Chad Johnson in Silver and Black?

21 04 2008

Will Al Davis come and get him?

Disgruntled Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson has stated that he will not play for the team in 2008, but he might be interested in the Raiders. In 2007, the Raiders did not have a primary receiving threat and one of our best receivers, Jerry Porter, left for a big contract in Jacksonville. However, in the 2008 off season the Raiders signed Javon Walker to a HUGE contract even though he has had numerous knee problems throughout his career. Also, Drew Carter was signed, and looks to continue his solid performance from Carolina. Adding Chad Johnson would definitely help our wide receiver corp.

Trading for Chad Johnson would only bring about past memories of the Randy Moss trade. The Raiders paid a steep price for his two years of service, and sent him to New England for next to nothing. Moss was limited by injuries, but he was also very lethargic on the offense once he realized he could not help the Raiders win. As we saw last year, all Moss needed was the proper motivation in order to keep him playing on a high level. There were questions about Randy Moss’ ego when he came to Oakland, but he was fairly low key during his stay. Chad Johnson has an enormous ego, but it would be embraced in Oakland much like in the Randy Moss situation. Having Chad Johnson on the Raiders gives Jamarcus Russell an enormously talented receiver. In fact, we would be a very dangerous team on the offense. Chad would take a double team whenever he is on the field and that would leave guys like Walker and Curry open to make plays. Even our tight end Zach Miller would be a bigger threat on the offense. This would be combined with our punishing group of running backs keeping the defense honest. The Raiders offense in 2008 would be very dangerous.

Probably the most important question of this whole situation is how the trade would be accomplished. In most cases, a trade for Chad Johnson would probably have to include a low first rounder or several second and third rounders. But in the Raiders case, a trade for Chad might involve the swapping of first round picks with the Bengals. The scenario could play out like this. In the 2008 NFL Draft, the Dolphins select Jake Long, the Rams select Chris Long, the Falcons select Matt Ryan and with the fourth pick, the Raiders have Glenn Dorsey at their feet. Cincinnati has long needed a defensive tackle to help with their run defense (sound familiar), they came close but a trade for Shaun Rogers fell through. They see that Glenn Dorsey is still on the board and the Raiders are looking to trade down with a team who might want McFadden or Vernon Gholston. A trade for the Raiders’ fourth pick and Fabian Washington is completed with a swap of Cincinnati’s ninth pick overall and Chad Johnson. Cincinnati could get their defensive tackle of the future and the Raiders could still get theirs (Sedrick Ellis).

One problem with a Chad Johnson trade would be his huge contract, but I’m sure the Bengals would have to take care of the bulk of salary. But in the future, his contract would provide quite a sizable salary cap hit for the Raiders. A small prize to pay for his talent.

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Berrian and Stallworth gone! WR help needed.

3 03 2008

Bernard Berrian

GONE!!!!

In a shocking turn of events, free agent wide receivers Bernard Berrian and Donte Stallworth signed with the Vikings and Browns, respectively. Two targets for the Raiders are now off the market. While these receivers weren’t anything extraordinary, they would have definitely helped our passing game. Currently we have Ronald Curry as our number 1. Curry is best suited as a slot receiver, and showed flashes of brilliance last year. I still remember that sick catch against the Vikings in ’07. What will happen now?

Free Agency

Randy Moss is still a free agent, but I think we can rule him out. (Unless we take Culpepper back too!)

DJ Hackett is probably the next wide receiver that we could try to nab. He has only played 4 full games due to injuries. But, he is only 27 and we should sign him and see what he can do with Jamarcus.

Javon Walker, the former Bronco’s wideout, could be the answer. He is an extremely talented wideout that the Raiders wouldn’t mind using against Denver twice a season. Walker has character issues, which means he would fit right in with the Raiders. He is 29 but is coming off a major knee surgery, so his signing could be risky.

Drew Carter of the Panthers has been linked with the Raiders. He did fairly well as the #2 receiver in Carolina.

Another target, Bryant Johnson has signed with the Bills.

Draft

It can be assumed that the Raiders will not use their first round pick on a wide receiver. So, we look to the 2nd and possibly 4th round to secure a wide out in this deep class.

2nd round prospects

I personally do not believe that the Raiders should select a wideout with our second rounder, but I am not Al Davis

James Hardy (Indiana)- unlikely that this talented wide out will be here, but if one falls to the second round it would be him.

Early Doucet (LSU)- Excellent at running routes but not extremely fast. Has a rapport with Russell, another LSU alum

Adarius Bowman (Okla. State)- A sizable target at 6-3, he ran a 4.69 40 yard. To put that into perspective, James Hardy is 6-5 and ran a 4.47

4th round prospects

Dexter Jackson (App. State)- A small, fast receiver helped himself immensely at the combine when he ran a 4.37.

Donnie Avery (Houston)- A speedburner who ran a 4.40 40.

Mario Manningham (Michigan)- A great receiver, who ran a slower than expected time of 4.59 at the combine.

Jordy Nelson (Kansas St.)- A nice sized receiver who performed well at the combine.

Eddie Royal (Virginia Tech)- A receiver who ran a 4.39 at the combine.

In all likelihood, the Raiders will sign a lower tier free agent receiver (Drew Carter), and draft a wide receiver in the fourth round (Donnie Avery, Dexter Jackson).