Jon Gruden’s Raiders spent the offseason importing a wave of new receiving threats for Derek Carr, signing Jordy Nelson and trading for Martavis Bryant and Ryan Switzer during the draft.
On the high side of the potential bell curve, combining Nelson’s red-zone acumen and Bryant’s field-stretching ability to Amari Cooper ‘s do-everything skillset could provide Oakland the foundation of a stellar receiving corps.
The combination of Cooper, Nelson, and Bryant looks good on paper, if each lives up to his potential. If Cooper bounces back from a disappointing season, if Nelson finds young legs now that he’s back with a Pro Bowl QB, and if Bryant lives up to his natural ability, the Raiders would boast a corps that complements each other and could win at every level. Like most of Oakland’s composition in Gruden’s first spring, however, that’s a ton of ifs to overcome as we sit in mid-May.
The 32-year-old is apparently holding out hope he can still play. Avril told Bob Papa and Ed McCaffrey on SiriusXM NFL Radio’s The Womens Wilbert Montgomery Jersey Opening Drive he’s been contacted by a few teams regarding his availability.
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The question is whether Avril would get cleared by doctors following a career-threatening neck injury.
But for me it’s all about just seeing what the doc says, Avril said. I’m not really too concerned about where I might end up or anything like that. I actually just told everybody that I’m going to be working at a radio station, KJR 950 in Seattle. We’ll see how it shakes out, though.
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The Seahawks released Avril with a failed physical designation. While he hasn’t formally announced plans to retire — at least until he hears from doctors again — the 10-year NFL veteran is talking like a man leaning towards walking away.