Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Jabar Gaffney makes sense for Raiders
By Bill Williamson
The Oakland Raiders reportedly visited with veteran receiver Jabar Gaffney on Wednesday.
The move makes sense for a couple of reasons. First, the Raiders are banged up at receiver. Starter Denarius Moore (hamstring) and No. 3 receiver Jacoby Ford (foot) have been not been practicing for several weeks. The team is hopeful Moore could play Monday against San Diego. Ford’s chances of playing Monday may be more up in the air at this point. Rookie Juron Criner is dealing with an ankle injury, but he has been practicing some.
Right now, the Raiders are relying on starter Darrius Heyward-Bey and undrafted rookie Rod Streater if those players can’t play against the Chargers. Even if Moore can play, the Raiders could use a veteran like Gaffney in the San Diego game.
Even for the long term, if the Raiders want a veteran, I like the idea of adding a player like Gaffney. The Raiders have long been connected to the likes of Plaxico Burress, Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson. However, Gaffney is a much better option in my mind. Gaffney, 31, is younger than those players. He doesn’t carry the baggage those players do and he has been more productive recently.
Gaffney had 68 catches for Washington last season. He was cut by New England in August. Gaffney had success in Denver under Josh McDaniels, who is now the Patriots’ offensive coordinator.
I don’t necessarily think Gaffney is a total impact player, but he’d fill some needs in Oakland, so I think he is worth pursuing.
Meanwhile, the Raiders announced these are their 2012 team captains: quarterback Carson Palmer, running back Darren McFadden, defensive tackle Richard Seymour, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly and punter Shane Lechler.