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Raiders free agents quandary

By Steve Corkran
Thursday, February 16th, 2012 at 12:38 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders have a penchant for re-signing a majority of their prospective free agents. Doing so this season won’t be nearly as easy, given they have 22 such players, they are $11 million over the salary cap and there is a burning need to sign a few players in free agency.
Here is a breakdown of how new coach Dennis Allen and first-year general manager Reggie McKenzie figure to approach the daunting task of what to do with the long list:
Easy calls — Two of those names can be crossed off the list simply by offering restricted free agents Marcel Reece and Desmond Bryant one-year tenders. Both players are young, productive and won’t cost much.
The Raiders can let walk quarterbacks Jason Campbell and Kyle Boller, defensive end Trevor Scott, safety Jerome Boyd, cornerback Lito Sheppard, linebackers Ricky Brown, Quentin Groves and Darryl Blackstock and wide receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chaz Schilens.
They already have a starting quarterback in Carson Palmer and a No. 3 in Terrelle Pryor. Signing someone such as David Garrard would take care of the primary backup spot.
There is no burning need to bring back for any of the eight other veterans who are eligible to become free agents March 13.
Tough calls — Running back Michael Bush wants to be a starting running back. He realizes that isn’t apt to happen in Oakland as long as Darren McFadden is on the roster.
Therefore, Bush likely won’t be interested in a long-term contract. Given that, the Raiders have to decide whether they want to use the franchise tag on Bush, to the tune of $7.7 million or so for 2012.
McKenzie has a history of working for a team that finds unheralded running backs and develops them into productive players. He also has McFadden and Taiwan Jones on the roster.
That makes it unlikely that Bush will be franchise-tagged. If so, the only other player who might get that designation is strong safety Tyvon Branch.
It’s more likely that the Raiders will try to work out a long-term contract with Branch so that they can avoid committing a ton of money to Branch for 2012, when they need to use some of that money on other players.
Center Samson Satele was re-signed last year and started all season. It’s possible that the Raiders will switch second-year player Stefen Wisniewski from left guard to center and try someone else at guard. If not, look for Satele to be re-signed.
Toss-ups — Offensive linemen Stephon Heyer and Khalif Barnes, defensive end Jarvis Moss, safety Matt Giordano and running back Rock Cartwright played key roles last season.
Re-signing any of those players likely will depend upon their willingness to return at a modest price and whether they receive better offers elsewhere.
Once Allen and McKenzie sort out this mess, then they can turn their attention toward free agents from other teams.
As of now, the Raiders are in the market for a cornerback, wide receiver, linebacker and defensive lineman. Freeing up enough cap space will be key to placing the Raiders in a position to go after some of the top-tier players expected to hit the open market next month.
That process is underway right now. The Raiders can reach cap compliance by the March 13 deadline by cutting a few more players and/or restructuring wieghty contracts of players such as Palmer, linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, cornerback Chris Johnson, defensive tackles John Henderson and Tommy Kelly and free safety Michael Huff.
Here is the entire list of Oakland’s prospective free agents:

QB Jason Campbell
QB Kyle Boller
*FB Marcel Reece
RB Michael Bush
RB Rock Cartwright
WR Chaz Schilens
WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh
C Samson Satele
OT Khalif Barnes
OT Stephon Heyer
*DE Desmond Bryant
DE Trevor Scott
DE Jarvis Moss
LB Ricky Brown
LB Quentin Groves
LB Darryl Blackstock
CB Lito Sheppard
CB Stanford Routt
FS Matt Giordano
SS Tyvon Branch
SS Jerome Boyd
DB Bryan McCann

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  • JLofty

    Gerrard is a little old to be “scampering” isn’t he? Anyway if his back is okay, then I am okay with him on the team. Why’s he fumble so much? He got small hands like Culpepper?

  • RaiderWeaponX

    243. Len, whats Underwears history?

  • Just Fire Baby

    If that’s a personality trait, I wonder how the wife feels about it…lol

    *******************************

    Probably a lot like mine, lol

  • http://out-of-whack 909RaiderLifer

    Saw this on twitter:

    Since Kim Kardashian likes athletes so much, she should pursue Harvard grad Jeremy Lin. Her kids would have a shot at average intelligence

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    DutchRaider77 Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Interesting, that the Raiders would be interested in a scamper QB like Gerrard. Is that going to be the fit, for the Raiders future.?

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    Thought he had a pretty good arm? Also, isn’t a backup QB who doesn’t get a lot of snaps in practice good to have a scamper QB?
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    Maybe. Maybe the new Regime, likes Mobile QB’s.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    DutchRaider77 Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    @Mistic,
    HE IS A FANTASTIC PLAYER, AND THERE IS NO DOUBT ION MY MIND THAT HE CAN WIN “WHEN” PALMER FALTERS!!!!!!

    _________________________________________________

    C’Mon if someone said this a year ago about JC you would have been angry. Palmer is on notice and everyone agrees he has to prove himself. You could have said “if” instead of “when.”

    You called a lot of people out who constantly blasted JC before the 2011 season and rightfully so b/c he was our QB and it was not going to change.
    ==================

    i wasnt predicting failure for palmer( all though recent history suggest it is a huge possibility), I only meant garrard can step in and win in the event palmer flops.

    Still dont see anything racist.

    Jc was different matter all together. My stance was say whet you will as long as it is true, but jc will prove on the field what he can do, and shut the haters up. That is what happened.

    I dont have that confidence in palmer, so i cant go out on a limb for the guy in that way.

    Shouldnt be an issue that i suggest that garrard is more than capable of taking over for palmer, if/when palmer continues his god awful play of last year

  • HitManMorris

    So did they sign Underwood? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

  • RaiderLen

    RaiderWeaponX Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 3:40 pm
    RaiderLen Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 3:39 pm
    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 3:36 pm
    Still waiting for Corky to deliver us Dennarius for a live chat.

    Also, whatever happened to his gathering questions from us, and than taking them to the players?

    Corky = over-promise and under-deliver
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    If that’s a personality trait, I wonder how the wife feels about it…lol

    Just kidding Cork…you can take a joke…. right?

    ===============

    He writes about the Raiders doesn’t he?
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    LOL…

    Hopefully the jokes will fade into distant memory.

  • RaiderWeaponX

    255. Some teams prefer diff styled QBs. A pocket starter and a scrambler back up. Its happened. I like Garrad. Thought it was his Crohn’s disease that benched him turns out it was a back injury.

    If he can play sign him up

  • RaiderWeaponX

    258. Amen brutha

  • Just Fire Baby

    If Lin could won 7 games in a row, and tag and release Kim K, that might go down as the greatest 2 weeks in the history of Man.

  • RaiderLen

    RaiderWeaponX Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 3:41 pm
    243. Len, whats Underwears history?
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    There are links posted above.

    That’s all I know about “Underwear”

  • Hardline

    JB # 230

    We must retain, Boyd, Jerome Boyd; he is critical.

  • RaiderWeaponX

    257. RNS says yes

  • JLofty

    lmao @ 261…

  • RaiderWeaponX

    262. Thnx Len!

  • Just Fire Baby

    He may not take many three’s, but when he does, he makes them.

    The Most Interesting Man in the NBA

  • RaiderLen

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 3:41 pm
    If that’s a personality trait, I wonder how the wife feels about it…lol

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    Probably a lot like mine, lol
    —————————–
    So you can relate….lol

    JFB and Cork separated at birth?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Quality P ain’t free, whether it is time, energy, effort, or whatever it is your paying.

    Some dudes don’t have the time for all that, and can’t be seen out with other chicks.

    So, rather than “hunt” for the chick that is a willing participant under these conditions, you can get your lackey to round a handful of ones who are “willing” for about a days pay (or for NFL guys, an hour or two).
    ==============

    Hmmm, i wouldnt know what its like to have money to throw at chicks like that.

    I guess I just enjoy macking on chicks, so the time an effort thing isnt a chore it is a pass time, and an art form.

  • Hardline

    250.Master Beeecham Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 3:40 pm
    C’mon now, Krappy Troll – stop trolling the blog for political talk!

    I recommend any readers who are offended by Krappy’s actions to report him immediately to the moderators.

    You’ve been warned, Krappy – the blog community will not stand for your constant trolling any longer.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Beeecham,

    This is your posting??? Me thinks someone hijacked your SN. Doesn’t sound like whatsoever.

  • RaiderWeaponX

    909RaiderLifer Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 3:20 pm
    Interesting, that Machete McKenzie would take the time to have an “off the record” meeting with the local hacks..

    All he needed to do, was ask Herrera for the dossier’s that Al kept on all of them..

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    Interesting you should mention that…
    Raider Nation-Station

    NEW!~ 02-16-12: NEW DAY OR POWER PLAY?
    Things have been all smiles between Reggie and the media but whats really going on behind closed doors with the media and the Raiders new regime?

    http://​www.raidernationstation.com/​raider_war_room

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    im out

  • hendu

    272,good

  • alex7

    “Terrell Pryor at Ohio State completed 65.0% of his passes…

    On the other hand Cam Newton completed 66.1% of his passes…”

    Sigh. Please look up the schedules they played. Pryor’s is a joke. And he choked in over half his big games.

  • RaiderWeaponX

    Read the article and it says either Reggie is incredibly smart or very lucky so far.

    Explains why Bay area media types haven;t called the new regime to task for questionable moves.

    They think Reggie’s gonna give them the golden ticket to Davis’ Wonka factory but there was a reason Davis hated Bay area media and Reggie will learn that soon enough…

  • RaiderWeaponX

    274. Hes a Davis project which means thin ice

  • DutchRaider77

    @Just Fire Baby
    Did you see the Hookers tried to rob him and he threw them out and they called the Police and then they were all Fooked.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    RaiderWeaponX Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Read the article and it says either Reggie is incredibly smart or very lucky so far.

    Explains why Bay area media types haven;t called the new regime to task for questionable moves.

    They think Reggie’s gonna give them the golden ticket to Davis’ Wonka factory but there was a reason Davis hated Bay area media and Reggie will learn that soon enough…
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    Nonsense. It’s waaaay to early for anybody, including the media, to judge Reggie McKenzie.

  • Method To My Madness

    Amazing….Kell taken shots at me after we both agreed to keep it football only……Thec is my groupie? I knew Thec back when I was a little child…so actually its me who looks up to him. Insulting you would ever spew such a statement. You may wanna have a convo with Thec and see how intelligent dude is. He has a mind of his own as do I so the groupie stuff you can miss me on

  • Just Fire Baby

    The Bay Area media is full of a bunch of half-cocked hippies.

    I think the ABQ journal asks tougher questions to the UNM football and hoops coaches.

    Whenever Kate Bosworth can get the floor in a coaching press conference, you know where you stand.

    Did Jen Sterger get to ask questions to the Jets when they had pressers?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Did you see the Hookers tried to rob him and he threw them out and they called the Police and then they were all Fooked.

    **********************

    Sounds like last Saturday night.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    HitManMorris Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 3:43 pm
    So did they sign Underwood? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

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    Since the Raiders reported it on Twitter and he’s now listed on their roster, YES.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Method To My Madness Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Amazing….Kell taken shots at me after we both agreed to keep it football only……Thec is my groupie? I knew Thec back when I was a little child…so actually its me who looks up to him. Insulting you would ever spew such a statement. You may wanna have a convo with Thec and see how intelligent dude is. He has a mind of his own as do I so the groupie stuff you can miss me on
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    Lol, Sorry. ;-)

    I know you guys and BrownStains are close.

  • RaiderLen

    Nonsense. It’s waaaay to early for anybody, including the media, to judge Reggie McKenzie.
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    Agreed.

    Reggie is just now getting started and has to still address the “off field staff”, which will most likely take place in earnest after the Draft.

    I like and trust in Reggie’s pedigree.

  • Method To My Madness

    And MistaBrown is not a racist at all….some people are just too slow….and HayesDaze has always been a soft btch that should find the nearest gun turn it on himself and pull the trigger…..the Earth would greatly benefit from his act of courage…….its sad that when someone doesn’t go with the status quo they are mislabeled by others. Very lame becuz I have too dealt with Mista outside of blog. Just becuz he doesn’t like Ohdumma doesn’t mean he is a bigot. Do you ever hear or read Mista slamming other “black” people? Nope…but the prez is open for criticisim since he is the one who volunteered for the job. Not his fault he isn’t a docile sheeped out fool being led to the slaughterhouse like other folks…….GET OVER YOURSELVES…..you can not like Mista and say he is an idiot but hollerin he is racist is a copout becuz he wrecks you jcats on the daily

  • Method To My Madness

    Kell…old man…at least keep up….you copy a post where I never mentioned Mista…..Thec was the point aand how you are outta line for your comments in post 47

  • Method To My Madness

    Bay Area media= paid off cowards

  • Kamikaze_Sensei

    Why does everyone have to hate on this blog? Can’t we all just be friends? D:

  • Method To My Madness

    Kell….to take a line from that maid in “The Help”…..aren’t you tired? Like seriously man aren’t you tired of carrying a bitter persona 100 pct of the time? Al Davis has jetted this Earth and no longer runs the Raiders….one who frequents this blog would be led to believe your nastiness and rude nature would be curbed….OH NOOOOOOO…our fault our bad….shoulda never believed Al davis is the root of your unhappiness

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Lol, pretty presumptuous. Have your rant. I’m gonna take a nap.

  • Method To My Madness

    Kell….you have flown all over the world…rubbed elbows with some of the bigger people of the world…yet you still act like a person who has never stepped out of your city limits

  • RaiderLen

    Hey I like everyone…

    Except people that drive 55 in the fast lane.

    People that don’t know what they want after standing in line looking at a board menu for 5 minutes.

    And people that stand in a grocery line (and hold it up) after having paid their bill, examining every line item to see if they were overcharged.

    Other than that I good. : )

  • Hardline

    Alex7, #274,

    Can you really say with a straight face that Auburn had a more difficult schedule than Ohio State ???

    These schools are barely rated:

    Arkansas State
    Mississippi State
    South Carolina
    Louisiana-Monroe
    Chattanooga

    Auburn 2010 Schedule:

    2010 schedule
    Date Opponent Location
    Sept. 4 Arkansas State Auburn
    Sept. 9 Mississippi State Starkville*
    Sept. 18 Clemson Auburn
    Sept. 25 South Carolina Auburn
    Oct. 2 Louisiana-Monroe Auburn
    Oct. 9 Kentucky Lexington
    Oct. 16 Arkansas Auburn
    Oct. 23 LSU Auburn
    Oct. 30 Mississippi Oxford
    Nov. 6 Chattanooga Auburn
    Nov. 13 Georgia Auburn
    Nov. 26 Alabama Tuscaloosa

    Ohio State 2010 Schedule

    2010 Ohio State Buckeyes Football Schedule
    Final Record: 12-1, 7-1 (Big Ten)
    Date/Time Opponent Result Tickets
    Thu. 09/02/10
    7:30 p.m. ET Marshall Won 45-7 —
    Sat. 09/11/10
    3:40 p.m. ET Miami (FL) Won 36-24 —
    Sat. 09/18/10
    12:00 p.m. ET Ohio Won 43-7 —
    Sat. 09/25/10
    3:30 p.m. ET Eastern Michigan Won 73-20 —
    Sat. 10/02/10
    12:00 p.m. ET at Illinois Won 24-13 —
    Sat. 10/09/10
    12:00 p.m. ET Indiana Won 38-10 —
    Sat. 10/16/10
    7:00 p.m. ET at Wisconsin Lost 31-18 —
    Sat. 10/23/10
    12:00 p.m. ET Purdue Won 49-0 —
    Sat. 10/30/10
    8:00 p.m. ET at Minnesota Won 52-10 —
    Sat. 11/06/10 Open Date — —
    Sat. 11/13/10
    3:30 p.m. ET Penn State Won 38-14 —
    Sat. 11/20/10
    3:30 p.m. ET at Iowa Won 20-17 —
    Sat. 11/27/10
    12:00 p.m. ET Michigan Won 37-7 —
    2011 Allstate Sugar Bowl
    at New Orleans, LA (Louisiana Superdome)
    Tue. 01/04/11
    8:00 p.m. ET Arkansas Won 31-26

  • Method To My Madness

    No Kell pretty obvious….you pull a cheap move after saying let’s keep it football only which I said deal to……but you can’t help yourself…..I actually feel bad for you…CAN’T LET GO and you know like I know when you look into that mirror in the morning and at night you feel disgusted at the reflection….that’s your own fault and no one elses….go get professional help becuz at 6@ this ain’t healthy

  • Method To My Madness

    Yes take a nap and when you wake up….come back with a brand new attitude…you are making majority of the blog wanna vomit with your nonsense

  • Method To My Madness

    Len lol….funny post but Kell needs to quit….all that money he has made evidently hasn’t bought him any type of respect or “class”. Guy must have the most empty life ever

  • hendu

    Brien,if youre still around,not sure what you mean?Youre point is,Raider Fan?

  • Method To My Madness

    Anyways…I’m out….was alerted by fellow blogger of the pitiful posts of Kell and Hayes…had to speak on it….y’all be cool

  • Seymour Bush

    KoolKell Says:
    February 16th, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    BrownStains, you ARE a racist pos. Hello?
    ==========================================

    And all these year I thought he was just a POS.

  • Method To My Madness

    Hendu…did you not read the post?…and no I’m not a Raider fan…never been one and never will