The Raiders are looking for help at receiver. That is expected through the NFL Draft. They might supplement that position late in free agency as well.
It might happen soon.
The Raiders are bringing former 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree in for a visit on Monday, according to the NFL Network. Yahoo! Sports previously reported that Crabtree would visit at some point this week.
Crabtree is the biggest name remaining in unrestricted free agency, though his market has been far lower than he expected. His only other reported visit came in Miami, and he left the Dolphins without a contract.
The Miami Herald reported that Crabtree wasn’t interested in contract parameters from the Dolphins and is said to be looking for $4.5 million to play in 2015.
The Raiders have the salary cap space required to meet Crabtree’s demands, but it’s uncertain if they’re willing to go that high for a player that has become a possession receiver recently.
Raiders receiver James Jones has a similar skill set (and similar 2014 stats) to Crabtree, but costs just $3.43 million. Jones is under contract through next season as well.
The Raiders need weapons throughout the passing game, but downfield playmakers seem to be in high demand.
Crabtree had 68 receptions for 698 yards and just 10.3 yards per catch last season.