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McCardell wants to play

Posted on: August 26, 2008 8:22 pm

Keenan McCardell is eighth on the NFL's all-time receptions list.

He wants a chance to go higher.

The problem is the 38-year-old McCardell is without team, which he hopes changes shortly.

"I want to play," McCardell said. "I know I can still help some teams. I've talked to a couple, but nothing has come of it yet."

The reason is twofold. Age is obvious and if McCardell is on an active roster to start the season his salary would be guaranteed for the entire season.

McCardell, who has 883 catches, said the age shouldn't be an issue.

"I've been working out and I'm in shape," he said. "I wouldn't be working out like I have been if didn't want to play."

McCardell is one of the great NFL success stories. He came into the league in the 12th round of the 1992 draft -- when they still had that many rounds -- by the Washington Redskins, where he played with Art Monk, the man one spot ahead of him on the all-time receptions list. Like Monk, McCardell developed into an astute route runner in his 16 seasons.

"You have to know the tricks to create space," McCardell said. "I can still do that."

I'm not usually a big proponent in bringing in older players, but signing McCardell would cost only the veteran minimum for a player who can step in and play help in the slot for teams desperate for some help.

It's understandable that general managers would wait on him so not to guarantee the salary, but after the first week some team would be wise to sign McCardell. He's a good receiver to have around young players. He knows how to practice. He knows how to work. He caught 22 passes for the Redskins last season.

Some of his previous coaches, including Tom Coughlin, have told him he could be a heck of a coach. McCardell said he'd prefer to get into the personnel side instead.

But that can wait. He wants to play more football, not evaluate it. At 38, he'd be a good guy to add to a young group. I said not to Joe Horn earlier this week. McCardell is different. He'd play on the cheap and he isn't going to make waves.

There are seemingly plenty of receiver-needy teams, especially with all the injuries that have occurred in the preseason.

Don't the Cincinnati Bengals, with Chad Johnson's shoulder issues and T.J. Houshmandzadeh having hamstring troubles, need a receiver? How about the Jacksonville Jaguars with Jerry Porter's status in doubt with a hamstring problem and Matt Jones possibly facing some sort of suspension from the league for his arrest in July on drug possession charges.

Somebody will need help. McCardell will be ready if they do.

Category: NFL

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2008 8:24 pm

McCardell wants to play

jacksonville,seattle,cincinattiand washington just to name a few teams could use his leadership and skills.seattle should call him right now and get him in uniform with the shackey recievers that they have until they can get engram and branch back healthy.why not take a chance on the veteran,at least you know what you got.

Since: Jul 27, 2008
Posted on: August 27, 2008 6:52 pm

McCardell wants to play

Seattle could also use someone like McCardell.  With injuries to Branch and Engram, the Seahawks only have one receiver, Burleson, with more than a handful of career receptions.  As promising as the youngsters are, McCardell could come in and produce immediately as well as help mentor the other receivers.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2008 6:48 pm

McCardell wants to play

Oakland is terrible... I wouldn't be surprised if they looked to pick him up. The Raiders consistently go out and grab those guys well past their prime. Although, whatever team takes a chance and throws him on their rosters to mesh with their younger guys... I hope it works out. McCardell isn't a bad guy... just getting older. Like a pitcher well past his prime in baseball... you have to continue finding new tricks to keep up with your ever slowing fastball...

Good luck McCardell... maybe if I grab him on my Fantasy Team my other receivers will benefit...?

Since: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: August 27, 2008 5:30 pm

McCardell wants to play

Totally agree!  The Raider receivers (except Miller) have been dropping catchable balls in practice and the preseason.  If this continues in to the regular season and they have no consistent passing attack...the ground attack with McFadden, Fargas and Bush will be slow to develop.  A sure handed receiver like McCardell (along with Miller) would give Russell a chance to gain more confidence and go a long way in keeping defenses honest.

Since: Aug 27, 2008
Posted on: August 27, 2008 5:29 pm

McCardell wants to play

I couldn't agree more!!! The Raiders have a a couple of great running backs and a defense that picked up some strong players in the off-season. If they could put an experienced WR out there for Russell to throw to...It could be a fun season for Raider's fans!

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2008 2:11 pm

McCardell wants to play

There a number of teams that could use Keenan McCardell's leadership and experience - but I can't think of a place that could use him more then the Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders just lost Drew Carter, their #2 WR for the season.  And with Javon Walker not showing up strong this offseason/preseason, they're struggling to even field a set of WRs. Arguably their best player at catching passes through camp has been TE Zack Miller and with the zone blocking scheme support of a young QB in Jamarcus Russell he won't always be available to catch passes as he'll usually be forced into pass/run blocking situations.  At WR, after Walker and Ronald Curry the Raiders have Jonnie Lee Higgins, Todd Watkins, Chaz Schilens and possibly Armn Shields (although due to his offseason injury issues Shields really isn't a candidate for more then the practice squad at this point).

Fundamentally they need help, both now in terms of helping their QB develop and for the future by teaching their young guys how it's done.  Curry's just learning how to lead as he's finally showing that he understands what it takes to be a WR (he was a college QB and power forward who has always been more of a athlete then WR), and Walker is not the kind of player you want as an example for your young guys, so bringing in someone like McCardell would be ideal for all of the young guys....

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