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West’s best offseason

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, March 24th, 2008 at 5:36 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • Dakota

    Einstein Says:
    March 27th, 2008 at 3:58 pm
    Tech Geek

    No, he cant spell.

    ______________________________

    You mean Can’t “Einstein”, lol.

  • La Milicia Negra

    einstein…

    good one…

    I said last preseason i thought, that if we were lucky we could go 9-7… I was far off =)

    but I agree I think we can fight about the division, but that we will lose those important games against; pats, Texans, Bills and Ravens

    I think you’re right 9-7 sounds pretty fair =)

  • Einstein

    Quag

    McFadden has the required skills to extend the continuum of the greatness that is the Raiders by obtaining a 4th Lombardi.

  • Quagmire’d

    Einy, that was a great post….very humorous. You are more optomistic than I…I was thinking the reverse, regardless of who we draft.

    I hope to God I am wrong though.

  • #87 Dave Casper

    Almost as funny as Stu being a talented safety. Can’t…

  • Quagmire’d

    optimistic….typo

  • Einstein

    Dakota Says:

    Dakota Says:
    March 27th, 2008 at 4:00 pm
    You mean Can’t “Einstein”, lol.

    Actually temple body boy, you are even wrong. The correct spelling and grammar of your above listed sentence is also incorrect. Proper is:

    You “meen” “can’t. Mean = shady character of angry nature. And you shouldn’t have capitalized the “C” in can’t.

  • Quagmire’d

    and it continues….if McFadden is the pick, how far into the continuum does your vision go?

  • Dakota

    You really are dumb. “Meen”, lol.

  • Einstein

    The continuum is infinite based on the continuance of time and space in the relevance of the optimistic matter of acquiring additional physical matter on the lines contained by Offense and Defense. The physical characteristics and strength of the matter contained in the knee of a human Javon Walker and the ability of a human named JaMarcus Russel’s ability to span pig skin filled with air through oxygen to the correct destination. That is, however, if the individual referred to as JaMarcus has the time to fling such matter into the air without finding himself laying on the earth.

  • Einstein

    That was a joke temple body boy, give me a brake. <—

  • #87 Dave Casper

    Dude!! Come on already… Russell is the correct spelling of his last name, the individual referred to as JaMarcus.

  • Dakota

    Tardstein,

    Joke? Yeah right. Are you sure you “meent” it as a joke? I “meen”, you sure would look dumb if you thought “meen” was a word, lol!

  • Quagmire’d

    Jerry, we need a NEW blog….the natives are getting restless!

  • Einstein

    And LOL is a word temple body boy kneeling at the alter of McFadden?

  • Einstein

    Casper
    My bad. I get pissed off when people can’t spell Kiffin, I will pay better attention to the correct spelling of our starting quarterback.

  • Quagmire’d

    Ghost to the post….Ghost to the post!

  • Quagmire’d

    Hey Casper, is Zach the new “Ghost”?

  • Dakota

    LOL, is a commonly accepted shorthand used on blogs Tardstein.

    Should I call you Tardstein or Meenstein from now on?

  • Quagmire’d

    is any of the current group of receivers gonna lay claim to Timmy Brown’s #81? Tired of seeing receivers in the teens when 80′s are still available.

  • La Milicia Negra

    Dakota…

    here is a long one, now you’re warned =)

    I haven’t watched it, i watched some other stuff of Wilders and I think I know what the new one is about, just by reading about it.

    I have several muslim friends, and jews too. They all interact pretty fine, just as I act between my other danish friends… so this ‘all muslims are evil’ it plain wrong. But the thing is how far can you push free speech? I think its right of the TV not to show stuff like this, but I still think people should say and produce the films the want to.

    its a tough subject, In Germany naz1′es is banned, but not in Denmark, Hitz buth Tarihr is banned in Germany but not in Denmark… Not that we support them, the same thing about scientology, they are banned in Germany but their european headquater is in Copenhagen.

    Netherland and Denmark is very similar, besides the scandinavian countries, Netherlands are the most like Denmark…

    This in mind, its not that those countries are harvesting evil organizations, but more that we have a wider freedom than most.

    This is why the cartoons got posted it in Denmark in the first place. The thing is that I think that the existence of so many muslims in the big cities is the main reason to why they wont attack us, because why attack a farm in the middle of nowhere?? I think that if a muslim living her heard about a attack he would tell the government, the fact is, thats what happened so far…

    So the only place i’m afraid is when I cross the road on my bike when its red… =)

  • Einstein

    Lol, temple body boy. You are really starting to get pissed of that I call you that aren’t you. Now you have to result to calling me names. Im telling your mom. Neener neener

  • #87 Dave Casper

    I don’t know if he is the next Casper, but I do know that I like the kid a lot.

  • Quagmire’d

    better than Rickey Dudley?

  • Debby Downer

    Courtney Anderson signed with the Bills.

  • Quagmire’d

    old news Downer….so did Teyo Johnson, if you care to know.

  • La Milicia Negra

    yeah! he is better than Dudley!

    Zachs job is to make us forget about great TE’s like Christensen and Casper!

  • Dakota

    Settle down Tardstein…I guess you are one of those weak-minded individuals that can dish it out, but can’t take it like a man. Chill little man, I will stop calling you Tardstein from now on.

    Piece of advice though; stop trying to play with the big boys if you can’t handle it.

  • http://www.insidebayarea.com Eric Farrell

    C Seth McKinney, anyone?

  • #87 Dave Casper

    Ha Ha Ha, that was a joke right…. Casper was a great blocker & Miller is good but the thing I like about his blocking is that he is willing to work everyday to become better & a complete TE. Which I believe Casper was and why he’s in the HOF Baby!!

  • Quagmire’d

    better than Ethan Horton?

  • Einstein

    Dude, I digress… I certainly can’t compete with a guy who’s body is a temple. Actually, nor would I want to.

  • #87 Dave Casper

    I kinda like Ethan, give the kid sometime but potentially I would say Hell Yeah!!

  • La Milicia Negra

    EricFarrell…

    steve McKinney?

  • Einstein

    Im out folks. Late..

  • Quagmire’d

    heard Shockey might be on the trading block…how would our offense look with him and Miller in a dual TE formation? Ooooh, weapons!

  • Dakota

    Einstein, stop trying to use big words. You keep using them incorrectly, lol. Stick to single-syllable words unless you copy and paste like some of your theoretical posts above.

  • #87 Dave Casper

    I heard Shockey isn’t going anywhere.

  • Quagmire’d

    that’s what they say now, but never say never….especially in sports. Whose to say a draft day trade doesn’t take place? I wouldn’t completely rule it out yet…to the Raiders, I would rule out.

  • Dakota

    LMN,

    Sounds like a mess. I watched the video and I don’t think it will accomplish much. People already know about the violent tendencies of SOME branches of the Muslim religion, and to make it look like the entire religion is made up of crazies is unfair IMO.

  • La Milicia Negra

    quag…

    personally, I hate shockey, i think he is full of him self and a dumb thug! but he is good =) if he came zach would be the #2…:/

    Furthermore, I think it was the Eagles and the Saints were willing to give them a 2nd or something, and NYG said no way…

    The thing is, the draft is loaded with TE’s good TE’s so every logic speaks of letting him go.. but then it wil probably be his last contract he lands… so no raider…

  • #87 Dave Casper

    True, true-never say never… I also rule out the RAIDERS as a player..

  • Quagmire’d

    LMN, the Giants would be wise to take the 2nd.

  • Quagmire’d

    Do you think Shockey and a 2nd round pick gets the Giants back into the 1st round?

  • La Milicia Negra

    Dakota…

    lol about einstein… he has said there would be a new article all day, I haven’t seen it yet =)

    furthermore he calls it new post from jerry LOL hilarious, his mate the tech geek doesn’t ip from if or MAC from mac.. and he is a geek? HAHA, well they are like my friend EBR, all he does here is talking smack about me, no football talk at all, why the H do they do here, Einstein though, he talkd some football, I got to admit that, but he couldn’t handle my grammar mistakes, and then he falls deep inyour trap LOL

    He just got Oaked!

  • Quagmire’d

    “oaked” is derived from what?

  • Tech Geek

    How long is the list of people that despise you MR. LMN know it all? All I can say is wow!

    Quag -

    To get “Oaked” is a Danish tradition that calls for the youngest man in the family to take a large stick from an oak tree and stick it in his arse. I guess it’s considered some sort of rite of passage. Sounds so wrong to me. But it’s true, read about it on Wikipedia…

  • Dakota

    LMN,

    Maybe he didn’t understand that you are from Denmark and English is not your first language. I think you do just fine given that fact. Heck, you spell better than some of the other posters in here, lol.

    I ain’t no English major meeself if ya now what I meen, lol. (sarcasm)

  • La Milicia Negra

    quag…

    I cant remember who said it, but after Maddenraider got unveiled for what he was by Oakglenn, some said..

    “you got oaked!”

    it was pretty fun..

    so when I showed what ignorance the tech geek had, I couldn’t help my self, “he got Oaked” =)

  • La Milicia Negra

    Dakota…

    good one =)