Bruce Gradkowski is injured and signed to a one-year contract. Charlie Frye is signed to a one-year contract. JaMarcus Russell is signed to a contract the Raiders might not necessarily want to pay.
With those things in mind, JP Losman is in Alameda, taking a physical and signed with the Raiders, beat writer Steve Corkran is reporting.
Losman, a former first-round pick of the Buffalo Bills, was the quarterback of the UFL champion Las Vegas Locomotives.
The Raiders freed up a roster spot by waiving Roy Schuening, an offensive lineman who was signed to the 53-man roster Saturday to take the place of Robert Gallery.
Losman, 10-23 in five seasons with Buffalo, worked out with Indianapolis and was reportedly close to signing a contract with the Colts.
Losman passed for 6,211 yards with 33 touchdowns and 34 interceptions in Buffalo.
More grist for the rumor mill _ Losman’s UFL coach was Jim Fassel, who said last year he was interested in coaching the Raiders and whose son, John, is the Raiders special teams coordinator. The elder Fassel attended the Raiders-Redskins game Sunday.
Fassel was a Raiders offensive assistant in 1994.