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Brief nuggets from players arriving in Napa

Just spent two hours in the parking lot of the Napa Valley Marriott, as Raiders players and coaches made their way from all points of the Bay Area and beyond to check in for the start of training camp.

I have been assigned to track down the goings on of cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, as reports surface that the 49ers are interested in signing the Raiders three-time Pro Bowler.

At some point, I will file a lengthy post. For now, here are some tidbits culled from interviews with more than 10 players:

Veteran Cooper Carlisle said he is under the impression that he still is the right guard. There has been talk of second-year player Bruce Campbell being inserted into the lineup at either left or right guard.

There’s still room at left guard, now that Robert Gallery reportedly has agreed to a deal with the Seattle Seahawks. Campbell said that he prefers to play offensive tackle. However, he is prepared to do whatever is asked of him by coach Hue Jackson and new offensive line coach Bob Wylie.

Wide receivers Chaz Schilens, Jacoby Ford, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Louis Murphy showed up in time for physicals and check-in. Schilens appears healthy and ready to roll.

Outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley said his agent and the Raiders are discussing a long-term deal that would enable the Raiders to get out from under the $11.3 million slated to count against this year’s salary cap and engineer a deal that would be more cap friendly this season.

Wimbley received that figure as the Raiders franchise tag player. The Raiders conceivably could free up as much as $10.5 million in cap room this season, depending upon how a new deal is structured.

Running back Rock Cartwright was the first player off a bus load of rookies and younger players. Last year, it was veteran defensive tackle Richard Seymour.

Most players under contract were spotted at some point this morning. Still no word on whether Seymour, cornerback Stanford Routt or backup quarterback Kyle Boller are here yet. They are under contract and expected to be here at some point today.

Running back Darren McFadden arrived at 220 pounds but looking quite fit and stout. He said he is ready to play right now and has established some pretty lofty goals for this season. He said he prefers to keep those goals to himself.

Rookie offensive tackle Joseph Barksdale said he has touched down in San Francisco. That portens his signing a contract in Alameda today or real soon and making his way here. No sight or word from second-round draft pick Stefen Wisniewski.

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Steve Corkran

  • RaiderFanFromJersey

    Hue needs to talk Mr. Davis into giving Derrick Mason a shot. He may be older, but the man is in excellent shape, he is a professional & he produces. We could definately use him.

  • RaiderRetribution

    KOs from the 35 is a definite advantage for the Raiders

    Mr. Janokowski will be kicking through the end zone all day

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Do you want a tissue?

  • RaiderRockstar

    David White left the Chron to become a Priest at the Porterville Church of God

    ***

    He said that Nnamdi will either be a Packer or Jet. Even said “bank on it” – which makes it official, LOL

    We’ll find out soon if he has the gift of prophesy!

  • Silverandblack666

    I agree RaiderfanfromJersey

    Would be worth a look and probably wont cost much.

    Better than Sanjay Lal teaching them young WR’s

  • 89052RAIDER

    Some sites reporting Raiders in hot pursuit of Braylon Edwards..That would make me happy.

  • TheGeneral

    The offense is going to dominate this year and i hopE AL get johnathan joesph especially if nnamdi walks

  • Silverandblack666

    “Some sites reporting Raiders in hot pursuit of Braylon Edwards”

    I seriously doubt that!

    Link please?

  • David White left the Chron to become a Priest at the Porterville Church of God ***

    If I had to cover the 49ers I would become a priest also.

  • Excellent news!

    “The Raiders locked up another one of their core special teams players by agreeing to terms with long-snapper Jon Condo

  • SeymourGlen666,
    If you are highly skeptical I like our chances!
    thanks for posting…
    _____

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    July 27th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    “Some sites reporting Raiders in hot pursuit of Braylon Edwards”

    I seriously doubt that!

    Link please?

  • 89052RAIDER

    Jets will not resign Edwards and he will come cheap. Look for him to be the Raiders first FA WR target this off season. Imagine if Chaz could get healthy….Edwards, Schilens, Murphy, Ford….Our fortunes would change

  • Until he says……..period
    Its not a lock!
    _______

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 27th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    He said that Nnamdi will either be a Packer or Jet. Even said “bank on it” – which makes it official, LOL

  • KK the clown, define possession rcvr.
    So far Chaz has not possessed anything in his pro football career!
    ______

    KoolKell Says:
    July 27th, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Presently on the roster, Chaz is the only possession WR we have.

  • Haters going to hate

    I would rather sign Edwards and Cromartie than Aso

  • Dakota

    Just read that the Raiders are going after G Duece Lutui.

    Sign him and Gaither and things will be looking up for the o-line

  • Chaz is sitting comfortably behind Ford, Murphy and DHB, only because DHB can play more than 3 games at a stretch.
    _______

    KoolKell Says:
    July 27th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Chaz, if healthy, is the best Raider WR. But, you can’t depend on that, again.

  • RaiderRetribution

    I’m sure most of you know, and knew it was going to happen

    Mr. Gallery signed with the Seahawks

  • In a heartbeat!
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    Haters Going To Hate Says:
    July 27th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I would rather sign Edwards and Cromartie than Aso

  • Dakota

    Any Zach Miller news?

  • da trinity

    I played high school football at west covina with walter thurman corner back of the seahawks , I never would have thought that he would make it pro, he is a good dude

  • So, it looks like the Raiders are definitively interested in bringing in Vet O-lineman, good.

    With no OTA’s, no coaching contact, it’s going to be hard to go with a rookie heavy O-line.

  • 89052RAIDER

    DHB cap number is about 5.5 million. We could use that cap space. Tommy Kelly is due a 5.5 million dollar roster bonus. That is a head scratcher. Also the timing of the Wimbley/Roudt deals have put us in a bind. I like Roudt, but would have been such a hot commodity?

  • J Hill

    Dakota Says:
    July 27th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Just read that the Raiders are going after G Duece Lutui.

    —————————————————-

    Just getting caught up on Bauce’s old posts, eh?

  • Hasselbach to Tenn…

    Santonio Holmes to NJY….Edwards get your punk a$$ to Oakland!

  • 89052RAIDER

    I think edwards and Gaither are locks. I think no one bites at Huff and we get him on the cheap to come back. I would not be against dealing Michael Bush for an OL with a low cap number..I think Tiawan Jones can make plays. I think if Al gets further under the cap then cromartie is ours too.

  • Napa- KFC is working feverishly to supply the Marriot with 50 gal drums of cole slaw.

  • Seymour Bush

    Gaither makes Jamarcus look like a workaholic. Don’t expect him here. And remember, Hue Jackson got to see him up close and personal.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Taiwan Jones has agreed to a contract.

  • J Hill

    So the highlight of Jackson’s presser was Taiwan Jones signing?

    LMFAO!

  • DeuceDeuce

    Braylon? We have a guy with questionable hands already…

  • 89052RAIDER

    Retribution..We all have internet access and can access profootballtalk and espn. Taiwan Jones news is ancient history.

  • 89052RAIDER

    Braylon is better than any WR we have period! DHB could not hold his jock in any respect…

  • Would you be happier with Murphy, Chaz, or DHB?
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    DeuceDeuce Says:
    July 27th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Braylon? We have a guy with questionable hands already…

  • DeuceDeuce

    89052RAIDER Says:
    July 27th, 2011 at 3:39 pm
    Braylon is better than any WR we have period! DHB could not hold his jock in any respect…

    Our receivers problems havent been talent as much as its been the QB getting them the ball..or the OLine blocking long enough for the QB to throw the ball..

  • Step it up Corkran! time for a fix….

  • Seymour Bush Says:
    July 27th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Gaither makes Jamarcus look like a workaholic. Don’t expect him here. And remember, Hue Jackson got to see him up close and personal.
    ——————————————-
    I would imagine they made contact, because of Hue Jackson.

  • Delusional.
    ____

    DeuceDeuce Says:
    July 27th, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Our receivers problems havent been talent as much as its been the QB

  • DeuceDeuce

    MistaBrown Says:
    July 27th, 2011 at 3:41 pm
    Would you be happier with Murphy, Chaz, or DHB?
    _____

    DeuceDeuce Says:
    July 27th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Braylon? We have a guy with questionable hands already…

    Im happier with Murphy & Ford.. A healthy Chaz would be nice..

    Id rather give Denarius Moore time then waste money on Braylon freaking Edwards.

  • DeuceDeuce

    MistaBrown Says:
    July 27th, 2011 at 3:43 pm
    Delusional.

    Your right. Our QB is awesome. He’s never running for his life when he drops back. The WRs just suck huh.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I’d take Braylon on the cheap, but for every great catch he makes, he drops an easy one.

    He is only a #1 WR for crappy WR units like ours.

  • Bauce Rules

    Duece Lutui as right guard? Al do it now! Do it and I’ll talk so much schit to u guys it will be crazy…..as i been saying 6’4 338 lbs in power scheme is perfect. he has big game exereince and can handle uTs!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Braylon also facing suspension next season as well.

    So even if we sign him……we still go into Denver opening night with some below-average starting WR’s (whatever combo we come up with).

  • Bauce Rules

    Experience*

  • Naw our Qb has been lackluster. The O-line has been shaky. The Wr’s have been flat our garbage. Collectively all 3 areas need to improve.

    Braylon would at least command some respect from the db’s and the defense. He’s a threat like him or not. DHB threat? Haha Murphy threat? lol Ford is getting there lets see what he does his 2nd year. Chaz is not even in the conversation.

  • Haters going to hate

    LaConfora is saying the Raiders could be suitors for Cromartie

  • Raider J

    hypothetical yet possible scenario:

    Week 17 – SD @ OAK
    Winner goes to playoffs. Loser goes home.

    Raiders need to get 10 yds on one play to win.

    Z. Miller & DMc are double covered.

    What 3 WRs do you want to see on the field?

    Which WR do you want the ball to go to?

  • 1eyedpirate

    Dmac is a freakn stud to possess that speed with his size is remarkable…. But mark my words, he will lose at least 10 pounds by the time camp is over…. It does t matter cuz he is a nasty SOB regardless…. His upper body strength is so explosive be can immobilize defenders with his joust like stiff arms…. He is by far our most valuable player on the field….when he does good we win most of the time…