Houshmandzadeh isn't a Raider

On Sunday night, there was a report saying free-agent receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh was focusing on signing with either the Oakland Raiders or Washington Redskins.

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.