With three of the five receivers in Oakland nursing injuries, general manager Reggie McKenzie needed another body. After bringing in Jabar Gaffney and Tiquan Underwood for a workout, he decided to sign another free-agent wide receiver: Derek Hagan.
Hagan was with the Raiders for six games in 2011 before being released when the Raiders signed T.J. Houshmandzadeh. He started two games, one in place of the injured Darrius Heyward-Bey in Week 2 and one in place of the injured Jacoby Ford in the slot in Week 3.
The Raiders couldn't risk going into Monday night with only two healthy receivers. They would be extremely thin at the position if either Denarius Moore, Jacoby Ford or Juron Criner were not able to play or were severely limited.
Signing Hagan makes sense because he is familiar with the other players and likely came at an affordable price. Gaffney has multiple, suitors according to ProFootballTalk, and therefore can probably demand more money than Hagan. That's important, because each move has a ramification against the salary cap, and the contract of vested veterans like Gaffney and Hagan become guaranteed if they are on the roster Week 1.
The Raiders might not keep a sixth receiver on the roster if the top-five are healthy, but one was needed for at least a week, if not more.
The signing of Hagan and the release of Francies gives the Raiders 27 players on offense and 23 players on defense, which is very unbalanced and should continue to change over the next couple of weeks.
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