That notion is out the door. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Houshmandzadeh has agreed to a one-year deal with Baltimore. So the idea of him landing in Oakland is now moot.
I really liked the idea of Houshmandzadeh ending up in Oakland. It’s not like he’d be a total difference maker, but he’d fulfill a role.
I understand that the Raiders are committed to their young receivers. There is potentially a good core there in Chaz Schilens, Louis Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bey. In a few years, it could be a power group. But right now, the Raiders need more. They need a veteran player who can get a big first down.
Schilens is hurt and may miss a few more weeks. Murphy is talented, but he is not totally reliable. Heyward-Bey is still a work in progress. Quarterback Jason Campbell needs to have someone he can rely on. Houshmandzadeh could have been that player.
There other receivers out there, but until the Raiders make a move, we have to assume they are happy with what they have moving forward. That may work out great in the future, but right now it’s a tad risky.