Could Torry Holt be headed to the Oakland Raiders?

During the NFL preseason a lot of things can be determined concerning the future of the team heading into the regular season.

Unfortunately, even though a certain amount of preseason games is warranted to see what players are worthy of making the final squad, injuries are part of the game and seem to run rampant during these meaningless four games before the NFL regular season.

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Another unfortunate part of this game during the NFL preseason is for veteran players trying to get a new start with a new team and end up becoming unsuccessful despite having a successful career as a whole. One of the veteran players that have had a tough time getting back to form over the past couple of seasons is seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Torry Holt.

During his time with the St. Louis Rams (1999-2008), Torry Holt was amongst the best wide receivers in the game and demanded double coverage every time the team took a snap under center, but after Kurt Warner headed to the New York Giants, the Rams were never the same and Holt gradually became a forgotten superstar.

As a way of trying to resurrect his career, the one-time All-Pro signed a three-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars worth about $20 million dollars last season, but finished with just 51 catches and no touchdowns for the first time in his career.

Ultimately, the Jaguars released Holt back in February which made him a free agent once again. A few months later the New England Patriots decided to take a chance on the veteran wide receiver as they had gotten thin at the position with perennial Pro Bowler Wes Welker going down with a serious knee injury. The Patriots signed Holt to a one-year deal worth about $1.7 million dollar contract.

This move was thought to be a good one for the one-time Super Bowl champion as the New England Patriots love bringing in veteran players and resurrecting their careers like they did with both Randy Moss and Wes Welker.

Unfortunately, even though Torry Holt could have been on his way to solid season with Tom Brady throwing him passes, the veteran’s stint with the Patriots was cut short after he suffered a knee injury that led to his release from the team.

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Even though his status for the upcoming regular season is uncertain, the Oakland Raiders seem interested in bringing in the veteran wideout to mentor their young wide receivers and give new starting quarterback Jason Campbell another downfield threat.

The Oakland Raiders are no strangers to signing big-name wide receivers near the end of their careers as they have signed wideouts like Jerry Rice, Andre Rison, James Lofton and Javon Walker in the twilight of their career.

Another option the Torry Holt seems to be considering is signing a one-day contract with the St. Louis Rams and retiring with the team he won a Super Bowl with back in the 1999-2000 NFL season.

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