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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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  • Dirty Raccoon

    If we trade Bush, I am out!!

    No j/k, I would be bumed though! He looked like the real deal, as a 1stand 3rd down back.

  • RaiderTay

    Here you go Norco: b!tchesthatgarden.com

    Knock your self out. You must be a troll MR anyone??

  • Nnamdi21

    297. With out a doubt.

    Jerry doesn’t post stuff with out thinking.

    Kind of old school.

    His live chat stuff is gold.

    Very lucky we are…especially considering where the media is headed under Repulican corporations.

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

    Lol,..hey RaiderTay its ok you hang in garden blogs,..lol,..not judging,…lol.

  • Dakota

    2008 continues to haunt us…

    all this dead cap space and suffocating deals like Walker’s, Sands’ and Kelly’s are really hurting us this year when there are a few actual decent free agents to sign.

    You can’t tell me if Al had the money he wouldn’t have gone after Haynesworth/Scott/Lewis/Brown

    You better nail it next year Al!

  • Dakota

    sorry, should not have included Sands’ deal in there…replace Sands with Farglass.

  • Mad Road Dog

    If you can get two first rounds picks for Bush then the trade is smart otherwise lets not be stupid.

  • Nnamdi21

    Norco Bob Says:
    February 27th, 2009 at 2:57 pm
    Once again, no free agent signings is great news…only deal they should make is making a trade for Rogers…wants out of Cleveland

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

    Detroit got CB Leigh Bodden and a 3rd rounder for him. Bodden was a 3 yr starter with 6 yrs in the League.

    Pro Bowler but kind of has some issues I think I remember hearing…

    Wants out fo Cleveland already…

    Pro Bowler in 09′ and with Haynesworth’s $100 million dollar deal may want big bucks, no whammies…

    Big time production last few yrs though…

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

    road dog,..um,…did you say 2 first round picks?…for bush?…ah heck, I think its time for me to join road dog in getting high,..have a few beers too,..good idea road daog,..time to get loaded.

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

    Nhambdi Im blaming the Norco,..took too many today,..thanks for the heads up bro. :)

  • Free Agency

    per pft

    Marvel Smith drawing interest
    Friday, February 27, 2009
    Posted By Albert Breer 5:59 PM
    A few days back, Steelers left tackle Marvel Smith swore to me that he’ll be back to full strength — following two back surgeries in as many years — in about a month’s time.

    The Raiders and Ravens appear ready to check it out.

    Both teams have demonstrated early interest in the former Pittsburgh Pro Bowler, who missed the final 11 weeks of the regular season and the playoffs this year after injuring a disc. Still just 30, Smith says that the problems, finally, have been alleviated.

    He injured a disc on his right side in 2007, and says by playing through that, and compensating for weakness that led to numbness in his leg, he developed the injury that firebombed his 2008 campaign. The two surgeries, he maintains, have taken care of the issue.

    “I’m doing everything possible to deal with the situation I’m in,” he said Wednesday. “This will be my 10th year, and it’s obvious what I can do on the field. I can do anything they want me to do, and going through this situation, I hope, will be a benefit to me as a player.

  • Deangelo Hall

    In my exit interview Al Davis told me he was cutting me so they could fix the offensive line! That lying mother fcuker!

  • Nnamdi21

    Heres the deal on Bush.

    Needs to work on protection. Other than that, the kid knows football. Been playing all his life, many positions too.

    Catches really well, fumbles sometimes…has the best field vision of anyone currently on the roster, Makes intelligent reads when reading blocks and defenders angles.

    Extends runs and has speed to break them too.

    Deceptive all around.

    Doesn’t look that powerful, doesn’t lok that fast. but breaks / slips takles and almost never tackled for a loss. Falls forward for more yards at end of plays.

    Skill? Check.

    Power? Check

    Hands? Check

    Speed? Check

    Under used last year big time. Might’ve had to do with his attitude.

    Same thing with trade talk if theres a grain of truth there.

    Hope not…

    The kids a weapon waiting to happen.

    No lie…

  • LAto theBay

    313

    good assessment.

  • Dakota

    Marvel Smith? Great, another IR player for big big money! Way to learn your lesson Al, lol. What is next? Are you going to contact the agent for that Jag that got his legs cut off after being shot?

    Fuk

  • Nnamdi21

    Deangelo Hall Says:
    February 27th, 2009 at 3:13 pm
    In my exit interview Al Davis told me he was cutting me so they could fix the offensive line! That lying mother fcuker!

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

    Shut up Hall!

    You got payed TWICE in two years!

    Now you can rob the Redskins.

    Lookin’ for O line in the draft mutha facku!

    Peace Hall and btw, man coverage is not your thing

  • Nnamdi21

    314. F’in A.

    Really exciting mang.

    We end up with a solid line man with the 2nd pick like Duke Robinson or Alex Mack (if he’s there) and we could have an even more impressive running game…

  • Nnamdi21

    310. Ease up there Bob! Gotta be careful with those meds!~

    Peace owt,

    enjoy the day!

  • NCRaiderFan

    Shopping Bush? Perfect another stupid friggin move by al

  • Dakota

    Al likes to wait for the third tier free agents to emerge…and then he will give them first tier deals.

  • S&B (Keep Michael Bush @ RB)

    Post 313,

    This clip from NFLN is almost verbatim your assessment of Michael Bush. Again, I implore everyone to watch the highlights of his game against Tampa and then ask yourself if you still want to trade him! Also ask, could you see Fargas doing the samething. Notice Bush inside the 10 yrd line too.

    Listen to the commentators at 1:10 and throughout the clip. The metaphors they use is great!

    http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d80db1052

  • Dakota

    I just read this in one of Nostradamus’ books:

    Quatrain #65666235

    The dying emperor will trade a bush for little and his last years will be filled with regret. Great changes will occur in the empire with the emperor lashing out at those that did not prevent him from doing so, as was once with moss, again it is with bush. Those of the cable shall suffer greatly, though it be no fault of their own.

  • S&B (Keep Michael Bush @ RB)

    “He’s taken this game by the throat and squeezed”

    “there he goes! Look at this run, chased by Barber, chased by Buchanaon and he’s in for the touchdown, a 67 yard sprint AND THE RAIDERS HAVE RECAPTURED THE LEAD!” as the Raiders take the lead with 7 minutes left in the 4TH QUARTER!!!!

    http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d80db1052

  • 909raiderlifer

    Al, should be getting in to the office any time now, at 3:30 p.m. local time.

    Go get ‘em, Al….

  • True Blue Fader Hater

    S&B (Keep Michael Bush @ RB) Says:
    February 27th, 2009 at 3:29 pm
    “He’s taken this game by the throat and squeezed”

    “there he goes! Look at this run, chased by Barber, chased by Buchanaon and he’s in for the touchdown, a 67 yard sprint AND THE RAIDERS HAVE RECAPTURED THE LEAD!” as the Raiders take the lead with 7 minutes left in the 4TH QUARTER!!!!

    http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d80db1052

    My take: it was nothing but a fluke. Lighting will not strike twice.

  • inonewordraider

    L Coles, Ochocinco, and Boldin worth exploring at receiver along w/ LB’s, OLineman, and Safeties. It’s true we can’t fix everything w/ the draft but at this point with a respected coach, young/improving/healthier players, and a couple of promoted players (C Johnson M Henderson) we start off this year much improved without having yet drafted @ #7.

  • LAto theBay

    Ya, Bush is a real beast.

    He’s deceptively quick, and his legs never stop moving.

  • Dirty Raccoon

    I heard Sands punched Bush too.

  • Dirty Raccoon

    TBFH, u on PD time?

  • S&B (Keep Michael Bush @ RB)

    I couldn’t find any highlights of Sands/Warren or Kelly

  • LAto theBay

    S&B (Keep Michael Bush @ RB) Says:
    February 27th, 2009 at 3:35 pm
    I couldn’t find any highlights of Sands/Warren or Kelly

    Bet you could find a pic of them laughing all the way to the bank….

  • Dirty Raccoon

    Which RB would you rather have right now as all things stand, LT, or Bush?????????????

  • Dakota

    Well, at least we didn’t sign Jerry Porter or Jake Grove today!!!

  • Dirty Raccoon

    Trade McFadden! Keep Bush.

  • Silver&BlackBleeder (in Cali by way of Louisville, KY-home of M.Bush)

    Keep BUSH.

    Nuff Said

  • Lyle Alzados Grave

    S&b How many times are you going to post that clip Its like you discovered the Holy Grail or something ITS ONLY ONE CLIP FOR CHRISTS SAKE D builds championships

  • Dirty Raccoon

    Did Kelly OD with Bob?

  • LAto theBay

    I will be riducled, perhaps, but I say Bush.

    Hes unproven, and had a “sh:tty” attitude about playing out of position at FB, but

    has more years ahead of him and we get him at a 10th of the price tag.

  • S&B (Keep Michael Bush @ RB)

    Lyle Alzados Grave Says:
    February 27th, 2009 at 3:39 pm
    S&b How many times are you going to post that clip Its like you discovered the Holy Grail or something ITS ONLY ONE CLIP FOR CHRISTS SAKE D builds championships
    ======================================================
    There’s more! DMAC in wildcat hand off to Bush up the middle. Should have ran that more often. Defense had to protect the edge with DMAC and got punished up the middle

    http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d80b03fde

    “He’s taken this game by the throat and squeezed”

  • LAto theBay

    Although the prospect of the Raider Killer running up and down all over SD in Silver & Black is an intriguing possibility….

  • S&B (Keep Michael Bush @ RB)

    Lyle Alzados Grave Says:
    February 27th, 2009 at 3:39 pm
    S&b How many times are you going to post that clip Its like you discovered the Holy Grail or something ITS ONLY ONE CLIP FOR CHRISTS SAKE D builds championships
    ======================================================
    I agree about the defense. I’ve taken a break from my Raji advocacy.

  • Huff24

    What kills me is that Al Davis could have held back from paying all that money to the players we did last year who weren’t worth the money and used that money during this off-season where there is so much more talent. Frustrating.

    Ricky Brown at $1.5 Mil? PPpfffff

  • LAto theBay

    Lyle Alzados Grave

    I agree completely about how vital to success defense is, but who says we use that pick on defense?

    Maybe Al uses it on a running back to replace the one he just let go of.

    Or he does use the pick on D…..like a DB?

    Bush has skill and gas in the tank. You just don’t get rid of guys like that unless hes a detriment.

    So what he didn’t wanna play fullback? He doesn’t know the position, even if it is similar. Involves blocking, and little to no carrying.

    Bush not so good at blocking, pretty damn good at carrying.

    Jamarcus is a big dude, maybe we’ll try him at DE when Burgess gets injured.

  • vegas raider

    When I watch those clips I see some tough running from Bush, why would you want to trade this guy AL??

    I also see the O-line dominating. On the long TD run, Henderson blocks two guys, more like gets in the way but hey it works, and Gallery just blowing up the LB. The later carries he is running through huge holes.

  • Dirty Raccoon

    OK then, D-mac or LT?

  • LAto theBay

    LT

    His all-around game is better, and he can carry the ball 200+ times.

    But tough call. DMC WILL be very good in this league, I bet.

  • Dirty Raccoon

    Ok then, TRADE D-Mac! Free up the cap, and draft Benny Wells!!!

  • Dirty Raccoon

    Benny Wells at #7

  • Dirty Raccoon

    This would not be an issue if we had done the right thing and drafted Rayn Claddy last year!!! Our Run game would be better, and our pass game would be better with Clady on the blind side, and Bush out in the flat!!

  • LAto theBay

    no