Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

February 13, 2008
If there's no Chad

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) it’s obvious the Raiders need a veteran receiver, probably two.

I’d 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.

*Bernard Berrian
Good thing is he’s 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).

*Ernest Wilford
His numbers aren’t overly impressive, but I don’t 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 wouldn’t break the bank. Lane Kiffin likes big receivers.

*Bryant Johnson
He’s another big receiver (6-3, 213) that cold help out. He’s been the third receiver in Arizona, but that’s no slight when you’re behind Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald. If Berrian is unavailable, this Johnson would be solid alternative.

*Keary Colbert
His best season was his rookie year in 2004. Do I think the Raiders should sign him? No. But don’t 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.

--Jason Jones

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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