Denver is prepared to make Raider wide receiver Tim Brown an offer that could go as high as $11 million over four years, according to a Bronco official. Should the offer be that big, it would be worth $2.7 million per season, which would make Brown the highest-paid receiver in the league.
Brown, coming off his best season, is a transition player, meaning the Raiders can retain him by matching any offer.
Brown arrived in Denver on Tuesday night to meet with Bronco officials.
Brown has already rejected an opportunity to become the Raiders' franchise player, which would have guaranteed him an annual salary of $2.3 million.
In the meantime, another Raider, tight end Ethan Horton, has visited the Washington Redskins' camp. Redskin officials are reportedly optimistic they can sign Horton.
Washington would be an attractive spot for him because his former positions coach with the Raiders, Terry Robiskie, recently left to join new Redskin Coach Norv Turner.
And what have the Raiders been doing while all this is going on?
A year ago, the Raiders signed offensive tackle Gerald Perry shortly after it was permissible, by league rules, to do so.
The Rams, who lost Perry, argued the Raiders had signed him \o7 before \f7 it was permissible to do so.
They concede their prime need this year is a running back, but the only two free agents invited to their El Segundo training headquarters thus far have been tight ends, Jamie Williams of the San Francisco 49ers and Ed West of the Green Bay Packers, both unrestricted free agents.
Their presence indicates how serious the Raiders are taking Horton's talks with the Redskins.
As for the running back situation, the Raiders are looking at the Atlanta Falcons' Steve Broussard, an unrestricted free agent, who is holding a workout in the Los Angeles area for any and all interested clubs.
Houston Oiler running back Lorenzo White, also an unrestricted free agent, has expressed an interest in playing for either the Raiders or the Packers.
White visited Green Bay last week. But he is asking for about $2 million per season, probably too steep for the salary-cap conscious Raiders. Especially if they find themselves forced to hand $11 million to Brown.