Putting the current labor talks aside, there is still plenty of business that the Oakland Raiders need to look at as we enter the off season. One area that the Raiders need to review and work on is the wide receiver position. There are a number of good, solid WR’s that are free agents this year that Oakland should consider picking up.
Overall, the current crop of Oakland receivers is very young and inexperienced. Sure the potential is there, but for Oakland to get to the play-offs in 2011, the Raiders really need to look at a veteran WR to compliment the current roster of Murphy, Heyward-Bey, Ford, Schilens, Higgins and Miller. Here is a quick break-down of some of the free-agent WR’s on the market..
Heading up the list is the Viking’s Sidney Rice.. Hampered by injuries in the 2010 season, Rice only played in 6 games and compiled only 280 yards and 2 TDs. The upside is that he is young (24) with 4 years in the league. The potential is there for Rice, but Oakland will not be the only team interested in him.
Braylon Edwards – New York Jets – With 6 years experience, Edwards may be the veteran that can help out Oakland’s young & raw receivers. In 2010, Braylon put up decent numbers with 904 yards and 7 TDs. If Edwards was to join the Raiders, his impact would be immediate as he would be the number 1 receiver in Oakland.
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