Early Doucet: The Oakland Raiders' Answer at Wide Reciever

Jason GereContributor IMarch 10, 2009

Since Tim Brown retired the Oakland Raiders have been searching for legitimate No. 1 receiver. Jerry Porter and Randy Moss never worked out as Mr. Al Davis had hoped. Terrell Owens was not even considered and for Raider Nation that was a good thing.

With the best remaining free agents being Marvin Harrison, who is turning 37 before the season starts, and 32-year-old Tory Holt, many in the Raider Nation are wondering where to get a young and talented receiver. We should just ask the Arizona Cardinals and no I’m not talking about trading for Anquan Boldin.

A trade for Boldin would cost the Raiders far too much. If you think Arizona would let him go for anything less than a first, second or third-round pick, you're nuts. We need each of those picks to add much-needed depth and an infusion of talent. Yet, they do have a receiver who could be had for much less.

A college teammate of JaMarcus Russell at LSU, Early Doucet was Arizona's fifth receiver for most of last year. With the emergence of Steve Breaston and Jerheme Urban, Doucet could be had for the right offer; let’s say Justin Fargas.

This would allow both teams to address legitimate needs, would provide Russell with a receiver that he already has chemistry with, and give the Raiders a relatively inexpensive upgrade to their WR corp.

Doucet's first college touchdown catch came from Russell's arm; wouldn't it be fitting for his first NFL touchdown to come the same way?