Will The Raiders Sign Either TJ Houshmandzadeh or Antonio Bryant?
The Raiders did a lot to improve for the 2010 season this off-season. After a solid draft including bringing in Rolando McClain, Lamarr Houston and trading for QB Jason Campbell, the Raiders look poised for a much better season than past years. One worry to some is that Campbell doesn't have enough weapons currently to throw the ball to. Currently he has an above-average TE in Zach Miller and a few average receivers in Louis Murphy, Chaz Schilens, and 2009 1st Rounder Darrius Heyward-Bey. Some predict a breakout season for DHB, but after a very disappointing season last year it is hard to rely on a complete turn-around season.
Over the last day or two questions have been emerging about whether the Raiders were going to bring in a veteran receiver for Campbell. With early off-season speculation of perhaps Terrell Owens being brought in there is new speculation on ex-Seahawk TJ Houshmandzadeh, ex-Bengal Antoni Bryant, and Patrick Crayton. Crayton can be scratched off the list because he was traded to the Chargers for a 7th round pick. Now the question is brought up if the Raiders will pursue either "Housh" or Bryant.
Houshmandzadeh was solid last year in his only season with the Seahawks, and being cut came to a suprise to most. His name has been linked to the Raiders, Redskins, Chargers, and the Vikings. If the Raiders were to bring him in this could give the Raiders a push to be a very serious contender in the AFC West. The move makes sense because Campbell will need some weapons if he wants to have a good fresh start in Oakland, the only conflict could be the contract. If the Raiders are willing to spend, then Houshmandzadeh will be a solid pickup for the Black and Silver.
If not Housh, than the next best option would be Antonio Bryant. Bryant missed time last year, but was still solid averaging 15 YPC for the Buccaneers. Bryant would also make sense to bring in because he is a solid veteran who could come in for one or two years until the young receivers progress, or until younger starters are brought in. Like Housh money could be an issue here, but he should be fairly cheaper.
Bottom line is that is if the Raiders want to make a push to make the playoffs, the next step will be to sign one of these receivers for Jason Campbell to throw to.
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