Raiders sign WR Derek Hagan

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Raiders sign WR Derek Hagan

The Raiders on Thursday morning confirmed Derek Hagan's Tweet of the night before, officially announcing the receiver signing with the team a year after he appeared in six games for Oakland.Cornerback Coye Francies was waived in the corresponding roster move.The Oakland Raiders have signed WR Derek Hagan. OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) September 6, 2012
Now I have officially signed back with DA Raiders!!!!! Can't wait to put that silver and black back on!!!! Raiders Derek Hagan(@dhagan80) September 6, 2012Hagan had worked out for the Raiders on Wednesday, along with Jabar Gaffney, and started twice last year, catching 11 passes for 114 yards before being waived on Nov. 2 in favor of T.J Houshmandzadeh. Hagan then signed with Buffalo, where he caught 13 passes for 138 yards in four games.In six NFL seasons, including three in Miami and two with the New York Giants, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Hagan has caught 109 passes for 1,221 yards and six touchdowns.
RELATED: Derek Hagan career statsNow that he is signed, before the season opener, Hagan's contract is guaranteed. Meaning not only that he is probably in the Raiders' plans for the long haul, but that he will most likely be active for the season opener Monday night against San Diego, and that either Denarius Moore (right hamstring) or Jacoby Ford (left foot) is not expected to play against the Chargers.The Hagan signing is the Raiders' fifth move since the initial 53-man roster was announced Friday, along with the acquisitions of defensive back Phillip Adams, linebacker Keenan Clayton, offensive tackle Willie Smith and cornerback Joselio Hanson.

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

The Raiders were pretty darn good last season. A 12-4 record proved that point. There was plenty of talent on a team with a penchant for high-wire acts in victory that masked the fact there were holes on the roster.

They need to be filled for the Raiders to improve in 2017, and new players will be imported through free agency and the draft.

Left tackle Donald Penn is excited to see who gets added, but said there’s no doubt talent is coming to Oakland. He speaks for Raiders players, who have faith that general manager Reggie McKenzie will make the right moves.

“Things that Reggie has done in past drafts have been great, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he brings back towards us,” Penn said recently during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network. “We can’t wait to get back out there healthy. We’re ready to hit the football world with a storm.”

While new guys are coming, a few might head out. The Raiders have several unrestricted free agents. Penn wants to keep his guys around – he mentioned running back Latavius Murray by name -- though he has some ideas for McKenzie’s checklist.

The Raiders don’t need much with most key players under contract – the Raiders should be less active in free agency over past offseasons – but a few key components could put this team over the top.

“If we stick to Reggie’s plan, we’ll be great,” Penn said. “I know he’s going to have a great draft, add a couple little pieces here and there – maybe somebody in the secondary to help out a little bit.

"On offense, you could always use a weapon. Maybe we get another receiver to take (pressure off Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper), but we have a good nucleus right now.”

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Derek Carr is on the mend. The Raiders franchise quarterback had surgery to repair his fibula shortly after he broke it in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, and is recovering well during the offseason.

Carr insisted on intense rehab this winter in an attempt – however unlikely it may have been – to return should the Raiders have played in the Super Bowl. It slowed to a normal pace after the Raiders' loss at Houston in the postseason’s opening round, but those in contact with him say he’s making strides.

Left tackle Donald Penn was recently in contact with Carr, and provided an update on Monday during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network.

“I texted Derek (a few) days ago checking in,” Penn said, “and he said he’s almost 100 percent.”

Surgically-repaired broken filbulas take significant time to heal, and the Raiders plan to be conservative with their MVP candidate during the offseason. Derek Carr’s brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr, who was on set with Penn on Monday, said Derek could be back for offseason work.

“He’s doing good,” David Carr said. “He’s walking around already, stretching it out. You can’t do a lot for the bone, right? But he’s going to be back. He’s going to get a whole full offseason in. That’s going to be the best part.”