The Cincinnati Bengals claim there will be no Chad Johnson trade.
But it appears the Washington Redskins are interested in making a move for Johnson, which would prove to be disappointing for me and my desire to see the colorful receiver added to the Raiders if that were to happen.
As free agency looms closer to reality (Feb. 29) itís obvious the Raiders need a veteran receiver, probably two.
Iíd like one that would make me laugh, as I assume Johnson would.
Since Johnson as a Raider is a long shot, here are some more realistic options.
Good thing is heís fast and the Raiders need a deep threat. He had a career-best 951 receiving yards in 2007 and figures to be the top receiver on the market assuming the Patriots put the franchise tag on Randy Moss. If the Raiders are serious about putting players around JaMarcus Russell, they need to pursue Berrian. In addition to his speed, Berrian has decent size (6-1, 185).
His numbers arenít overly impressive, but I donít think any Jacksonville receiver can boast big stats since the days of Mark Brunell, Keenan McCardell and Jimmy Smith. What Wilford brings is great size (6-4, 218) which the Raiders need. And signing Wilford wouldnít break the bank. Lane Kiffin likes big receivers.
Heís another big receiver (6-3, 213) that cold help out. Heís been the third receiver in Arizona, but thatís no slight when youíre behind Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald. If Berrian is unavailable, this Johnson would be solid alternative.
His best season was his rookie year in 2004. Do I think the Raiders should sign him? No. But donít underestimate Kiffin bringing him in. After all, Colbert did play for USC.
The key with these players is they are all under 30. The Raiders need not waste their time on older players like recently released Marty Booker. Adding Berrian and Wilford to Ronald Curry and Johnnie Lee Higgins would be a solid foundation.
By the way, the powers that be are looking for ways to make the blog cater to what the fans want. I vote for me to only write about the Lakers and my observations on the WWE.
But since that can't happen, feel free to pass along any suggestions to any message boards or fan sites I should be keeping up on that could be linked to the blog.
Also, I'm looking for a name for this page other than "Raiders Blog and Q&A" so hit me with those ideas, too.
I don't have any prizes to offer other than my thanks at this time.
All the ideas for names I have would probably sound like an old WWF interview segment, which would probably work here.
How about the Jones Zone? Yep, that was corny. But with a nice silver and black logo ... it might work.