This in order to shore up perhaps the weakest wide receiver corps in the NFL. From AP-
The Oakland Raiders agreed to terms on a one-year contract with discarded receiver Ashley Lelie on Monday in hopes that the former first-round pick can regain his form and help bolster an inexperienced position group.
Before adding Lelie, they were extremely thin at receiver behind starters Javon Walker and Ronald Curry. With Drew Carter sidelined by a season-ending knee injury, Johnnie Lee Higgins was the only one of Oakland’s three backup receivers who had even played in an NFL game, catching six passes as a rookie.
The Oakland Raiders agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Lelie on Monday, Sept. 1, 2008 in the hopes that the former first-round pick can regain his form and help bolster an inexperienced position group.
Lelie signed a two-year, $4.3 million deal with San Francisco last year, including a $2 million signing bonus, but he made little impact on his third NFL team. Lelie had just 10 receptions for 115 yards last season while struggling with injuries including a strained quadriceps, and the former first-round pick never emerged as the deep threat San Francisco needed.
Lelie then missed most of the 49ers’ training camp this season with a strained calf, watching from the sideline as Jason Hill and rookie Josh Morgan moved past him on the depth chart. Lelie played in the 49ers’ exhibition finale against San Diego on Friday night, but didn’t catch a pass in his only preseason action.
He was released on Saturday because of what 49ers coach Mike Nolan called a “durability issue.”
Lelie caught 54 passes for 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns during his best NFL season with Denver in 2004, but hasn’t come close to replicating those numbers since then with the Broncos, the Atlanta Falcons or San Francisco. He has just 80 catches for 1,315 yards and two touchdowns the past three seasons.
Just proves to show former 1st round picks will be given 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and even more chances to establish themselves in the league. I’m wary about Lelie being of help to Oakland. The Miami Dolphins are at least one team weaker at WR than Oakland. Miami however has upside with Ted Ginn. Lelie is unlikely to putting up Ginn like numbers.
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