Longtime Oakland Raiders beat writer Steve Corkran suggests that the team will sign veteran receiver Torry Holt at some point this season.
Holt is now free after getting an injury settlement from New England. However, he is about to undergo knee surgery and won’t be ready for some time.
The suggestion that Oakland will sign Holt is based on the team’s need for a veteran presence at the position and the fact that Oakland’s young receivers are banged up. Both Chaz Schilens and Darrius Heyward-Bey have been rested a lot recently. Schilens has been dealing with a foot injury for a year and Heyward-Bey had a slight hamstring tweak this week.
Oakland has some nice talent at receiver but they are all very young players who are all fairly unproven. A veteran hand is needed. That’s why it would have made some sense for Oakland to look into Terrell Owens before he signed with Cincinnati or even Holt before he signed with the Patriots.
I’m not sure Holt is the answer at this point. He is a role player anyway, and now that he won’t be ready until after the season starts, I’m not sure it will be worth it.
But there are plenty of options. There will be some intriguing receivers who are cut in the next two weeks. I’m sure Oakland will then study the list of available talent.