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Ellis signed . . . officially

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 at 8:43 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Now that the Raiders.com has actually put it on their transactions page, we can assume defensive end Greg Ellis is aboard as a free agent.

Actually, it was certain last night when CEO Amy Trask confirmed to Associated Press that Ellis was indeed signed.

Aside from the fact that A.P. got actual confirmation rather than someone from Bay Area News Group East-Bay, this was good news. Trask, to my knowledge, had never gone on record with a player signing before. And given that her record at responding to messages is somewhere approaching 100 percent, this was a good thing.

Alas, my understanding is this was a one-and-done confirmation . . . too bad.

Hopefully, Ellis will be available for interviews Wednesday. I remember him being an impressive, straight-forward veteran when the Cowboys trained at San Jose State a few years back when playing the 49ers and Raiders back-to-back.

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  • jhill

    LOL @ the championship Leborn and Kobe puppet commercial.

    LMFAO!

  • Raider-405

    I want to move Morrison him back to OLB where he can take advantage of his speed.

    Did you think he and Howard were overrated when they both manned the OLB positions?

  • jhill

    Patterson’s Twitter coverage was awful!

  • SnB Defense

    jhill Says:
    June 17th, 2009 at 11:45 am
    Still rolling out the fat jokes Pete for a guy who was the Biggest Loser on the team?

    Dude is in shape for the gazillonth time!

    You know what!

    Sands is my new favorite player on Defense. I believe in him and he is going to be the guy this year, along with Warren and Kelly.

    Our DTs are going to be a stregnth on this team!
    ======================================================
    Whoa….One step at a time my man. One step at a time

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Ellis: Another decent talent who’ll be wasted in Al Davis’s prehistoric, ineffective defensive scheme.

  • jhill

    You’re making too big of a deal about the move Morrison off the roster comment, 405.

    I wouldn’t have a “problem” with Morrison playing OLB.

    But, I don’t recall Morrison playing OLB with Howard. In fact I’m sure that never happened. Morrison played OLB his rookie year, then moved inside when we pushed Biekert and Clark aside.

  • SnB Defense

    Johnnie Lee Higgins is not going to go quietly into the night. Neither is Javon Walker. Those two players want to start. There are a couple of things to keep in mind with JLH.

    1. He played very well down the stretch
    2. Now going into his 3rd yr…with JaMarcus Russell
    3. Has Raider speed
    4. Improving his route running

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Watching footage of the Laker rally at the LA coliseum on ESPN. There’s a girl holding a sign saying, “Thank you, Fisher!”. Perhaps the first (and only) smart Laker fan I’ve ever seen. And she’s about 12.

  • Al DAVIS HAS COJONES

    I’ll be happy if:

    1) the receivers dont drop passes a’la Alvis Whitted, Ronald Curry, Courtney Anderson, Randy Moss style…

    2) The O lineman arent getting penalized every other play.

    3) We get at least 3 sacks per game- at least

    4) end up > +7 giveaway takeaway

    5) SeaBass has breakout probowl type year.

    Everything else would be gravy.

  • RaiderRockstar

    you guys are assuming that Mike Mitchell will be a good or great strong safety. If not this year, then next … I understand the hype after Cable called him the next Jack Tatum or Ronnie Lott

    However, let’s be realistic for just a second. None of us have seen what the defensive front seven looks like under Marshall, Board & Haluchek. If this group doesn’t improve (no matter who starts there) the safeties will continue to get abused on a regular basis in the running game

    You don’t get a 31st ranked run defense due to the play of one SS … plus Branch & Mitchell are both known for their hitting – not their coverage skills. Let’s hope these guys aren’t anything similar to Roy Williams (Dallas) or Derrick Gibson. Gibril Wilson got abused in the passing game last year too

  • lefty12

    J.Alston was not an undrafted FA.he was drafted in the 3rd rd by the SL Lambs.
    “DHB should certainly be starting…based on the salary he will be making”.how long have you been following the Raiders?with very few exceptions,rookies don’t start for the Raiders at the beginning of the year,regardless of their salary.

  • http://RAIDERS Oakglenn

    # Raider-405 Says:
    June 17th, 2009 at 11:55 am

    I want to move Morrison him back to OLB where he can take advantage of his speed.

    Did you think he and Howard were overrated when they both manned the OLB positions?
    ————————————————

    Get it out of your mind to do that. Morrison is not fast enough to play outside. He played there early in his career, and they had to move him inside because they had to. No way now that you can move him back outside. Here, let me elaborate: Remember the lst game of the last season, the Monday Nite Denver game where early in the game Cun tler hit their TE down the seam for about 50 yards with Morrison trailing by about 5 yards??? And that was a slow TE. Imagine him trying to cover Steve Slaton. Ain’t gonna happen.

  • SnB Defense

    Someone posted on here a while back about JLH having the potential to become another Steve Smith type receiver.

    Look, this guy (JLH) gets open. He made some good catches and when he gets a little separation, actually does something with it.

    Don’t count out JLH as the #2

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com Silver-n-Black666

    MR says

    “Al Davis’s prehistoric, ineffective defensive scheme.”

    Come on man we were 31st against the run last year we are better than one team!!

    There is no where to go but up from here!!

  • jhill

    LOL SnB …

    I’m going ALL IN with our current DTs. Kelly is in shape and 100%. Sands is in shape. Warren is healthy, and they have 2 extra bodies to give them a blow during the games.

    New coaching staff.

    Better supporting cast at DE.

    More points scored on offense.

    Yup, I’m all in with our DTs stepping up and making it happen!

  • lefty12

    btw,RR,sorry for your loss.

  • M Lonetree

    new post

  • DirtyRaccoon

    M Lonetree,

    I see the bad moon arising.
    I see trouble on the way.
    I see the Bolts and thier lights out dancin.
    I see bad times opening day!!

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com Silver-n-Black666

    I am so sick of reading about the Lakers in this blog come on isn’t there some kind of 1-800-gay support line for you people.

  • Raider-405

    # jhill Says:
    June 17th, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Patterson’s Twitter coverage was awful!


    haha, i 100% agree. Come on, you go and make a page, onsite there to watch the action and thats all you got to delivery. WTF!!

  • lefty12

    this is Morrison’s year to show he is an effective MLB.i heard him interviewed at the end of last season and he mentioned he was finally really”getting it”.he said he was finally at the point where he could just let it go instead of having to think too much every play.said he had finally really learned the Def. and making the calls was a lot easier.what he said made sense-let’s hope it translates into his play.

  • Al DAVIS HAS COJONES

    M Lonetree,

    I see the bad moon arising.
    I see trouble on the way.
    I see the Bolts and thier lights out dancin.
    I see bad times opening day!!

    —————

    I dont unless Langston Walker, Tyler Brayton, and Michael Huff get any playing time.

  • Al DAVIS HAS COJONES

    The tone to the year will be set by 2 players on opening night: Mario Henderson v. Merriman and Sampson Satele v. Jamal Williams

  • Al DAVIS HAS COJONES

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    June 17th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    –You don’t get a 31st ranked run defense due to the play of one SS –

    ——————

    No, however if that SS keeps missing tackles to prevent first downs like Huff has made a habit of doing and you pair that up with an awful offense that cant stay on the field….31 it is.

  • Raider-405

    # Al DAVIS HAS COJONES Says:
    June 17th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    June 17th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    –You don’t get a 31st ranked run defense due to the play of one SS –

    ——————

    No, however if that SS keeps missing tackles to prevent first downs like Huff has made a habit of doing and you pair that up with an awful offense that cant stay on the field….31 it is.

    —-

    Simple… if you are in a situation where your SS or FS are the last line of D for a free running RB the issues are much deeper than safety run support

  • Al DAVIS HAS COJONES

    Raider-405 Says:
    June 17th, 2009 at 12:58 pm
    # Al DAVIS HAS COJONES Says:
    June 17th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    June 17th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    –You don’t get a 31st ranked run defense due to the play of one SS –

    ——————

    No, however if that SS keeps missing tackles to prevent first downs like Huff has made a habit of doing and you pair that up with an awful offense that cant stay on the field….31 it is.

    —-

    Simple… if you are in a situation where your SS or FS are the last line of D for a free running RB the issues are much deeper than safety run support
    —-

    Lets be real, it doesnt happen on every play. Otherwise, Wilson would of had 500 tackles last year.

  • Al DAVIS HAS COJONES

    Weak ass DE play…

    Weak ass LB play…

    Weak ass safety play…

    Aside from Namdi, weak ass DB play…

    Have all contributed to the poor run D and overall SUKASS D this team plays- just as bad as the DT’s.

  • Als saggy lower jaw

    no one we drafted this year will start. unless injuries mount up or we are out of the playoffs by week 5 again… worst draft by aby team..

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