Wesley in, Buchanon out


The Raiders are confirming the signing of safety Greg Wesley, who was waived by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Former Raiders exec Mike Lombardi, who writes for CNN-SI as well as on his own Web site, doesn’t think much of the acquisition.

Lombardi has dubbed the Raiders “The Hotel California,” after the Eagles song about that strange place where you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.

“What can Wesley do for the Hotel? He can’t cover, play in the kicking game, or run anymore,” Lombardi writes. “All he will do is take “Someone’s” money (which he loves to spend now) and not play. Do you think they remember Donovan Darius at the Hotel? Another favorite of `someone.

“Things never change.”

“Someone,” of course, is Al Davis.

Wesley, who reportedly signed a one-year deal, is like Darius in that there is very little risk involved in the signing. If Lombardi is right and Wesley can’t run, the Raiders can cut him, just as they did with Darius.

It’s worth noting that although Darius may have been a Davis favorite, the Raiders didn’t make the mistake of keeping him on the roster when it became apparent he wouldn’t be able to hold up physically.

To make room for Wesley, Will Buchanon was waived.

The Raiders begin filtering in to the Napa Marriott Wednesday, although coach Lane Kiffin won’t address the media until Thursday, the day of the first practice.

The Raiders also announced the signing of Mauricio Lopez, who will be on the Raiders practice squad this year as part of the NFL’s International Practice Squad program.

Lopez is a defensive tackle.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • lefty 12

    post239-thanks for your thoughts Jason Jones@sac. bee

  • Raider Dell


    True and valid point.

    How many Giant fans were hoping for a winning record last year.

    The only saw Dallas and Philly in the their way of a playoff spot.

    They had a terrible year in 2006, almost fired the head coach,sound familiar and went 10-6 in 2007.

    Do you honestly believe they the fans had SB hopes, probably not. They just wanted a winning record or a playoff spot.

    You just never know.

  • McRaider

    MR, Why are you posting articles and not using your own words?

  • MR

    243 is not me.

  • Sure it isn’t MR…. Like we believe you, or as if you have a single ounce of credibility on this blog… dumb azz….

  • Raider Dell

    Lunch break, later Lefty and Dakota.

  • The Autumn Wind is a pirate
    Blustering in from sea
    With a rollicking song he sweeps along
    swaggering boisterously…………


  • Dakota


    We will win the SB within the next three years…I guarantee it*.

    *Dakota’s SB win within the next three years Guarantee is subject to the following Terms and Conditions:

    1.Al Davis does not fire Lane Kiffin
    2.Al Davis fires Rob Ryan after the 2008 season
    3.Russell and McFadden live up to their potential
    4.Al Davis drafts Al Woods, DT LSU next season
    5.Al Davis retains Cable

  • Memo

    Nancy Gay will end up owning the Raiders…..

  • Hey fellas, a bit of history before Camp begins…

    I had heard the rumors but never before had a chance to read about it from the men who were actually involved, take a look at this article:

    Read it, it´s wort it……..

    “Sunday, October 29, 2006
    Star-Ledger Staff

    John Elway a Raider?.

    According to two people with knowledge of a potential pre-draft trade, the Colts had reached a deal to send the No. 1 pick of the 1983 draft to the Raiders — only to have the deal blocked by NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle.

    “We almost had Elway, but Pete Rozelle voided the trade,” former Raiders personnel man Ron Wolf told The Star-Ledger last week. “We had the trade set up with Baltimore, but Pete wouldn’t let it happen.”

    Rozelle and Raiders owner Davis spent many years in the 1980s in courtrooms over the Raiders’ move from Oakland to Los Angeles, among other issues. Simply put, the two didn’t like each other.

    Ernie Accorsi, then the GM of the Colts, now the Giants’ GM, confirmed a deal was in place with the Raiders that would have netted Baltimore an unprecedented three No. 1 picks and two No. 2s.

    One of the No. 1s, Accorsi said, would have been the sixth overall, which the Raiders had arranged to acquire from the Bears.

    “Yeah, it’s never been written, but I was going to make the deal only if it included getting back a top 10 pick,” Accorsi said. “I wanted to make sure we still got (Hall of Fame quarterback) Dan Marino. I wasn’t going to trade Elway for anything less than the best package ever.”

    Wolf said he didn’t know the details of the almost-trade, but said he was was told by someone in the Colts’ organization that “it was much better” than what Baltimore later received from the Broncos for Elway after the draft. That deal included back-up QB Mark Hermann, tackle Chris Hinton and a first-round draft pick.

    The deal apparently had been made by Davis and late Colts owner Robert Irsay.

    So what happened?

    “Irsay capitulated with the commissioner,” Wolf said.

    Even late Bears general manager Jim Finks was baffled. Accorsi said he called him and said, “Are we getting (played) here? Because somebody’s killed the deal, and it’s not me.”

    All parties thought a trade was set for the glamour-boy quarterback to land with the Raiders and Davis.

    Irsay was worried that Elway would use his minor-league contract with the Yankees as leverage to never play for the Colts. While Accorsi tried to hold firm and call Elway’s bluff, teams often went over the GM’s head and called Irsay with offers.

    So, before the draft, when someone from the Raiders called Accorsi and said, “Mr. Davis wants to know what it would take to get the rights to Elway,” the response was, “You don’t have the arsenal.”

    Accorsi wanted the three No. 1s and a No. 2 — with a top 10 choice. The Raiders had the 26th choice in Round 1, but were prepared to send Chicago several players to also acquire the sixth spot. Accorsi agreed to accept the Raiders’ No. 1 pick in 1984, too.

    Everything was in place — except the final go-ahead from Rozelle. That never came.

    “Davis had his suspicions that Pete killed it,” Accorsi said. “All I knew was I was going to get the best deal ever or I wasn’t trading him.”

    True to his word, Accorsi didn’t trade Elway. Irsay did.

    Now, let the record show that all that prevented Elway from becoming a Raider was Rozelle.”

  • Memo

    Whats going on Raider Dell?

    I has been awhile & finally I can converse with people who have a clue of what they are talking about.

  • Worth it…not wort it…

  • Memo

    I have a question:

    Why is Lamont still on the team? I’m starting to feel sorry for the guy.

  • Man, what could have been….first thought in my mind was Elway, Marcus and Bo together for a few years.

  • Nice post Marley.

    They say there is no “Conspiracy” against us.

    Dell nice to see you back, are you pumped for the upcoming season or what!

  • So Guys,

    Do you guys thin because Al Davis is Hebrew is why everyone is against him (I guess the J word is verbotten)

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    For the last few days, I’ve just been reading what others have said. Your post 208 was one of the most reasoned responses to MR. His response, copy an article by Jason Jones without crediting the author was typical. He will never accept your challenge as he is not capable of generating original thought. Good try and kudos for your post.

    I’m in.

  • I wonder how many other smart “Al” type moves were stymied over the Rozelle era?

  • Dakota

    Elway in S&B…that would have been great. Hopefully Russell is the next Elway.

  • no koolkell I think its because he sold his soul to devil years ago and hell hounds like nancy gay and ann killion are on his trail.

    Either that or he is the “Chosen One”

    Your guess is as good as mine.

  • John Elway was the First Guy that I know of who tried to leverage baseball to get out from the team that drafted him.

    The League didn’t want that precedent set.
    Was that personal against Al Davis, or in the best interests of the League?

    You be the Judge 😉

  • It was personal against Al Davis, anything else, or even an assumption of anything else is mutiny…

    You can now walk the plank KoolKell……

    j/k dude..

  • MR

    I love you Marley.

  • lefty 12

    in 30 min. on NFL channel-top 10 controversial calls.should be interesting with a lot of Raider plays.

  • lol

  • Johnny Rebel

    The Raiders need to go after Eric Parker before its too late.

  • KoolKell…265


    He was traded anyway, just not to the Raiders but to the Broncis and for much less than the Raiders offered.

  • Brown81

    Yeah, I’d like to see them try to explain the Tuck Rule.

  • Yeah, after Elway stuck to his guns and called the leagues bluff, If I’m not mistaken, this is all from memory of course. Elway left and attended spring training with the Yankees. Forcing the Leagues hand. It was a first time situation.

    Of course Al & Pete hated each other.

  • 909raiderlifer

    Jerry Mac…

    Has, Bay Area Newsgroup, sprung for the Greyhound ticket and the suite at Motel 6, for you yet???

    Time, is a ticking.


  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Other owners of AD’s faith
    Arthur Blank – Owner, Falcons Al Davis – Owner, Raiders Malcom Glazer – Owner, Bucaneers Robert Kraft – Owner, Patriots Randy Lerner – Owner, Browns Jeffrey Lurie – Owner, Eagles Art Modell – Owner, Ravens Dan Snyder – Owner, Redskins Andy Sugarman – Assistant Coach, 49ers Robert Tisch – 1/2 Owner, Giants.
    I don’t believe its solely a discrimination issue. Goes back to the merger.

  • lefty 12

    if i remember right didn’t Pete also tell the coliseum commission not to worry-the NFL wouldn’t let the Raiders move?

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    That was from an old internet article. I know Art Modell is not an owner.

  • Art Modell? did’nt know that. He’s probably the only one who’s Al’s contemporary.

    Yeah, I know , it goes back to the merger between Al & Pete. Why not Lamar Hunt? he’s the real bigwig of that and crowned Rozelle.

  • Al will forever be cloaked in immortality as a NFL legend once he passes.

    Then and only then will he get good press.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Ben Davidson and Lyle Alzado were also of AD’s faith.

  • Jim (ct raider)

    Dickie V: I agree with you These was the gayest and sorriest comments every by a “reporter, gm, player personnel, wannabe”. Lombardi has shown he’s a complete B****. It’s fuuny that he said, ‘you can never leave” because he was kicked out! hahahaha

    I’d be embarrassed of those remarks.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    MR Says:
    July 23rd, 2008 at 2:56 pm
    Al screwed my mother in the late 60’s.

    He said she was a lousy F***. Gave her 6 different STD’s. lol

  • so the Raiders tell Lamont Jordan dont even bother showing to camp/….I lOVE IT!!!

  • Football Season I Here,

    I wanna see you guys walk it like you talk it. I’m pumped.

  • does anyone know if john madden will be doing the commentary on the new madden 09?

  • MR

    Cry me a river.

    People who liked Gruden are labeled Buc fans, but you guys can pine over Elway and it’s just fine. Uhm, the guy’s a Bronco, last I checked. Through and through. So it looks like we have some undercover Donks fans in here. Elway lovers…

    If Davis would have weaseled his way to getting Elway, believe me, Elway would have demanded a trade by ’86, right around the time it was evident the Raiders were falling apart. We would not have won a Super Bowl with Elway. 7 step drop? That’s part of the reason Elway clashed with Reeves. Reeves liked that leather helmet b.s., too. Elway wanted a more advanced, pass percentage offense. Obviously, he would not have gotten that in Los Angeles. Elway and Al would have been at each others throats. Al probably would have tried to pull a Marcus on Elway. In fact, anyone who knows Al Davis and the Raiders knows for a fact that’s how it would have wound up.

    You guys are in fantasy land.

  • 909raiderlifer

    Check this one..


    Stuff you probably knew, but a good read nonetheless..

  • martial faulk is doing the commentary along with bret farve for madden 09


  • MR

    Hey, you guys think Elway regrets not going to the Raiders? HA HA HA!!!!

  • MR

    Bleacher report is a fan blog. Most of you are actually smarter than the idiots who post there…so that tells you how seriously bleacherreport should be taken.

  • Well this Wesley signing is all about nothing. The guy is a long shot to make the team and if he does it’ll be as a benchwarmer.

    as for the Yahoo! owners rankings, K-Rock was quick to take us down memory lane and mention Al’s 3 SB titles between 1977 and 1983. It doesn’t matter. Read what was said. The “once great” owner is past his prime and appears to be past his effective age.

    Yahoo is ranking the CURRENT owners. They acknowledge he WAS great. WAS is the operative word. I’m surprised he was only second to last. K-Rock’s reasoning only reinforces the arguement that Al is out of touch. How do you go from being so good to being sooo bad under the same owner? The only possible answer is Al has lost it.

    Pittsburg, Green Bay, Dallas all have gone from powerhouse to doghouse and back to powerhouse in Al’s tenure. How? They not only cut players who were past their prime and brought in youth, they also cut loose management that was living in the past.

    Al Davis is an ownership Brett Favre. The more he tries to make one last boost to his legacy, the more he tarnishs it. Al would have far more respect and success if he showed the wisdom to get out of the way.

  • MR

    There is not a more comforting, relieving, life affirming thought that passes through John Elways’ mind today than that of him winding up in Denver and not Los Angeles. There’s no bigger bullet that he’s dodged in his life.