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Oakland Raiders claim receiver Greg Little off waivers from Cleveland Browns

Eric Edholm
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After a disastrous first week of free agency when they watched a ton of their available talent walk, the Oakland Raiders have been busy remaking the roster.

Some of their moves in free agency seemed dubious at best. Some, not so bad. They also traded for a possible starting quarterback in Matt Schaub. For what it's worth, we loved what they did in the draft, too.

The Raiders are at it again, claiming wide receiver Greg Little off waivers from the Cleveland Browns. Little was deemed replaceable by the Browns (despite their unknown situation with Josh Gordon) after they signed veterans Miles Austin and Earl Bennett.

Little,  who turns 25 in a few weeks, started 13 games last season for the Browns but caught a disappointing 41 passes for 465 yards and two touchdowns, plagued by dropped passes. in 48 career games (41 starts) over his three seasons, the 2012 second-round pick has caught 155 passes for 1,821 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Little is slated to make a base salary of $753,750, along with a workout bonus of $75,000. The Browns are relieved because they avoid a bigger dead-money cap hit, and the Raiders feel the risk is worth it for a 6-2, 210-pound talent who can block and might have some redeemable skills worth investing in.

Little appears excited for Week 7 of this season, which is when the Browns and Raiders face each other.

The Raiders currently have a mishmash of wideouts that include Little, James Jones, Rod Streater, Denarius Moore, Juron Criner and others. Moore's name floated around NFL circles in trade rumors leading up to the draft, so it's possible the Raiders could look that way again if Little start capitalizing on his talent in Oakland.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

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