Rating importance of Raiders FAs


A priority list of Raiders unrestricted and restricted free agents in terms of bringing them back for the 2010 season when the trade and free agency period begins March 5.

Gotta have ’em

DE Richard Seymour (UFA): Can’t be allowed to get away after sending a 2011 first-round draft pick to Patriots. If Seymour is looking for guaranteed money of $30 to $40 million, the best course of action is the franchise tag and a single season at $12.3 million to see if he can play at or near his prime or is in the declining stages of his career.

QB Bruce Gradkowski (RFA): Why? Because his teammates believe in him and it’s important to have the guy who took the job away from JaMarcus Russell around to push Russell this season. If Gradkowski is allowed to walk, and Russell gets a free pass, the Raiders learned nothing last year.

Could be useful

LB Thomas Howard (RFA). One of the NFL’s fastest linebackers, he can be retained for less than $2 million depending on the tender and he is useful on passing downs, although not a stout run defender.

QB Charlie Frye, (RFA). Gradkowski is the priority, but Frye is an ideal No. 3 quarterback _ an extremely hard worker and student of the game who aspires to coach some day and knows his role.

G-T Langston Walker (UFA). Showed something last season when he switched to guard in a pinch and performed better than expected.

C-G Chris Morris (RFA). Strictly as a backup in the middle three positions. Has faltered as a starter.

Take ’em or leave ’em

LB Kirk Morrison (RFA). Seems ridiculous on its face to put the team’s leading tackler five years running on this list, but if some is going to take the fall for the Raider perpetually poor run defense, it ought to be the middle linebacker.

LB Ricky Brown (RFA). The Raiders thought well enough of Brown last year to put a second-round tender on him, but he hasn’t been able to remain healthy either season.

CB Stanford Routt (RFA). Considering his skill set, really should have been a starter by now. Prone to mistakes and head-scratching penalties.

QB J.P. Losman (UFA). Came aboard too late to make any real impact. Assuming Gradkowski returns to compete with Russell, hard to see Losman getting a shot in Oakland unless Hue Jackson is a big fan.

Thanks, but no thanks

LB Jon Alston (RFA). One of the better guys you’ll meet, Alston’s concussion issues last season looked pretty serious to the untrained eye.

RB-FB Gary Russell (RFA). Russell is not really a halfback, and the Raiders already have a glut there with Darren McFadden, Michael Bush and Justin Fargas. And he’s not big enough to be a lead-blocking fullback, which is something they need to find in the draft or free agency.

OT Cornell Green (UFA). If Green lines up as the starting tackle for the third straight year, it’s bad news. Tom Cable swears by him. Most fans simply swear at the penalties and sacks surrendered.

OT Khalif Barnes (RFA). When Barnes signed, it was supposedly as a competitor to start at left tackle. Instead, Mario Henderson was told early on he was the guy, and it didn’t matter as Barnes sustained a broken ankle. He never made enough of an impression to get any serious time, bypassed by Langston Walker.

Note: Doesn’t include Sebastian Janikowski, signed to a four-year, $16 million deal with $9 million in guarantees.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • RaiderRockstar Says:
    February 19th, 2010 at 7:42 am
    75: BSJ quotes scripture from the Bible and then states his views on evolution less than 5 minutes later

    he’s clearly confused on what he does/doesn’t believe in …


    Only ignorant, small-minded people believe evolution is not God’s creation.

    Not to judge…

  • Norco Bob

    Interesting wannaberocker,..thanks…But I think hes a top 5 d-lineman in the nfl and will be for next 3 years….I think a 3-4 year deal with a 20-25 million dollar bonus is fair.

  • Norco Bob

    I have a cool t-shirt that says “Jesus Sucks”…I may wear it to my new row 1 seats next season,..to counter that loser in the black hole with his john 3:16 sign.

  • I would love to re-sign out in Oakland,” Seymour said. “When you can be the foundation piece and help turn something around, that’s a challenge to me. I’m willing to take on that responsibility and challenge of helping bring in some good guys and make a difference.

    “I really enjoy putting on the silver and black. Will it happen? I don’t know. But if they came to a deal and said, ‘You’ll be a foundation piece, I don’t have a problem signing back in Oakland.”

    From that Yahoo report I mentioned before.

  • RaiderRockstar

    BSJ: you are a hypocrit and a liar

    you judge people in here on a daily basis and you know it. You’ve judged me by making comments about my religion, occupation, political preference, etc. plus all the redneck and/or racist remarks

    quit it with all this “holier than thou” bs

  • KK, you’ve got three minutes until Matlock comes on.

  • RaiderRockstar

    you can dish it, but you can’t take it when somebody hammers one of your favorite sports icons …

  • Nnamdi,

    Lol, you really think if we kiss everyone’s ass and give them enough money and food they will all love us?

    LMFAO! Okay captain Disney Land.

  • RRS, it ain’t me babe. I have objected to your racial comments, and your religious interpretations. In my mind though, I wasn’t judging or condemning you.

    Regardless, I will sincerely try and avoid judging.

    You have been very combative lately, though. Hope it doesn’t mean anything.

  • Judging others is fun.

    Tiger Woods is a douche bag husband.

    There, I said it.

  • RaiderRockstar

    LOL @ Dakota

  • RaiderRockstar

    be back later. gotta run to the other building

    when I come back I’ll try to stick with sports

    sorry AM crew!

  • So far so good Tiger!

  • Norco Bob

    I wonder how many times Tiger practiced this speach,..over_under bet is 25 times,…however whomever told Tiger to do this lame aasss apology speach did him wrong,…wtf does he owe loser media types?!…he should apologize to his crankster wife and give the middle finger to the media,…this is stupid.

  • Go TIGER!

  • wtf does he owe loser media types?!…he should apologize to his crankster wife and give the middle finger to the media



  • Norco Bob

    I guess Tigers people told him, gather up the media, kiss their butts, apologize to them, then they will write nice things about you,..oh brother,…this is the dumbest presser Iv ever seen,..well the dumbest one with an overhead projector anyway.

  • Norco Bob

    *without* 🙁

  • It’s even on live over here.

  • Lol, sounds insincere on the radio….but all the right words.

    Oh, wait….uh oh, here comes the indignation! Now the media will set out to prove his wife beat his ass and make him out into even more of a liar

  • Norco Bob

    Geez is Tigers mom Tokyo Rose?

  • LoL Bob!!

  • Norco Bob

    Why on earth this dude is apologizing to the media really sucks,…the media are like parasites,…actually most there today only confirmed they would be there when they heard what the lunch spread would be,..(sorry Jerry) 🙂

  • Norco Bob

    Oh my God,..this poor bastard now relying on Bhuuda,..this now overtakes the infamous overhead projector press conference…wow,..Tiger, get out of there now!!!,,,run!!!

  • Norco Bob

    I think when Jamarcus Russell throws 5 picks in a game this season, he should tell the media next game will be his best game ever, because hes going back to Bhuudism.

  • Hasn’t found God but found Buddha.That’s a new one.

  • No tears so far. Nice.

  • Oh man, I had to take a call and I missed the Buddhism part! Is that true?

  • There’s still time Bo.

  • Norco Bob

    Purely awful presser,…shouldnt have done it,…worst thing Iv ever seen,…wtf apologize???????????….bfd!!!…Tiger you owe none of those losers an apology!!!!!

  • Did he mention Buddha? I must have missed it.

  • Norco Bob

    Media was there for the free food,..see all those fat mother f`rs??????….they were there for the food!!!…even Bhuuda is fat!!!

  • Time for me to go.

    Have a great weekend everyone.

  • Norco Bob

    Bo, how the hell did you miss that?…next time dont whack off during key moments of must see tv.

  • Buddhism huh? I guess in his next life Tiger will be a fat trailer trash chick who’s husband cheats on her with the park manager.

  • Norco Bob Says:
    February 19th, 2010 at 8:17 am
    Purely awful presser,…shouldnt have done it,…worst thing Iv ever seen,…wtf apologize???????????….bfd!!!…Tiger you owe none of those losers an apology!!!!!


    You and Tiger need to relax. Smoke some weed.

  • Norco Bob

    I actually just toked some blueberry,..I will be ok in a sec.

  • A joke for Tiger:

    My girlfriend and I had been dating for over a year, and so we decided to get married. My parents helped us in every way, my friends encouraged me, and my girlfriend? She was a dream! There was only one thing bothering me, very much indeed, and that one thing was her younger sister. My prospective sister-in-law was twenty years of age, wore tight mini skirts and low cut blouses. She would regularly bend down when near me and I got many a pleasant view of her underwear. It had to be deliberate. She never did it when she was near anyone else.

    One day little sister called and asked me to come over to check the wedding invitations. She was alone when I arrived. She whispered to me that soon I was to be married, and she had feelings and desires for me that she couldn’t overcome and didn’t really want to overcome. She told me that she wanted to make love to me just once before I got married and committed my life to her sister. I was in total shock and couldn’t say a word. She said, “I’m going upstairs to my bedroom, and if you want to go ahead with it just come up and get me.” I was stunned. I was frozen in shock as I watched her go up the stairs. When she reached the top she pulled down her panties and threw them down the stairs at me. I stood there for a moment, then turned and went straight to the front door. I opened the door and stepped out of the house. I walked straight towards my car. My future father-in-law was standing outside. With tears in his eyes he hugged me and said, “We are very happy that you have passed our little test. We couldn’t ask for a better man for our daughter. Welcome to the family”.

    The moral of this story is:

    Always keep your condoms in your car.

  • Norco Bob Says:
    February 19th, 2010 at 8:23 am
    I actually just toked some blueberry,..I will be ok in a sec.


    Gotta love those CA libraries!

  • Good Morning Crew!

  • That was kind of boring though….too bad he didn’t come out and say:

    “Listen up people, I have tons of money and fame and women throw themselves at me every day. My wife was naive to believe I would remain faithful. We have now entered into a post-nuptial agreement that allows me to take full advantage of the power I have over women and my wife will remain financially secure, which is what most women care about anyhow. Frankly, this is none of your business, so back off and let me do my job.

    Have a nice day.”

  • Norco Bob

    I thought it was awful,..first of all Tiger didnt owe those loser media types anything,..or anyone else outside of Tokyo Rose in the front row and his tweaker wife. Word. Tiger is still my fave golfer and his video game is my fave also…word.

  • Norco Bob

    By the way, what Tiger did today, was all about the 12 steps program,…period…I should know. 🙁

  • Norco Bob

    By the way, that Pendergast coach,..hes already quit.Damn.

  • Americans have a strong feeling of self entitlement ( manifest destiny), but that will cost us In the near future.
    Unions, Gov Aide, making athletes and actors role models, etc…..

    Makes me sick!!

    -Go raise your own kids, and don’t depend n TV to raise them for you. Lazy Bastards.
    -You shouldn’t make 50+k to work at a car factory with a HS diploma.
    -should depend on the Gov to support you and your kids.


  • RaiderRockstar

    what up Raider O!?

  • RaiderRockstar

    that Pendergast coach,..hes already quit.


    link please!

  • # Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    February 19th, 2010 at 7:47 am


    Luke 6:37 – Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

    To me, the meaning is clear. In serious matters (not sports), I try not to judge.

    You are clearly confusing the condemnation of a person with the condemnation of a person’s actions.

    We are to judge actions, but we must also give mercy to the person.

    I can Judge that murder is wrong (that is why I teach that to my children, because I weighed it and found it lacking) without passing judgment on the murderer(that is why I teach my children forgiveness and mercy).

    Again, this passage of Luke (who was not an eyewitness, but only wrote what he heard from others) simply states the same principle from Matthew.

    If we turn away from sin, then we can help a brother turn away from sin. However, sin must be recognized as sin.

    Going through life saying, “to each his own” is not taught by Jesus or the Bible.

    According to the Bible anyway.

  • Should not depend..*

  • What do you do a sex addiction therapy? Bone everyone in the room until you get it out of your system?