Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times tweets that he doesn’t see the Raiders starting WR Darrius Heyward-Bey next season. Instead, Corkran thinks that the Raiders will sign a free agent to pair with Denarius Moore.
I can understand that the Raiders would like to have more consistent play from their wide receivers but the problem for them is that they have so many other needs that are much higher on the priority list than receiver. Tight End, offensive and defensive line as well as secondary should all be addressed during the offseason and the fact that the Raiders will only have two draft picks makes it much harder to accomplish. Signing free agents can be very costly and leaves you in a tough financial situation but that’s just the reality of their current predicament.
Corkran also suggests that the Raiders could release DT Richard Seymour.
The logic here is that Seymour has a $7.5 million roster bonus on top of a $7.5 million base salary. Seymour, 32, has managed to remain productive into the early part of his thirties and it’s hard to say that they would be able to handle things without him. It would make sense for the Raiders to approach him about possibly renegotiating his contract.