The Oakland Raiders have cut ties with former Clemson wide receiver Jacoby Ford by adding him to their unrestricted free agent list.
Many NFL observers believe his replacement in the Raiders' receiving corps will be Sammy Watkins.
In various mock drafts, Oakland is the most often projected destination for Watkins. The Raiders will pick fifth in the NFL draft in May.
According to NFL.com, "the Raiders need that playmaker who can change the dynamic of a game whenever he gets the ball in his hands. Look no further than Sammy Watkins. Watkins has wide receiver hands and track star speed. A perfect combination for the Al Davis mold."
WalterFootball.com agrees: "Watkins would immediately make the Raiders a better team, and he'd also make his fellow wide receivers better, too."
Meanwhile, there is speculation in Cincinnati that the Bengals will make a bid for Ford, who played under Cincinnati offensive coordinator Hue Jackson when he was head coach at Oakland.
Ford made a record-setting impact as a kick returner for Jackson in 2011, but then missed the entire 2012 season with a variety of foot and leg injuries.
Ford, a former NCAA champion in the 60-meter dash, has 57 career receptions with 848 yards receiving and three touchdowns, but none 2011.
According to NFL.com, beginning today "clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents upon the expiration of their 2013 player contracts at 4 p.m. ET on March 11. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4 p.m. ET on March 11, when the new league year begins."