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Allen’s exit a plus

Less than a week after receiving one of the most favorable schedules in the NFL, the Raiders received even more good news Wednesday when defensive end Jared Allen was traded out of the division to the Minnesota Vikings.

That means when the Raiders visit Arrowhead Stadium in Week 2, Allen won’t be on hand to terrorize the Raiders as he has in virtually every game except last season’s game in Kansas City.

That game, in which Barry Sims effectively controlled Allen, was the exception rather than the rule.

At present, Kwame Harris is penciled in as the Raiders left tackle. Harris was considered a poor pass blocker but a solid run blocker with the 49ers. The hope is the zone blocking system employed by the Raiders will enable Harris to reach the potential which made him a first-round draft pick out of Stanford.

Allen has six sacks in eight career games against Oakland and has applied near constant pressure.

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  • Thec

    That my opinion, sticking with it.

  • Thec

    who is going to run back kicks, and punts?

    JL higgins?
    Chris Carr?
    D Hall?
    Jerry Poter?

  • IowaRaiderFan

    Busch Rhoades Fargus & McFadden. The new Raiders legal team.

  • http://none Bob Marley

    BART

    Do me a favor, copy and paste that Bobby Tatum article for me please, I have trouble accesing pft.com today, don´t know why.

    Gotta run, later.

    Bring the assassin´s kid to Oakland!.

  • http://www.Raiders.com Oakglenn

    The Raiders were a very slow team. But that was the WR’s not necessarily the RB’s. We talked about that all last year from training camp on, that the Raider WR’s got NO SEPERATION. NONE. Now, some posters here saw our WR’s running down the field with no one around them, but I go to the games both home and away and I rarely ever saw that.

    I think that’s one of the biggest jokes on the planet is that Al is going to draft BPA, regardless of need. Shows you what everyone knows. Last year we desperately needed a QB. We picked one. The best one. Year before, we needed a safety. Desperately. We picked what we thought was the best one. The year before that we needed corners cause we lost Woodson, Buchanon and Buchanon (phil and Ray). The year before that we took Gallery and Grove because we desperately needed to rebuild the offensive line. We STILL need to rebuild the offensive line. You guys want me to keep going??

    Davis WILL take flyers on guys in later rounds, but early rounds he takes needs. If we have needs. RB right now is not a need.

  • IowaRaiderFan

    On Saturday, the sale of Kleenex will increase ten fold nationally due to the fact that the Raiders did not select McFadden with the fourth pick in the draft.

  • SilverNBlack

    Thec, the only candidates you mentioned that will be able to return kicks for the Raiders this season are JL Higgins or DeAngelo Hall. Jerry Porter is now with the Jags and Chris Carr is now a Titan.

    Hall may return punts, but I don’t see a front-line player returning kick-offs. After Tim Brown hurt his knee in his rookie season, VERY few starters have returned kick-offs for the Raiders.

  • http://thesnake Random Drugtester

    gimme Long or Gholston and/or a trade for more picks!

  • saintkaufman

    Bobby Tatum.

    Won’t let me paste the link for some reason

    Good find BBB

    http://www.star-telegraph.com/332/story/600112.html

  • http://youwanttickets? BART Bridge Balla

    Bob,
    I am unable to copy and paste any links on this blog lately, but the article is at star-telegram.com, titled “a chance to undo mistake”

  • http://www.Raiders.com Oakglenn

    You’re not going to get rid of Dominick Rhodes. Rhodes is a veteran RB, which even if you draft D Mac Daddy, you STILL need a vet in there in case Fargas goes down, (a virtual certainty) because of the blitz assignments. You can’t have a guy back there with no NFL experience and virtually no blitz assignment experience if you don’t want Jam killed. I’d rather have Kwame Harris clones across the entire offensive line than have a rookie, who has NO COLLEGE BLITZ PACKAGE EXPERIENCE (I’m talking Dmac here!!!) being the last line of defense against NFL blitzers!! You have to have a Vet. 2 in fact.

  • darkknight01

    BSPN….not ESPN….

  • KoolKell

    The Falcons have Byron Leftwich and Joey Harrington. Can they pass on Matt Ryan????

  • saintkaufman

    OK,
    That’s weird. I could’nt paste the link so I typed it out. But now it shows as a link. what the hell??

  • 408RAIDER

    dose anybody know if yhe press conf. can be heard on the radio?? please help I need my raider fix

  • http://youwanttickets? BART Bridge Balla

    thanks saint, I tried it like 3 times, then just gave up.

  • http://thesnake Random Drugtester

    Don’t worry….Jerry will print the transcript of the conference here and call it an article.

  • SilverNBlack

    Rhodes would be a good choice to return kick-offs as he’s got good hands, is solid choice with ball-security (a must for returners), and he’s got good open-field running skills. The Raiders’ crowded backfield will be minus at least one in the near future.

    I think Davis just wants to make sure Jordan doesn’t end up with a division rival. Denver and San Diego need help in the backfield and there’s no need to indirectly help either team address that need. Trading him to an NFC team for a 6th or 7th round pick in this year’s or next year’s draft should be a viable option.

  • 408RAIDER

    317 LoL but true!!

  • Sac Raider

    KoolKell, Atl has neither Leftwich or Harrington. They released them both. Word is they would rather get a later QB with their multiple 2nd rounders tho..

  • 408RAIDER

    or the internet need my RAIDER FIX

  • darkknight01

    silvernblack,

    i have heard through my Dolt contact that they may look to pick up Alexander or Jordan.

    Most likely Jordan because he is familar with Norvall Turner.

  • DoeDoe

    Looks like Dallas wants to find out what taking a year off does to a player (Jerry Porter)

  • KoolKell

    I would think Rhodes has more trade value since he can do more things than Jordan.

  • Raiderrave

    And having Jordan land with another AFC West team is a bad thing?! Should that happen, already advantage Raiders!

  • saintkaufman

    Bart,

    I have also noticed you cannot paste links to any yahoo columns as well.

    What is freaky is that I typed it out and it automatically turned into a link. I didn’t even include the Http:// part.

    Man, a 4.27 AND a weight room junkie. He’s got some impressive arms, I wonder if he can tackle? Bring him in as UDFA and give him a shot. Say bye-bye to Washington if the kid can cover and tackle.

  • IowaRaiderFan

    NOBODY and I repeat, NOBODY, will trade with us for Jordan when they know we will be cutting him to free up cap space.

  • 408RAIDER

    I cant find any info on the press conf. stupid google

  • KoolKell

    So Atl has no QB’s, good. They’ve got to take Ryan.

    I checked their depth chart it says Leftwich & Harrington. I guess it hasn’t been updated.

  • http://the-snake Random Drugtester

    My bet is that Chris Long goes to the Rams. They can’t ask Carriker to lose the 35lbs they asked him to gain last year to move inside…just to move back outside again so that they can draft Dorsey.

    They will leave Carriker inside and draft Long for the DE position.

  • SilverNBlack

    Darkknight01, I certainly see why Norvell would want to pick up Jordan on the cheap. That’s why I think Davis has kept Jordan on the roster, so he can keep him away from either the Rat in Denver or the Norvinator in SD.

    Jordan has NO future with the Raiders, but there’s trade value for him somewhere. Trade him to Chucky and the Bucs, to go with their 15 QBS! They actually do need help at RB. At least that would keep Jordan away from the Ponies and the SD Steroid Abusers…

  • IowaRaiderFan

    Davis will cut Jordan after June 1 due to the fact that the Raiders would take a larger cap hit if they cut him before June 1

  • Sac Raider

    Nobody is going to trade for Jordan and take on his contract. who would pay him $4.7m and give up a draft pick?

  • http://youwanttickets? BART Bridge Balla

    yeah Lil Tatum actually has really impressive numbers. It sounds like he could have been a starter at Texas, but was behind Huff and Griffin on the depth chart as a freshman and transfered to Abilene Christian out of frustration.
    Man he has been working at Walmart to make ends meet, I’ll bet that pisses him off, he would be giving 110% if we brought him into camp. Somebody needs to forward that link to Al.

  • Quagmire’d

    Harrington is back with ATL

  • SilverNBlack

    IowaRaiderFan, there may be a team that will trade a late-round pick for Jordan rather than take a chance he’ll still be there on waivers. If the Raiders cut him, he’ll have to clear waivers in order for any team to sign him. I guarantee that if he’s cut, SD or Denver will claim him before he clears waivers.

    If a team has a need at running back, trading a late-round pick for a serviceable running back like Jordan makes perfect sense. Chances are, Jordan will contribute a lot more to a team than a 6th or 7th-round pick (most of which won’t even make an NFL team).

    The only way he’s not worth a late-round pick is if his back is seriously injured. He was running pretty well for the Raiders last year in Cable’s zone-blocking scheme before his back went out in the Dolphins game.

  • http://www.Raiders.com Oakglenn

    ATL resigned Harrington. They are not high on Matt Ryan at the number 3 slot. They feel Brian Brohm would be a good fit, or even Eric Ainge in the 3rd or 4th, to try to steal some Tennessee fans to their side!!
    You have to understand something here. Dimitroff and Smith are going to build Atlanta like they built Jokesonville and New England. With a tough tough defense. Tommy Trojan and I disagee slightly here that he thinks we’re trying to build a smaller faster defense ala Indy. I think we are trying to build a physical defense ala Jokesonville. All that being said, expect Atlanta to draft a defensive lineman here. Actually, Atlanta would be in perfect position to trade up one spot and take Dorsey.

  • 408RAIDER

    who cares where jordan goes he cant make thru a season anyway! Where the ufck can I hear the press conf

  • darkknight01

    if lambs take Dorsey…then we may have more flexibility to trade down. Because it may mean that Atlanta will have to focus on Ryan. That means we can try and work with the Jets on a deal IF they REALLY want D-MAC. We just tell them…hey we are gonna take dmac but we are willing to make a deal if you guys want him. If they can offer us there 2nd rounder and a player…(maybe Dewayne Robertson?) to switch spots…then we get another DT to add to the rotation and compete….then with the #6 pick with the Lambs taking Dorsey and Atlanta most likely taking Ryan…then one of the two DE/OLB’s Long or Gholston will be there at #6. With the Jets 2nd round pick we can get the best OT in round 2. Duane Brown or Sam Baker. Or with the #6 they can get the best OT prospect between Clady, or Albert….then go with someone like Laurence Jackson with the 2nd round pick. This deal would ONLY work really if Dorsey goes to Rams and if Atlanta gets Ryan.

  • SilverNBlack

    Sac Raider, contracts are re-negotiated all the time to get deals done. Jordan will likely be happy to re-negotiate his deal if he’ll get with a team where he isn’t 6th on the depth chart.

    Again, Davis will do anything possible to keep Jordan away from the Chargers and Broncos.

  • IowaRaiderFan

    SilverNBlack,

    I agree with your reasoning, but no team is going to want to inherit his contract. The team that is willing to trade form him would have to have a restructured contract alreay agreed to with Jordan.

    I am skeptical that anyone would pick him up as anything other than a 3rd stringer due to age and injury considerations. Even if Norvo took him, I can’t see him being the #2 guy behind LT.

  • IowaRaiderFan

    SilverNBlack,

    I agree with your reasoning, but no team is going to want to inherit his contract. The team that is willing to trade form him would have to have a restructured contract alreay agreed to with Jordan.

    I am skeptical that anyone would pick him up as anything other than a 3rd stringer due to age and injury considerations. Even if Norvo took him, I can’t see him being the #2 guy behind LT.

  • IowaRaiderFan

    Soory for the double post

  • KoolKell

    Rams take Dorsey, Falcons take Long, Raiders Take McFadden then.

  • IowaRaiderFan

    I can’t see why Al would be afraid of the Bolts or the Donkeys getting Jordan. There is no way he will revert back to his Jets form as a sub

  • KoolKell

    Of course Ellis would still be there, but he’s Kiffin’s recruit. That may work against him with Al Davis.

  • http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w318/davidlee1970/poster019.jpg frozen

    Jason Jones said yesterday that Kiffin was having a press conference today at noon. Is anyone hearing or watching it?

    http://www.sacbee.com/static/weblogs/raiders/

  • http://the-snake Random Drugtester

    Rams won’t draft Dorsey….Carriker can’t move back outside.

  • raider fan

    Whoever we pick at 4 here is the projected cost, per NFL.com
    No. 4: 5 years, $51 million with $27 million guaranteed

  • Thec

    SilverNBlack Says:
    April 24th, 2008 at 11:36 am
    Thec, the only candidates you mentioned that will be able to return kicks for the Raiders this season are JL Higgins or DeAngelo Hall. Jerry Porter is now with the Jags and Chris Carr is now a Titan.

    I knew those two were gone. I was just trying to add a little humor to my post.