While the league faces the news of the Antonio Brown joining the Raiders, there’s still a need. Regardless of Antonio Brown playing in Oakland, they should be pursuing at least one more wide receiver. The Raiders would not have to go far to check this one out, as his former team is not only in the same division, but in the same state as well.
If the clues were not clear enough, the receiver hinted at is Tyrell Williams. Williams would be leaving a Los Angeles Chargers team that is overflowing in the pass-catching department. The Chargers had three players record more receiving yards than Williams.
But a crowded depth chart is not the only reason Williams would be a great addition to the Raiders. Tyrell Williams truly can be a number one wide receiver on most teams and has the proof. When Keenan Allen was ruled out for the season due to injury in 2016, Williams absolutely took control of the Chargers wide receiver corps and came close to matching Allen’s 2018 receiving yards. In fact, Williams had 28 less receptions than Allen and only fell short of Allen’s receiving yards by 137 yards (Williams had 1059).
Let’s face it, the Raiders cannot simply depend on Jared Cook (and Marcell Ateman) to bring the team back to their winning ways of 2016. Obviously, the Raiders could draft a wide receiver or two, but gambling on a draft pick to save some money seems foolish with a talent like Williams. Not to mention, the Raiders have not fared well in the NFL Draft. At one point, they drafted Darrius Heyward-Bey with Michael Crabtree still on the board.
With Antonio Brown, the Raiders would have an elite trio of Brown, Williams, and Cook. Without Antonio Brown, the Raiders would have a very impressive piece to build off.
Derek Carr eclipsed 4000 yards last season, with tight end Jared Cook as his most noteworthy receiver, by far. Adding a piece like Williams would significantly help Carr and the Raiders. Carr has proven his ability to throw an impressive deep ball. Averaging 15.6 yards per catch stamps him as a deep threat.
Experts have projected Williams’ 2019 contract at $30 million over three years, which is something the Raiders can certainly afford. Although the Mack and Cooper trades left a bad taste in the mouths of fans, it help clear cap space to potentially sign Williams and potentially trade for Brown.