- Bill Williamson, ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter
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One old, potentially-disruptive receiver down, one to go.
When the Seattle Seahawks signed Terrell Owens on Monday night, it ended long speculation the Raiders could be interested in the receiver. The speculation was fueled by the fact that he is friends with Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer and he worked out with Palmer and some Oakland receivers this offseason.
With Owens off the market, that leaves Plaxico Burress as the most talked about would-be Oakland receiver. Like Owens, I have been against the Raiders pursuing Burress. For the Raiders’ sake, I hope Burress signs elsewhere.
I truly don’t believe the Raiders will sign Burress unless they suffer some injuries at receiver or unless their receiver group flops in the preseason. I don’t think the Raiders need Burress. Their young receiving group is exciting and it has a chance to shine. But it has to be given that chance.
Adding Burress to the mix would take away repetitions and opportunities from the likes of Juron Criner and Rod Streater. Oakland is a growing program. If the Raiders are going to be a factor for the long term, it will be because of players like Criner and Streater not players like Burress, who turns 35 in five days.
And I think the Raiders are good enough at receiver with Denarius Moore, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Jacoby Ford now that signing Burress is not necessary. Again, I never thought Owens was high on the radar of Oakland’s management but his signing elsewhere ended any potential temptation. Now, the same has to happen with Burress.
One old, potentially-disruptive receiver down, one to go.When the Seattle Seahawks signed Terrell Owens on Monday night, it ended long speculation the Raiders could be interested in the receiver.