The Oakland Raiders Need Fresh Young Talent at Receiver, Not Anquan Boldin

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIFebruary 9, 2009

If you're a fan of the Oakland Raiders, certainly you have caught wind of the interest the team might have in an established free agent wide receiver like Anquan Boldin or T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Although those players have proven to be both reliable and effective, they are not what the Oakland Raiders need right now.

I agree that the Raiders need talent at the receiver position, there can be no question about that. I simply feel that enough is enough with them bringing in middle-aged receivers who were once effective elsewhere without truly having enough reassurance that they would become effective in Oakland.

Al Davis pushed hard to land guys like Randy Moss and Javon Walker and where did that leave them?

Raiders fans have to come to terms with the fact that their team needs to rebuild and is not likely to be making any kind of significant playoff run in 2009. In order for them to be able to properly build themselves for the future, they need to invest in a quality younger talent who can develop and become a reliable factor when and if the Raiders do manage to get their act together.

Any time big-name free agents like Anquan Boldin are set to hit the market, fans of various teams in need seem to feel like their team would be a perfect fit. The issue is they must be able to look at the entire picture.

A player like Anquan Boldin is built to play well now; not to hang around a team that needs to be rebuilt, hoping that they will one day become a true contender. Boldin would be a better fit with a team like the New York Giants who are built to win now.

The worst thing that could happen is if the Raiders signed a player like Boldin to a big contract (and yes people, Boldin wants to finally be paid for the elite receiver he is) and take up a lot of salary cap space during a time when they need to attend to other problem areas of the roster.

They can't have one big star hogging up much needed cap space because then all you will get is empty holes elsewhere and a star receiver who's stuck on a team that can't win.

Good idea if you want to sell a lot of jerseys but not the best direction of the Raiders want to "just win baby!"