Can you spell...Torry, as in Torry Holt, Super bowl champ, Pro Bowl receiver and more importantly ...unemployed? As Holt was released after 10 years in St.Louis, the attention of a nation of Raiders fans suddenly focused east, my boy. As we prepare for a new beginning, with a new regime, it becomes all too evident that a veteran influence is needed on the offensive side of the ball, and Holt should be that man.
Though his numbers weren't great (64rec./786yrds/12.4avg/three td's), he was head and shoulders above any receiver on the current roster, and let's not punish him for being a Ram. The Rams Line is a worse turnstile than the Raiders, QB play suspect, and a supporting cast of wideouts not even Holt could remember.
What Holt brings is heart, head, and maturity which Tom Cable's offensive huddle is in desperate need of. Let's call it a guiding hand to the kids (Johnnie Lee Higgins, Chaz Schillens, JaMarcus Russell, and Darren McFadden) and a winning attitude with a little showmanship to boot. Al Davis loves players with winning past and a first-round pedigree, especially if he is a future HOF inductee, which Holt is.
Davis has been very schrewd and frugal this offseason and for good reason, but this should be a no-brainer and a smart buy at a reasonable price, if you can get T.O. at $6.5 million (one year), Holt can be had at around $5 million (15 to 20 total) on a three or four-year deal with a third guaranteed. For the growth of the franchise and Russell's development, this is a must buy, and think how this will free up Zach Miller over the middle.
Money can buy leadership and class. Torry Holt — HOF receiver of the Oakland Raiders.....sounds sweet to me.
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