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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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  • La Milicia Negra

    COW…

    and add Robert Royal as TE2…

  • http://www.pillpopper.com Norco Bob

    This big press conference in DC for haynesworth,..what a joke,..dont they realize how stupid they are garunteeing that lazy guy all that bread?…from this day forward he will try less and less,..Snyders an idiot….and Halls deal is even worse.

  • http://InsideOaklandRaiders CJ Legend 34

    Man that would be crazy to get rid of Bush.
    This guy runs over Tamapabay for 177 yards with nothing on the line and Al or Cable or the franchise has a chip on ther shoulder because he said I am not a fullback???? Daaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!! He was right he ain’t a fullback and he proved it. If the franchise can’t get over that they are crazy. Bush is the most valuable weapon on our team. He is going to be a better back then McFadden before it is all over. Fargas runs hard blah, blah, blah, but he can’t compare to Bush. This has to be rumors because it is so stupid!!! Who trades theri best players in their prime production years on the cheap of a contract?

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    LA to TheBay

    I would like to see Bush as the starting RB for the Raiders next year. With Dmac Spotting him there and lining up all over the field as the homerun player.

  • Swissraider

    With tackle Jon Stinchcomb now on the market, the New Orleans Saints are lining up possible replacements.

    Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com reports that free-agent Jaguars tackle Khalif Barnes will be visiting the Saints.

    Barnes started all 16 games at left tackle in 2009, after winning the job in training camp.

    He can play left tackle or right tackle, and he also is drawing interest from the Raiders and the Buccaneers.

  • http://www.dontbotherresponding.com Bo Schembechler Jackson

    What the fargas is the story with Jon Condo? I wake up this morning to check the Raider news, and his name was not what I wanted to read. Can’t we just teach Morris to long snap instead of wasting a spot on Condo? Do all teams carry a dedicated long snapper? I know the position needs to be more mobile than a regular center, but CMON, can’t someone perform that job and have some other value too?

  • RaiderTay

    Dawkins is a probowl bruiser who doesnt miss many tackles. He is also a spiritual leader of a team. His presence lifts the play of everyone else on the defense (ala Ray Lewis)

  • http://www.dontbotherresponding.com Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Jon Condo reminds me of Jack Haley, the useless white guy the Lakers kept to keep Rodman sastified. Is Condo just Lechler’s errand boy? WTF?

  • http://www.pillpopper.com Norco Bob

    RaiderTay,…lol…spiritual leader…lmao.

  • http://sharks.nhl.com/index.html 408RAIDER(GO SHARKS & FREE DIRTY)

    they better not get rid of my boy Bush!!!

  • http://www.pillpopper.com Norco Bob

    Brian Dawkins is no longer in Philly for a reason,..hes old and washed up. Best news for Raiders so far today is that bums in Denver.

  • http://www.dontbotherresponding.com Bo Schembechler Jackson

    I think Jerry plays golf every afternoon…where’s our FIX Jerry McBlogald?!!

  • TOO MANY DIX ON THE DANCEFLOOR

    TOO MANY DIX!

  • LAto theBay

    In his defense, Jerry’s probably burning up the phone lines right now, looking for recent moves.

    Or waiting for PFT to load.

    Either or.

  • RaiderDogg

    Khalif Barnes to Visit the Bayou
    Friday, February 27, 2009
    Posted By Mike Florio 5:15 PM
    With tackle Jon Stinchcomb now on the market, the New Orleans Saints are lining up possible replacements.

    Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com reports that free-agent Jaguars tackle Khalif Barnes will be visiting the Saints.

    Barnes started all 16 games at left tackle in 2009, after winning the job in training camp.

    He can play left tackle or right tackle, and he also is drawing interest from the Raiders and the Buccaneers.
    ——————————
    Is this our future LT or RT?

  • RaiderDK

    Keep bush as no. 2 RB…

  • RaiderTay

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

    Yea Jerry your website is the slowest. GIVE US SOME NEWS ALREADY!!

  • Lyle Alzados Grave

    Omraam Aivanhov Quotes – Famous Bulgarian philosopher, mystic and spiritual leader.
    Amma Quotes – Famous spiritual and humanitian leader from India.
    Sri Aurobindo Quotes – Famous Indian mystic, philosopher, guru and yogi.
    Báb Quotes – Spiritual leader who was the founder of Bábism.
    Sai Baba of Shirdi Quotes – Indian yogi, guru and fakir.
    Pope Benedict XVI Quotes – Famous spiritual quote by the German born Pope in Italy.
    Annie Besant Quotes – Famous women’s rights activist, writer and Theosophist.
    Shmuley Boteach Quotes – Famous American Orthodox rabbi and TV host.
    Buddha Quotes – Enlightened being and founder of Buddhism.
    Confucius Quotes – Famous Chinese philosopher

    Sorry Raider Tay I just dont see Dawkins on the list

  • La Milicia Negra

    # Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    February 27th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    What the fargas is the story with Jon Condo? I wake up this morning to check the Raider news, and his name was not what I wanted to read. Can’t we just teach Morris to long snap instead of wasting a spot on Condo? Do all teams carry a dedicated long snapper? I know the position needs to be more mobile than a regular center, but CMON, can’t someone perform that job and have some other value too?
    ___________________________________________________

    yeah in fact most do, and they are usually cherished highly! maybe not in doe, but in gratification..

    Stealers would have been out of the PO and not even had won the game, hadnt they got a new LS, when their went down, they lost a major game, only due to the loss of the snapper..

    Furthermore, we wouldnt have won the game over JETS if it hasnt been for Condos fantastic snap, right in the arms to Alston, that then did a marvelous job to run the ball, Ive seen that play ~10 times, maybe more, and it never works, mostly because the snap is bad…

    Condo is very important!

  • Free Agency

    This is how you can get PFT right now.

    http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/real_scouts/

  • RaiderTay

    Pats receiver Jabar Gaffney and former Dolphins safety Renaldo Hill signed with the Broncos on Friday.

  • http://. Coach on Wheels

    We need to build through the draft BUT we will have so sign some free agents. It is a fact of numbers -

    RT – C Green (need a starter)
    RG – empty (need a starter)
    C – empty (need a starter)
    WR – ???
    DT – Sands (need a starter)
    DE – need a starter (per Cable)
    SS – empty (need a starter)
    FS – Eugene (upgrade?)

    We could use 7 starter-quality players even if you say we are set at WR or FS. ONLY ONE ROOKIE DRAFT PICK STARTED 16 GAMES in the last two years (Miller). If we’re incredibly lucky we will land 1-2 rookies ready to start.

    We don’t need to overspend in FA but Morris at Center, Green at RT and who, injured McQ at RG is not the way to help JR or DMAC. A veteran C would be great. The offensive line took a step back last year after Newberry left. They need a leader.

  • RaiderDogg

    The Titans must have serious doubts about VY if they are going to throw that kind of money at Collins.

  • Dakota

    LAto theBay Says:
    February 27th, 2009 at 2:09 pm
    Whats the deal, Jerry, lets get some news.

    –”A deal between the Rams and C/G Jason Brown is reportedly “imminent.” No other details are available. We had Brown ranked as the number two overall free agent available, so clearly we think it’s a great potential move. Especially for Steven Jackson.”—

    Grove Time.
    ___________________

    That is a report from early today…yet no siging has happened…there is still hope.

  • La Milicia Negra

    # La Milicia Negra Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    February 27th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    BSJ..

    here can you see how specialized the LS is, when Steelers LS went down they had to go shopping, no-one on their team was able to do the service, demanded…

    chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-28-haugh-super-bowljan28,0,239508.column

    sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?id=3676016&section=nfl

    _____________________________________________________

    let me try it like this then…

  • Nnamdi21

    RaiderTay Says:
    February 27th, 2009 at 2:35 pm
    Pats receiver Jabar Gaffney and former Dolphins safety Renaldo Hill signed with the Broncos on Friday.

    ====================================

    Both declining.

    What worries me is Brian Dawkins visits Monday I think.

    A better player, leader and human you will not find.

    Loves the character Wolverine and plays like him.

    I’m sure there are pictures of Dawkins in all manner of flying super hero comic book poses on and off the field.

    This guys still got a few more seasons of gas in the tank and is a serious baller.

    May not be worth what he may ask.

    Not sure about Williams from Dallas either.

    Some guys out there though in FA.

    Don’t know enough about them to say either way. Hope we get someone good…for a change.

    Jayzuz, has it been since Stacy Toran that we’ve had anybody good back there?

    Tyvon’s a gamble, he needs time to develop, but hisspeed truly is impressive. He literally looks launched when rushing the passer.

    Bigger hitter, questionable instincts and took bad angles a time or two.

    Hopefully exeperience will forge him into a destructive, violent force in the Raider secondary…

  • 909raiderlifer

    The Raiders are still negotiating with, Jake Grove, Drew Carter, Isaiah Ekejiuba and, wait for it………… Ashlie Lelie. per, David White.

  • LAto theBay

    Jason Brown,
    We have more upside then StL, better weather, and Al will pay you way more than you’re worth.

  • La Milicia Negra

    —”Broncos signed S Renaldo Hill to a four-year, $10 million contract. It’s identical to Jabar Gaffney’s deal. If the Brian Dawkins report is true, the Broncos now have two veteran starters at safety as they rebuild their defense on the fly. Hill will play center field while Dawkins plays up against the run.”—

    so thats, Dawkins, Hill, Gafney, JJ Arrington, Buckholter, just today?

  • RaiderTay

    Yea Namndi. Im a big Brian Dawkins fans. I love the way that guy plays the game. He leaves it all out there on the field and could care less about his body. He may onlu have 2 good years left, but its going to suck watching him on the Broncos.

  • Dakota

    My fear is that the Jason Brown front got quiet all of the sudden after it looks like Scott is going to NY…might mean Brown is going back to Baltimore. They wouldn’t be able to justify to their fans losing Scott, Lewis and Brown.

  • LAto theBay

    Ashley Lelie?

    Hes the worst pro football wide receiver with a girly name that ever lived.

    Maybe if we chaned his name to Tank or Killer, he’d go up the middle.

    Killer Lelie.

  • 909raiderlifer

    …”Or waiting for pft to load”….LOL….

  • Nnamdi21

    RaiderDogg Says:
    February 27th, 2009 at 2:35 pm
    The Titans must have serious doubts about VY if they are going to throw that kind of money at Collins.

    =====================================

    Bingo.

    Like the Vikes signing Sage Rosenfeld. What does it say about Tavaris Jackson?

    Throw Alex Smith in the mix and you’ve got some young project guys that could come cheaper in the next season or two.

    Bad news for Jeff Garcia.

    Crazy…

  • La Milicia Negra

    # 909raiderlifer Says:
    February 27th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    The Raiders are still negotiating with, Jake Grove, Drew Carter, Isaiah Ekejiuba and, wait for it………… Ashlie Lelie. per, David White.
    ______________________________________________________

    WTF, we now one speed, thats slow!

    thats it, I better put on a movie!

  • http://www.pillpopper.com Norco Bob

    Mike Lombardi is a major tool,…comes off like a scorned woman,..snivlin on nfl network with those other losers,..he cant land a gig with an nfl team so whines on tv.

  • http://. Coach on Wheels

    CUT JERRY SOME SLACK

    yeesh. If Jerry doesn’t post anything people scream. If he posts rumors an nuggets and analysis people scream (usually if they don’t like the rumor or analysis).

    Guess what geniuses? If Jerry only posts official news you wouldn’t know CJ had been re-signed! In the off season it is 99% rumors followed by a one line Transaction report – CB N Asomough Oakland (re-signed)

    Hope you post dumba$$ comments on pft. After all, they pass along rumors like this all day every day.

    whiners

  • Nnamdi21

    Forgot about Vick.

    He’ll likely want to throw his hat in the QB ring.

  • http://www.pillpopper.com Norco Bob

    RaiderTay you should change name to RaiderGay,…Dawkins is a bum, guess you can relate to that.

  • Dakota

    Looks like Scott’s tactics worked, he got an additional year out of the Jets…6 years $48 mil.

  • RaiderTay

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

    I dont blame him your money goes a long way down South. Especially compared to the Bay.

  • Nnamdi21

    Norco Bob Says:
    February 27th, 2009 at 2:48 pm
    Mike Lombardi is a major tool,…comes off like a scorned woman,..snivlin on nfl network with those other losers,..he cant land a gig with an nfl team so whines on tv.

    =======================================

    Agreed.

    He’s laid off the Raider bashing a little more lately. he was bad at the beginning of the season last year, who can blame him. With Kiffin, Hall and Walker it was a joke.

    Still, your dead on with your evalution there mister…

  • RaiderTay

    I was looking at an Eagles blog they are royally pissed about Dawkins.

  • Nnamdi21

    RaiderTay Says:
    February 27th, 2009 at 2:46 pm
    Yea Namndi. Im a big Brian Dawkins fans. I love the way that guy plays the game. He leaves it all out there on the field and could care less about his body. He may onlu have 2 good years left, but its going to suck watching him on the Broncos.

    =======================================

    Violent game changer.

    Talk about motivation. High motor doesn’t cover it.

    Thats the type of guy you want to play with. Positive reinforcement and a leader by example.

    Tons of experience and starts.

    Not sure if he’s a Raider guy. probably not for what ever reason. May like Branch, may not want to pay that much.

    Never know, but Denver actually missed Lynch.

    Theyy’ll pay him.

  • http://sharks.nhl.com/index.html 408RAIDER(GO SHARKS & FREE DIRTY)

    Sup LMN???

  • LAto theBay

    COW

    You’re right, we can be @$$holes here sometimes.

    Jerry does us a sevice quite often, and this is easily the best Raiders blog on the net.

    That being said, he needs to prove me right and post something.

  • Nnamdi21

    RaiderTay Says:
    February 27th, 2009 at 2:52 pm
    I was looking at an Eagles blog they are royally pissed about Dawkins

    ========================================

    Yeah, he’s a fixture.

    But, they let Reggie get away too…

    Looks like Philly Safety Sean Considine may have a little more leverage. He’s an FA too…

  • http://www.pillpopper.com Norco Bob

    Once again, no free agent signings is great news…only deal they should make is making a trade for Rogers…wants out of Cleveland.

  • vegas raider

    Dawkins instantly helps the Broncos D. Of course anybody with the ability to tackle, even just a little bit, would help that porous defense.

  • http://www.pillpopper.com Norco Bob

    RaiderTay Im not surprised you know of a great gardening blog!! lmao