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Report: Bush being shopped

According to Pewterreport.com, the Raiders are shopping running back Michael Bush.

(Be patient with the link _ some web sites are moving extremely slow or shutting down because of heavy traffic.)

The Bucs, victims of a 177-yard rushing effort by Bush in the season finale, are said to be interested.

Got a call on this last night, asking about the possibility, and my response was that it seemed unlikely for the following reasons.

– Bush is a bargain, earning $460,000 this year and $550,000 in 2010. The Raiders like to think they got a first-round talent at a fourth-round price, and would be more likely to offload a higher-priced back such as Justin Fargas.

– The Raiders plan to run the ball as much or more than they did last year. They needed all three runners in 2008. No reason to think they won’t need them all in 2009.

– Darren McFadden was less than durable as a rookie. Could be a freak occurance, but you don’t know for sure until he carries 200-plus times and catches 60-plus passes in a 16-game season.

That makes Bush all the more valuable.

If you’re looking for reasons how a Bush deal could be possible, consider the following:

– When Bush was asked to put in some time at fullback because of injuries to Oren O’Neal and Justin Griffith, his response was less than enthusiastic.

He could have looked at it as a chance to broaden his game, catch some passes and maybe even have some plays put in to make his of his skills that went beyond blocking. Instead, he was resistant.

– At the press conference announcing the hire of Tom Cable, when owner Al Davis talked about the group of running backs, he talked about “four” quality runners.

That would indicate that he likes Louis Rankin. Enough to part with Bush? Seems unlikely.

– The Raiders are simply fishing and hope to reel in a big one. What if a team liked Bush enough to offer a first-round draft pick, or a high second?

If no offer were to surface, no big deal.

With the Raiders, you seldom rule out anything without careful consideration. As far as the possibility Bush is actually traded, let’s say I’m skeptical.

In other developments, a source close to guard Cooper Carlisle said he is lining up visits and will start in the south. Carlisle went to college in Florida.

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  • Huff24

    Trade McFadden? What the hell is wrong with everyone? You’ve all lost it.

  • Huff24

    Heres the thing…we will always have a hole somewhere on our time. No team is perfect and every team has their deficiencies. We could have done this and we could have done that but it really doesn’t make a difference.

  • http://more The Real TJ In Mountain View

    huff24..how about your hero 18 million guaranteed PPpfffff..i’ll take anybody over your hero..

  • Lyle Alzados Grave

    LA while I respect your opinion as well as all of the posters here Raider Tay,S@B ETC WE must draft D-Line How bout Orapko Raji is a bust waiting to happen Jenkins time in the 40 at the combine sucked The only offensive players we should consider in the top 10 is Crabtree and Smith Jason @ Andre Dont tell me about Andre leaving the combine He is a player the film dont lie SEC competition

  • Al Davis

    B-E-A-N-O…….I mean B-I-N-G-O That’s the plan! Beanie Welles RB THE Ohio State University with the 7th pick. I’ve been telling you ungrateful pukes that all along. About time one of you punks figured it out!

  • Huff24

    My hero?

  • Dirty Raccoon

    Oher at #7, Mack in the Second!!

    Trade d-mac for a stud RT, and 3rd pick.

    Use that pick on the biggest NT left!!

  • RaiderTay

    The Raiders have been linked to a few OL free agents. Atleast they are working the phones.

  • http://more The Real TJ In Mountain View

    huff24..why dont you change your moniker to schweigert..same results..

  • Demon Raider

    I think that it is very likely that Oakland will be able to sign both C Jaso Brown and G Brandon Moore…

  • Dirty Raccoon

    Al Davis Says:
    February 27th, 2009 at 3:58 pm
    B-E-A-N-O…….I mean B-I-N-G-O That’s the plan! Beanie Welles RB THE Ohio State University with the 7th pick. I’ve been telling you ungrateful pukes that all along. About time one of you punks figured it out!

    AL, you are one sly cat!! Ya got this one right!!

  • http://raiders It Was A Fumble

    I’m all in favor of trading Bush. If you take a closer look at the Tampa Bay game, which I’ve done multiple times, you’ll see that the preponderance of his runs were, for lack of a better term, lucky flukes. He probably should have been dropped for a loss on most of them. So yeah, I say trade him for whatever we can get.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    S&B

    Watched the clip you provided. Every one of those Runs were to the Right Side, that long TD behind Cornell Green.

    What does that tell ya?

  • http://www.nomowine.com Norco Bob

    Just like Jerry, i’m a tool

  • LAto theBay

    Lyle Alzados Grave

    We agree completely with regards to D. I’m just saying lets not get rid of our future star RB to do it.

    My short list for D is:
    Curry
    Orakpo
    Raji

    We’re suffering badly at NT, though. Tough call, but we can get Brace in 2nd. I like Orakpo quite a bit. Dude is crazy strong.

    Offense:
    Crabtree

  • http://www.nomowine.com Norco Bob

    I hate this blog! but I read it every day and beitch about it!

    what a joke I am

  • LAto theBay

    Oak,

    I don’t agree, Bush just keeps churning. Lot of power, deceptivley quick. If its a fluke, f*ck it. Lets make the OLine better and get a fluke every Sunday.

  • Huff24

    New Post!

  • MR.

    Al Davis isn’t stupid. Shoping Bush would defintely be a stupid move. We waited two years just to see whether could Bush play. Our wait has been rewarded-he can play. So can Fargas and so can McFadden.
    We have a really unusually powerful trio of running backs. A real strength that shouldn’t be diluted.
    Keep all three.

  • Demon Raider

    FA Targets…..

    C Jason Brown
    RG Brandon Moore
    DT Rocky Bernard
    MLB Eric Barton
    NT Grady Jackson
    WR Mike Furrey
    RG Derrick Dockery
    MLB Derrick Brooks
    FB Lorenzo Neal
    DT Tank Johnson
    LB Cato June
    RT Mark Tauscher
    LB Keith Brooking

    I’m not saying to sign all of these guys, but I would like for Oakland to at least go after ad sign a few of them….

  • Tecmo Bo

    Can’t see Bush getting moved. Maybe that TB game is what got Cable talking about incorporating more of the Power blocking in ’09, with Bush as the centerpiece?

  • theherbstwind

    Don’t trade Bush. He not only offers immediate insurance when McFadden or Fargas go down, but he should be starting… I like Fargas’ style; however, just as we saw last season, Bush will run them down and, then, unlike Fargas, outrun anyone in sight. Bush is a steal salary wise and will be just as, if not more, important to the ’09 offense as DMAC. Don’t trade Bush.

  • http://www.harddrivemag.com Big Raid

    CABLE, AL, GOD Please don’t Trade Michael Bush. Why give away The 2nd coming of Bo Jackson. Michael bush is not injury prone. Yes he had a terrible injury 2/3 years ago. Bush is not a fluke I can’t believe more people aren’t aware of what he can do. 6ft2in 245 4.5 40. Strong as a bull, really quick feet for a man his size, not a fumbler, don’t not get taken down by arm tackles and has much better vison than Fargas or Dmac, he’s a bigger version of DMac.
    I know the Raiders will brick this 1. I can feel it. I don’t blame him for not wanting to play fullback. Sure take 1 for the team and that might have hurt his stock when it comes to a question about Character. I don’t think they explained the roll of the fullback in the Raider Offense. Basically your the runner without a ball. I’m sure it had to do with his agent in his ear telling him not to get tagged as a fullback due to pay rate of a starting FB vs RB.
    Hopefully the raiders will realize they have a 24 yr old top 10 pick at running back. Nothing against any of the other backs it’s no secret I prefer Michael “The Turbocharged Hummer” Bush. To DMac and Fargas. I just think he is a the BEST back the raiders have. He proved it. He did the most with the least on that roster. Even had the longest TD run since like Wheatly..
    Regardless I’ll have a Michael Bush Jersey from whatever team he play for.

  • rebraider

    Keep the Three Headed Monster…

  • Pantie Raider

    I say get rid of Fargas he has had enough time to show something and he still sucks, Keep bush and D-Mack and find a legite blocking fullback so we can have that thunder and lightning type of running backs.

  • Pantie Raider

    Oh yeah and get someone for Jamarcus to throw 2

  • Pantie Raider

    I’m loving that clip S&B!

  • RAIDERNbroncoland

    The thing that I like about the clip S&B is that Bush does not congratulate the guy the brings him down. Watching the clip it makes you wonder what would have happened if Bush had been played his rookie year, who would the Raiders have taken with their first pick last year.

  • http://deleted ICEMAN COMETH

    The one free agent we nned now and could get really cheap and would help us out a great deal would be….wait for it….

    Lorenzo Neal….that Mo Fo can lay some blocks on some peeps

    As for everyone else you are talking about…fuk em

  • IAMRAIDER

    THIS WHOLE “BUSHTRADE ” RUMOR AINT EVEN A RUMOR!! IT IS “WISHFULL THINKING BY THE REST OF THE LEAGUE.
    THEY ALL ARE DROOLING AT THIS GUY. THEY EVEN GET GUYS LIKE
    ” THE JERRY MCDONALD ” TO REPEAT IT , IN THE HOPES OF GIVING IT CREDIBILTY ?? WOW !
    THE REST OF NFL IS STILL GETTING OVER BO JACKSON & ROCKET ISMAIL FOR A 4TH ROUNDER, AND THIS IS JUST ANOTHER IN THE LONG LINE OF
    ” AL DAVIS COUPS ” !!!.
    THAT ALL THE OTHER TEAMS ARE OBVIOUSLY STILL JEALOUS OVER .
    NOW BY CREATING THIS RUMOR THEY HOPE IT WILL UNSETTLE BUSH AND HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE TEAM,
    HE WANTS TO START @ HALFBACK, HE WANTS THE BALL 25 TIMES A GAME, AND THE NFL & JERRY MCDONALD ARE HOPING THAT HE RAISES ENUFF HELL WITH AL DAVIS IN THE OFF SEASON ON PLAYING TIME TO GET TRADED TO A TEAM LIKE PITTSBURGH OR NEW ENGLAND AND THEN TRY TO MAKE AL DAVIS LOOK STUPID AGAIN, LIKE THE MOSS TRADE, THE GABRIEL TRADE, THE MOSES, BRAYTON, RASHAD MOORE , FABIAN, DANNYCLARK, TOLLEFSON CUTS ETC !!
    NO QUESTION THIS IS WHAT IS GOING ON , AND I AM SURE BUSHS’ AGENT IS IN ” KAHOOTS ” WITH
    ” LOCAL RAIDER GUYS ” LIKE THE JERRY MCDONALD GUY , IN THE MEDIA TO HELP PERPETUATE THIS FRAUD !!!
    MIKE BUSH AINT GOIN NO WHERE JERRY OK !!!!!!!!

  • Oak14nd

    they be retarded if they trade bush they need to trade fargus and start bush and mcfadden.

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