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Preseason schedule; QBs and TMZ

The Raiders will open up with a pair of preseason games on the road at Dallas and Chicago before finishing at home with San Francisco and Seattle.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
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Javon talks Raiders

Here are some Excerpts from an interview with Javon Walker passed along by Melissa Jacobs, a former KNBR AND ESPN producer currently editing a Web site called “thefootballgirl.com.” The key quote where Raiders fans are concerned is highlighted in italics:
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Posted on Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
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Raiders radio on the move

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.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
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Raiders live chat with Jerry McDonald today at noon

Join our Raiders live chat today at noon PST and get Jerry McDonald’s views on the Donovan McNabb trade rumors as well as any other Raiders questions.

This chat sponsored by McDonald’s:

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Posted on Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
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The McNabb buzz: Pick your version

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.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
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Why McNabb is a bad idea

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.
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Posted on Monday, March 29th, 2010
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Rumors persist about Asomugha to Eagles in trade for 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.

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Posted on Friday, March 26th, 2010
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Report: Asomugha to Eagles for McNabb, Samuel

 

 

 

 

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.

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Posted on Thursday, March 25th, 2010
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NFL releases official order of 2010 draft

 

 

 

 

 

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):

 

 

ROUND ONE

 

Round Pick Overall Club
1 1 1 St. Louis
       
1 2 2 Detroit
       
1 3 3 Tampa Bay
       
1 4 4 Washington
1 5 5 Kansas City
       
1 6 6 Seattle
1 7 7 Cleveland
1 8 8 Oakland
       
1 9 9 Buffalo
       
1 10 10 Jacksonville
1 11 11 Denver from Chicago
1 12 12 Miami
       
1 13 13 San Francisco
1 14 14 Seattle from Denver
1 15 15 New York Giants
1 16 16 Tennessee
1 17 17 San Francisco from Carolina
       
1 18 18 Pittsburgh
1 19 19 Atlanta
1 20 20 Houston
       
1 21 21 Cincinnati
1 22 22 New England
       
1 23 23 Green Bay
1 24 24 Philadelphia
       
1 25 25 Baltimore
       
1 26 26 Arizona
       
1 27 27 Dallas
       
1 28 28 San Diego
       
1 29 29 New York Jets
       
1 30 30 Minnesota
       
1 31 31 Indianapolis
       
1 32 32 New Orleans

 

 

ROUND TWO

 

Round Pick Overall Club
2 1 33 St. Louis
       
2 2 34 Detroit
       
2 3 35 Tampa Bay
       
2 4 36 Kansas City
2 5 37 Washington
       
2 6 38 Cleveland
2 7 39 Oakland
2 8 40 San Diego from Seattle
       
2 9 41 Buffalo
       
2 10 42 Tampa Bay from Chicago
2 11 43 Miami
2 12 44 New England from Jacksonville
       
2 13 45 Denver
2 14 46 New York Giants
2 15 47 New England from Tennessee
2 16 48 Carolina
2 17 49 San Francisco
       
2 18 50 Kansas City from Atlanta
2 19 51 Houston
2 20 52 Pittsburgh
       
2 21 53 New England
2 22 54 Cincinnati
       
2 23 55 Philadelphia
2 24 56 Green Bay
       
2 25 57 Baltimore
       
2 26 58 Arizona
       
2 27 59 Dallas
       
2 28 60 Seattle from San Diego
       
2 29 61 New York Jets
       
2 30 62 Minnesota
       
2 31 63 Indianapolis
       
2 32 64 New Orleans

 

 

ROUND THREE

 

Round Pick Overall Club
3 1 65 St. Louis  
       
3 2 66 Detroit
       
3 3 67 Tampa Bay
       
3 4   Washington (Exercised in Supplemental Draft)
3 5 68 Kansas City
       
3 6 69 Oakland
3 7 70 Philadelphia from Seattle
3 8 71 Cleveland
       
3 9 72 Buffalo
       
3 10 73 Miami
3 11 74 Jacksonville
3 12 75 Chicago
       
3 13 76 New York Giants
3 14 77 Tennessee
3 15 78 Carolina
3 16 79 San Francisco
3 17 80 Denver
       
3 18 81 Houston
3 19 82 Pittsburgh
3 20 83 Atlanta
       
3 21 84 Cincinnati
3 22 85 Cleveland from New England through Oakland
       
3 23 86 Green Bay
3 24 87 Philadelphia
       
3 25 88 Arizona from Baltimore
       
3 26 89 Arizona  
       
3 27 90 Dallas
       
3 28 91 San Diego
       
3 29 92 Cleveland from New York Jets
       
3 30 93 Minnesota
       
3 31 94 Indianapolis
       
3 32 95 New Orleans
       
3 33 96 Cincinnati (Compensatory Selection)
3 34 97 Tennessee (Compensatory Selection)
3 35 98 Atlanta (Compensatory Selection)

 

 

ROUND FOUR

 

Round Pick Overall Club
4 1 99 St. Louis
       
4 2 100 Detroit
       
4 3 101 Tampa Bay
       
4 4 102 Kansas City
4 5 103 Washington 
       
4 6 104 Seattle
4 7 105 Cleveland
4 8 106 Oakland
       
4 9 107 Buffalo
       
4 10 108 Jacksonville
4 11 109 Chicago
4 12 110 Miami
       
4 13 111 Tennessee
4 14 112 Carolina
4 15 113 San Francisco
4 16 114 Denver
4 17 115 New York Giants
       
4 18 116 Pittsburgh
4 19 117 Atlanta
4 20 118 Houston
       
4 21 119 New England
4 22 120 Cincinnati
       
4 23 121 Philadelphia
4 24 122 Green Bay
       
4 25 123 Arizona from Baltimore
       
4 26 124 New York Jets from Arizona
       
4 27 125 Dallas
       
4 28 126 San Diego
       
4 29 127 Seattle from New York Jets through Philadelphia
       
4 30 128 Minnesota
       
4 31 129 Indianapolis
       
4 32 130 New Orleans
       
4 33 131 Cincinnati (Compensatory Selection)

 

 

ROUND FIVE

 

Round Pick Overall Club
5 1 132 St. Louis
       
5 2 133 Detroit
       
5 3 134 Cleveland from Tampa Bay
       
5 4 135 Washington
5 5 136 Kansas City
       
5 6 137 Cleveland
5 7 138 Oakland
5 8 139 Seattle
       
5 9 140 Buffalo
       
5 10 141 Chicago
5 11 142 Kansas City from Miami
5 12 143 Jacksonville
       
5 13 144 Kansas City from Carolina
5 14 145 San Francisco
5 15 146 Cleveland from Denver through Detroit
5 16 147 New York Giants
5 17 148 Tennessee
       
5 18 149 Atlanta
5 19 150 Houston
5 20 151 Pittsburgh
       
5 21 152 Cincinnati
5 22 153 Tampa Bay from New England
       
5 23 154 Green Bay
5 24 155 New York Jets from Philadelphia
       
5 25 156 Baltimore
       
5 26 157 Baltimore from Arizona
       
5 27 158 Oakland from Dallas through New England and Denver
       
5 28 159 San Diego
       
5 29 160 Cleveland from New York Jets
       
5 30 161 Minnesota
       
5 31 162 Indianapolis
       
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)

 

 

ROUND SIX

 

Round Pick Overall Club
6 1 170 St. Louis
       
6 2 171 Atlanta from Detroit
       
6 3 172 Tampa Bay
       
6 4 173 Miami from Kansas City
6 5 174 Miami from Washington
       
6 6 175 Carolina from Oakland
6 7 176 Seattle
6 8 177 Cleveland
       
6 9 178 Buffalo
       
6 10 179 Miami
6 11 180 Jacksonville
6 12 181 Chicago
       
6 13 182 San Francisco
6 14 183 Denver
6 15 184 New York Giants
6 16 185 Tennessee
6 17 186 Cleveland from Carolina
       
6 18 187 Houston
6 19 188 Pittsburgh
6 20 189 Atlanta
       
6 21 190 New England
6 22 191 Cincinnati
       
6 23 192 Buffalo from Philadelphia
6 24 193 Green Bay
       
6 25 194 Baltimore
       
6 26 195 Arizona
       
6 27 196 Dallas
       
6 28 197 Houston from San Diego
       
6 29 198 New York Jets
       
6 30 199 Minnesota
       
6 31 200 Philadelphia from Indianapolis
       
6 32 201 New Orleans
       
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)

 

 

ROUND SEVEN

 

Round Pick Overall Club
7 1 208 St. Louis
       
7 2 209 Buffalo from Detroit
       
7 3 210 Tampa Bay
       
7 4 211 Washington
7 5 212 Miami from Kansas City
       
7 6 213 Seattle
7 7 214 Detroit from Cleveland
7 8 215 Oakland
       
7 9 216 Buffalo
       
7 10 217 Tampa Bay from Jacksonville
7 11 218 Chicago
7 12 219 Miami
       
7 13 220 Denver
7 14 221 New York Giants
7 15 222 Tennessee
7 16 223 Carolina
7 17 224 San Francisco
       
7 18 225 Pittsburgh
7 19 226 St. Louis from Atlanta
7 20 227 Houston
       
7 21 228 Cincinnati
7 22 229 New England
       
7 23 230 Green Bay
7 24 231 New England from Philadelphia through Denver and New England
       
7 25 232 Tampa Bay from Baltimore
       
7 26 233 Arizona
       
7 27 234 Dallas
       
7 28 235 San Diego
       
7 29 236 New York Jets
       
7 30 237 Minnesota
       
7 31 238 Indianapolis
       
7 32 239 New Orleans
       
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)
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Posted on Thursday, March 25th, 2010
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Report: Raiders inquire about trading for Eagles QB McNabb

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.

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Posted on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
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