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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Raiders trade out vet WRs

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

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.