Brown signed, McClain, Houston remain


The Raiders announced the signing of Michigan safety Stevie Brown, taken in the seventh round of the draft.

All that remains are the top two picks _ Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain and Texas defensive tackle Lamarr Houston.

Houston said in a phone interview he was leaving negotiations up to his agent (Jordan Woy) but expected to be in uniform and practicing when the Raiders hold a double session a week from today.

Although the NFL released the Raiders reporting date as July 28, players actually arrive a day earlier, on Tuesday, and will spend Wednesday in a series of meetings in preparation for the first practices.

Coach Tom Cable will speak to the media Wednesday.

Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant is the only wide receiver to have signed so far. Last year at this time, just two first-round picks had signed.

As the No. 8 overall pick, McClain can expect a contract roughly equivalent to last year’s No. 7 selection, Darrius Heyward-Bey. Heyward-Bey received $23.5 million in guaranteed money.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • I’m gonna buy a jersey soon to wear to the Bears game… not sure which one though.

    Miller or Bush or Gallery or Branch or Southwick.

  • Cable fired yet? I don’t even want him around the team in his new reduced role as Timeout Coordinator.

    Do we have a decent o-line yet? Oh, we have some rookies you say? Wow.

  • Totally agree Bo

  • RNOraiderFan

    we sign our 2 top picks….BOOM instant credibility on D,imo
    Check post #140. I don’t think we can ever count on young guys. Gallery, D-Mac, DHB, Huff, Russell, Over the past 10 years the Raiders have had some horrible luck with young guys. Even ASO did not do anything his first year or second year.

  • r8eray

    It’s nice to see you guys (Vegas, 4eva, M Lon, Bo, exla, 24, and all who I forgot) again and chat some silver n black! Just a couple more weeks till we play them COWGIRLS!!!!
    How about them RAIDERS!!!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Go with Pain McClain, BSJ.

    He will be around for awhile.

    What would the number be for Southwick? 3:14

  • Yo Dakota!

    Hope Long Worthy Dakota is all good! and da Mrs!


  • Rno….

    I got a feeling all of our youngins will do exceptionally well….DHB BABY!

  • oops…. missesd #155

  • Hey Vegas, who do you want fired?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Tom Cable is going to be around for a while, IMO.

    Now that his role is reduced to an appropriate level, he can get back to bible-thumping, rallying the troops and squelling on the sideline.

    JFB = a Tom Cable fan

  • 4evaRaider Says:
    July 23rd, 2010 at 10:32 am
    Yo Dakota!

    Hope Long Worthy Dakota is all good! and da Mrs!

    Long Worthy is doing great…he is 23 lbs at 22 weeks…97th percentile in weight and 95th percentile in length…I am slipping him HGH in his rice cereal….he’ll be the LT the Raiders have been looking for!

  • Just Fire Baby


    Thankfully Kirk and Jamarcus have been outed, that was mission number one.

    If I had to give my top one I would say Lawton. He needs to go, with Routt narrowly getting edged out for the top spot.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Frozen kidneys as a chew toy, Dakota.

    Worked wonders for Marinovich.

  • r8eray

    Cable is alright…did you guys see the ESPN special?
    Cable seems to be a down to earth guy..kinda!

  • What would the number be for Southwick?


    Instead of numbers I want the block letters “GM” lol

  • HayesDaze37

    It’s a great week-before-Camp to be a Raiders fan! Isn’t it?

    If the Raiders are at least 2-2 after 4 games, and anywhere near .500 by mid-season, Cable and staff will be doing a great job. I think the staff believe they can get the job done, even believing in Cable.

    Even in a “fair” competition for the starter’s job. Jason Campbell has a HUGE leg-up on Grads, taking into account his experience, ability, and the time he’s spent working/gelling with his new team this off-season. Timing is everything, and Grads is gonna be rusty. Also…Grads already doesn’t have a cannon arm when healthy — how’s he going to sling it, at least early on?

    What Cable and Jason Campbell have in common is they both seem to have their TEAM believing in them. That’s huge, and that’s been missing for the longest time here. Everybody on the same page? Seems close to it, if not right on.

    When McClain and Houston get on the field, the Defense will be dynamic all over the field. McClain is large, but his presence on the field might be even larger — he’s a real leader. If he’s relatively as athletic against the pros as he was against college players, he’s going to be a great LB for a long time.

    A whole new energy is being brought by this newer, younger Raiders team. The players (and us fans) will really feel a difference in energy when this team realizes its potential.

    It’s hard not to see the potential this team has, considering the amount of work they’ve put in, and the changes they’ve made.

    Lots to be optimistic about!

  • 8)…. it about time someone did anyone did “anything” 2 help the TEAM,Dakota!!!! lol!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • r8eray

    Hayes, every team in the NFL is coming into the season with a 0-0 record. The Raiders have a clean slate with a new look. A beefed up defense and a new QB…of course everyone is excited about this up coming season. I can’t remeber me being this optimistic since 2000-2001 campaign!

  • RNOraiderFan

    I got a feeling all of our youngins will do exceptionally well….DHB BABY!
    I hope your right. I was born at Kaiser Hosp in Heyward and grew up in Alameda right in eyesight of the collseum. I can’t take the Raiders being this down for this long, Its messin with my mind. Another losing season or a few more draft busts and I might need to see a head doc or something.

  • So nice to be free of the drama of the last few years. No DeAngelo, Kiffin, Russell, jawgate. I just camp goes smoothly with no pissy players, QB controversy or major injuries.

    First game in 20 days! Is DMAC hurt yet?

  • RNOraiderFan

    Post #172, great post! I hope so. I’m feelin it too. But doubt is a hard thing to shake.

  • Lets see if we can predict Jerry’s next “Camp Questions” post:

    > Who can win the RT spot?
    > Will Tommy Kelly start?
    > Can Routt play nickle?
    > Jon Condo to the HOF?

  • `

  • HayesDaze37

    The new O-Linemen will need to get good in a hurry. Gallery’s back, but how IS his back?? He’s so good now, and such a steadying influence on Mario, that he needs to be back 100%…and who really knows after back surgery?

    If Gallery really is (and can stay) back, I predict he will be a longtime Raiders legend, spoken of like we speak of the greats today. His attitude, personality, and community attachment speak volumes about the guy. Gallery’s a classic Raiders player who might be great yet.

    A healthy Gallery means the guys aren’t tossed around the line in patchwork pieces…and the young guys can learn their jobs that much quicker.

  • Glad to see all the regulars are back and posting. By the way, did the Rules Committee do anything with the yard markers that McFadden kept tripping over last year? I was hoping they would lower them.

  • 🙂

  • HayesDaze37

    And…Condo is worth every penny, a super-important and under-appreciated piece of the best kicking game in the NFL.

  • r8eray

    Gallery = HOF?

  • All very good posts indeed HD37!

    we have much 2B excited about this year….no matter the starter at QB,or anywhere else 4 that matter,we have a unified direction now,finslly,imo.Big Al is going with the group from last year,plus a couple of HUGE additions (Hue),imo….

    PLUS we got Houston and McClain and they’re gonna start and produce many 3 and outs

  • HayesDaze37

    Hey, M Lonetree — Was that you on youtube/Kimmel last night? The Double Rainbow Guy??

  • EXLA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    the season starts 2morrow,right?!

  • r8eray

    3 and out back to back to back…just like the Lakers!
    1st and 10, 2nd and 15, 3rd and 20!!!!!
    I love it, can’t wait for this season!!
    Houston will be rookie of the year with 10 sacks!!!
    Write it down, take a picture…I don’t give a fudge!

  • r8eray

    Houston has a chip on his shoulder. Remember April’s draft? Houston was in the green room just like Brady Quinn was a couple of years ago. Name after name being called and no Houston,until the Raiders drafted him.

  • 4evaRaider Says:
    July 23rd, 2010 at 11:17 am
    the season starts 2morrow,right?!
    I can’t f’n wait. Long off season. I hope the player’s play the regular season and hit the owner’s where it hurts. Why not suspend the playoffs until a CBA is agreed to. Last leverage the players have.

  • 9-7 is my prediction.

  • Drown this blog in koolaid!

  • They get paid for the regular season. Extra for playoffs. Hit the Cowgirls, Jet’s etc hard. With their contracts, they need the playoff $$$$$

  • JUST DROWN BABY!!!!!!!!!


    My hope is they use DMC strictly ina Reggie Bush-esque capacity. Give Bush the ball and let him pound the defense. We all saw Bush’s problems with getting winded late in games, I think a healthy dose of the rock consistently, and it’ll will make him a better player mentally and physically.

    What we NEED is a true FB, I’m not sure about the guys we have now..

  • Before I go for the day:

    New Panties

    To spice up her dead sex-life. She puts them on, together with a short skirt and sits on the sofa opposite her husband.

    At strategic moments she uncrosses her legs … enough times that her husband finally asks,

    “Are you wearing crotchless panties?”

    “Y-e-s,” she answers with a seductive smile.

    “Thank God – I thought you were sitting on the cat.”

    He never heard the gunshot.

    Later Raider Nation !



  • r8eray

    Dancing in the streets was the scene in Oakland California as the Raiders finally unloaded JaMarcus [cough] Russell none too soon for Jason Campbell.

    We know that has to be a three to four game improvement right there.

    Without the point spreads involved I run about 80 percent correct most of the time, so this should be a simple breakdown of the Raiders season that will be fairly accurate.

    In handicapping football games correctly, I have no favorites.

    I spent four weeks on Week One of the NFL 2010 season and remember Oakland plays Tennessee on the road the first game.

    After Tennessee’s horrendous start last season at 0-6, I somehow doubt if Jeff Fisher will allow that to happen again.

    That, coupled with new faces in Oakland, the travel, and having to defend one of the premier fantasy running backs in football, Oakland starts off with a loss.

    In fact. this would be a strong pick in Week One, even perhaps surrendering 7-10 points against the spread.

    In week two, we find the Raiders at home playing one of the worst teams in football last season, if not the worst.

    Lets give Raider Nation the benefit of the doubt, and hope you can beat a rookie Sam Bradford and Stephen Jackson.

    Record thus far? 1-1.

    Game three for the Raiders will be a toss-up as they take on the Arizona Cardinals on the road.

    The pass defense will be tested against a big time receiver, but I think they might surprise a few folks on this one. Matt Leinart does not strike fear into the heart of any defense I know.

    They will play the run well, and grab a win on the road. This game is a toss-up prediction wise, but I will most likely pick the Raiders when the time comes. But look for Oakland to be 2-1.

    Week four brings Houston to the Bay Area. This is a dangerous team, especially after their slow starts every season. By now, Houston could be 1-3 and really angry.

    This was a pretty good team last season that just missed the playoffs. If Oakland got by Arizona, most likely they will drop this one.

    Just as easily, they could lose to Arizona, then beat Houston. In all probability the Raiders are 2-2 four games into the season.

    Week five will bring a loss to the Raiders at the hands of the dreaded San Diego Chargers, and send them into a small nosedive. losing a division opener. Overall record? 2-3 now.

    Week six the nosedive continues as the San Francisco 49ers win the battle of the Bay, and climb towards a division crown. The Raiders will now be 2-4.

    Week seven finds the Raiders with their back against the wall, as they take on division rival Denver in Mile High.

    The Denver Broncos are so lost at this point in the season, people are calling for season ticket refunds, as the Raiders add to the misery by winning this one. Oakland is now 3-4.

    In week eight they have Seattle at home in Oakland, and should be settled in enough to get a victory at home and be at 500 ball at 4-4. Seattle isn’t going to beat a lot of teams, same as last year.

    Week nine, and still without a break, the Chiefs come to Alameda. Raiders 24, Chiefs 21. What else is new? Oakland improves to 5-4.

    In Week Ten of the NFL season, they rested, and all was good, as the Raiders have a winning record with nine games in.

    Week 11 takes the team all the way to Pittsburgh, where they lose this one. Hey, so far, I’ve been more than fair. Giving them a win here is not realistic thinking, meaning they will soon be 5-5.

    Week 12: The Dolphins swim into Oakland with Brandon Marshall and company, and this team may be fighting it out with the Jets and Patriots for the AFC East.

    Miami should be improved over last season a bit with that big wide receiver threat, taking the heat off of what were number two, three, and four pass catchers anyway.

    Miami just did not have a number one at wide receiver, Now they do, plus that crazy good ground attack. Check-mate Dolphins, dropping Oakland to 5-6.

    Week 13 is crucial as the Raiders take on San Diego on the road. San Diego sweeps the Raiders for the two games series in 2010. Sorry guys, but you can’t expect to win the division this season.

    Now at 5-7 they have to think about the next season, and give some players a chance to step up. Week 14, however, is a road trip against Jacksonville, which could be tough.

    Going back a game, lets say the Raiders do pull off the upset against San Diego.

    They still lose to the Jags, but they are at 6-7. It is unrealistic to say the Raiders will win on the road in back to back weeks against pretty good teams.

    The Raiders now have Denver in Week 15, but they are the ones sweeping now, as the Broncos go down again, twice in the same season to the hated rivals. Overall, Oakland is now 7-7.

    They lose to the maybe Super Bowl bound Colts again, and drop to 7-8.

    The final week of the season will be for an 8-8 season, which they will pull off by beating the Chiefs again to finish the 2010 campaign.

    There you have it in a nutshell. With my accuracy, and a two game swing at the very most. The Raiders could manage to go 10-6 which is highly unlikely.

    They could also go 6-10 which is not much improvement. This is unlikely also.

    The best projection for the Raiders will be between 7-9 and 9-7 for this season. This makes my number even more relevant as 8-8 looks to be a perfect season projection.

    I think you can bet the eight win total on the Raiders and make some good dough in Vegas this season. Anything over seven wins is the over, I do believe.

  • The off season kool-aid has been an especially sweet mixture!!

    Condo needs a raise IMO.

  • DIRT-LOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hope you are well,Bro!



  • Just Fire Baby

    I remember back in the day when we didn’t get a Jerry Mac report until the next days paper.

    Man life without the blog and twitter updates?? That’s for the birds!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Game three for the Raiders will be a toss-up as they take on the Arizona Cardinals on the road.

    The pass defense will be tested against a big time receiver, but I think they might surprise a few folks on this one. Matt Leinart does not strike fear into the heart of any defense I know.

    They will play the run well, and grab a win on the road. This game is a toss-up prediction wise, but I will most likely pick the Raiders when the time comes. But look for Oakland to be 2-1.


    I will be there, and I have this strange feeling it is going to be a shootout. 34-31 or something crazy like that.