With the Las Vegas Raiders giving themselves some financial flexibility recently, there may be room for another veteran wide receiver on the squad. Luckily for them, there are some options still out there.
General manager Mike Mayock has done a superb job with free agency so far. However, wide receiver went mostly overlooked. Whether this was done intentionally, only he knows. As for the team, Nelson Agholor was the only pick-up at the position and with the NFL Draft just a few days away, fans truly believe the Silver and Black will get at least one of the top prospects. Knowing that, the free agency market still has some intriguing options, whether they’re brought in to be veteran options or camp bodies, let’s take a look.
Raiders signing Ted Ginn Jr.?
The Raiders need all the help they can get when it comes to a deep threat. We assume they’ll pick one up in the draft, but Ginn is a proven commodity. Career-wise, he’s always been one of the league’s best when it comes to speed and the ability to go deep. Despite being 35, he has shown he still has some gas left in the tank.
In his last three years with the Saints, Ginn averaged 14.2 yards per reception, not bad for an old man. His longest reception there was for 54 yards and he added eight touchdowns to his name. One final side note, Ginn had his best catch percentage career-wise in the last three years, hauling in 64.1% of his catches. We all know head coach Jon Gruden loves veterans, so perhaps he can milk the last of what Ginn has left in Las Vegas.
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Paul Richardson Jr.
Richardson, the former second-round pick by the Seahawks, is another intriguing option. It goes without saying his last two years with the Redskins were underwhelming. In spite of that, he showed he could be a weapon in Seattle back in 2017. That year, Richardson started 13 of 16 games, and caught 44 receptions for 703 yards. His tenure with the Seahawks showed the type of receiver he can be as the numbers indicate. He averaged 13.7 yards per reception and had 1,307 total yards from scrimmage in Seattle. It’s possible his stay in Washington was a fluke and maybe Gruden and quarterback Derek Carr could get him back to form.
Another option the Raiders could look at would be Josh Gordon, yes that Josh Gordon. He’s currently suspended but a source said he’s looking to play in 2020, as Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reported back in March. Everyone knows about the receiver’s struggles, which are well documented with the media and league office. Solely speaking on ability and talent, that’s different. The Raiders, where so many misfits found their resurrection, could add Gordon to that list.
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