Other intriguing names include tailback Willie Parker, center Justin Hartwig, offensive tackle Kirk Chambers, and nose tackle Jay Alford.
ESPN has also circulated a report by Adam Schefter about interest in released quarterback Matt Leinart, including interest by the Raiders—a report denied by the Raiders.
I would like to see the Raiders sign both Houshmandzadeh and Richardson.
Even though Houshmandzadeh can't run, he can catch. Since 2004, The Housh has always produced more than 70 catches in the season. I'd like to see him as a third receiver—a safety net for the quarterback when the blocking breaks down.
The Housh also played for current Raiders offensive coordinator Hue Jackson when both were in Cincinnati.
The Raiders have been adamant about developing the young group of receivers in Darrius Heyward-Bey, Louis Murphy, Chaz Schilens, and Jacoby Ford. Yet, a veteran presence is one of the best ways to develop young receivers.
With runningback Michael Bush hampered by injuries and fourth overall pick in 2008, Darren McFadden, also hampered by injuries (but also production), I would like to see the Raiders sign Richardson.
Richardson would provide the blocking fullback that the Raiders have lacked for years. He has almost always blocked for a thousand yard running back, which would be helpful in keeping the speedy McFadden upright until he can get in space.
Richardson's presence would also allow promising fullback Marcel Reece to focus on catching and running rather than blocking. Reece could also see time as a tight end, because the Raiders choose to carry only two, Zach Miller and Brandon Myers.
Furthermore, Parker could be a better option than Michael Bennett is right now, but that is hard to say. I think the release of Parker reflects on Washington's depth at runningback with Clinton Portis and Larry Johnson.
Chambers and Hartwig seem like versatile linemen that would add depth, but I'm not sure they'd be better than what the Raiders currently have.
Raider fans have wondered about the direction of the defensive-line. Perhaps Quentin Groves can explain it. I recently read that Groves is slated to start at weakside linebacker, which until now was expected to be played by Trevor Scott. It seems as though, Groves will start at linebacker, while Scott could be moved around as a situational rusher on the defensive line and probably at linebacker, like Greg Townshend was in the 1980s.
Alford worked with Raiders defensive line coach Mike Waufle while both were in New York when the Giants won the Super Bowl. Nevertheless, the Raiders seem set at nose tackle with Tommy Kelly and John Henderson.
What say you Raider Nation?
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