Raiders Sign Derek Hagan, and More AFC West News

Christopher HansenNFL AnalystSeptember 6, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 23: Wide receiver Derek Hagan #80 of the Oakland Raiders amps up some fans before a game against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 23, 2011 at Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Chiefs won 28-0. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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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 first to announce that he had returned the the Raiders on his Twitter account. The Raiders have confirmed the move, waiving defensive back Coye Francies to make room on the 53-man roster.

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. 

Here's a quick trip around the AFC West for other must-reads this morning.



Jeff Legworld of the Denver Post says cornerback Chris Harris is included in the Broncos' big plans.

Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post reports that revenge plays no role in Broncos vs. Steelers rematch.


Kansas City

Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star thinks that the Chiefs have too much cap room. 

Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star reports that the Chiefs have six defensive starters that will either not play or have their status for Week 1 in doubt. 


San Diego

Nick Canepa of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that general manager A.J. Smith is his own toughest critic. 

Scott Bair of the North County Times says Smith hopes the Chargers have the depth to contend in 2012. 



As first reported by Aaron Wilson, the Raiders removed Tory Humphrey, Jamie Cumbie, Ed Wang and RaShawn Jackson from the injured reserve with injury settlements. They are now free agents.

Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle says the old lion, Richard Seymour, is ready to roar again.