Many of us feel that we need a WR type that is a burner to help stretch the field. I for one am not apposed to the idea. Like many others, I feel like fixing our pass rush and fixing the middle of our defensive line should be the priority. In fact, I would say that fixing the pass rush and stopping teams from gashing us with runs up the middle are our ONLY problems. That being said, of course we can get better in other areas.
Forgive me if this has been brought up, but I haven't seen it (maybe for good reason). Darrius Heyward-Bey. The guy the Raiders took 7th overall in the 2009 draft and made everyone kind of go "wtf", myself included. He was taken before guys like Nicks, Harvin, Maclin, Britt, and Crabtree. He was taken before a name that his been thrown around a lot lately, Mike Wallace.
I am not blind to the fact that these guys have all been better than he up to this point. I would have said he has probably been better than Crabtree up until Kaepernick took over in San Francisco. Here is what I am thinking: Heyward-Bey is 6'2" and 216 pounds and runs a 4.3 40 and has run as fast as 4.23! Not to mention he has fumbled only twice in his first four years (granted he doesn't get the chance to touch the ball a lot in Oakland, but still). Plus, I believe the guy has got to have a giant chip on his shoulder. He was drafted first over guys like Wallace, Harvin, and Nicks! And he plays across the bay from Crabtree, who many thought might go first at WR, and here he would be in the same division.
I believe he fits the type of WR that the Seahawks could use both physically and mentally. He is in the final year of his contract and the Raiders have plenty of problems they need to fix, so maybe they would be willing to trade for another pick in the draft. Right now people are concerned he is a cap casualty for Oakland, so I have read they may try to restructure his contract. I truly believe he would do really well here if we could get him at good value. With that being said, I am not sure what he is worth at this point, but I know Oakland can't afford him and will either have to rework his contract or release him, but if not what would you guys be willing to give, if anything, for this guy? I think I would be willing to part with a 3rd round pick, if possible. That way we still get a young burner and can use our first two picks on a DE, DT, or TE - whatever it may be.
IDK, I just feel like he has speed and talent that has not been utilized and he fits our scheme. I also feel like he was put in the worst possibly situation by far compared to the other wide receivers mentioned above. What do you guys think?