Greg Little Pickup Low-Risk, No-Reward Move by Raiders

The Oakland Raiders got their quarterback of the present by trading for Matt Schaub earlier this offseason. They hope to have drafted their quarterback of the future in Fresno State's Derek Carr.

The Raiders also need players for those quarterbacks to throw to, and the Raiders added a young wide receiver on the cheap Monday.

The problem is that receiver has very little chance of catching the passes thrown his way.

In more ways than one.

As Bleacher Report NFL National Lead Writer Matt Miller tweeted Monday, the Raiders claimed wideout Greg Little off waivers:

The fourth-year pro and former second-round pick was waived by the Cleveland Browns last week, despite Cleveland's dire situation at wide receiver in light of Josh Gordon's potentially season-long suspension.

That would be warning flag No. 1.

The release was all the more surprising in some eyes given that Little's 2014 salary was less than $800,000.

There's warning flag No. 2.

Of course, most of the eyes belonging to those surprised people have never actually seen Little play.

Little caught 61 passes for 709 yards as a rookie, showing flashes of considerable talent along the way. He also finished second in the NFL that year with 14 drops, but there appeared to be more than a little potential present.

It never materialized. Little's yardage has decreased each of the past two seasons. As Marc Sessler of reports, only one player in the NFL ran more routes than Little in 2013, per Pro Football Focus (subscription required).

One hundred two had more yardage.

The drops, meanwhile, became a running punchline that has, apparently, now traveled cross-country:

The off-field issues that have dogged Little all the way back to college continued as well. In November of 2011, Little told Tom Reed of Th...

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