The Raiders continue to be nomads in terms of a radio home after opting to go with a syndicator which will handle the rights to their games.
The denials are coming in the same manner as the stories.
The Donovan McNabb-to-the-Raiders story is built on hushed whispers given in confidence, with Yahoo Sports! (Charles Robinson) and ESPN (Adam Schefter) leading the way with unnamed sources saying the Raiders are the leaders in the clubhouse for the Eagles’ quarterback and equally anonymous Raiders sources telling Steve Corkran there has been no contact between the teams.
On vacation last week, during which time it seemed by acclimation that it would be a good move for the Raiders to trade for Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.
An ESPN report Friday said that the Raiders are “open” to including cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha as part of the compensation in a trade for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.
The Raiders, for their part, said there’s nothing to the report, which came on the heels of a ProFootballTalk.com post Thursday that floated the idea. The two Raiders employees also maintained that they are unaware of the Raiders even contacting the Eagles about McNabb.
A Yahoo! Sports report said that Asomugha’s representatives shot down the notion that Asomugha would be part of a deal for McNabb. Then again, the Raiders could make a trade that includes Asomugha without his knowledge because he doesn’t have a no-trade clause.
McNabb’s agent, Fletcher Smith, told the Philadelphia Daily News on Friday that the Eagles and McNabb haven’t discussed a trade. Again, they don’t have to do so.
What’s it all mean? Not much until someone other than Smith puts his name to one of the myriad quotes attributed to unnamed sources. Until then, it’s all just part of the typical offseason banter native to the slow part of the NFL offseason.
That doesn’t mean McNabb won’t be traded, and it doesn’t mean that he won’t wind up with the Raiders at some point. The Raiders are far from set at quarterback with JaMarcus Russell, Charlie Frye and Bruce Gradkowski.
McNabb would provide an instant upgrade for the Raiders and take pressure off Russell from performing at a level much higher than he did last season or in 2009 when he was the unquestioned starter.
The Raiders have plenty of ammo to pull off a trade for McNabb, especially if the asking price is a second- or third-round draft pick. But trading Asomugha just doesn’t make much sense from the Raiders standpoint, given they are more than a 33-year-old, worn-down quarterback away from being a legitimate playoff contender. They would need both McNabb and Asomugha, as well as a few more proven veterans.
The unsubstantiated rumors surrounding the Raiders trading for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb just won’t die down. In fact, they are spinning out of control.
ProFootballTalk.com just reported that the Raiders would send cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to the Eagles in exchange for McNabb and cornerback Asante Samuel. The Internet site that deals with NFL news on all 32 teams cited an unidentified person who has provided tips that pan out on a regular basis.
Asomugha and McNabb are entering the final year of their contracts, though the Raiders have an option on Asomugha for 2011. Eagles coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that he is entertaining offers for McNabb, as well as his other quarterbacks, Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick. He later clarified his remarks by saying that he isn’t in the “market” for trading any of his quarterbacks but that he is “listening” to any and all offers.
Raiders coach Tom Cable has said more than once this offseason that the starting quarterback job will be “wide open” among JaMarcus Russell, Charlie Frye and Bruce Gradkowski. All three started games last season.
McNabb, no doubt, would jump to the head of the class if he became a Raider. He also could serve as a mentor to Russell, something he has lacked during his three-year NFL career.
The Raiders aren’t allowed to comment on the record about players under contract to another team. Two team employees told the Times on Wednesday that they were unaware of the Raiders contacting the Eagles about McNabb.
The Associated Press reported that the Eagles won’t accept anything less than the No. 42 pick in this year’s NFL draft, which begins April 22 and runs through the 24th. The Raiders hold picks No. 8 and No. 39.
The league released the official order of the upcoming 2010 NFL draft. Here is a quick look at where the Raiders pick in the three-day, seven-round process that begins April 22:
First round: No. 8 overall
Second round: No. 39 overall
Third round: No. 69 overall
Fourth round: No. 106 overall
Fifth round: No. 138 overall
Fifth round: No. 158 overall (the Raiders received this selection from the New England Patriots last year in a trade for defensive end Derrick Burgess).
Seventh round: No. 215 overall
Seventh round: No. 251 overall (this is a compensatory selection awarded the Raiders by the league)
The Raiders are without a sixth-round pick in this year’s draft because they used it and a seventh-rounder in the 2009 draft to get a sixth-rounder from the Carolina Panthers in the 2009 draft so that they could select tight end Brandon Myers.
What follows is a round-by-round breakdown of the entire draft (32 of the picks are compensatory):
|1||11||11||Denver from Chicago|
|1||14||14||Seattle from Denver|
|1||15||15||New York Giants|
|1||17||17||San Francisco from Carolina|
|1||29||29||New York Jets|
|2||8||40||San Diego from Seattle|
|2||10||42||Tampa Bay from Chicago|
|2||12||44||New England from Jacksonville|
|2||14||46||New York Giants|
|2||15||47||New England from Tennessee|
|2||18||50||Kansas City from Atlanta|
|2||28||60||Seattle from San Diego|
|2||29||61||New York Jets|
|3||4||Washington (Exercised in Supplemental Draft)|
|3||7||70||Philadelphia from Seattle|
|3||13||76||New York Giants|
|3||22||85||Cleveland from New England through Oakland|
|3||25||88||Arizona from Baltimore|
|3||29||92||Cleveland from New York Jets|
|3||33||96||Cincinnati (Compensatory Selection)|
|3||34||97||Tennessee (Compensatory Selection)|
|3||35||98||Atlanta (Compensatory Selection)|
|4||17||115||New York Giants|
|4||25||123||Arizona from Baltimore|
|4||26||124||New York Jets from Arizona|
|4||29||127||Seattle from New York Jets through Philadelphia|
|4||33||131||Cincinnati (Compensatory Selection)|
|5||3||134||Cleveland from Tampa Bay|
|5||11||142||Kansas City from Miami|
|5||13||144||Kansas City from Carolina|
|5||15||146||Cleveland from Denver through Detroit|
|5||16||147||New York Giants|
|5||22||153||Tampa Bay from New England|
|5||24||155||New York Jets from Philadelphia|
|5||26||157||Baltimore from Arizona|
|5||27||158||Oakland from Dallas through New England and Denver|
|5||29||160||Cleveland from New York Jets|
|5||32||163||St. Louis from New Orleans through Philadelphia|
|5||33||164||Pittsburgh (Compensatory Selection)|
|5||34||165||Atlanta (Compensatory Selection)|
|5||35||166||Pittsburgh (Compensatory Selection)|
|5||36||167||Minnesota (Compensatory Selection)|
|5||37||168||San Diego (Compensatory Selection)|
|5||38||169||Green Bay (Compensatory Selection)|
|6||2||171||Atlanta from Detroit|
|6||4||173||Miami from Kansas City|
|6||5||174||Miami from Washington|
|6||6||175||Carolina from Oakland|
|6||15||184||New York Giants|
|6||17||186||Cleveland from Carolina|
|6||23||192||Buffalo from Philadelphia|
|6||28||197||Houston from San Diego|
|6||29||198||New York Jets|
|6||31||200||Philadelphia from Indianapolis|
|6||33||202||Carolina (Compensatory Selection)|
|6||34||203||Jacksonville (Compensatory Selection)|
|6||35||204||Carolina (Compensatory Selection)|
|6||36||205||New England (Compensatory Selection)|
|6||37||206||San Francisco (Compensatory Selection)|
|6||38||207||Tennessee (Compensatory Selection)|
|7||2||209||Buffalo from Detroit|
|7||5||212||Miami from Kansas City|
|7||7||214||Detroit from Cleveland|
|7||10||217||Tampa Bay from Jacksonville|
|7||14||221||New York Giants|
|7||19||226||St. Louis from Atlanta|
|7||24||231||New England from Philadelphia through Denver and New England|
|7||25||232||Tampa Bay from Baltimore|
|7||29||236||New York Jets|
|7||33||240||Indianapolis (Compensatory Selection)|
|7||34||241||Tennessee (Compensatory Selection)|
|7||35||242||Pittsburgh (Compensatory Selection)|
|7||36||243||Philadelphia (Compensatory Selection)|
|7||37||244||Philadelphia (Compensatory Selection)|
|7||38||245||Seattle (Compensatory Selection)|
|7||39||246||Indianapolis (Compensatory Selection)|
|7||40||247||New England (Compensatory Selection)|
|7||41||248||New England (Compensatory Selection)|
|7||42||249||Carolina (Compensatory Selection)|
|7||43||250||New England (Compensatory Selection)|
|7||44||251||Oakland (Compensatory Selection)|
|7||45||252||Miami (Compensatory Selection)|
|7||46||253||Tampa Bay (Compensatory Selection)|
|7||47||254||St. Louis (Compensatory Selection)|
|7||48||255||Detroit (Compensatory Selection)|
Rich Gannon was 33 when the Raiders signed him as an unrestricted free agent after a four-year run with the Kansas City Chiefs ended in 1999.
It didn’t take long for Gannon to assert himself as the Raiders unquestioned starting quarterback and make people forget about Jeff George, Donald Hollas and Wade Wilson.
Gannon earned Pro Bowl honors four straight seasons and was the league MVP for the 2002 season.
Perhaps, then, it makes sense to learn of the Raiders of approaching the Philadelphia Eagles about a trade for quarterback Donovan McNabb.
The news comes from Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports in a story that says the Raiders and Buffalo Bills have contacted the Eagles about trading for McNabb.
Eagles coach Andy Reid said at the NFL owners meeting in Orlando, Fla., earlier this week that he has been contacted by teams about all three of his quarterbacks, including Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick.
“We’ll go back and look through those [talks] and think through them a little bit once we’re away from this situation here,” Reid said. “[There is] nothing that, right now, that I can jump up and down about. But there has been some interest. … I’m listening to things out there. I’m not saying I’m doing anything. I’m just keeping my ears open, which we do on every player. This is no different.”
That has helped fuel the speculation, which is running rampant about now.
The Philadelphia Inquirer cited a league source in reporting that the St. Louis Rams are offering the Eagles a second-round draft pick (No. 33 overall) and free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe for McNabb.
A Rams source told NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora that there is nothing to that report. Later, Rams general manager Billy Devaney told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the Inquirer report is “utterly ridiculous” and that he hasn’t spoken with the Eagles about any of his players.
Make of it what you will. The move makes sense from the Raiders standpoint if coach Tom Cable and managing general partner Al Davis aren’t sold upon JaMarcus Russell, Bruce Gradkowski or Charlie Frye as the starter for next season.
Cable certainly isn’t sold upon any of the three as the unquestioned starter, saying it’s a full, wide-open competition come training camp. Trading for McNabb could change that in an instant.
The thinking also could go along the lines of bringing in McNabb so that he can give the Raiders the best chance of succeeding this year and asking him to help develop Russell.
It’s worth noting that McNabb had flattering things to say about Russell a few days before the Eagles played the Raiders at the Coliseum last season and went out of his way after the game to speak with Russell.
“Not all the negative aspects of what’s been going on should fall on JaMarcus because it’s a team game,” McNabb said in a conference call with Raiders beat writers four days before the Raiders beat McNabb and the Eagles.
McNabb said that Russell’s progress has been retarded by the high turnover in coaches, offensive coordinators, play-callers and players during his first three seasons.
It’s a tough situation for him,” McNabb said in the conference call. “I’m sure that he’s going to do what he has to do in order to pull himself out of it, and just make sure the guys understand that he’s putting in the effort as well.”
Cable said Tuesday at the owners meeting that Russell is putting in the required effort and that things are going as planned. Maybe so, but that’s coming from the same coach who pulled Russell from games twice last season and, ultimately, benched him for the final seven games.
The Raiders aren’t allowed to comment on a player under contract to another team, so there’s nothing from their camp about the McNabb-to-the-Raiders stories. Two Raiders employees said that they were unaware of the Raiders contacting the Eagles about McNabb.
McNabb was the second pick of the 1999 NFL draft by the Eagles. He has amassed 32,873 yards and 216 touchdowns passing, with only 100 interceptions. The Eagles have reached the playoffs eight times and the Super Bowl once on his watch.
The reports of McNabb being shopped by the Eagles prompted him to respond on his blog on yardbarker.com.
“I was asked to respond to statements made at the NFL owners meetings that the Eagles would entertain offers to trade any of their three QBs,” McNabb said. “Here is my response: My position hasn’t changed. I’ve said all along that I would like to win a Super Bowl and finish my career in Philadelphia.
“I understand the situation well and just hope whichever direction the Eagles decide to go in, they do it quickly. I think that would be best for me, Kevin, Michael, the Eagles, and any other teams involved. No matter what happens, I’ve already begun preparing to have an outstanding season in 2010.”
Last season, McNabb passed for 3,553 yards and 22 touchdowns. He completed 60.3 percent of his passes, with 10 interceptions.
By comparison, Russell, Gradkowski and Frye passed for 2,875 yards and 10 touchdowns. The trio completed 52.8 percent of their passes, with 18 interceptions.
Any team trading for McNabb would inherit his contract, which expires after next season. He also is due a $6.2 million roster bonus in May. In other words, it’s likely that the Raiders or another team that trades for him first would attempt to work out a long-term contract.
Russell’s contract calls for him to earn $9.45 million in 2010. Of that figure, $3 million is guaranteed whether he is on the opening-day roster or not.