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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.

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  • NoLuv4Hoes

    go buy your Wesley jerseys while they last.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Old people think they know it all, bless em.
    At one time maybe they did. But times change. Life is change.

  • http://none MR

    Preach, C.O.W. (pun re: K Rock being a pastor very much intended)

  • Johnny Rebel

    MR you are the one who earlier said the Raiders invented the wc offense and Walsh stold it. Get your stories straight and just maybe, highly doubtful, someone will take you seriously, until then stfu. Elway would have easily elevated the Raiders to the Superbowl. Its just another example of your pathetic spin on reality. Go phone M. Lombardi and Shell to run your moronic fantasy teams. Your flip flopping reminds me of Obama, oh I forgot you are in bed with him too.

  • 909raiderlifer
  • http://none MR

    Another thing for people to remember is that these writers know that Jon Gruden built the most recent Raiders conference championship team. These guys have better sources than Raiders.com and blog dwellers like “Bob Marley”. So in case you’re wondering why Yahoo.sports didn’t factor in 2000-2002, it’s because Al had very little to do with it, other than hiring Gruden. And when you consider what he wound up doing with Gruden, and how it cost him both on the field and off, it nullifies whatever good came out of that era. It’s just another testament to how much Al has lost it. I agree with Coach. I can’t believe Al was ranked as high as he was.

  • Thec

    Coach on Wheels = Voice of reason.

    Coach what is up sir? good to see you alive and active.

    NATION what is up?

  • http://none MR

    Rebel, I said that Stabler “practically” invented what the Niners used in the ’80s. I specifically said Stabler. Al Davis? Stabler had Al Davis on IGNORE his entire career in Oakland. Al always badgered Snake to force the deep ball, according to Snake, in his book. Snake would just “yes” him and do what he wanted, instead. That’s how we win. When we have people with enough will to simply run the team under Al’s nose, their way.

  • Johnny Rebel

    Elway 13-16 versus the Raiders lifetime.

  • La Milicia Negra

    Hi fellas!

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    My goodness C.O.W, what a bummer article. It’s what I’ve been saying all along though.

  • Johnny Rebel

    Madden called the plays not Stabler, keep spinning your myths MR. Back to Gruden again I see, more b.s. You can cover your azz but its your face thats doing all the stinking. Keep trying MR we are enjoying your stupid posts. I bet you were abused as a kid, which anyone in their right mind would consider a good thing for you.

  • raiderjay

    I wish all the writers would quit quoting Mike Lombardi. He doesn’t provide insight, he provides revengeful hatred. He is despicable, what he did to leak info while employed by the Raiders was atrocious. He doesn’t know the meaning of the word loyalty. The article he wrote two weeks ago for SI was a thinly veiled attempt to slam the Raiders again. For him to say Kiffin can’t call a game because he called a run on a 3rd and 2 in KC in week whatever was ignorant and childish. I won’t read him again and hate to see his quotes in places like this.

  • http://none MR

    Rebel, Madden has said repeatedly that Stabler calls his own plays. Do you know anything about the Raiders? Other than the mythological B.S. the team spews anymore?

  • Johnny Rebel

    Stabler used what is called an audible MR.

  • http://none MR

    “Those were great times,” he said. “Quarterbacks called the plays in those days, and John basically just threw the playbook at me at the start of the week and said, ‘Pick out what you want.’

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/06/05/SPGPKD3F5S1.DTL

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com SilverNblack666

    NIce post and nice read.

    “The fact that the Raiders aren’t a team to air their dirty laundry in public has apparently given the hacks out there the green light to embellish things to their little hearts’ content”

    This is exactly what I have been saying in this forum for years about nancy gay, ann killion, monte poole etc.

  • 909raiderlifer

    Mike Lombardi: ” A modest little person, with so much to be modest about.”–Winston Churchill

  • http://none MR

    Rebel, again, do you know anything about the Raiders? Haven’t you ever read Snake’s book? It’s one of the best books ever written about the Raiders, a sentiment shared by both Davis kool aid drinkers and realistic critics, alike. Snake says repeatedly that he called his own plays, in his book. Madden has said so repeatedly. Have you ever read anything about the Raiders other than the fairy tales from Raiders.com?

  • http://none MR

    Again, rebel.

    This is a direct quote from the Snake:

    “Those were great times,” he said. “Quarterbacks called the plays in those days, and John basically just threw the playbook at me at the start of the week and said, ‘Pick out what you want.’

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/06/05/SPGPKD3F5S1.DTL

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com SilverNblack666

    “As for Nancy Gay, she is to the Raiders what Alanis Morrisette is to men”

    How does this guy do it? He nails it every time I swear I have said these things in here many times.

    Bleacher Report RULES!!!!

  • Thec

    Kenny “The Snake” Stabler, my all time favorite QB

  • http://none MR

    See you guys tonight.

    Johnny Rebel, seriously, study some other sources on the Raiders than just Raider press releases. Ken Stabler and John Madden are not conspiring Al bashers. They’ve both written great books on the Raiders, and have both said that Stabler called his own plays when he was here. This is practically common knowledge. You have to be 10 years old to not know this.

    You really got owned today for jumping the gun on something you obviously know nothing about.

    See you tonight, dude.

  • Raider Dell

    Thec

    What’s up my main man!!

    Football is ready to start.

  • Thec

    Dell,

    What up Brother….? Waiting for some info, stoked about the NATION in general.

  • Raider Dell

    SNB666

    My Raider brother, holding down the poisonous writers we all know to be snakes, liars. and above all else, have very little football knowledge.

  • Johnny Rebel

    Good I am glad you said it, Stabler had a playbook to follow, he did not just make up plays on the field you idiot.

  • Raider Dell

    Thec

    Did you get your tickets to Raiders vs SD at Qualcomm?

  • vegas raider

    So Mr. lets get this straight, AD deserves no credit for 00-02 because it was mostly all Gruden’s doing. Fine. But who hired that young kid who had never had a head coaching job at any level?? Does he deserve credit for that or did Gruden hire himself?

  • Thec

    I am waiting on some friends to decide but i will be at the game they eliminated the 3 game purchase rule.

  • lefty 12

    Stabler called the plays during the game.a game plan was made beforehand,then the QB ran the show,not like today when the coaches call the plays and the QBs run them.

  • vegas raider

    By the way, Raiders are 2 point underdogs opening night? There is an old saying in Vegas “home dogs cover”. Let’s hope they don’t lose by a point

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com SilverNblack666

    Dell did you read that article it was great!!!

  • Raider Dell

    As we continue to work our way out of the NFL’s basement, we find ourselves stumped.

    We’ve already taken care of the Falcons, Dolphins, and Chiefs, three teams that should abandon all hope as they enter the 2008 season.

    Now it’s getting tricky. The Rams were 3-13 in 2007, but if their offensive linemen can stay healthy, they will be a lot better this time around. The Jets were 4-12, and they have spent at least enough money to go 6-10, maybe 7-9. The Raiders were bad (as usual, of late), but they have improved the roster as well – even though they arguably overpaid tremendously for more than a few of them.

    So we put the names in a hat and pulled one out engaged in lengthy and careful discussions and deliberations, and we have decided that, of this trio, the team that deserves the No. 29 spot on the preseason power rankings is the (drum roll, please) Raiders.

    Remember, these rankings aren’t a prediction about how a team will finish, but only a snapshot of where they are right now. We think that the Raiders will improve as the season progresses, and that they could flirt with a .500 record.

    For now, though, the team is a bit of a mess. Rumors have flown about the status of head coach Lane Kiffin, who might be destined to be dumped after the season (if not sooner) regardless of how well things turn out this year. The ability of JaMarcus Russell to become a high-end quarterback is still in doubt, and it’s unknown whether rookie running back Darren McFadden will be the next Adrian Peterson . . . or the next Reggie Bush.

    Then there’s Javon Walker. As rumor has it, Raiders owner Al Davis thinks that Walker will be the key to the team’s fate in 2008. If that’s the case, Walker won’t be spraying champagne come February. (At least, not in a locker room.)

    On defense, the presence of DeAngelo Hall could be a force, if the defensive line can put some/any pressure on the quarterback. Gibril Wilson shores up the last line of defense. If Michael Huff finally can play like a top-ten draft pick, the secondary could be among the best in the league.

    Still, for now, there are too many negatives to ignore.

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Ok PFT is slowly starting to come around, it takes wins to be loved again. The day is here, today the change is starting.

  • Raider Dell

    SNB666

    I read the article, anybody that can write and places a smile on my face is alright by me.

  • Brown81

    Stabler always called his own plays. Back then, that’s how most teams did it. He and Madden would gameplan beforehand, but Stabler ran the show on the field. Everybody knows that.

  • Raider Dell

    Thec

    You have to go, we need all the Nation there to scream and yell.

  • 909raiderlifer

    Mike Florio, at pft.com. Has the Raiders ranked 29th. Ahead of the chefs, Dolphins and Falcons, respectfully.
    Idiot.

  • lefty 12

    not everybody!

  • Thec

    Dell my brother i will be there wearing my black fadden authentic.

    I will watch as the NATION ascends to its Birthright.

  • http://none MR

    Gruden is god.

  • lefty 12

    NFL network has us 27,i believe.until we show otherwise with some wins,that’s about right.

  • 909raiderlifer

    Dell… damn, beat me to it….lol…

  • Johnny Rebel

    Stabler had a list of plays to use just like in todays NFL. He did not just go out there and make up plays to run, he followed the script and changed it up when he had to. In almost all the crucial situations the coaches called the plays using a timeout to discuss what needed to be done or by platooning players in and out of the lineup. To say Stabler called all his own plays is stretching the truth like MR loves to do to try and validate his moronic points about Davis.

  • Raider Dell

    909raiderlifer

    I will never again post any article without you being the first to know.

    I love your moniker, pretty nice.

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    Friendly reminder of the events that lead to Rich Gannon becoming a Raider….from “the horse´s mouth”:

    Source: Jon Gruden´s Book, Do you Love Football? Winning with Heart, Passion and Not Much Sleep. September 2003.

    “Jeff George had an option in his contract after the ’98 season, and we didn’t pick it up, thus allowing him to become a free agent.

    There were a couple of other free-agent quarterbacks available whom we were interested in—Rich Gannon, who had been with the Chiefs, and Trent Green, who had been with the Redskins.

    The 1999 draft also was going to be a big one for quarterbacks with Tim Couch, Donovan McNabb, Akili Smith, Daunte Culpepper and Cade McNown expected to be first-round picks—which they were.

    Gannon was thirty-three years old and had kind of bounced around the league.

    But he had played well against the Raiders, and Al Davis and Bruce Allen wanted me to take a look at him.

    When I watched his game film, I saw a great athlete; he was always a threat to run the ball. I saw an accurate passer. The bottom line was that the guy was a winner.”

  • 909raiderlifer

    Dell…fair enough… lo..effin..l…

  • El Dirty

    LaMont is going to be a distraction as soon as he gets on that field. His lawyer will file a grievence and win the lock out judgement!

  • Thec

    New post

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Yahoo Sports Rates NFL Owners.

    31. Oakland Raiders, Al Davis

    Davis, 79, hasn’t just lost his fastball; the man has lost his changeup, and his metaphorical catcher keeps assuring him he’s better than Bob Gibson in his prime. The decline of a once-brilliant football mind would be sad if it weren’t so damaging, not to mention his behavior so nonsensical. Davis, after hiring 31-year-old Lane Kiffin as coach in January of ‘07, grew so disenchanted with him in less than a year that he drafted a resignation letter. But when Kiffin balked, Davis – in an apparent effort to save what a source says was $1.7 million – kept him around, albeit in emasculated fashion. Then, surrounded by yes men (along with top executive Amy Trask, who is smart enough to know better) and armed with the estimated $150 million he scored after selling 20 percent of the team to a trio of hedge-fund managers last fall, Davis went on a spending spree that baffled his peers, handing out huge bonuses for players like wideout Javon Walker, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly and cornerback DeAngelo Hall. Equally perplexing was the way he caved and gave a fair-market contract to No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell last September after the season had started, when the quarterback’s rookie year was essentially a washout. The Raiders, since their Super Bowl XXXVII defeat to the Bucs, are 19-61 over the past five seasons, the NFL’s worst record during that span. But in Davis’s distorted world, it’s always somebody else’s fault.