Why Roscoe Parrish is headed to Oakland

August, 28, 2012
8/28/12
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U-T San Diego confirmed that the Raiders have agreed to terms with freshly cut San Diego receiver/returner Roscoe Parrish.

The Raiders have not confirmed the signing. I don’t see this as a major impact signing for Oakland. Sure, he may make the final 53-man team initially, but Parrish, 30, is on the decline. If he wasn’t, he would have made it past the early cuts in San Diego.

This signing is all about insurance for Oakland. Starting receiver Denarius Moore has been out with a hamstring injury and receiver/returner Jacoby Ford has been dealing with a sprained foot. The Raiders have been using several different players at returner. Cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke is the latest to get a shot at punt returner.

Thus, Parrish is simply veteran insurance. Perhaps he will be lightning in a bottle, but he is being brought to Oakland because of injuries.

In other AFC West news:

Are the Chiefs considering adding a couple of veteran players?

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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