Three Veteran Free Agents the Raiders Should Bring in for Training Camp

Can you smell it yet? That faint aroma off in the distance, growing ever closer?

Football is coming.

Soon, we’ll be rescued from the steamy doldrums of summer by the sounds of shoulder pads colliding, footballs whistling through the air and Jaguars fans weeping because Blaine Gabbert is still their quarterback.

As teams inch closer to the opening of training camp, there are still a handful of free agents who are out of work, and could still be of some service. When you’re dealing with a team like the Raiders, who ended the 2011 season at 8-8 and then overhauled the front office, coaching staff and roster, you can use all the help you can get. Let’s take a look at three guys who might look good in Silver and Black this fall.

Terrell Owens

Come on, did you really think I wasn’t going to start with everyone’s favorite deadbeat dad, Terrell Owens? OK, so it’s not really fair to call him a deadbeat dad, but he did get taken to task by three baby mamas on national television. Seriously, three baby mamas? He’s no Travis Henry, but come on, T.O., have you never heard of birth control?

As far as on-the-field performance is concerned, T.O. probably still has some fuel left in the tank. This is a guy who kept himself in peak physical condition his entire career, so there’s no doubt he’s in good shape. And say what you want about his off-the-field antics (if you can think of anything that hasn’t already been said), but Owens has never quit on Sundays. Considering the fact he’s still on the market, he should also come fairly cheap. I view Owens the same way Niner fans view Randy Moss—a low-risk, high-reward signing that could end up a pleasant surprise, or be easily and cheaply erased.

The Raiders are actually in a good spot in terms of receivers, having two standout starters (Darrius Heyward-Bey and Denarius Moore) and so...

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