This year’s class of free agent wide receivers isn’t going to scream at you from a talent perspective. But there is some talent to be had. Most of whom would be better than what the Raiders currently have.
Golden Tate, Eagles
An always solid route running who also plays with strength and he’s still productive at 31. Sounds like a Gruden Grinder to me. Tate had two 1000-yard seasons in 2016-17 and he put up 795 last season between the Lions and Eagles. The Eagles spent a third round pick to get him for half a season and a playoff run. He added 7 catches for 64 yards and a touchdown in the playoffs.
Tyrell Williams, Chargers
The 6-4 deep threat receiver burst onto the scene in 2016, catching 69 passes for 1059 yards and 7 touchdowns. His role in the offense has diminished since then, but he would offer the Raiders offense the qualities in a receiver they don’t currently have.
John Brown, Ravens
Brown averaged an impressive 17 yards per catch last season, his first in Baltimore. His best season was 2015 when he just surpassed 1000 yards and added 7 touchdowns. His 42 catches for 715 yards and 5 touchdowns in 2018 is right around his career average for a full season, so that’s pretty much what you can expect from the 5-11 burner.
Adam Humphries, Buccaneers
The 26-year-old saw 105 targets last season, most of them in the slot. He saw career highs is targets, catches (76), yards (816), and touchdowns (5) last season. You could look at it as a contract year, or you could notice his production has gone up every season in the NFL.
Cole Beasley, Cowboys
Beasley let his frustration be known this week about the Cowboys offense being forced to feature certain receivers. One would assume he was talking at least in part of Amari Cooper. Despite his claims, he saw the second most targets (87) of his career last season, putting up him second best numbers with 65 catches for 672 yards. Though he was on pace for better numbers before Coop became a focal point of the offense. Last year the Raiders traded for a little slot receiver from the Cowboys (Ryan Switzer), so why not just sign an actual accomplished one?
Kevin White, Bears
Remember all the hype between Amari Cooper and Kevin White in the 2015 draft? Mike Mayock does. He had White ranked ahead of Coop in that draft. Coop went at 4th overall and is now headed to his third Pro Bowl while White was selected at 7th overall and has taken three trips to injured reserve. He has never gotten a foothold in Chicago. You think Mike Mayock would like to get him to Oakland on a one-year prove-it deal to see if he could live up to his top position in his draft rankings?