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West’s best offseason

You want good news?

The Raiders have had the best offseason of any team in the AFC West.

RAIDERS POLL: Rate the DeAngelo Hall trade

There. That wasn’t so hard.

Of course, the Raiders are the only team that has done anything of note in the division, so bringing in DeAngelo Hall, Javon Walker, Gibril Wilson and even Kwame Harris and Drew Carter makes it a veritable landslide no matter what you think of how much they paid.

The losses _ wide receiver Jerry Porter, defensive end Chris Clemons, defensive lineman Tyler Brayton and quarteback Josh McCown _ were more than offset by the gains. They also managed to bring back Justin Fargas, Dominic Rhodes and Tommy Kelly, and the first two came at extremely reasonable prices.

Division play happened to be one of Oakland’s best areas of progress last season. Until faced with the murderer’s row final four of Green Bay, Indianapolis, Jacksonville and San Diego, Oakland’s back-to-back wins over the Chiefs and Broncos were one of the most positive developments of the past few seasons.

The Broncos have signed LB Boss Bailey, WR Keary Colbert, LB Niko Koutovides, S Marquand Manuel, S Marlon McCree, RB Cecil Sapp and C Casey Wiegmann.

Wiegmann has been a solid center for a long time _ possibly too long. Bailey never seemed to realize his ability in Detroit. Colbert is a No. 2 receiver at best.

The Broncos wanted no part of Walker, deciding the $5.4 bonus was too much for an unhappy player with a history of knee trouble. That risk was assumed by the Raiders at a much higher price. Denver might have second thoughts if Walker regains his form, because Brandon Marshall, the talented receiver who replaced him, has a serious right arm injury sustained in a mysterious accident.

Losing kicker Jason Elam will cost them a game. Based on recent history, it could come against Oakland.

San Diego remains the top team in the division, but they’re only significant addition is linebacker Derrick Smith, a solid if slow linebacker the 49ers didn’t want who could fit nicely as an inside linebacker. Gone is Michael Turner, a valuable No. 2 running back behind LaDainian Tomlinson.

More important to Tomlinson, fullback Lorenzo Neal was released. Count on Tomlinson to lobby hard to bring back his body guard.

As for the Chiefs, who look to be the worst team in the division by a considerable margin, they re-signed punter Dustin Colquitt, and have done little else.

Searching for QBs

Not surprising Quinn Gray signed with someone other than the Raiders. He has aspirations of being a No. 1 quarterback and JaMarcus Russell’s future begins in earnest this season. He’s got a better chance of beating out Sage Rosenfels and Matt Schaub.

But it leaves the Raiders in search of another quarterback to go with Russell and Andrew Walter. According to the Fresno Bee, Trent Dilfer has been contacted.

If that’s the case, he may be better suited as No. 3 and a mentor, because frankly, I’d take my chances with Walter if Russell went down.

Bad day across the bay

I was pretty dismissive of tampering charges in general a few weeks back after getting an up close look at it going right out in the open at the NFL scouting combine.

It’s bad enough that the 49ers got caught tampering. It’s even worse that they got caught tampering with a player they didn’t even get. Lance Briggs is still with the Chicago Bears.

Profootballtalk.com believes it’s the first enforced tampering charge since the Miami Dolphins lost a first-round pick when it hired Don Shula away from the Baltimore Colts 38 years ago.

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  • La Milicia Negra

    Jeff Otis, 6-1 210
    Erik Meyer, 6-1 215

    that two small qb’s if you run out of the pocket the height means less, but I still think is hired to throw the ball during camp…

  • La Milicia Negra

    Dakota…

    I’d love to go, maybe I could hire you and your gun as protection =)

  • RaiderDell

    Dakota

    Have you been on the 1880 Train Hill city ride.

    They say it’s a 20 mile journey, in an old western train, sounds like fun.

  • Tech Geek

    learn to read ignorant cuss!

    Try shining the light on yourself once in a while, maybe you’ll see what the rest of us already do.

    Go back to your female army in black and stop talking to me now, I no longer wish to argue with you considering you will never see the error of your ways.

    Einstein, you’re right this guy is like a cockroach scurrying around in the dark, hoping to prove someone else wrong because he can’t handle it when he is wrong himself.

    Right on mang

    “an empty can makes the most noise”

  • Dakota

    Dell,

    Yes, I have been on that ride, but it has been probably 18 years…it was pretty fun then.

  • #87 Dave Casper

    I’m not sure if this article has been posted. NBCSports.com Tom Curran, 3/26/08 “RAIDERS’ spending spree rooted in new cap”. Check it out NATION, you want the truth-can all you HATERS handle the truth. Anyways I found it to be great and well researched.

  • RaiderDell

    Dakota

    I wonder if you can have a party on the ride, seems like a fun way to travel.

  • #87 Dave Casper

    Well researched, besides stating Stu & Huff are the safties, which they are but Wilson is the starter.

  • La Milicia Negra

    so called tech geek….

    LOL

    I think you, unveiled your ignorance even more, start learning some languages kid! or just start learn!

    But anyhoo, this will be my last post for you, I hope too =)

    well, I read it again, and still everything you said wrong, I agreed a Wifi modem could be considered a modem, but its really not… and the thing you said it did, was wrong to, then you disclose you as the anti-geek when you assumed MAC had something to do with mac…

    you got oaked, live with it, get a new nick, lets talk football, I hope on good terms.

  • Tech Geek

    LoserMentalityNonsense -

    The bottom line is I was trying to give someone some helpful advice and you felt it necessary to make fun of me as if you knew what you were talking about.

    That’s what I get for trying to help someone out. A know it all arrogant bastard that is never wrong talking to me about “talking the talk”. Unbelievable!

    “an empty can makes the most noise”

  • RaiderDell

    #87 Dave Casper

    Good article, I tried to link it up here, the system won’t allow it.

    Where is the Tech Geek, I need help.

  • Einstein

    Geek just ignore LMN, he is a moron. How can you read his illiterate sentences anyway..

  • Quagmire’d

    Hey Dell, LMN and the Tech Geek are having a lovers’ quarrel…lol.

  • Tech Geek

    I am utterly amazed at not only how wrong you are but also by how much you believe your own nonsense.

    I don’t even know what being “oaked” is, I imagine it is some Danish tradition where you stick a piece of oak tree up your arse to see how far it will go. I say no thank you sir, please keep your Danish fetishes to yourself.

    It’s people such as yourself that has brought society down the level of ignorance that exists today.

    Go on, keep believing your own nonsense no matter how many people tell you differently.

    “an empty can makes the most noise”

  • Einstein

    NEW POST BY JERRY. SWEET!!! FINALLY!!

  • #87 Dave Casper

    Yeah, Tech Geek stop the empty can crap & hook up the NATION with the article from #1557.

  • Dakota

    Dell,

    Do you have kids? Kids love the Black Hills. You can start out in Hot Springs, go to the Mammoth Site where they have the largest collection of Mammoth bones in the world. (There was a tar pit that trapped many Columbian mammoths and at least one wooly mammoth, and some other animals like the short-faced bear.) Then you could hit the Evans Plunge, a warm water pool that gets its water from the “Hot Springs” here in Hot Springs.

    Then you could hit the Badlands and see some of the most interesting land on the planet. Then you could go through Custer State Park and see the American Bison (Buffalo) and prairie dog villages. Then you could hit Wind Cave National Park and see Wind Cave, one of the World’s largest caves.

    Then you could hit Custer and see the Crazy Horse Monument. Then you could hit Mt Rushmore and the 1880 train near Hill City. Then you could hit Reptile Gardens and Bear Country just Southwest of Rapid City.

    Then, if you are here in August, you might hit the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally on your way to see Deadwood, made famous by the HBO hit series…Deadwood. Then you could head north to see Bear Butte near Belle Fourche and then over to Wyoming to see Devil’s Tower (made famous by the movie Close Encounters of the 3rd kind).

    Fun trip. I hope the SD Tourism Board cuts me a check for this.

  • Tech Geek

    Einstein Says:
    March 27th, 2008 at 3:23 pm
    “Geek just ignore LMN, he is a moron. How can you read his illiterate sentences anyway..”

    Sage advice from an intelligent person. Isn’t funny how many typos and illiterate sentences this dude writes yet he is so critical of everyone else?

    Einstein, you the mang

  • La Milicia Negra

    Dave casper…

    lol, ive tried to post the link, but i think nbc and sport and com combined is some how banned

  • Einstein

    LMFAO “Danish Fetishes” now that is some classic shite!! LOL “I say no thank you sir” lol

    If it makes you feel better, I have no idea what being “oaked” is either, not sure I want to, I don’t like the “Danish”, their pastries suck arse.

  • DoeDoe

    Whats up Nation

  • La Milicia Negra

    Perhaps this way…

    http://
    nbcsports.msnbc
    .com/id/23814644/

  • La Milicia Negra

    yeah I beat the mods, btw sorry mods =)

  • Tech Geek

    look again loser, still isn’t an active link

    the only person you beat is yourself!

    hahahahahaha

  • La Milicia Negra

    einstein…

    try again, several POSTS later… no Jerry hasn’t upped a new ARTICLE and there isn’t a ‘NEW THREAD’…

    but many new posts…

  • RaiderDell

    Dakota

    Great advice, yes you due sound like a tour guide.

    Why don’t you be the tour guide, sounds like you know where to go and have fun.

    Plus you’ll provide bodyguard protection.

  • Quagmire’d

    What it do, Doe.

  • La Milicia Negra

    RaiderDell…

    exactly

  • Einstein

    bodyguard protection? Dakotas body is a temple.

  • La Milicia Negra

    socalled tech geek.

    of course its not a active link, when there are 2 page break-ups.

    it was the only way to post the entire link. the link Dave Casper talked about…

    Lets talk football, hopefully on good terms =)

  • Dakota
  • La Milicia Negra

    Dakota…

    oh I know!

    believe me, we take it very serious, but heck this is a way to defend freedom of speech, but this guy does it for his own gain, is the popular thought here in DK

  • La Milicia Negra

    Here is the first, third =)……

    By Tom Curran
    NBCSports.com
    updated 4:23 p.m. ET March 26, 2008

    Image: Tom Curran
    Tom Curran
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    At first, it was just amusing. Step right up and take a gander at “Crazy Al’s Shopping Bonanza!”

    But now it might be time to stop smirking about the Raiders moves from the past month and wonder if maybe – against all odds – they might stand a chance of being good. Or at least move away from being bad.

    That’s no small feat. Al Davis’ once-proud franchise has won 19 games since appearing in the 2002 Super Bowl (or one more than the Patriots won in 2007) and better days seemed even more remote in January. That’s when the modest momentum built under new head coach Lane Kiffin in 2007 was flushed when it was learned Davis wanted Kiffin gone because Kiffin wanted to, ya know, coach the team.

    The Raiders released a “there’s nothing to see here, folks” statement at the time saying there was no issue. But people know better. With Oakland, there’s always an issue. And what free-agent player would elect to be part of that?

    Well, one that is paid handsomely. And that’s the strategy Oakland’s following.

    Money Raiders have thrown at players with injury issues, attitude issues and light resumes has caused a few spit takes around the NFL.

    Six years and $39 million with $16 mil guaranteed for former Giants safety Gibril Wilson?!

    Seven years and $50 million with $18 mil guaranteed for dented-up defensive lineman Tommy Kelly?!

    Six years and $55 million with $16 mil guaranteed for oft-injured and irascible wideout Javon Walker?!

    Seven years and $70 million for newly acquired, sometimes-petulant corner DeAngelo Hall?!

    Three years and $14 million for backsliding offensive tackle Kwame Harris?

    Screwy? Well, yes and no. If you haven’t yet adjusted to the $116 million salary cap available to all teams, then yeah, it seems out of whack. But if you have realized that average to good players will now make what very, very good players did when the cap was at $85 million, the money makes a little more sense. Not total sense, mind you, but a little more.

  • La Milicia Negra

    2/3…..

    Lost in the flood of attention to the big-money moves are some of the other moves Oakland’s made. Specifically, signing free agent wide receiver Drew Carter, re-upping running back Justin Fargas and taking a flier on former first-rounder William Joseph, a massive defensive lineman who was on IR for the Giants last year. And don’t forget, they have the fourth overall pick in the draft with an opportunity to add a tremendous player on either side of the ball (DT Glenn Dorsey, anyone?).

    When you look at the Raiders defense, you see a secondary that could be very good with two top-tier corners in Hall and Nnamdi Asomugha, and two talented safeties in Michael Huff and Stuart Schweigert. The secondary can only be as good as the front-seven allows it to be, however, and the number of question marks – starting with Kelly – gives pause.

    Still, what’s most interesting about this offseason is that Oakland’s been able to do its business without being negatively impacted by the rancor between Kiffin and Davis. Kiffin’s been actively involved in additions on both sides of the ball this offseason. And while the defense is always Al’s, Kiffin’s fingerprints are all over the Raiders offensive decisions.

    Offensively, the Raiders are not bereft of talent. They have Dominic Rhodes, Fargas, and LaMont Jordan all in the mix at running back. Tight end Zach Miller had 44 catches in his rookie season and could be the kind of crutch a young quarterback needs.

  • La Milicia Negra

    3/3….

    Which brings us to the biggest issue in Oakland, the development of second-year quarterback JaMarcus Russell. Developmentally, Russell could still be considered a rookie this year. He missed all of training camp last year and that’s where the teaching with your teammates goes on. Until he goes through his first one, he’s still raw, unproven and the elephant in the room whenever any optimism about the Raiders is broached. Incompetence at quarterback could harpoon all the moves Oakland’s made.

    So how’s he coming? Hard to say. It would have been great to talk to some of the new Raiders about what made them go to Oakland (aside from the dough). Or to talk to Kiffin himself about how things have gone. But the Raiders deflected several interview requests for either players or coaches. No matter. What gets said in the offseason is normally predictable tripe. Everybody’s excited, everybody’s optimistic, can’t wait to get started, blappity, blah.

    In the offseason, words don’t matter much. Making moves to get better do, however, and Oakland – surprise, surprise – has done that.

  • La Milicia Negra

    Nation, hope its okay =) sorry if not…

    but as Dave Casper said, its really good. Its hard to find positive spin on raider matter =)

  • Einstein

    That article sucked. The only hack that makes sense about the Raiders is the owner of this blog.

  • Einstein

    Maybe the reason the Raiders don’t talk with the media is because the media hacks are all morons… what a novel idea…

  • Quagmire’d

    I can’t believe that article had “talented safety” and Schweigert in the same sentence…pitiful!

  • Quagmire’d

    Hey Einy, what’s ur prediction for our record this season?

  • RaiderDell

    Quag

    Good catch on that line, typical reporter who at the top lists Gabril Wilson at safety and then proceeds to name Stu at safety, real fourth grade copy.

    Maybe he should read his dribble before he sends it out for copy.

    It’s fun Raider bashing, and also let’s guess who there going to draft.

  • La Milicia Negra

    quagmire…

    that was a mistake that hist you in the eye, it was weird he didn’t had Wilson in that talented secondary, when he mentioned Hall, I think the sentences should have been, but a ‘mindslip’ resulted in Schweigert…

    “When you look at the Raiders defense, you see a secondary that could be very good with two top-tier corners in Hall and Nnamdi Asomugha, and two talented safeties in Michael Huff and Gibril Wilson. The secondary can only be as good as the front-seven allows it to be”

    ….then it all makes sence =)

  • Einstein

    The relevance of the prediction is based on the time-space continuum as it pertains to the relevance of trading the 4th round pick to acquire a larger some of matter on the lines related to offense and defense.

    The relevance of a prediction from pure knowledge spans the time-space continuum.

    9-7, second in AFC West, Wild Card birth. We travel to Jacksonville, beat the Jags. After that the time-space continuum is null, I simply can’t see past that until the draft.

  • Tech Geek

    Einstein -

    is LMN a media hack? The reason I ask is because he is obviously a moron.

  • La Milicia Negra

    RaiderDell…

    you beat me to it, but same thought though =)

  • Quagmire’d

    I figure McFadden is the pick, but at #4 you really can’t go wrong….whoever the pick may be will fill a need, that’s for sure.

  • They Call Me Assassin

    LMN – Thanks for the article, but I’m with Quagmire’d, when he decorates Stu as a talented Safety then he loses credibility fast. Perhaps he meant Gibril Wilson.

  • Einstein

    Tech Geek

    No, he cant spell.

  • Dakota

    LMN, I watched that video…crazy stuff…very inflammatory.

  • Quagmire’d

    indeed LMN, indeed.