Did Brown get cut to save Mitchell?


I’m not familiar with Andy Slater or South Florida radio, but if Stevie Brown is the Raiders final cut and Quinton Groves is the starting weak side linebacker, then it’s possible he knows someone in within the walls of 1220 Harbor Bay Parkway.

Slater is a talk show host on on 640 WTFL Florida. He began tweeting this morning that coaches were lobbying to cut safety Mike Mitchell, who was a controversial second-round draft pick out of Ohio last year, and that they were lobbying in favor of Brown, the seventh-round pick out of Michigan.

According to his biography on the radio station Web site, “Andy also worked for Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders organization. Slater had the unique privilege of being the tech who prepared the breakdown of NFL game film and present it to players and coaches during their meetings . At an early age Andy Slater went where the rest of media could not go….deep inside.

Both Brown and Mitchell were on the field when the Raiders practiced today. Brown even spoke to the media about making the 53-man roster.

The Raiders still had one move to make but have declined to make an announcement until the list has gone through league channels.

Here is a list of tweets from the Twitter page AndySlater on Twitter which started hours ago:

— allblacklouie they don’t believe he’s that good… and also other factors… trade is possible, but prob. unlikely from AD now.

— @allblacklouie Brown has to clear waivers. Can’t say it enough how much everyone in org. wants Mitchell gone. AD final say. about 2 hours ago via web in reply to allblacklouie

— Starting LBs will be Wimbley, McClain, Groves about 2 hours ago via web

— Brown gone. RT @allblacklouie Hey @AndySlater If we don’t keep 5 safeties, it will be Hiram Eugene who’s cut not Brown or Mitchell about 3 hours ago via web

— Cutting Stevie Brown wasn’t a decision many in the organization are happy with. Seems like AD didn’t want the bad PR cutting Mitchell about 3 hours ago via web

— The Raiders have officially cut Stevie Brown. He is the final cut. Mike Mitchell stays. about 3 hours ago via web

— Team is calling around checking for interest in Mike Mitchell before 6:00pm ET for a late rd. pick.
about 5 hours ago via web

— Coaches are trying their best to have Stevie Brown make team and not Mitchell… We’ll find out what Al Davis decided shortly. about 5 hours ago via web

— Kenzel_D I hear ya… Coaches want Brown, not Mitchell. Let’s see if it sticks after practice. about 7 hours ago via web in reply to Kenzel_D

— LB Travis Goethel has made the active roster. DT Desmond Bryant has made the active roster.
about 7 hours ago via web

— Depsite reports, the Raiders are not keeping 5 safeties. As I stated prior, one will be cut after practice. Mitchell or Brown about 7 hours ago via web

— @GdaRAIDER408 then don’t pay attention. If you’ve been following me for two years on Raiders news, I let my track record speak for itself. about 7 hours ago via web in reply to GdaRAIDER408

— If Raiders release Mitchell, it’s obviously bad PR. 2nd rounder from ’09, very questionable in first place. What will Al do….. about 7 hours ago via web

— Let me be clear, for those tweeting me on Mitchell/Raiders, coaches do NOT want him. Addition by subtraction. Still no announcement
about 7 hours ago via web.

— If Al does overturn the decision to cut Mike Mitchell, it was SOLELY be b/c it doesn’t look good. Bad PR. Raiders coaches don’t want him. about 8 hours ago via web

— Al Davis is going to have the final word on Mike Mitchell. Right now he is cut… Will Al overturn it? Find out shortly. #raiders about 8 hours ago via web

— Oakland Raiders cuts should be coming shortly… Last minute decision making with a few players going on right now #nfl about 9 hours ago via web


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  • RaiderLen


  • How much trade value do these safeties have with Ed Reed not able to go right now?

  • Sweep The Leg.


    Is it all on the field stuff or is he a bad locker room guy?

    I have never heard of the latter.

  • Just Fire Baby

    @GdaRAIDER408 then don’t pay attention. If you’ve been following me for two years on Raiders news, I let my track record speak for itself.
    about 7 hours ago via web in reply to GdaRAIDER408


    408 giving this guy the business, lol

  • Guy

    Brown cut over Eugene….

  • Just Fire Baby

    What are the other issues with MM34.

    Seems like a bible-thumping guy according to this twitter, who is always smiling and happy for teammates on the sidelines.

  • GG

    Andy Slater is the guy who posts as WDR (Willis Da Raider) on Raiderfans.net, where the site owner is a freelance photographer who often takes photos of Raiders games, and they use Raiderfans.net to charge people for “inside info” on the Raiders which comes thru Andy Slater and whoever the fox in the hole is in Alameda that he gets info from.

  • Eugene got a 2nd round tender. Cutting one or the other is not going to look good.

  • fat kidd

    Sam Hurd bets on himself and wins
    According to Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys told wide receiver Sam Hurd that they could only guarantee his roster spot if he took a pay cut from his $1.759 million salary.

    Full of confidence that he has value elsewhere, Hurd told them no thanks.

    And the Cowboys kept him anyway.

    The story reminds us of the scene in last week’s Hard Knocks where Jets quarterback Kellen Clemens accepts a pay cut to keep his roster spot. It’s a high stakes game of poker and this time Hurd won, successfully calling the Cowboys’ bluff.

    Hurd enjoyed a fine Saturday, but many other Cowboys weren’t so lucky. Fourth and Long winner Jesse Holley was among those released by the team. Cornerback Cletis Gordon also surprisingly got the boot.
    The team kept only two tight ends and three cornerbacks, indicating they aren’t done making moves. So maybe Hurd shouldn’t spend that money just yet.with Michael Huff on the trade block there might be some truth to the Marion Barber trade after all.

  • If the Raiders cut Stevie Brown and start Groves at OLB, Slater will look pretty smart now won’t he?

  • RaiderRetribution

    No way in Hell Mike Mitchell should get cut. He is one of their best DBs, one of the best tacklers on the entire defensive unit.

    That would be the dumbest move since letting Marcus Allen go to KC, Stabler going to Houston, and Casper going to another team.

    Brown completely outplayed Eugene. Eugene’s special teams was nothing to brag about either.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Slaters’ last tweet:

    @knightTEK From what I know, yes, Mitchell is gone. Doubt Al Davis will step in and change it in this case.
    about 1 hour ago via web

  • Sweep The Leg.

    Stevie seemed like a guy who just had “it”.

    Maybe they think Mitchell just doesn’t.

    I always hate it when a guys draft position keeps him around, rather than keep the best player.

    That being said, I have the opinion that Mitchell is going to be a good safety.

    Who knows how accurate this guys info is.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Groves starting over Scott, I don’t see that happening either.

  • GG

    This is a good example of why MM is useful to have…


  • PurpleDrank81


  • Raiders 4 Life

    The only thing that does not makes sense with this ‘info’ is that MM played a lot of first team nickel. If the coaches were not high on him, would they have done this. I will say this – If MM gets cut and this story comes true, you will have to give AD a TON of credit for listening to his staff…..In this staff I trust.

  • Just Fire Baby

    MM34 had his best preseason moment blowing up Forsett the other night.

    Wonder why the coaches hate him so much, or do they just love Stevie?

    Either way, I am pretty sure there is at least a tad bit of truth from this guy. We know how this organization works, the guy doing the cut-ups might not more than the Head Coach.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Mitchell laid Seahawks reciever out, with a clean hit.

    raider coaches are always talking about improving their tackling.

    Raiders cut Mitchell the coaching staff doesn’t give a damn about tackling.

  • RaiderLen

    Raiders transactions list. Stevie Brown CUT!

  • GG

    I don’t see why Eugene is the one who survives above Brown or Mitchell.

  • Guy

    If Stevie Brown goes to another AFC West team I will hate Eugene even more than I do now, which is a lot.

  • raiders22
  • RaiderRetribution

    Stevie Brown should remain on the roster as well he covers and tackles, he is a seventh round steal.

  • Stevie Brown was a college LB who was really drafted to play ST’s. This kid is a heady kid who just happens to make plays. Over and over again.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Guess I should have never got that Stevie Brown Tattoo

  • RaiderRetribution

    Also why just cut Mitchell when we can easily get at least a 5th for him.

  • SinceFrankYouellField

    One hit does not necessarily make one the Safety to keep.

  • EMRaiders

    Tough call. MM has become somewhat of a fan fav. But Stevie has shown promise and made more plays than MM has this preseason. decisions decisions…

    The only problem I see here is if AD is holding on to MM solely because of image. Going against what the coaches want, once again, and doing something that could derail whatever good chemistry this team had going. There always has to be drama in Oakland.

    No need to say this, but the sensible move would be to keep them both and letting Eugene go.

  • # raiders22 Says:
    September 4th, 2010 at 6:57 pm


    brown’s a goner

    NOOOO! Not Swayze! How could the Turk get Swayze?

  • BoJacks

    # Just Fire Baby Says:
    September 4th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    What are the other issues with MM34.

    Seems like a bible-thumping guy according to this twitter, who is always smiling and happy for teammates on the sidelines.
    This is totally a guess….BUT, I usually see Mitchell jawing at the other team after a play, no matter how small. Looks really bush league on TV, reminded me of James Trapp. Maybe he crosses the line b/t being fired up and being an ass.

  • GG

    Now im pissed off with the coaches and Al.

  • TownRaider510

    They cut Brown, not on the active roster..

  • PurpleDrank81

    Im out yall

  • SinceFrankYouellField

    MM should have taken a cue from George Atkinston….who once told me he would often quietly invite receivers to come into the dark zone and visit him and Jack. He said they usually didn’t come back with much strong intention of catching a pass. Sammy White was one of them.

    MM needs to learn to “speak softly and carry a big stick”.

  • SinceFrankYouellField

    Sorry I typo’s on GA’s last name….

  • SinceFrankYouellField


    Story is…..coaches wanted to cut Mitchell and Al wanted to cut Brown. So which are you mad at???? Can’t be both, can it ??? Unless….like a lot of us….you’re upset with both cuz they didn’t cut Eugene.

  • GG

    Yeah i know what the story is, and im saying im upset with both coaches/Al that Eugene makes the roster.

  • Coach on Wheels

    Mitchell was kept just b/c Al doesn’t want Maylock and Co to say, “told you.” Of course, now Al looks double bad b/c he is an NFL owner and needs to be above that.

    MM play has not been good. Oh yeah his hit was fun but he lost the Sea game if a penalty didn’t save him. SFs passing TD he was standing behind the WR in the endzone covering nothing. He can’t cover. That’s not a good DB.

    Hope Brown makes it to the practice squad.

    First bad move of 2010. Not a big deal but disappointing.

  • not stevie brown??

  • snnyjcbs

    Give me a break, this clown is looking for his 3 minutes of fame. “the coaches want this and the coaches do not want that” lol.

    “Des Bryant makes the team”, Des Bryant was always going to make the team idiot. How do you pawn this garbage off as News? Hiram Eugene would have went before Mitchell. And this guy talks “track record”, you have to be joking lol.

  • ubbrooks

    how in the world is hiram still on this team he couldnt tackle betty white if his life depended on it