By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 at 3:22 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The NFL Network put together a list of prospective free agents should the NFL be ordered to end the lockout this week and open its doors.
Conventional wisdom has it that free agency would commence under 2010 rules, meaning players would to have six accrued seasons for unrestricted free agents.
Not sure how complete the list is (it’s missing Michael Huff, for instance), but there are not a lot of players there who would be of much help this season. In fact, two of the better players on the list are Raiders who are in all probability heading elsewhere _ cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and guard Robert Gallery.
With such a week free agent field (if 2010 rules apply), Asomugha would be the top name in free agency and it’s hard to imagine him coming away anything less than $15 million per year. He won’t get that in Oakland.
Gallery and the Raiders have already mutually agreed to part ways.
It could be the most appealing free agents from other teams aren’t free yet and are awaiting release or trade, with Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith and Cincinnati wide receiver Chad Johnson being two that immediately come to mind.
DENARIUS MOORE Q&A
Here’s a transcript from Denarius Moore, the Raiders fifth-round draft pick out of Tennessee, during his media session at the NFL scouting combine:
Q: Expectations at combine?
Moore: I hit my mark on the bench, repped 225 13 times, and I ma hoping to run a low 4.3.
Q: Do you consider yourself a sleeper in this draft class?
Moore: The way I look at it is if they doubt me they doubt me, if I surprise them I surprise them. I am just going to come in here and do what I am supposed to do and reach my goals.
Q: How would you rate your college career?
Moore: It was a little shaky at the beginning and caught on at the end. That’s where I show my talent.
Q: Why was it shaky at the start?
Moore: Getting timing with the quarterback, all the quarterback switching, the coaches not trusting the players and then the players not trusting the coaches and being together. It was real tough, some ups and downs, and a new receivers coach every year and they come in and pretty much don’t know nothing about you. They can watch film but they don’t know your personality or how you played.
Q: It took off when QB Tyler Bray came in . . .
Moore: Of course Tyler Bray had a lot to do with it, he was the one throwing the ball. But also the coaches being able to trust their players to do things right and also the timing with the quarterback.’’
Q: Who do you pattern your game after?
Moore: I pretty much don’t pattern my game after anybody else, I try and be different. But if I would say anybody I would say Andre Johnson and Jeremy Maclin. They are physical, can get off press coverage.
Q: Where do you think you’ll be picked?
Moore: The last I heard was early third or late second, but then again I am in the gray area, constantly moving up.
Q: Why such big production in certain games?
It was just us coming in and getting a game plan to see what the weaknesses were and using it to our advantage. Double-moves, go routes, getting them biting on short routes and then coaches trusting the players to make the plays.
Q: How end up in Tennessee?
Moore: It’s a long story. Me and the running back I graduated with from high school decided to go to school together and we ended up at the same school together and he ended up transferring.
BUSH NOT WORRIED ABOUT SAINTS WORKOUTS
Sounds as if Raiders running back Michael Bush got tired of hearing about the lockout workouts held by the New Orleans Saints as organized by quarterback Drew Brees.
On his Twitter account, Bush said, “I dont care about da saints workin out people please stop sending me that da raider players are taking care of business as well n other ways.”