Raiders trade out vet WRs

November, 2, 2011
Catching up on the day in the AFC West after a day of travel:

On the surface, it makes some sense that Derek Hagan was the player Oakland cut to make room for veteran receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

Hagan was the lone veteran receiver and the Raiders’ apparently felt they only needed one, so they went with the 34-year-old Houshmandzadeh, who was with new Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer and Oakland coach Hue Jackson in Cincinnati.

Hagan started two games and had 11 catches for the Raiders as role player. Jackson said he wanted Houshmandzadeh since the summer, but owner Al Davis -- who died Oct. 8. -- wanted Hagan. Now, that Jackson is charge, he is getting the players he wants. Now, he has to make sure Houshmandzadeh, whose play declined sharply last year, can still play.
  • Meanwhile, it is being reported Kansas City visited with cornerback Leigh Bodden, who was just cut by New England. He’d likely be a nickel corner for the Chiefs if they sign him. He played for Kansas City defensive coordinator Romeo Crenel in Cleveland.
  • Denver linebacker Von Miller has slipped a bit in ESPN’s Rookie Watch.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter



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