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Should the Oakland Raiders Go After WR's Patrick Crayton or TJ Houshmandzadeh?

Cowboys wide receiver Patrick Crayton may become available.
Cowboys wide receiver Patrick Crayton may become available.Chris McGrath/Getty Images
Gary BurzellCorrespondent IIISeptember 3, 2010

ESPN's Calvin Watkins is reporting that Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Patrick Crayton wants to be released.

In six NFL seasons Crayton has 196 catches for 2,888 yards and 23 touchdowns in 82 games. Crayton has become a trusted veteran for quarterback Tony Romo. However the Cowboys seem interested in keeping younger wide receivers like Dez Bryant, their first round pick in the draft, and Kevin Ogletree, Sam Hurd, and Jesse Holley.

The Oakland Raiders have a need for a veteran wide receiver to help with the development of Darrius Heyward-Bey, Louis Murphy, Jacoby Ford, and Chaz Schilens and I think Crayton would be a great addition.

Crayton is healthy and young enough to actually help on the field, and he has the experience to help the Raiders young receivers get better.

Another veteran receiver may also be available. Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network is reporting that the Seattle Seahawks may be open to the idea of trading TJ Houshmandzadeh. The main problem with Houshmandzadeh is his $7 million in guaranteed salary for 2010. If the Raiders were to acquire Houshmandzadeh they would also acquire the contract.

If given the choice I would prefer to see Crayton as a Raider. He is younger, healthier and can still produce on the field. Houshmandzadeh is in the twilight of his career and probably would not help the Raiders on the field like Crayton would, although he did still catch 79 passes last season with the Seahawks.

What does the Raider Nation have to say on this?

UPDATE: Unfortunately, the San Diego Chargers have just completed a trade for Crayton. Housh (among others) is still an option however. Once again, what do you think Raider Nation?

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