COMMENTARY | As the exciting stages of free agency and the NFL draft have come and gone, the Oakland Raiders still find themselves without a veteran wide receiver.
The Raiders' wide receiving corps is incredibly young and incredibly inconsistent. With Darrius Heyward-Bey no longer in the picture, Oakland must rely on Denarius Moore, Jacoby Ford and Rod Streater to step up in 2013.
The three of them have a combined six years of NFL experience, and with a young quarterback set to take the reigns in Oakland, general manager Reggie McKenzie would be smart to sign a veteran receiver for cheap to help coach his young guys.
Brandon Lloyd is a perfect example of a veteran wide receiver who would really help the Raiders. Lloyd has 11 years of NFL experience and had the opportunity to play with Tom Brady last year.
Though he won't put up the 1,448 yards he had in 2010 as a Denver Bronco, he can still make an immediate difference on a Raider team that is extremely young and inexperienced on the offensive side of the ball.
Lloyd isn't expected to earn that much money if he is signed this offseason which also pans out nicely for the Raiders. McKenzie doesn't have much money to spend and has already done a nice job of adding veteran free agents for cheap in order to fill the roster he gutted that was previously filled with overpaid players left behind by late owner Al Davis.
Free agent Josh Cribbs visited the Raiders this week, but doesn't make much sense for the team right now. Cribbs is coming off knee surgery and has never made it big as a wide receiver as much as he has a special teams guy.
The Raiders already have Ford for special teams, and Lloyd would likely come at a lower asking price than Cribbs who previously made $15 million over the last three years in Cleveland.
Right now, the Raiders need a veteran receiver who can help develop their younger and talented receivers like Moore, Ford and Streater. And they need it right away.
Lloyd won't put up gigantic numbers, but he'll be a reliable receiver who can make the younger guys around him better.
And as we've seen from McKenzie this offseason, that's exactly the type of player he's looking for.
Steven Slivka is a Freelance Writer for the Oakland Raiders. You can follow him on Twitter @StevenSlivka.
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