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Barnes deal shows Cable-Davis on the same page

In contrast to the ugliness of the previous regime between owner and coach, this is how the relationship is supposed to work.

Tom Cable got what he wanted in left tackle Khalif Barnes, according to an ESPN report. Al Davis got what he wanted, waiting until contract terms were favorable on a player who has had some off-the-field issues.

Barnes reportedly signed a one-year contract, meaning if he puts a good season together, he can seek bigger money next year when he will still be only 27 years old. From the sounds of it, Davis did a good job selling Barnes on that notion.

Having Barnes aboard will also keep a fire under Mario Henderson, and also ideally move Cornell Green to the bench, the role he was supposed to have for two seasons.

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  • darkknight01

    JHill (Let the Young Guys Play) Says:
    March 16th, 2009 at 11:57 am
    Forgot about Coles to Cincy. Good call. Housh is the one guy I was talking about in Cincy, and Bowe is the one guy in KC. I don’t buy that Pioli/NE thing. They have Johnson and Vrabel at OLB already, why would they draft a 3rd guy? Why trade for Vrabel?

    How do we know what Pioli would do? He had a top 10 pick twice sense 2000, and last year there is no way they draft a WR with Moss and Welker on the squad. That’s like saying what Al wouldn’t do when we had these high picks the last 2 years. How many times did we hear about Marinovich as a reason Al wouldn’t take a QB with the #1 pick? And how about we won’t draft DMAC b/c Al doesn’t draft RBs in the first rnd?

    ^^^^^^
    Vrabel is on his last legs and Derrick Johnson has been a disappointment so far for them.

    Curry is a higher rated player at this time over Crabtree and does KC really want to give top 3 money to an injured Crabtree who didn’t do a full work out?

    Tough call….

  • blackdeath29

    live raiders chat going on right now at raiderbeat.com

  • DMunoz26

    KC already has Bowe, I don’t see them taking another WR when they have other more important needs.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Tough to do though since Cinncy has major offensive tackle problems as well and has not signed any OT in free agency so far I believe. They need to protect Palmer.

    ***

    exactly. They lost a starting OT last year Willie Anderson (Ravens) and another one this year Stacy Andrews (Eagles). Plus their defense stinks and they have a defensive minded HC. Crabs won’t be the pick. They drafted 2 WR’s on Day 1 last year and brought back Chris Henry.

  • Cho-Be

    Jerry please give us another blog

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kafv5YvlYo La Milicia Negra

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    Condo, 27, is unlikely to face competition for deep snapping duties in camp.
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    Raiders re-signed restricted free agent OLB Jon Alston to a one-year, $1.01 million contract.
    Blessed with top straight line speed but less than ideal size, Alston has found his niche on special teams. He’s unlikely to help much defensively.
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    Raiders re-signed DL William Joseph.
    Joseph, 30 in September, appeared in eight games last year and recorded eight tackles with no sacks. A former first-round pick from Miami (FL), “Willie Joe” has proven no less of a bust in Oakland than he did as a Giant.
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    Raiders re-signed restricted free agent LB Ricky Brown to a one-year, $1.545 million contract.
    Brown made six starts at strong-side linebacker before his 2008 season ended due to a groin injury. Ideally, he’ll be a backup/special teamer this year.
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    Raiders re-signed CB Justin Miller to a two-year contract.
    Miller, a sub-package corner with Pro Bowl-caliber return value, signed the deal weeks ago. Oakland is oddly not announcing transactions this spring.
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    The Miller deal, really pleases me! because its a 2 year deal, and the other 1 year deals is a sign of ’09 cap problems and a ’10 with no cap (as of now)

  • RaiderRockstar

    The Miller deal, really pleases me! because its a 2 year deal, and the other 1 year deals is a sign of ‘09 cap problems and a ‘10 with no cap (as of now)

    ***

    LMN: I agree. It’s Miller Time! (both on offense and ST)

  • Charlie

    More reasons why we will not draft a WR at #7

    Aside from the fact that no one is refuting my Ted Ginn,Calvin Johnson, Randy Moss arguments regarding how a WR IS MADE by the system, not the other way around.

    Michael Irvin was drafted in 1988 and in his first two seasons the Boys were 4-28.
    In 2006, the only WR taken in the first round was picked at #25. After the 2007 mess with Johnson and Ginn, a WR was not selected in the first round of the 2008 draft.

    The point should be obvious. WR should be the last piece of the puzzle. Good WR’s can be found later in the draft. We have other more pressing needs.

  • darkknight01

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 16th, 2009 at 12:10 pm
    Tough to do though since Cinncy has major offensive tackle problems as well and has not signed any OT in free agency so far I believe. They need to protect Palmer.

    ***

    exactly. They lost a starting OT last year Willie Anderson (Ravens) and another one this year Stacy Andrews (Eagles). Plus their defense stinks and they have a defensive minded HC. Crabs won’t be the pick. They drafted 2 WR’s on Day 1 last year and brought back Chris Henry.

    ^^^^^^^
    Yep! The Crabtree being injured and deciding to have surgery was the best possible outcome for the Raiders to have any shot at Crabtree at #7. If Crabtree was fully healthy and had a full workout, chances are he would not have a chance in heck to fall to #7.

    Now he has a very good chance…..

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kafv5YvlYo La Milicia Negra

    RRS

    Yihr!

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    # DMunoz26 Says:
    March 16th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    KC already has Bowe, I don’t see them taking another WR when they have other more important needs.
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    Shutup, Danny.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Crabtree will be there at #7 and Al Davis will take him unless we sign Marvin Harrison or Torry Holt in FA prior to the draft.

    I’d rather have Crabtree!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kafv5YvlYo La Milicia Negra

    Mark Sanchez’s offensive coordinator at USC, Steve Sarkisian, believes Sanchez is “extremely ready” to play in the NFL despite only having started for one college season.
    “He’s as ready as any quarterback we’ve had,” said Sarkisian, who also coached Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart. “There’s not a throw he can’t make. He’s got the ability to move in the pocket. He’s got a great understanding of the game…(and) all the intangibles to be a tremendous leader.”
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    Here is a prophecy… LOL

    Cutler is traded to Jets for a 1st and a 2nd.. Denver then trades up and picks Sanchez… meaning in my weird optimism we get Curry somehow =) LOL
    Believe!

  • Cho-Be

    TRADE THE PICK TO A TEAM WITH A LATE FIRST ROUND AND EARLY SECOND ROUND (if there is any)

    1st round: Alex Mack/Darrius Heyward-Bey

    2nd round: Hakeem Nicks/Max Unger

  • darkknight01

    Charlie Says:
    March 16th, 2009 at 12:18 pm
    More reasons why we will not draft a WR at #7

    Aside from the fact that no one is refuting my Ted Ginn,Calvin Johnson, Randy Moss arguments regarding how a WR IS MADE by the system, not the other way around.

    Michael Irvin was drafted in 1988 and in his first two seasons the Boys were 4-28.
    In 2006, the only WR taken in the first round was picked at #25. After the 2007 mess with Johnson and Ginn, a WR was not selected in the first round of the 2008 draft.

    The point should be obvious. WR should be the last piece of the puzzle. Good WR’s can be found later in the draft. We have other more pressing needs.

    ^^^^^^^^
    You can find other good WR’s later in the draft, but can other WR’s be found that have the complete skills of Crabtree?

    If a player like Crabtree falls and you can pick him and save by not paying him top 5 money….why not do it….unless of course someone else is rated higher on the teams board.

    Even if Crabtree is on the board….I still want the old man and cable to consider TRADING DOWN if the offer makes sense.

    Can you imagine if they made a deal with Philly for their two first rounders?

    The team would be in an ideal spot to take Center Alex Mack and then with Phillys other 1st Rounder pick WR Kenny Britt.

    Then with the Round 2 pick take Ron Brace…..Round 3 maybe take a DE like Kyle Moore and then in Round 4 take LB Jasper Brinkley. Round 6 take a blocking FB like Quinn Johnson.

    Now that would be a helluva draft for the Raiders!

  • RaiderRockstar

    TRADE THE PICK TO A TEAM WITH A LATE FIRST ROUND AND EARLY SECOND ROUND (if there is any)

    1st round: Alex Mack/Darrius Heyward-Bey

    2nd round: Hakeem Nicks/Max Unger

    ***

    outside of Crabtree we should steer clear of a receiver in this years draft. If we trade down, and get a late first, early second we should pick up Alex Mack and a player for the d-line.

    Sands, Warren & Joseph aren’t very impressive. Even Kelly has a lot to prove. Derrick Burgess is in the final year of his contract. Trevor Scott isn’t strong vs the run. Jay Richardson can’t rush the passer.

    We also need a strong safety…

  • RaiderMight

    ONION BUG: ‘Takes one to know one’, eh? Wow, how did you ever come up with that one? Truly Shakespearean. Don’t quit your day job. Well, if you ever find a day job, that is.

  • edward teach

    If you are in favor of Crabtree coming to Oakland, it doesn’t look too bad thus far. It’s obvious the Lions aren’t taking him, nor are the Rams. KC will go defense because they have to. Seattle; don’t think so. Walter Jones is on his last legs, they just signed Housh, and Julian Peterson is now with the Lions. Who knows what they’re thinking about their QB situation. Cleveland could take him; they’ve lost Winslow, but Edwards is still under contract so unless they get what they want for him he’s going nowhere (see: Chad Johnson, Bengals) Besides, they need a running back and their secondary is a mess. Cincinnati still has Ocho and now has Coles. And many other holes (Sorry, couldn’t help it).

    If there’s a wild card here, it’s Cleveland. Notre Dame Golden Boy is their likely starter this year and Crabtree would be a good weapon for him and be a lot more reliable than Edwards. Winslow, when he was healthy, gave them a viable target over the middle. He’s gone and they need that, especially with a noodle-armed frat boy under center. They really need help at the other positions I mentioned, but if Crabtree is the best player available I could see them snatching him.

  • PetroRaider

    Cho-Be

    It is very difficult to trade down and get fair value now days in the draft. The higher you pick the more you have to pay for your player so very few teams see picking in the top 10 as an advantage. you are right though if some team was willing to give us a 1st and 2nd for our 7th overall pick it would be ideal.

    I like where your heads at regarding Mack, We definatly need to target him big time. And Unger is a great consolation if he is gone before our 40th overall pick.

    I must disagree with drafting any WR in the first 3 rounds of this draft. We have plenty of young talent at the position why would we want another new guy taking reps away from Higgins, Schiliens, and Shields. We have to get these guys on the field to see if they can play before we go drafting another young guy. Our first 3 rounds should focus on C, DT, LB, G, DE, or S before we go adding more youth to a position already loaded with youth.

  • Charlie

    Darkknight

    My point is that Crabtree’s skills will be irrelavent
    until 2012 when we finally have addressed the needs facing us today. (Dline, Oline).
    On this team a WR will be the fourth option for a developing QB.
    We will win more in 2009 staying away from a WR on day one of this year’s draft than if we were to pursue Crabtree.

    Our line play is an embarrasment and we need help at DT,DE and center.

  • darkknight01

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 16th, 2009 at 12:33 pm
    TRADE THE PICK TO A TEAM WITH A LATE FIRST ROUND AND EARLY SECOND ROUND (if there is any)

    1st round: Alex Mack/Darrius Heyward-Bey

    2nd round: Hakeem Nicks/Max Unger

    ***

    outside of Crabtree we should steer clear of a receiver in this years draft. If we trade down, and get a late first, early second we should pick up Alex Mack and a player for the d-line.

    Sands, Warren & Joseph aren’t very impressive. Even Kelly has a lot to prove. Derrick Burgess is in the final year of his contract. Trevor Scott isn’t strong vs the run. Jay Richardson can’t rush the passer.

    We also need a strong safety…

    ^^^^^^^
    ^^^^^^^^
    You can find other good WR’s later in the draft, but can other WR’s be found that have the complete skills of Crabtree?

    If a player like Crabtree falls and you can pick him and save by not paying him top 5 money….why not do it….unless of course someone else is rated higher on the teams board.

    Even if Crabtree is on the board….I still want the old man and cable to consider TRADING DOWN if the offer makes sense.

    Can you imagine if they made a deal with Philly for their two first rounders?

    The team would be in an ideal spot to take Center Alex Mack and then with Phillys other 1st Rounder they can pick WR Kenny Britt or Heyward-Bey.

    Then with the Round 2 pick take a strog two gap DT like Ron Brace…..Round 3 maybe take a DE like Kyle Moore and then in Round 4 take LB Jasper Brinkley or a SS like Patrick Chung and in Round 6 take a blocking FB like Quinn Johnson.

    Now that would be a helluva draft for the Raiders!

  • RaiderRockstar

    If there’s a wild card here, it’s Cleveland. Notre Dame Golden Boy is their likely starter this year and Crabtree would be a good weapon for him and be a lot more reliable than Edwards. Winslow, when he was healthy, gave them a viable target over the middle. He’s gone and they need that, especially with a noodle-armed frat boy under center. They really need help at the other positions I mentioned, but if Crabtree is the best player available I could see them snatching him.

    ***

    The Browns have a defensive minded HC. Remember who drafted Vernon Gholston? Eric Mangini. The Browns threw a big money contract at Donte Stallworth last year to pair with Braylon Edwards. He was injured much of the season. They have replaced Kellen Winslow Jr. with TE Robert Royal.

    They won’t draft Crabs. They have a higher chance of trading Shaun Rogers and grabbing BJ Raji imo …

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

    RRS, re: SS

    I’ve started hoping Al tries Alston at SS. 6’0″ 225, and straight-line fast. He played FS in high school. I like it because it may help our run D, and he has the size to instill some fear in crossing receivers.

  • RaiderRockstar

    dark knight: you don’t have to try and convince me. I want Michael Crabtree on the Oakland Raiders!

    Charlie & Petro do not …

  • RaiderRockstar

    BSJ: Gibril Wilson & Roy Williams are a liability in pass defense. Thats why I wasn’t upset to see Gibril released and why I wanted us to steer clear of Roy. How is Alston in pass coverage? Can he cover TE’s or RB’s out of the backfield? just because you got speed doesn’t mean you got skills. I wouldn’t mind trying Alston at SS. According to Jason Jones (Sac Bee) he gets reps in practice there pretty ofton actually. I’d hate for us to pass up a SS in the draft though that is less of a project. I can see Alston as a patch, but not a long term solution. a possible back up to Eugene or Branch who could fill in if we’re in a bind.

  • edward teach

    Rockstar… I hope you’re right about the Browns. The only reason I bring them up is because they did lose Winslow, Edwards wants out and will probably be “injured” at some point this year, and who knows what’s going to happen with Stallworth now.

    They definitely need defensive help, and they also need a front-line running back. We’ll see. I hope you’re right, though. They seem like the only team ahead of us right now that would take him.

  • Cali Boy up

    The Raiders are trying to trade M. Bush to the Rams for C. Long.

  • Brien I♥White Kok

    RR if you aks me he should be called craptree.

  • Dakota

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    March 16th, 2009 at 12:49 pm
    RRS, re: SS

    I’ve started hoping Al tries Alston at SS. 6′0″ 225, and straight-line fast. He played FS in high school. I like it because it may help our run D, and he has the size to instill some fear in crossing receivers.

    Should you be saying CABLE????? LOL same ol chit.

  • Scottish Raider

    St Kiffin has just landed Rivals No1, Bryce Brown for the Vols.

    Kiff is going to haunt Davis for the rest of his natural. Revenge.

    Go Vols. Go Kiff.

  • edward teach

    Coming to Oakland would be a great situation for Crabtree, I think. He would automatically become the #1 receiver, have a big-armed QB to throw him the ball in an Air Coryell-inspired offense with speed receivers and a good tight end opening up lanes, and maybe best of all, he gets to go up against the best cornerback in football every day in practice.

  • Dakota

    Scottish Raider Says:
    March 16th, 2009 at 1:07 pm
    St Kiffin has just landed Rivals No1, Bryce Brown for the Vols.

    Kiff is going to haunt Davis for the rest of his natural. Revenge.

    Go Vols. Go Kiff.

    What if Kiffy is let go before the start of the season?

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/2fb4.jpg 408RAIDER(GO SHARKS & FREE DIRTY)

    no new fix??

  • http://ibabuzz 4evaRaider

    SUP 408

    AND FUK KIFF

  • JHill (Let the Young Guys Play)

    Who do the Rams have at WR that takes them out of the Crabtree conversation?

  • Scottish Raider

    Dakota,

    Kiff will be a success at UT. Not overnight and he will have to eat humble-pie for a couple of years but, he will be a big success.

    The sad truth is that Davis and Kiffin are too alike. Both winners, both ruthless, both disloyal, both machiavellian, both egotistical. They were either going to be the greatest double act or the bitterest rivals.

    Sadly the latter.

    I really like Tom Cable. He is a first class guy. But Kiff should have been the Raiders future…not the Raiders past.

    And Kiff will recruit the top QB prospect of 2010 (Heap) for the Vols. Dead cert.

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/2fb4.jpg 408RAIDER(GO SHARKS & FREE DIRTY)

    new fix…

  • Dakota

    both machiavellian

    I am starting to like you.

  • http://ibabuzz 4evaRaider

    new post

  • PetroRaider

    As raider fans we just can’t keep ourselves from wanting to draft a WR in the top 3 rounds. This is insane all I see on here are people either wanting Crabtree at 7 or trading down only to use a late 1st or early 2nd on a different WR (Heyward-Bey, Britt, or Nicks.

    WR is the only position other than QB or RB where we actually have depth and youth. If you pick a player in the top 3 rounds you typically want him to see the field that year. So can someone please explain to me who exactly you want to take touches from. Is it Mcfadden? Miller? Bush? Higgins? Schiliens? Walker? Shields? Fargas? Are these guys too old for you? or maybe they are not fast enough. Why stop at WR shoot if Sanchez is available lets grab him. I heard Beanie Wells could fall to the second round, wow what value, We would be stupid not to take him there.

    This draft has to be about the Front 7 on D, and the OL. Sorry guys but we are full at the skill positions. I can’t belive I am seeing anyone posting anything other than outrage at the thought of wasting a top 100 pick on a WR. If someone could explain to me why this is even being considered I would love to hear it.

  • http://www.thesnake.com Random Drug Tester

    We all know the only thing missing from the Raider’s Depth Chart that hasn’t been addressed by a FA signing or resigning of one of our own guys is a Starting Centre.

    Alex Mack Centre – 7th overall pick…Al’s kind of pick.

  • stop the insanity

    While alot of my fellow Raider fans have valid points,their are a few who really dont have a clue.Trade up,trade down,draft him,sign him.Before you make some of these STUPID comments,THINK.What is a players worth,what wll he cost us etc.Some of these comments border on some of you being delusional. Thank You .NOW STOP THESE INSANE REMARKS without credable facts.

  • darkknight01

    JHill (Let the Young Guys Play) Says:
    March 16th, 2009 at 1:17 pm
    Who do the Rams have at WR that takes them out of the Crabtree conversation?

    ^^^^^
    They have a bigger hole at OT….now that Pace is gone and Monroe and J Smith will be right in front of them at #2. Remember last year the Lambs really wanted Jake Long but Miami snagged him.

    Crabtree being hurt and not being able to do full workouts will cause him to fall out of the top 5 most likely. There is almost no chance the Lambs take Crabtree when they just let go of Pace and need to fill that void pronto.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Looks like that Josh McDaniels has a little Kiffin in him. He’s totally pissed of Jay Cutler.

  • inonewordraider

    but stop the insanity is just so brilliant that he’s on this blog with nothing better to do. Alot of people including myself have an opinion of we would do given the choice and were gonna continue to voice our opinion. Let’s get a starting NT (Raji/Brace) and C (Mack/Unger) out of this draft and were in business. Other needs LB, SS, WR, DE so let’s draft best available of these positions in rounds 3 and up. People love to beleive that a team that invests in “malcontents” like Javon, Khalif, DMAC, Fargas, Sands, and Russell can’t be successful. In the words of Al Davis, “the Raiders will be back”.

  • Bigg E

    We need veteran leadership at each position like we did in our last Superbowl run.That being said,we should get WR Torry “Big Game” Holt,former Cowboy S Roy Williams,and FB Lorenzo Neal,who has a thousand yard rusher behind him with every team he’s been with.

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