Oakland has been searching for help at wide receiver ever since Drew Carter suffered a season-ending knee injury in the preseason loss to Arizona on Aug. 23. Javon Walker and Ronald Curry are projected to start but the Raiders don't have much depth or experience behind the two.
Lelie, a former first-round pick of the Denver Broncos, was a highly touted college player at Hawaii where he made acrobatic catches on a routine basis. But the 6-foot-3, 200-pound receiver hasn't had nearly the same success in the NFL.
In four seasons with Denver Lelie had only one 1,000-yard season -- in 2004 when he also caught a career-best seven touchdowns. He played one season in Atlanta and one in San Francisco, recording 38 catches, 545 yards and one touchdown combined over the two years.
This year Lelie missed much of training camp and the preseason with a calf injury. He only recently returned to practice but was released by the 49ers on Saturday.
Oakland isn't taking much of a risk, only signing Lelie to a one-year deal.
Next up on the team's radar: Chad Jackson, a second-round pick of New England in 2006 who was waived by the team on Sunday and surprisingly went unclaimed.
According to league sources, Oakland seriously considered claiming Jackson on Monday but held off and instead invited him in for a workout Tuesday or Wednesday.
Jackson had a disappointing two-year stay in New England while battling injuries, including a torn ACL in his knee toward the end of his rookie season. He played in only 12 games with the Patriots in 2006, starting one, and didn't catch a single pass in the two games he played in 2007.
Raiders sign Lelie, eye another WR
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