Denarius Moore is struggling to find a place with the Oakland Raiders. Could they solve that problem by sending him to Cleveland?
Rod Streater and James Jones are the unquestioned first and second receivers heading into the 2014 season for the Raiders. The task ahead for the coaching staff is figuring out who fills the key third and fourth reserve slots. Based on training camp takeaways, fan favorite Andre Holmes has worked his way up the depth chart to claim the third spot, which just leaves the fourth. Realistically there are three players vying for it in free agent addition Greg Little, third-year man Juron Criner and the enigmatic Denarius Moore. At one time Moore was considered a future franchise target in Oakland, but injuries and inconsistency have really hurt his stock. The team is getting tired of waiting for him to realize his potential, which has led to rumors he could actually be cut. After all, his special teams value is minimal.
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Perhaps the time is right for the Raiders to find another home for him. They are always on the lookout for draft help and Moore still has time to discover his value at age 25. It’s just a question of finding the team that will give him the chance. Looking across the NFL landscape, the Cleveland Browns seem like a promising spot. With the pending loss of Josh Gordon to a long suspension, the team has remained active looking for any solutions they can find to help their receiving corps. That includes recent rumors of them pursuing a trade for Texans star Andre Johnson.
Moore is hardly on the same level as Johnson, but he has explosiveness and playmaking ability. Getting him on the field with Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins may actually given the Browns a serviceable group until Gordon returns. It’s just a question of how much the Raiders want in return.