The Oakland Raiders need a lot of help after another disappointing season.
In 2012, the Raiders went 4-12 and finished third in the AFC West. The team missed the playoffs for the 10th straight year.
Oakland had the third pick in the NFL Draft, but elected to trade down to No.12. After selecting cornerback D.J. Hayden, the club is now looking to improve through free agency.
Of all the available players, Josh Cribbs may be No.1 on the Raiders list. The wide receiver and return specialist met with Oakland on Monday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
The decision may be in Cribbs hands, as the Raiders have reportedly offered him a contract. Cribbs had offseason knee surgery, but appears to be healthy after passing a physical. The 29-year-old, though, may not sign with a team soon. He’s exploring his options by meeting with several teams, including the New York Jets and Giants.
Brandon Lloyd is one of the best receivers available but still remains without a team. With the New England Patriots, he had the second-best season of his career, catching 74 balls for 911 yards. He could be the Raiders top wide receiver if they decide to go after him.
If the Raiders can’t land someone like Cribbs or Lloyd, they might go after a wide receiver that isn’t as highly coveted. Oakland is in need of wide receiver help because they have so many questions at quarterback. Matt Flynn has the best chance of being their starter, and he has just over 1,000 passing yards in his NFL career.
Ramses Barden only had 14 catches for the Giants in 2012, but he could be an option for Oakland. When New York was depleted from injuries in Week 3, Barden caught nine passes for 138 yards. Laurent Robinson could also help fill the Raiders area of need.
To contact the editor, e-mail: