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Moving day for Morrison or Howard?

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, April 23rd, 2010 at 12:36 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Either the Raiders are going to make a move or two with their linebackers or they’re going to have to get a bigger meeting room.

Following the selection of Rolando McClain with their first round pick, the Raiders have 11 linebackers on the roster.

The rundown:

ILB-OLB Ricky Brown, special teams and former contender to start in the middle

LB Isaiah Ekejiuba, a linebacker in name only, a core special teams player.

OLB Quintin Groves, a defensive/end linebacker who is listed as a linebacker on Raiders.com on their roster.

OLB Thomas Howard, a second-round draft pick and a starter since his rookie year. Chances are he’s not starting this year.

MLB Kirk Morrison, the leading tackler for the last five years, due $2.512 million, and probably on his way out one way or another.

OLB David Nixon, practice squad promotion last year who went to camp in 2009 as an undrafted free agent.

OLB Slade Norris, a fourth-round pick last year who didn’t make the 53-man roster, was promoted late in the year and ended season on I.R.

OLB Trevor Scott, moved from defensive end to weakside linebacker, the position Cable said he will play in 2010.

OLB Kamerion Wimbley, acquired from Cleveland for a third-round draft pick, will start on the strong side.

OLB Sam Williams, erstwhile former third-round pick who is at this point a special teams player.

Let’s go ahead assume Texas outside linebacker Sergio Kindle is not an option today, even if he falls to No. 39, unless defensive coordinator John Marshall is tinkering with a 2-6-3 alignment.

If the Raiders make a move with Morrison, it would most likely affect Saturday’s picks than those of today.

The moment McClain was drafted, Morrison’s trade value dropped. Opposing teams realize that with his salary, there is little or no chance he’ll be on the roster this season. With that information, many teams will simply wait until Morrison is cut, then they cans sign him to a lower figure.

The Raiders are known for wanting top dollar, but in Morrison’s case, the market isn’t going to bring them what they hoped to get _ the third-round tender placed on him as a restricted free agency.

Howard’s sitaution is also tenuous, given the commitment to Scott on the weakside and the ability of Mike Mitchell to move into the box in some defensive alignments.

Despite all the starts and tackles, Morrison and Howard aren’t going to bring much in return.

If you want a comp, as they say in the real estate business, look at Ernie Sims, dealt from Detroit to Philadelphia in a three-way deal. Sims, like Morrison and Howard, piled up a lot of tackles on a poor defensive team. But when dealt to Philadelphia in a three-way trade, the Lions got tight end Tony Scheffler and all the Eagles parted with to get Sims was a fifth-round draft pick. Howard was a second-round pick, No. 38 overall.

The Raiders could use Morrison or Howard to pick up an extra late-round pick, or even simply to move up a few spots if they see a player they truly want.

Either that or hold the linebackers meeting at next week’s minicamp in the auditorium.

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  • Coach Elkins

    Fat Kidd..thanks for your attention! I appreciate it!

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    Coach Elkins Says:
    April 23rd, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    You are all doing what I expect you to do…what I want you to do!

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

    yes i am…

    but only because i wanted you to want me to do this !!!

  • ALSSOUL

    cody cody cody

  • raiders22

    elkins do you know football? ever played? if youve played, what position did your best player on your team play, speaking for the defensice side of the ball. MLB! AIT ALL STARTS THERE, AND WE’VE BEEN LACKING SINCE THE DAYS OF (GULP) GREG BIEKERT. its that simple bud

  • Seymour Bush

    2nd round is a value round. Lots of nice players in the next two rounds.

  • Coach Elkins

    lol @ Florida

  • Nnamdi21

    Coach Elkins Says:
    April 23rd, 2010 at 2:06 pm
    Our coaching staff got hypnotized into picking McClain….sure we passed up on Bryant and Spiller…

    Draft hype gets someone every year…this year it got us…

    We can still fix it…with a trade TODAY

    =========================

    Your high.

    “Hypnotized” into drafting a run stuffer for a run defense thats been a cellar dweller for years. Hooo kaaaay…

    Spiller? Get a grip, we’ve got 2 good RBs, why pay another RB 8th overall money when we payed DMC 4th overall?

    Bryant? Even the Cowboys reached for this trouble making loser and the only reason they did it is because they have a comprehansive babysitting program already in place from their other failed malcontents.

    Irvin pizzes me off with his holier than thou BS. He was one of the biggest coke freaks in the League back in the day.

  • No Mas Diamante

    Coach Troll,
    like I said move on…

  • fat kidd

    Florida Pete Says:
    April 23rd, 2010 at 2:08 pm
    Coach Elkins Says:
    April 23rd, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    You are all doing what I expect you to do…what I want you to do!

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

    yes i am…

    but only because i wanted you to want me to do this !!!
    no your both doing what i want you to do continue

  • ALSSOUL

    hope pats r willing 2 trade with us.

  • Coach Elkins

    My best defensive player plays strong safety my friend

  • Seymour Bush

    Terrance Cody can dominate a bunch of grown up high schoolers. Cody is NOT going to be able to dominate grown professional athletes.

  • Thec07

    Irvin pizzes me off with his holier than thou BS. He was one of the biggest coke freaks in the League back in the day.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    “Was” He probably still is a base smoker….

  • Kirk

    As much as I hat to say it, Cody with the next pick and then scramble to get O line help any way possible after that.

    Who knows, maybe Campbell will be available with our 3rd pick.

  • Coach Elkins

    We don’t have a 3rd down back…a shifty kr type like Sproles…which is what Spiller is!

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    fat kidd Says:
    April 23rd, 2010 at 2:10 pm
    Florida Pete Says:
    April 23rd, 2010 at 2:08 pm
    Coach Elkins Says:
    April 23rd, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    You are all doing what I expect you to do…what I want you to do!

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

    yes i am…

    but only because i wanted you to want me to do this !!!

    ——————————————————————–

    no your both doing what i want you to do continue

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

    are you suggesting that i didn’t know you wanted me to want him to want me to do this ???

    you are high !!!

  • Nnamdi21

    Florida Pete Says:
    April 23rd, 2010 at 1:59 pm
    fat kidd Says:
    April 23rd, 2010 at 1:49 pm
    Florida Pete Says:
    April 23rd, 2010 at 1:47 pm
    Brian Price

    can he disarm a electro magnetic pulse bomb?

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

    Jack Bauer cannot take time away from saving the United States of America…

    again…

    just to make Raider Nation happy…

    although I do believe he would be more than happy to disarm an electro magnetic pulse bomb…

    ==========================

    There is no America. There are no countries, only multi national corporations.

  • fat kidd

    we need too draft somebody tough like horshack from the movie watchmen

  • Nnamdi21

    fat kidd Says:
    April 23rd, 2010 at 2:13 pm
    we need too draft somebody tough like horshack from the movie watchmen

    =====================

    Now you can officially fu-k off.

  • Coach Elkins

    Nhamdi 21….well said!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Trade DMAC for picks!

    And by “picks”, I mean fro combs!

  • Nnamdi21

    Thec, lol!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Faph57A7Kg0 r8eray

    FattyKidd, don’t know if I ever watched that cartoon!

  • Thec07

    If I am not mistaken, EMP device to be effective it would need to be detonated in the Air…

  • RaiderResurrection

    HEre’s the deal guys.

    Al Davis can’t run a team in modern free agency. Any decent minded GM would’ve dealt Morrison a week ago before the draft, because he is a proven commodity. Al screwed up because he couldn’t get anything in return.

  • raiders22

    you never put your best player at safety if you dont have a stud mlb. thats like puting your best player on offense at wr when you have no qb. whats the point?

    youre telling me you put your best player 10-15 yards away from the line of scrimmage huh? genius!

  • Nnamdi21

    Coach Elkins Says:
    April 23rd, 2010 at 2:12 pm
    We don’t have a 3rd down back…a shifty kr type like Sproles…which is what Spiller is!

    ======================

    We will draft Owusu Ansuh.

  • fat kidd

    Nnamdi21 Says:
    April 23rd, 2010 at 2:13 pm
    Florida Pete Says:
    April 23rd, 2010 at 1:59 pm
    fat kidd Says:
    April 23rd, 2010 at 1:49 pm
    Florida Pete Says:
    April 23rd, 2010 at 1:47 pm
    Brian Price

    can he disarm a electro magnetic pulse bomb?

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

    Jack Bauer cannot take time away from saving the United States of America…

    again…

    just to make Raider Nation happy…

    although I do believe he would be more than happy to disarm an electro magnetic pulse bomb…

    ==========================

    There is no America. There are no countries, only multi national corporations.

    …………………………………….if there is no america there is no jack bauer ,but since he is on every week that means that there is a america and a guy who can fly a helicopter fire a gun at bad guys and eat lunch with a pitchfork stuck in his shoulder

  • Coach Elkins

    No..I put him on the LOS…he drops prior to the snap….similar to Palamalou

  • Thec07

    Two folks I really cant stand, no make that 3;
    1. Michael Irvin, <—– Big Lip Basehead
    2. Shannon Sharpe <—–Mr. Ed, Horse Face
    3. Tom Jackson <——- Gorrila Face

  • DirtyRaccoon

    We will trade out from 39.

  • ALSSOUL

    40yrs of the nation n did get 1st rd pick right but 2nd who knows brown campbell n my pic cody then do bama 3 with og johnson n heck in 4th the cb kr from bamma 2.

  • Nnamdi21

    Thec07 Says:
    April 23rd, 2010 at 2:15 pm
    If I am not mistaken, EMP device to be effective it would need to be detonated in the Air…

    ====================

    MORE effective, but would do electronic damage none the less…

  • mexican raider

    Please Al Draft Clausen or B. Campbell, and then trade for Albert

  • ALSSOUL

    time 4 a team shot gulp yessssss

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Faph57A7Kg0 r8eray

    Report: Raiders eying offensive tackles
    Posted by Evan Silva on April 23, 2010 5:14 PM ET
    According to NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora, the Raiders are eying offensive tackles with the 39th overall pick.

    It’s another indication that owner Al Davis is not ready to give up on 2007 No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell, who recently weighed in at 290 pounds.

    In particular, La Canfora says the Raiders are high on Indiana’s Rodger Saffold. Saffold, a four-year starter for the football-challenged Hoosiers, appears to be higher on Davis’ draft board than popular first-round Raiders mock pick Bruce Campbell and Charles Brown, an athletic two-year starter from USC.

    Saffold has been projected to to play right tackle, left guard, and possibly left tackle — his college position — at the next level. He was also heavily rumored to Indianapolis in the first round, before the Colts settled on pass rusher Jerry Hughes.

  • raiders22

    so youre essentially playing him as a lb, thus proving my point. hes playing right in the middle of your d. thats where the best player has to be, and now ours is. thats all im saying here.

    kirk was servicable, but nowhere near our best player. and trust me i love the guy,hes been my favorite raider ever since i read a pre-draft article on him in the argus before we picked him in the 3rd that year. hes an awesome person, met him a couple times signed stuff for me, hes awesome. just not that good

  • fat kidd

    raiders22 Says:
    April 23rd, 2010 at 2:24 pm
    so youre essentially playing him as a lb, thus proving my point. hes playing right in the middle of your d. thats where the best player has to be, and now ours is. thats all im saying here.

    kirk was servicable, but nowhere near our best player. and trust me i love the guy,hes been my favorite raider ever since i read a pre-draft article on him in the argus before we picked him in the 3rd that year. hes an awesome person, met him a couple times signed stuff for me, hes awesome. just not that good
    ………………………………………………..kirk was servicable you say …..what the heck i mean holy crap!! what does the emterprise and capt. kirk have too do with football

  • DKnight007

    r8eray Says:
    April 23rd, 2010 at 2:22 pm
    Report: Raiders eying offensive tackles
    Posted by Evan Silva on April 23, 2010 5:14 PM ET
    According to NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora, the Raiders are eying offensive tackles with the 39th overall pick.

    It’s another indication that owner Al Davis is not ready to give up on 2007 No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell, who recently weighed in at 290 pounds.

    In particular, La Canfora says the Raiders are high on Indiana’s Rodger Saffold. Saffold, a four-year starter for the football-challenged Hoosiers, appears to be higher on Davis’ draft board than popular first-round Raiders mock pick Bruce Campbell and Charles Brown, an athletic two-year starter from USC.

    Saffold has been projected to to play right tackle, left guard, and possibly left tackle — his college position — at the next level. He was also heavily rumored to Indianapolis in the first round, before the Colts settled on pass rusher Jerry Hughes.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Saffold would be a solid pick….more experienced than Campbell and is bigger, stronger and more versatile than Brown.

  • fat kidd

    maybe we should draft a klingon

  • fat kidd

    hey my slapchop wont open up for easy cleaning

  • Rhino

    caos Alvin hahahahaha