- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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With the regular season kicking off in the AFC West in 10 days, one position to watch is wide receiver. There is going to be movement in the division before and after teams get to the 53-man roster limit Saturday and receiver is a prime position where movement could occur.
All four teams could easily add a receiver. And, of course, there is the case of San Diego holdout Pro Bowl receiver Vincent Jackson.
If the Chargers are going to trade him, it could be before Saturday’s afternoon roster deadline. If he is on San Diego’s roster by Saturday afternoon, he will miss six games. He is facing a three-game NFL suspension to start the season, for two drunken driving arrests, and he will have to miss another three games because he was put on the roster exempt list by San Diego. Thus, he will have more value to teams if he is ready to go in the fourth game, rather than in the seventh. It is plausible, if the Chargers decide to deal him, that Jackson is in his final hours as a Charger.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune added fuel to the fire saying Seattle is trying to clear financial space to trade for Jackson. The Seahawks are the only team -- publicly -- that San Diego has given permission to talk to Jackson about a new deal.
The paper reports that Seattle is trying to clear room by shopping veteran receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh. I think the Raiders could be interested in him; however, the best bet for Oakland’s interest is if Houshmandzadeh is cut. He’d bring a veteran presence to Oakland.
There are reports that indicate Dallas’ Patrick Crayton and Tampa Bay’s Michael Clayton could soon be available as well. Dallas receiver Sam Hurd could also be on the block and Antonio Bryant was cut by the Bengals during the weekend. He is still trying to get is health back.
With all four teams in the division potentially in the market or receiver depth, these names could be of some interest.