It's being reported, and while nothing has been officially announced, it seems that the Oakland (soon to be Las Vegas) Raiders have signed WR Jordy Nelson to a 2-year deal, and RB Doug Martin to a 1-year deal, all while releasing veteran WR Michael Crabtree.
First, let's start with Crabtree. Crabtree has been in black and silver for the past 3 seasons, after spending his first 6 in San Fransisco. Crab had a very down year last season, posting only 618 yards, while the Raiders offense as a whole struggled. It was rumored early on that Crabtree would be released, but those reports had died down, but clearly they were right all along.
I would love Crabtree to be picked up by the Arizona Cardinals, for the sole reason that Crabtree has three legitimate foes in the NFC West, with both Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters' joining forces in LA with the Rams, and Richard Sherman joining the SF 49ers. I would love to see Crab get his chain snatched by Talib, and thrown into the stands by Peters, and harassed for 4 quarters by Sherm.
Getting back to the Raiders, I think they took a step forward today, bringing in two established, veteran players, in Nelson and Martin, both of which can put up scary numbers when healthy. However, they are two very injury prone players who have struggled to stay on the field in recent years.
The Raiders are hoping that this is the year that both Jordy Nelson and Doug Martin get back on track.