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NFL Free Agency 2011: 10 Free Agents the Oakland Raiders Should Target

Elias TrejoSenior Analyst IIMay 9, 2011

NFL Free Agency 2011: 10 Free Agents the Oakland Raiders Should Target

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    The Oakland Raiders addressed some of their needs during the NFL draft. There are many questions surrounding the NFL and the current state of the league.

    Will there be a deal done before the season is set to start? Will teams have enough time to sign the free agents they need?

    The Raiders might be active in the free-agent market once it starts. Let's take a look at 10 free agents the Oakland Raiders should pursue.

Terrell Owens

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates his touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Terrell Owens is once again a free agent, and he could be an option for the Raiders. Whether you love him or hate him, there is no denying the fact that Owens has been one of the greatest receivers in his era.

    Perhaps the T.O. of five or 10 years ago would have been a bad idea for the Raiders, but today I don't see much of a risk.

    If the Raiders want to be a playoff team or a championship-caliber team, they need better production from their receivers.

    Anyone can hate on Owens, but the the bottom line is that he still produces on the field.

    His production might be going down as he gets older, but no Raider receiver has come close to producing any of his numbers during the last five seasons. 

Jermon Bushrod

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    SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 08:  Jahri Evans #73, Jermon Bushrod #74 and Reggie Bush #25 of the New Orleans Saints wait in the tunnel before running out on the field to take on the Seattle Seahawks in the 2011 NFC wild-card playoff game at Qwest Field on Januar
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    Jermon Bushrod is the type of offensive lineman the Raiders need. I love what they've done in the draft the last two years by adding four offensive linemen, but they are still young and will need time to grow.

    Bushrod would be a great option for the offensive line. Whether he plays left or right tackle, he would add strength, size and experience to an offensive line that is going to look very different next year.

Roman Harper

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    NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 21:  Roman Harper #41 of the New Orleans Saints against the Seattle Seahawks at Louisiana Superdome on November 21, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    There are a lot of questions for the Raiders secondary this offseason. Michael Huff and Nnamdi Asomugha may not be coming back. 

    If the Raiders do lose those veterans, they might be in the market for another veteran safety.

    A guy like Roman Harper could come up as a potential candidate for the Raiders.

Quintin Mikell

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 02:  Quintin Mikell #27 of the Philadelphia Eagles takes the field during player introductions against the Houston Texans at Lincoln Financial Field on December 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Gett
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    Quinton Mikell is another option for the Raiders secondary. The Raiders have a lot of youth in their secondary, and they are all very talented.

    Timing is the biggest key for the Raiders and their young players. They need someone who can step in and be an example while they develop and work their way into the starting lineup. Mikell is a player who has seen it all, and would strengthen a secondary if key players leave.

Jared Gaither

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    INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 16:  Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens huddles with teammates against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Lucas Oli Stadium on January 16, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons
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    Jared Gaither is another offensive lineman that the Raiders could use. Gaither has experience working with Hue Jackson and Al Saunders in Baltimore.

    He knows what kind of offense they want to run and would fit in well with the offensive line. Don't be surprised to hear his name come up when the Raiders are able to visit with free agents.

Matt Light

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    HONOLULU - JANUARY 30:  Matt Light #72 of the New England Patriots stands on the field during the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on January 30, 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
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    Matt Light is another offensive tackle that the Raiders could look at adding. The Raiders have added a former Patriot to the defensive line, and that has turned out well for them so far. Richard Seymour has had an positive impact on the field and in the locker room.

    Adding a former Patriot to the offensive line would be a great idea. As I mentioned earlier, the Raiders offensive line is looking a lot younger than it has in recent years. Adding an established veteran would benefit the younger players.

    If the Raiders can find a guy to add to the offensive line to do what Seymour did, they would be in great shape.

Logan Mankins

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 20:  Logan Mankins #70 of the New England Patriots against the New York Jets at Giants Stadium on September 20, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    Logan Mankins is an exceptional interior offensive linemen and one that would look good in a Raiders uniform.

    Bruce Campbell, Jared Veldheer, Stefen Wisniewski and Joseph Barksdale could be the future of the Raiders offensive line, but the Raiders need veterans who can play today.

    Those young players have plenty of talent and upside, but that may not transition to immediate success. Losing Robert Gallery is going to hurt unless the Raiders have an immediate option to replace him. 

TJ Houshmandzadeh

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 15:  Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh #84 of the Baltimore Ravens and cornerback Ike Taylor #24 of the Pittsburgh Steelers are separated after Houshmandzadeh was head butted by Taylor in the first quarter of the AFC Divisional Pl
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    The Raiders receiving group is still very young and developing. They do not have a receiver on their roster that has ever caught more than 50 passes in a season.

    Adding a reliable veteran receiver is never a bad idea, especially when you have a group full of young guys.

    TJ Houshmandzadeh would be an ideal veteran to add to the team. He is a solid possession receiver who can still make plays, but wouldn't need to be a first or second option on the team.  

Michael Huff

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    SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 05:  Michael Huff #24 of the Oakland Raiders breaks up a pass intended for wide receiver Malcolm Floyd #80 of the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 5, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Raiders defeated the Chargers 2
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    Michael Huff is a free agent and he could be leaving Oakland. The Raiders have spent a lot of their time signing other players on the roster.

    Signing Huff should be a priority for the Raiders. He has been improving his game the last couple of years and was a big part of the Raiders turnaround last season.

    A possible suitor for Huff is the Dallas Cowboys. If he were to leave the Raiders, don't be surprised to see Huff join his former defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

Nnamdi Asomugha

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    SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 05:  Nnamdi Asomugha #21 the Oakland Raiders looks on from the sideline against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 5, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Raiders defeated the Chargers 28-13.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Ge
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    Nnamdi Asomugha has never seen a winning season as an Oakland Raider. I find it hard to believe that both Asomugha and the Raiders want to part ways when they are so close to achieving success.

    Many have Asomugha as good as gone, and if you look at the Raiders last two drafts and signing of Stanford Routt, you can see the writing on the wall.

    It'd be nice to see Nnamdi return for at least another year to see if he can finish what he started when he joined the Raiders.

    If he doesn't sign with Oakland, he could be a possibility for the Dallas Cowboys as well.

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