The Oakland Raiders Only Need a Few More Pieces

Jason SimmonsCorrespondent IMarch 5, 2009

The Raiders are on the verge of having a breakout year.

With the re-signing of Cooper Carlisle, and the acquisition of Erik Pears, shows signs of the Raiders trying to get that o-line the fans have been longing for since '06 (R.I.P. Andrew Walters). There are reports that Khalif Barnes is visiting Oakland also.

If we could land Barnes, that would eliminate the need to take an OL in the first round. With Seattle's signing T.J. Houshmandzadeh, and Cincinnati's recent signing of Laveranues Coles, Michael Crabtree would drop to us.

Having Crabtree as our No. 1 receiver would greatly increase the offense's consistency.

And for the people who dare doubt Mr. Crabtree's talent:

-1,962 receiving yards and 22 TDs his freshman year (in 10 games).

-231 catches in two years.

-41 touchdowns in two years.

yeah.. silence yourselves please...

I don't care if he runs a 4.78 40-yard dash, this guy can flat out play. His hands could give a lot of relief to the run game, opening even more possibilities for D-Mac, Huggy Bear Jr., and the Bushman (I couldn't find a nickname for Michael).

And with the releasing of Terrell Owens, he could be a great pick-up if he could manage to shut his mouth for a season or two. Crabtree and Owens opposite of each other could be nice...

I can feel it, we are so close to being a dominant force in the NFL again.