Brown finishes among all-time greats at receiver

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Tim Brown will end his prolific NFL
career with the Oakland Raiders after all.

"Tim will sign a one-day contract and retire as a Raider,"
team spokesman Mike Taylor said Wednesday.
The former Heisman Trophy winner is the longest-tenured player in Raiders history.
Brown was released last August when he refused to accept a
greatly diminished role in coach Norv Turner's offense. He signed
with Tampa Bay to play what turned out to be his last season with
former Raiders coach Jon Gruden.
Brown, who turns 39 on July 22, played the first 16 of his 17
seasons with the Raiders, and always hoped to be remembered as the
organization's greatest receiver. He was the last former member of
the Los Angeles Raiders and the person young players turned to for
The self-proclaimed "Mr. Raider" holds most of the club's
receiving records, and his 240 games with the team are the most in
franchise history.
Brown was a first-round draft choice by the Raiders in 1988 out
of Notre Dame.
The Raiders are happy he's part of the team again, even if he's
no longer on the field hauling in passes.
"I'm glad to hear that," fullback Zack Crockett said. "When
you hear Tim Brown's name, you hear nothing but Oakland Raider. You
don't hear Tampa Bay. We followed in his footsteps with the
Raiders. That's excellent for him. He's one of those guys who paved
the way for everybody."
With the Raiders, Brown had 1,070 catches for 14,734 yards and
99 touchdowns. Last year with the Buccaneers, he had just 24
catches for 200 yards and one touchdown.
Brown is tied for third with Steve Largent on the career
receiving touchdown list with 100 and second all-time behind Jerry
Rice for career receiving yards with 14,934. His 1,094 career
catches ranks third.
In his final season with Oakland, he had 52 catches for 567
yards and two touchdowns. Brown also helped the Raiders reach their
first Super Bowl in 19 years after the 2002 season.
The team is planning to honor him before training camp opens at
the end of this month in Napa.
"We hoped he would wait until training camp to do something
formal, but he has something pending that necessitates he make a
formal announcement now," Taylor said.
The story was first reported by NFL Network.