Tuesday, February 5, 2013
DHB on the chopping block?
By Tim Kavanagh
The Oakland Raiders came under heavy criticism for their investment of the No. 7 overall pick in the 2009 draft on WR Darrius Heyward-Bey. The first round of that year's draft is full of busts, but there were some quite useful players taken thereafter that could've helped Oakland in the four seasons since, including Brian Orakpo, Brian Cushing, Alex Mack, Percy Harvin and Clay Matthews. With one year (and $7.721 million) left on his contract, some believe that a financial re-structuring will be necessary for DHB to return to Oakland for 2013.
Though he agrees that a pay cut for Heyward-Bey may be the right move, ESPN AFC West blogger Bill Williamson is of the opinion that the Raiders shouldn't merely cut the Maryland product -- their WR corps is not strong enough without him:
Bill WilliamsonWhat to do with Heyward-Bey?
"Heyward-Bey is an average receiver, and I don't think he will ever be elite. But I think Oakland should keep him for one more year, because it needs him. Denarius Moore has star potential, but he is still inconsistent. Jacoby Ford has ability, but he has had trouble staying healthy and missed all of last season with a nagging foot injury. Second-year players Rod Streater and Juron Criner also have potential, but they might not be ready to be major contributors yet. If Oakland can figure out a way to hold on to Heyward-Bey for the final year of his contract at a reasonable rate, it might be worth its while."