Raiders add veteran to WR mix

November, 1, 2011
11/01/11
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Carson Palmer has an old security blanket as he begins his Oakland Raiders’ tenure.

The Raiders signed veteran receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh on Tuesday. He is 34. Houshmandzadeh played with Palmer for five years in Cincinnati and he was coached by Oakland head coach Hue Jackson there for three years.

Palmer is entering his third week in Oakland, so working with Houshmandzadeh should give him a comfort level. I think that may benefit Palmer more during practice than in games.

Many NFL scouts think Houshmandzadeh, 34, doesn’t have much left in the tank. He hasn’t worked this season and he had just 30 catches last year in Baltimore.

Plus, the Raiders have several young receivers they need to develop, so using Houshmandzadeh in the rotation could be counterproductive.

Last week, in a radio interview, Palmer was asked if he thought the Raiders should sign Terrell Owens, who played with Palmer in Cincinnati last year. This is part of what Palmer said: "We have a stable of young horses that can run and guys that can just move. Very young, very inexperienced, but tons of potential and it's tough to give up a young guy with a lot of potential for a guy that's got a lot of history in the league that's in his late 30s.”

Why has that mantra changed?

Owens will soon turn 38, but he had a much better year than Houshmandzadeh last season. In the end, I don’t think this is a terrible move for Oakland, but I don’t think it will be overly significant on the field, either.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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