Gradkowski: I could play tomorrow

Raiders quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, having signed his second-round tender and up to his usual gym-rat ways, said he is feeling no effects from the MCL tears in each knee that ended his season in 2009.

“I never stopped working out because I wanted to get my knees healthy and my legs strong,” Gradkowski told beat writer Steve Corkran in a phone interview. “I could play in a game tomorrow. I feel great.”

Gradkowski said he signed his tender Monday and said he’s been at the facility “on and off” since the end of the regular season. The agents for center Jon Condo (second-round tender) and Chris Morris (original round tender) also said their clients had put pen to paper. Antoher reported signing is original round tender Charlie Frye.

Still no word on linebackers Kirk Morrison and Thomas Howard.

Unlike last season, when Gradkowski was simply attempting to secure a roster spot as the No. 3 quarterback behind Russell and Jeff Garcia, he enters the offseason program intent on being No. 1.

“I’m so excited this year because there’s a good opportunity for me to go compete for the (starting) job,” Gradkowski said. “The way I played last season opened the doors for this opportunity. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do. We beat some good teams last season. We just need to become a more consistent team.”

For what it’s worth, and it’s not worth a lot in March, Gradkowski will get at least a day’s head-start on Russell in the offseason program. There was talk Russell could be at the facility as soon as tonight.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • RaiderRockstar

    Marinovich is a recovering meth addict. Has he been released from jail yet?

    Maybe Al will draft his brother DE/OLB Mikhail Marinovich (Syracuse) next year ???

  • Willie is retired, so that puts a little more credence into what he said, IMO.

    Not sure who the ex-Raider would be, but it would probably be someone with some type of ties to the south.

    Who else would want to spend a winter in Mobile?

    My guess, Zack Crockett.

  • hwnrdr

    Dakota Says:
    March 16th, 2010 at 7:40 am
    sarcasm Hwnrdr

    I know, Dakota…but those games up here in OakTown are always over a 100 points and exciting!!!

  • The comment from his teammate is TEN TIMES worse than him not being there for the first day of voluntaries, especially if he arrives today.

    And the way I read it, David White got those comments from guys walking into the facility. So basically they didn’t even know if he was there or not, until White asked them “have you seen Jamarcus?”

  • I can understand why so many guys here love Garbagekowski…..

    The guy has little talent but is a player.

    I don’t care how much talent JaThargic has….he’s nothing but a chump.

    It is amazing that Al doesn’t get in his FACE. Maybe some of you are right, maybe AL doesn’t care.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Vegas: Zack Crockett is from Florida yes, but he’s a scout for the team.

    I think he’s probably been busy at the senior bowl, going to pro days, etc etc

    a guy like Zack would probably puke if he had to watch the walrus get crowned King Elexis on 02/14!

  • hwnrdr

    a guy like Zack would probably puke if he had to watch the walrus get crowned King Elexis on 02/14!


  • Vegas..exactly! His teammates think he’s a jaggoff and worthless. How is this punk going to lead them to victory??? He’s not……..

    We all saw how the team gave up when he came in after an injury. Mario Henderson gave up and let his man sack him, most likely to get him hurt like in On Any Given Sunday…

  • M Lonetree

    Willie Brown on last night’s Chronicle Live said that Russell had to remain an extra day in Alabama to close on a home and that he would be in Alameda today.
    He also said that JaMarcus had lost a lot of weight through proper diet and workout regimen.

    Interesting segment prior to that was a talk with Napoleon Kaufman.
    Napoleon pleaded for people to not give up on McF. Kaufman referred to tapes from college as evidence of McF’s ability, but when he attempted to think of any relevant footage from McF’s Raider time Napoleon went silent.

  • RaiderRockstar

    My guess is that if JaMarcus was in Vegas with a member of the coaching staff, Paul Hackett wasn’t at the senior bowl but is still listed as QB coach (unlike Dwaine Board), now he’s working out on his own with somebody affiliated with the Raiders that Russell is working 1-on-1 with Paul Hackett.

    despite all the rumors that Hackett & Russell don’t get along, let’s not forget that Al Davis is still the boss of both men and doesn’t believe in team chemistry.

    now if somebody sees Hackett in Alameda coaching the QB’s and Russell isn’t there i’ll be concerned …

    I wonder if Hackett & Tollner will have another QB School this year?

  • jhill

    Lol at all the hub bub around the 3rd string QB fighting for a job.

  • M Lonetree

    Willie Brown also said that he was working each day with the advance scouting and personnel people for the Raiders. retirement means different things to different people.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Russell had to remain an extra day in Alabama to close on a home


    he might end up spending a lot of time there VERY SOON …

  • jhill

    Paul Hackett is not an ex Raider.

  • jhill

    Mario Henderson gave up and let his man sack him,


    All the more reason why he is in big jeapordy of being replaced by the # 8 pick.

  • RaiderRockstar

    retirement means different things to different people.


    in other words, Al convinced him to come back …

    too bad Al can’t convince Fred Biletnikoff to come back and coach WR’s instead of Sanjay Lal!

    shoot. I’d even settle for Charlie Coe or James Lofton right now!

  • M Lonetree


    yep, Willie B said that Russell was hanging with an ex-Raider player.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Paul Hackett is not an ex Raider.


    I didn’t say he was.

    who do you think is working with Russell?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Jeff George!

  • Norco Bob

    Good morning to my friends in here,..yes, another long night without you.

  • DUH! Ex-player = Southwick! Danny is the only one who can train the walrus.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I’m very glad to hear that both Bruce Gradkowski & Darrius Heyward-Bey are healthy and working hard already. Hopefully they’ll develop a chemistry together.

    We need Bruce to complete more than 55 percent of his passes. 6 TD’s and 5 turnovers aren’t great numbers either, but I think he’ll get better before he gets worse. an 8-8 W/L is within reach with Bruce as the starter

    Also, 9 catches and 6 drops from a Top 10 draft pick is not acceptable. DHB has a lot of work to do and I hope he leans on Hue Jackson & Ted Tollner instead of Sanjay Lal. 11 touches in 11 games is not enough. I’m not expecting a dominant soph season, but I think he’ll have more than a few impressive moments. Some of that “potential” Davis & Cable saw will start to show up on the football field

  • M Lonetree


    you should’ve heard Napoleon Kaufman attempt to defend the play of DMc. He really couldn’t. So, he instead focused on blocking schemes and hoping that McF would some day do something (accompanying footage showed DmC being swarmed under each time he carried) other than what he has done for Oaktown.

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post!

  • Norco Bob

    Usually I find the silliness around here as funny,…but clearly old kell the troll and miserable MR have crossed a line,..both are in real personal trouble,…first of all, for a man of kells age to be having blog fights is really scary,…(not to mention posting all that personal info),..and MR, that one really cought me off guard,..I used to think he was a hip Sactown dude…but it turns out hes a very frustrated young fan, (I think hes young anyway), that cant seem to enjoy sports for what it is,…entertainment, for good or for bad,…and I feel they both are mad that old Al has succeeded so much, globally known, in hall of fame…it makes them realize how little they have accomplished,…as I said, old kell I can understand his fratration, hes old, likely not doing well financially, etc…miserable MR, theres still hope for you,..might want to scale back your Raider interest for a while,…as its clear you only enjoy them when they are winning,…what do they call that?…fair weathered fans?…

  • fat kidd