according to Vic Tafur of the Athletic. He shortly thereafter he headed back to Indianapolis, where he DID pass a physical, and signed with the Colts on a 1-year deal, according to James Jones.
Then today another option came available with the Jaguars releasing Allen Hurns, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, saving the team $7 million against the cap.
Jaguars are releasing WR Allen Hurns, per source. Strong market expected for him.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 20, 2018
Hurns is a former undrafted free agent turned breakout star when in 2015 he caught 67 passes for 1031 yards and 10 touchdowns. His Offensive Coordinator that season was Raiders’ OC Greg Olson.
The former Miami Hurricane hasn’t reached 500 yards in either season since, in part because he hasn’t been able to stay on the field more than 11 games. He did, however, catch an impressive 69.6% of the passes thrown his way last season.
The 6-3, 201-pounder presents a fascinating option for the Raiders, who could him. He’s certainly a lot more well established than Ryan Grant whose best season was last year when he caught 45 passes for 573 yards despite never missing a game.
In case you’re interested, here’s a highlight video from Hurns’s 2015 season.