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Morrison still finds the bright side

Even Captain Delusional conceded the third-round tender placed upon him by the Raiders stung a little bit.

“It’s hard to really kind of fathom it,” Raiders linebacker Kirk Morrison said on an episode of ESPN’s “Jim Rome is Burning” to guest host Marcellus Wiley. “You understand that, OK, here I am, putting in this hard work, feeling like I was very deserving of being put on a higher pedestal, but the organization didn’t see it that way.

“I don’t get mad about it. I don’t get frustrated about it. My thing is to go out and work hard this offeason, be a more productive linebacker next year. Be better.”

“Captain Delusional” is the nickname used good-naturedly by some Bay Area media with regard to Morrison because of his ability to paint even the most dire situation in a positive light. Give up 200 yards rushing? No worries. Just a couple of big plays or trick plays. A one-sided loss? A springboard to togetherness and better days ahead.

We know, of course, Morrison may be thinking other things. But he’s a team-first guy who won’t start fires in the media, from whom never is heard a discouraging word.

Morrison has led the Raiders in tackles for each of the last five seasons, but was given a third-round tender while Stanford Routt was given a first- and third. Thomas Howard was given a second. Ricky Brown was given a second. Even Hiram Eugene got a second.

The message seems clear enough _ the Raiders were inviting teams to make an offer and would take the draft pick in return. Short of that, with the restricted free agent market as slow as molasses, Morrison could be part of a trade as the draft approaches.

“I understand it’s a business and I want to make sure I go ou tthere and whatever happens in this free agency thing, whatever team I play for, whether it be the Raiders or whoever else, that I go out there and give 110 percent and move forward.”

And although the Raiders will ultimately determine where Morrison plays, the Captain’s public stance is that he’s in control of his destiny.

“I’m excited for the situation I’m in right now because I do have the opportunity to explore my options, figure out what’s best for Kirk Morrison,” Morrison said. “A lot of teams, they want to do what’s best for them. I have the opportunity now to see what’s best for Kirk Morrison and where his career can go.”

Morrison said there has been interest from other teams which he declined to name but promised “Over the next couple of weeks there’s going to be a lot of action going on because of the draft, trades, different things. I’m just kind of sitting back, waiting around.”

Morrison talked in diplomatic terms of the Donovan McNabb trade from Philadelphia to Washington, painting it as a good deal for both teams and lauding his skills as a quarterback, and gave the company line “open competition” answer when queried about JaMarcus Russell and Bruce Gradkowski and their battle to be the Raiders quarterback.

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  • http://ibbahttp://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 4evaRaider

    thats a very good question Fat Kidd

  • Ryan

    4eva,

    Kirk doesn’t have 10 teammates, or Kirk doesn’t stick his head in the hole?

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    is Kirk repub-o-crat ???

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Then, why is it that the Oakland Raiders can’t teach quality football?

  • fat kidd

    if jack bauer walked in and asked for a orange coolatta i bet they would have one

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    Ryan Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 5:03 pm
    4eva,

    Kirk doesn’t have 10 teammates, or Kirk doesn’t stick his head in the hole?

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    there are times when some of us did think Kirk had his head in his hole…

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    fat kidd Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    if jack bauer walked in and asked for a orange coolatta i bet they would have one

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    they would have milked that orange coolatta from anywhere they could have gotten it…

    no matter how much it hurt…

  • raidertalk

    Damn!
    We could have drafted DHB and Rey Maluaga if we would have traded down last year! 6th pick overall ARGHH. Hold on to hats this year.

    We should just trade away our first round pick for some veteran. Its too much pressure to make a high first round pick and you end up losing the great talent in the lower rounds.

  • Ryan

    Raidertalk,

    They did that once. Remember Randy Moss?

  • fat kidd

    no who is randy moss ?

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    randy moss is weak…

    Jack Bauer could kill him with a sponge and half a cup of water…

  • YoungAmerican

    I’ll tell you what, guys, I wouldn’t mind seeing Big Al trade the top half of the draft for Jason Campbell, Albert Haynesworth, and Jared Gaither.

  • YoungAmerican

    Then again, I also wouldn’t mind reuniting Tony Pike and Mardy Gilyard.

  • DKnight007

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 3:50 pm
    http://images.huffingtonpost.com/gen/123234/AL-DAVIS.jpg

    ^^^^^^^
    Someone needs to photoshop and manip this picture of the old man into the Emperor from Star Wars!

    This is the wrong site to find someone to do it though!

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    pete…

    bauer is also a scandinavian name….

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Randy Moss, the most Dangerous Deep Threat in NFL History.

    Whom, deep-ball genius (who will remain nameless) couldn’t figure out.

  • JB

    # YoungAmerican Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    I’ll tell you what, guys, I wouldn’t mind seeing Big Al trade the top half of the draft for Jason Campbell, Albert Haynesworth, and Jared Gaither.
    ****************

    Even if AD thought this was a good deal he wouldn’t because Shannahan would be involved in the deal and AD knows Shannahan is out to screw him because he screwed Shannahan. What goes around comes around.

  • DKnight007

    RaiderNsuede Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 4:33 pm
    Signed Chris Cooper

    ^^^^^^^^
    Makes me want to buy Season Tickets!!

    LMAO! Yeah…..riiiiiiiight! haha

  • Mistabr0wn

    KKKell I’m for bringing in J Campbell and cutting JaMeatloaf loose. What does that do to your race baiting buffoonery angle ?

  • fat kidd

    i googled randy moss it says he was a cancar in the raiders locker room and is in his last year at new england because he wore out his welcome there

  • Mistabr0wn

    KKKell, you should watch Glenn Beck tonight he goes through Barback’s entire past. Turns out purple lips is quite the luvver of Karl Marx, Sol Alinsky, and redistributing wealth. His Dad is a convicted Communist, his mom & dad both abandoned little Barback..

    Imagine ALL that eh KKKell?

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    La Milicia Negra Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    pete…

    bauer is also a scandinavian name….

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    you better not say that to his face…

    that would really piss him off…

    then he would have to kick all of your butts THREE times…

    and he can do it…

    right after he saves the United States of America…

    again…

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    Jack Bauer could take out Glenn Beck with a fart…

    the only reason he doesn’t ???

    Beck’s the only one who makes him laugh…

  • fat kidd

    “Only in his wildest dreams could an actual suicide bomber hope to do as much damage to this country as Glenn Beck does every day.” …

  • inonewordraider

    I always liked the fact that Al takes care of his players but to give Brown, Eugene, and Routt the tenders he gave them is a slap in the face to Kirk Morrison who’s been a great locker room guy and spokesman and has never missed a start. Say what you want about needing an upgrade, Al did him dirty

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Al Davis, “The Deep Ball Guru” can’t work with The Greatest Deep Ball Threat Of All-Time?

  • Mistabr0wn

    KKKell I didnt get your answer maybe you missed my post..
    ____

    KKKell I’m for bringing in J Campbell and cutting JaMeatloaf loose. What does that do to your race baiting buffoonery angle ?

  • fat kidd

    Glenn Beck (born February 10, 1964) is a right-wing American talk show host and a dick. His nationally syndicated
    Beck also tours twice a year with a one-man stage show that combines alleged comedy with so-called inspirational speaking. His last tour was called “An Inconvenient Tour.” Either Beck really loves the word “inconvenient” or he thinks he’s making fun of al gore

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    fat kidd Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 5:28 pm
    “Only in his wildest dreams could an actual suicide bomber hope to do as much damage to this country as Glenn Beck does every day.” …

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    this may be the only serious comment i make tonight…

    Glen Beck is a completely un-educated buffoon…

    he has never completed one single college coarse…

    which, of course, qualifies him to be the spokesman for the un-educated and illiterate…

  • Ryan

    Florida Pete Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 5:33 pm
    fat kidd Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 5:28 pm
    “Only in his wildest dreams could an actual suicide bomber hope to do as much damage to this country as Glenn Beck does every day.” …

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    this may be the only serious comment i make tonight…

    Glen Beck is a completely un-educated buffoon…

    he has never completed one single college coarse…

    which, of course, qualifies him to be the spokesman for the un-educated and illiterate…
    ——————————————-

    But he doesn’t speak for the dems.

    Hoyoo!

    (Before you bash me, I have never heard of Glen Beck, if he isn’t on sports radio, then I don’t know who he is.)

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell
  • Mistabr0wn

    KKKell,
    I’m not clicking any of your links. I have never clicked one EVER. Do you want to answer me or keep ducking ?

  • inonewordraider

    I change my mind about wanting D Williams with the first, Chris Cooper will hold it down at NT

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    So, you’re ignorant by choice, not by chance?

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    KoolKell…

    MistaBrown is not interested in facts…

    he is interested in opinions…

    namely… his own…

  • fat kidd

    are mistabrown and realmaddenraider the same dude

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Dude is a-n-g-r-y!

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    KoolKell Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 5:53 pm
    Dude is a-n-g-r-y!

    ************************

    And you are just a daily casual walk in the park aren’t you?

  • Mistabr0wn

    KKKell equates me dropping kicking him into next week as anger.

    lol

  • Seymour Bush

    Florida Pete Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    KoolKell…

    MistaBrown is not interested in facts…
    =============================================

    Don’t really see the words mistabrOwn and facts able to coexist in the same sentence. Words like mistabrOwn and bile, and filth, and assinine, fit in the same sentences nicely.

  • M Lonetree

    just call MR – KiffinRaider
    just call KK – SappRaider
    just call MrBrown – MeAngeloRaider

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Hey Vegas

    Don’t talk to me about disingenuous, ok? I’m not taking any holier than thou bullshyt from anybody here. I know better.

  • Mistabr0wn

    Oh nice, another empty headed ingrate has arrived!

    Oakglen Bush! Wheres your right tit TJ ?

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Vegas

    What do you think about all the wingnut death threats to Democrats?

  • Mistabr0wn

    Wow..the anger @ KKKell
    Whats it like to live in your world of hypocrisy ?
    lmao

    _______

    # KoolKell Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Hey Vegas

    Don’t talk to me about disingenuous, ok? I’m not taking any holier than thou bullshyt from anybody here. I know better.

  • Mistabr0wn

    KKKell, A Breitbart has offered 10,000 to anybody producing a audio of racial slurs at the Capitol!

    Imagine not ONE person has produced THAT audio…he is going to donate the 10,000 to a afr amer charity, too bad no audio exists eh race baiter ?

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Mr BrownStains,

    What do you think of Obama’s Nuclear Arms Treaty with the Russians?

  • Mistabr0wn

    How about the death threats to G Bush? Those were ok right KKKell, in your world of hypocrisy there are no boundaries, right?

    How about the death threats EVERY congressman, senator, VP, and Pres gets? Reality is such a B-I-T-C-H for you left wing nut jobs hmm

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Wasn’t being disingenuous or being “holier than thou”.

    Just stating the obvious, that you are one of the more angriest of the frequent posters on here.

    It’s your schtick. You are mad at Al, and let us know every day.

    Angry all day just about everyday.

  • Mistabr0wn

    KKKell, what do you think about answering post #277 and then i’ll get to your question, sound good ?