Tim Brown was just an average receiver who, like old punk bands and prostitutes, people got nostalgic for the longer his career stretched out. Now the Raiders agree that Brown was just an average player, after allowing Jerry Porter to switch to No. 81. Now the Raiders, like the Cowboys, don't retire numbers, but they also don't allow certain numbers to be used. In other words, don't expect any Cowboys quarterback to wear No. 12 or No. 8, and don't expect any Raiders lineman to wear No. 00. Still, if the Raiders had any respect for Brown at all, they wouldn't let a guy like Porter grace the No. 81.
Or maybe this is the Raiders way of retiring Brown’s jersey without actually retiring it. The Raiders are all but guaranteeing that No. 81 won’t see the field by putting it on the back of Porter. Could the Raiders actually be smarter than we are
For more on Brown, check here and here.