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Eugene, Loper as starters?

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 at 4:16 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Contract figures made available to Bay Area News Group indicate the Raiders may be looking at free safety Hiram Eugene and guard Daniel Loper as potential starters.

Eugene, signed before last Thursday’s deadline, signed a four-year contract which pays him $2 million this year, $2.25 million in 2012, $2.75 million in 2013 and $3.25 million in 2014.

It’s enough money to believe the Raiders have him in mind to start if they don’t want to compete with another team to sign incumbent free safety Michael Huff, scheduled for unrestricted free agency upon completion of a CBA. The Dallas Cowboys, with Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator, are rumored to be interested in Huff whenever free agency begins.

Loper’s deal was even more eye-opening.

Paid $630,000 in last season, Loper’s two-year contract pays him $1.9 million in 2011 and $2 million in 2012. He started four games at left guard for an injured Robert Gallery, during which time the Raiders were 2-2. Loper was inactive for six games.

The Raiders have also re-signed quarterback Kyle Boller to a one-year, $1.25 million contract, a $250,000 raise over last season. Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski said he hasn’t heard from the Raiders and Charlie Frye is scheduled for unrestricted free agency.

Running back Michael Bennett’s one-year deal will pay him $865,000.

NOTE: Mac’s Football Blog, a solid resource for salary information, reports the Raiders also paid a tidy sum to bring back defensive tackle John Henderson.

Henderson’s deal included a $1.5 million signing bonus and $1.5 million guaranteed for skill and injury. Henderson showed he still could be a force in the middle of the defense, but missed seven games due to a stress fracture in his foot after missing four games in his previous eight years.

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  • RaiderDebo

    Priesttj Says:
    March 8th, 2011 at 9:52 pm
    Debo I think Bruce’s comments after he was hurt and Campbell was reinserted sealed his doom here. When they put him on IR that said to me they were tired of his shananigans and wanted to silence him. It’s OK to compete but do it on the practice field and not through the media. They knew he wouldn’t accept his role as backup and they didn’t need the rambling mouth of his stirring up contentions through the media. As well as on game day. This team needs an established starter I think Campbell has done enough to be recognized as that starter. And lets roll from there.
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Well said.

  • http://www.raiders.com/ r8eray

    Seymour’s deal is a pair of one-year $15 million deals

    Posted by Mike Florio on March 8, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    The Raiders last month gave defensive lineman Richard Seymour a two-year, $30 million contract. That part is accurate.

    The deal widely was reported as having $22.5 million guaranteed. That part was less accurate.

    Per a league source, only $15 million was fully guaranteed upon signing. That guarantee comes in the form of a guaranteed base salary of $15 million.

    The other $7.5 million in guaranteed money is guaranteed for injury only. On the fifth day of the 2012 league year, the amount becomes fully guaranteed. The deal also carries a $7.5 million roster bonus that becomes guaranteed on the fifth day of the 2012 league year.

    Thus, Seymour signed a one-year, $15 million deal, and he gave the Raiders an exclusive option on a second one-year, $15 million deal. He’ll get $22.5 million guaranteed only if he suffers a catastrophic injury in 2011.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    How is Boller better than Gradkowski as a backup? Al just wants Gradkowski out of there so there won’t be a viable replacement when Campbell stinks up the place, therefore the Raiders can make the argument that Campbell’s all they got. Hue era is off to a great start. The team is already getting worse. Simple math:

    Campbell/Gradkowski/Boller is better than Campbell/Boller/?? ??

  • priesttj

    R8eray this is precisely what I meant with my earlier post these fans see the face value of these contracts and overreact when they don’t know the details within. Very few contracts are paid in full and i can gaurantee you that Routts is of a similar nature. Because Nnamdi himslef only recieved 70% of that huge contract he signed. But fans listen to the media and get overly excited about something they know very little about. These guys can be cut for a variety of reasons and never see half that money if they don’t perform. As we saw by the Russell contract. He missed out on roughly 7$mill due ot lack of performance.

    That’s why I don’t get excited about these contracts and who got what because the langage of them can vary from player to player.

  • phatcable

    Al plans on drafting Weisnewski so you have too let gradkowski go because of nfl rules one pollock per team.!

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Good to know racism and bigotry is alive and well amongst the NFL’s most “diverse” fan base.

  • priesttj

    I like Boller abilities more than Gradkowski personally, Grads is too short and arm too weak Boller is every bit as athletic and I think Huie knows Boller better since he coached him at Cal and at Balt.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    priest, what’s better?

    Campbell/Gradkowski/Boller

    or

    Campbell/Boller/whoever?

    I’m done arguing my point regarding Gradkowski vs. Campbell. Mob rule has decided that debate in the Raider Nation. But Gradkowski isn’t even better than Boller? Seriously, priest? Opine, please.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Never mind. Guess you answered my question.

    Is Gradkowski good at anything, priest? Anything?

  • RaiderDebo

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    March 8th, 2011 at 10:08 pm
    How is Boller better than Gradkowski as a backup? Al just wants Gradkowski out of there so there won’t be a viable replacement when Campbell stinks up the place, therefore the Raiders can make the argument that Campbell’s all they got. Hue era is off to a great start. The team is already getting worse. Simple math:

    Campbell/Gradkowski/Boller is better than Campbell/Boller/?? ??
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Nope. Bruise isn’t a viable replacement. And he doesn’t know when to shut the hell up. A scrub player like that should know he should be seen and not heard.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Priest, does Gradkowski at least have pocket presence? Doesn’t he handle a pass rush or blitz better than Boller? Does he get that much from you? Not even that? Boller is just superior to Grad in every single category, right down the line?

  • priesttj

    I like Grads, I just like Boller better from a skillset standpoint. It’s personal preference.

  • hendu

    103,108, mrs,resume youre NAP,please! RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Because he won’t shut up? So Bruce being gone has as much to do with the Raiders having some sort of personal vendetta against him as it does his ability? If he just stayed mute, he’d still be on the team? Doesn’t sound like he’s that bad then, Debo. Why isn’t Al getting us the best players he can? Why’s he cutting guys because they merely spoke to the press? Doesn’t Al want the best players possible?

  • phatcable

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    March 8th, 2011 at 10:25 pm
    Because he won’t shut up? So Bruce being gone has as much to do with the Raiders having some sort of personal vendetta against him as it does his ability? If he just stayed mute, he’d still be on the team? Doesn’t sound like he’s that bad then, Debo. Why isn’t Al getting us the best players he can? Why’s he cutting guys because they merely spoke to the press? Doesn’t Al want the best players possible?
    ………….you should not post before taking your medication……..

  • priesttj

    Bruce is nothing special only to a bunch of fans who preferred him over Russell but Campbell clearly outplayed him………….period

  • priesttj

    Kyle Boller has started in this league and has a lot of snaps under his belt so he’s not some fresh faced kid he’s been there. Just with moderate success which means backup but it doesn’t mean he’ll never be a viable option in case of need.

    But he’s done as much in this l;eague as Bruce has done with much more tangibles to offer.

  • phatcable

    you have three old goats at qb ,you need two old goats and one development qb.

  • phatcable

    you must have one development qb on the roster,for the future,rmr if you have your attendant or nurse losen your binders you would see that.

  • hendu

    POST 115,FK,still laughing at the meds post,how you doin? Oh, wondering if Raider O has been posting,been awhile since Ive been reading the blog on a daily basis? Later,RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!!

  • priesttj

    To be honest Mallett concerns me a bit, I would very much prefer Kaepernick.

  • phatcable

    no have not seen raider o posting unless he changed his posting name.

  • phatcable

    how about campbell ,boller, tarvaris jackson

  • Chris in NY

    85.priesttj Says:
    March 8th, 2011 at 9:11 pm
    How do any of you know what the market is? YOU DON’T stop acting like you’re capologist the money we’ve paid out so far is minimal. The ONLY player that’s gotten real m oney are Seymour and Routt the rest are getting average or lower salaries and the majority of these contracts aren’t gauranteed which mean most wont see 40% of that contract.

    So shut the hell up and stop whinning about salaries and contracts when you don’t know the langage in them. I doubt Routt sees more than 70% of that contract. They know WHO they want to keep and they know WHO they don’t and the players that are walking are apparently asking for more money than they are worth based on discussions with other GM’s. How do you know who they have had talks with about trades and the like.

    To come in here and act as if you know better than the people who do this for a living is ludicrous.

    ——————————————-

    Like the Javon Walker signing? Like the DHB pick? Like giving D-Hall $8 mil for 8 games? And just to make clear I’m not picking on the Raiders, like Holmgren giving Delhomme tens of millions last year? Like the Redskins for throwing a mountain of cash at a very talented but unmotivated Haynesworth. Or like a thousand other poor moves made by GMs.

    You can judge what these guys are roughly worth when you look around the league at comparable players. Routt is now getting paid like a top 4 or 5 CB. Wimbley is making top 5 LB money, at least for 2011. And the whole reason for Revis’ holdout last year is that he wanted Nnamdi money, but Nnamdi was getting paid so far out of line with what other CBs make.

    I suppose they do know who they want to keep and who they want to let walk, that doesn’t mean I have to agree with it and it definitely doesn’t mean they’re making the right moves.

  • phatcable

    campbell, boller,Jake Locker

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Priest, Debo already admitted Gradkowski’s gone for personal reason. Cat’s out of the bag. Take it up with him.

    Bottom line: The team is getting worse. Campbell/Gradkowski was better than Campbell/Boller.

  • Chris in NY

    116.priesttj Says:
    March 8th, 2011 at 10:29 pm
    Bruce is nothing special only to a bunch of fans who preferred him over Russell but Campbell clearly outplayed him………….period

    ———————–

    And Grads was clearly better than Campbell. That’s why Campbell was benched for Grads.

    Twice.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Even though I think Gradkowski is better than Campbell, I can see why the Raiders would start Campbell over him. But to outright let Gradkowski go, even as a backup, when he isn’t even expensive? Doesn’t make any sense at all. As I said, Hue’s got his hands full. Al Davis isn’t relenting one bit. And he’s not getting any more sane as he gets older.

  • hendu

    125,campbell,boller,mr full out BLITZ, yup RAIDERS!!!

  • phatcable

    jason campbell is the starter gradkowski is a distraction that could cause a locker room rift,now does it make sense.

  • priesttj

    I didn’t say you had to like it but you don’t know what the contract says so draw hard and fast conclusions is senseless. I dn’t agree with a lot of stuff but I don’t try to act as though I KNOW BETTER. Agree or disagree but this that signing was stupid is IMO stupid because you DON’T KNOW.

    As far as the year Al Davis gave all that money to several athletes I never saw him do that before or since sure he’ll make a big slash or two but that was an aboration IMO. He was trying to make it work with that kid and saw the error in it. Fired him and got rid of the players who couldn’t play. Since then he has gone back to what he’s always doen sign the players he wants……….period

    Who knows if it’s right until they play the games.

  • phatcable

    remember a guy named randy moss had all the talent in the world but was a locker room cancer and had to go.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Priesttj Says:
    March 8th, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Since then he has gone back to what he’s always doen sign the players he wants……….period

    Who knows if it’s right until they play the games.
    ———————————————
    True. What we do know, though, is that it hasn’t been right for many years.

  • hendu

    Well this is a first,wont let me say gnite and log out,whatever,the cats and dog will argue w/mr

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    # phatcable Says:
    March 8th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    jason campbell is the starter gradkowski is a distraction that could cause a locker room rift,now does it make sense.

    …………

    phatcable, this is why I usually ignore you. Al Davis, concerned about a rift in the locker room? Take another hit off the pipe to get your last fix, then get to rehab.

  • phatcable

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    March 8th, 2011 at 11:15 pm
    # phatcable Says:
    March 8th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    jason campbell is the starter gradkowski is a distraction that could cause a locker room rift,now does it make sense.

    …………

    phatcable, this is why I usually ignore you. Al Davis, concerned about a rift in the locker room? Take another hit off the pipe to get your last fix, then get to rehab.
    ……………….well i try to ignore you too,and if it wasn;t for A.B Paine III you would have the dumbest posts on here.

  • priesttj

    KK If he signed Jesus Christ you’d have an issue with it so you have zero credibility with me.

  • phatcable

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    California Fish and Game officials believe the fish are anchovies and sardines.

    Experts had yet to determine what happened, but Gabrielli said the fish appeared to have moved into the harbor to escape a red tide, a naturally occurring bloom of toxic algae that can poison fish or starve them of oxygen.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Davis The Realist Dirty Raccoon

    Loped is gonna mentor Wiz for a week or two, then move over Mule Loper

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    There’s nothing unholy about questioning the judgement of a General Manager who’s put up the numbers Al Davis has put up over the last 10 years, is it?

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Davis The Realist Dirty Raccoon

    Wiz is a better C than Satelleee by week 3

  • priesttj

    Questioning is welcomed but you’re psychotic

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Priesttj Says:
    March 8th, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Questioning is welcomed but you’re psychotic
    ———————————-
    You’re a Bootlicker.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Al Davis got rid of Gradkowski because as soon as Campbell sucks, he knows what name the fans will be yelling. Al doesn’t want a rift in the locker room? Ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!! Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When has Al Davis ever cared about team chemistry? Hasn’t he stated several times he doesn’t believe in it? Isn’t Al known for pitting talent against talent and coaches against coaches? Al jettisoned Gradkowski so Campbell will be the one and only option.

  • Bauce Madness

    Chris….i respect your football knowledge but Grad wasnt better than Campbell and that was proven. Cable panicked and it didnt pan out. Grad cant stay healthy or sustain a winning streak

  • Bauce Madness

    Grad is over people. Aso is over people. Gallery is over people. We moving on

  • JB

    Grads can stay if he wears & works the mascot suit. Short of that, his tenure with the Raiders has ended. Thank for the memories & couple wins but the fat lady has completed the goodnight song – Turn out the lights, the party’s over…

  • Bauce Madness

    Kell your the biggest bootlickin biscuit begging shuck n buck clown ever so u have no room to speak

  • Bauce Madness

    JB….this is the nfl and sometimes you gotta part with folks

  • phatcable

    knock him down bauce!