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McKenzie: Expect more change

Note: Managed to get a few minutes with Raiders G.M. Reggie McKenzie after the dinner hour tonight for stories on the personnel approach of the Raiders and 49ers as well as a web story which I posted below . . .

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Thursday he has been meeting with agents to talk about contracts with existing players and guessed there will be more players who are released beyond cornerback Stanford Routt.

McKenzie didn’t speak during the open media sessions at the NFL scouting combine but managed to squeeze in a few questions during the evening as he goes about remaking the personnel strategy of the Raiders.

“We’re looking at some things,’’ McKenzie said. “A lot of agents are in town, so we’re looking to sit down with some of these guys and work some things out. Without being specific, there are things we’v ego tot get done and we’re in the process of doing that now. So yes, we can expect some things to happen.’’

Included among players who could be in line for pay adjustments or release include outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, free safety Michael Huff, weak side linebacker Aaron Curry and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly. Releasing Wimbley and Huff would cost the Raiders $10.25 million in guaranteed money on contracts written last season.’’

McKenzie said he expected to get more out of interview sessions and medical updates than the actual physical drills, which are tests of physical skill which may not have a lot to do with football, and chuckled at the notion that the Raiders may not have the fastest player in the 40-yard dash this season.

“If he can’t play football, then no, I’m afraid not,’’ McKenzie said.

So what are the Raiders looking for?

“The combine will really just tell you what kind of athlete, not what kind of football player he is,’’ McKenzie said. “We’re not looking to grade these guys out as football players. We’re looking to grade them out on what kind of athletes they are, and medically.

“You look at that and see what they do on film, and see if that co-relates.’’

While there is speculation that McKenzie plans on making major changes in the scouting department once the draft is completed, he said the process is going smoothly for this session.

“The communication has gone very well, and the guys have been very good about adjusting to things, and myself adjusting to them,’’ McKenzie said. “We’re looking to get on the same page and that’s what we’re doing.’’

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  • PlunkforHOF

    1st

  • 504 Raider

    Included among players who could be in line for pay adjustments or release include outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, free safety Stanford Routt, weak side linebacker Aaron Curry and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly. Releasing Wimbley and Huff would cost the Raiders $10.25 million in guaranteed money on contracts written last season.’’

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    Man if Routt gets cut again that would really suck for him.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Oh yeah, and I plan to trade the quitter DMAC….

    Reg

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Trade him for the rights to Stu Schweigert and Stacy Toran.

    Genius.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Man if Routt gets cut again that would really suck for him.

    ###################################

    Yes, but we save twice as much money!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    There are lots of bonuses…

    Roster bonuses
    Incentive bonuses
    Pro Bowl bonuses

    How about a pain shot bonus?

    Darren, YOU FEEL WHAT I’M SMELLING?!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    @darrenmcfadden #nancyboy

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    Thank You for the update Jer. Good Looking out!

  • http://reverbnation.com/avion Aviontheone

    I have a strange feeling we are gonna be trotting out a JV team next year. Sounds like Reggie is gonna destroy and rebuild. It sucks because I think we were close to contending. however, if it leads to a championship I’m all for it.

  • REALLIONAIREB

    Dmac will be a raider

    Most talent on the roster

    Wld be flat out DUM to trade him away 4 a wut if player

  • http://www.mailmachineshouston.com mikeschoice

    reggies cutting scholarships – most overpaid team in football – highest payroll, no picks, 3rd place afc west

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  • http://reverbnation.com/avion Aviontheone

    REALLIONAIREB Says:
    February 23rd, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Dmac will be a raider

    Most talent on the roster

    Wld be flat out DUM to trade him away 4 a wut if player
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    When you think about it DMAC is a what if player himself(What if he gets hurt again?). If we can trade him for a really good pick or player, and still keep Bush and Branch, I say why not. A fresh start might not be so bad.

  • 303Raider

    Is Jerry Wasted? Spell check and roster check is in order Jerry.

    Reggie just takes his time, slow and deliberate. Just like he said in his press conference:
    “I’m an Aim, Shoot, Fire, type of guy.”

    He’s gonna upgrade our talent while shedding salary at the same time. Most of the semi-bloggers could shed some salary pretty easy. Finding the UFA gems that Reggie said he will bring in will be when we can really judge him.

    Finally, a normal, structured draft, looking for “Football” players…..

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Misnomers to be dispelled:

    Running backs are not important in today’s NFL.
    Running backs are a dime a dozen and easily found.

    Certainly, the passing game is king. Gone are the days where an offense revolved around a dominant, bruising running game.

    Never has the importance of having a premier QB and explosive passing attack been more pronounced.

    The emphasis on the passing game has made it fashionable to underestimate the importance of having a balanced attack.

    It’s still immensely important.

    I’ve seen it said that ‘DMAC is a luxury the Raids can’t afford’.

    I prefer to think that risking discarding the best all-purpose RB in the NFL is a luxury the Raids can not afford.

    Having a healthy DMAC potentially elevates the Raid offense to elite status. He’s that good.

    You simply can not give up on a talent like DMAC. He’s the best player the Raids have.

    No, his durability issues can not be ignored. But neither can his excellence when healthy.

    Rest assured, having a solid ground game and a top notch RB is important, even in today’s pass happy NFL.

    Backs like DMAC are anything but a dime a dozen and aren’t easily found.

    In fact, I’d go as far as saying that the return of a healthy DMAC is the single most important element necessary to ensure the Raids being an outstanding offensive unit.

    Keep DMAC.

    DUMP SLOWLANDO.

  • canadianraider

    i wonder if we can trade mcfadden to the bengals (perfect fit) and get back that number 1 pick

  • lefty12

    While backs like McFadden aren’t a dime a dozen and aren’t easily found,backs like Bush are.

  • 303Raider

    Unless you are “availiable” to play on Sunday, you have no value to the Raiders.

    Everyone says a “healthy” DMAC. That is an oxymoron in my book, 5 years in the league and has had 1 good year.

    You can be a playoff team with a great running game.
    You can win SB’s with a crappy one.

  • NavyRaider

    It’s too bad we can’t trade any of these “out of whack” contracts. DMAC and DHB look like the only two guys that would be able to draw any interest and save cap room and I doubt RM trades DHB with a cap hit of only 2.1M.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Lefty12 Says:
    February 23rd, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    While backs like McFadden aren’t a dime a dozen and aren’t easily found,backs like Bush are.
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    Nope, Bush aint a dime a dozen either.

  • http://raiders.com Mark Clemens

    KoolKell Says:
    February 23rd, 2012 at 8:00 pm
    Lefty12 Says:
    February 23rd, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    While backs like McFadden aren’t a dime a dozen and aren’t easily found,backs like Bush are.
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    Nope, Bush aint a dime a dozen either.
    ———
    Maybe so, but he is much more replaceable than Mcfadden.

  • JB

    Jerry McDonald ‏ @Jerrymcd

    Asked McKenzie if Raiders would have fastest player in 40-yard dash. He said not if he can’t play.
    ***********************

    The perfect answer!

  • http://www.mailmachineshouston.com mikeschoice

    theres a reason reggies crew went and got new trainers asap. hopefully its for dmac, jacoby,taiwon, etc/////

  • Gdog

    While backs like McFadden aren’t a dime a dozen and aren’t easily found,backs like Bush are.
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    Nope, Bush aint a dime a dozen either.
    >>>>

    Like its hard to find a RB to average 3.8 YPC and can’t pick up a blitz.

    Gotta keep the 44th ranked YPC rusher in the NFL!!

  • JB

    Bush proved this last year that he’s a good back-up RB – nothing more. He refuses to learn how to block, he runs out of gas easily, he’s NOT a banger at the LOS and he’s NOT a threat around the edge. Teams learned that stacking 8 in the box stuffs him on a regular basis. I’d prefer to let him go and then pick up Mike Tolbert from San Diego. He’s a banger and would be an excellent alternate to DMac.

  • Raider guy

    25 right on. Love bush but does that deserve a franchise tag?

  • http://reverbnation.com/avion Aviontheone

    Other teams in the league don’t waste resources on players who can’t play; be it because of injury or skill. The Raiders, under Al(RIP), had a history of holding on to those type of players far too long, and getting rid of or benching great players way too early because of Al’s personal vendettas. You never know we might have some gems on the roster who never got the chance under Al’s reign. I think McFadden should be traded if we can improve our roster defensively. I say let’s see what a Taiwan/Bush platoon can do under Knapp. Hell we might even find an undrafted free agent RB ala Arian Foster etc.

  • JB

    Free Agent Prospect to replace Bush:

    Mike Tolbert (SD) – Tolbert is a terrific utility back and unique at his size. He can give an offense a bit of everything, but above all, he’s an extremely powerful runner that will punch in the ball from the 1 with consistency. The Chargers do like him as a complement to Ryan Mathews, but bringing him back to San Diego will depend on his asking price considering they should be able to re-sign Jacob Hester at a cheaper price.

    This is a guy we should be targeting. He’s a team player!

  • Gdog

    Teams learned that stacking 8 in the box stuffs him on a regular basis.
    >>>>

    Yup.

    If a coupla guys watching teevee can figure this out, you don’t think the rest of the NFL has?

    I say offer him a one year, 2.5 mill contract with a stipulation he loses 15 to 20 pounds… I bet that is the best he is going to do. If he averages 3 yards a carry again (like his last 6 games) his career is toast anyway. Then we only lose one seasons salary.

    If he gets a big fat long term contract, watch him sit on his ass and push 260…

  • Gdog

    Other teams in the league don’t waste resources on players who can’t play; be it because of injury or skill.
    >>>>

    Kinda like SD did with Drew Brees?

    You don’t let go of the best player on your team regardless of anything.

    Sorry… dumb idea. If he can’t finish the season this year, THEN think about letting him walk. Most draft picks are hit or miss anyway.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    I guess I missed Bush losing the game for us, for his “poor blocking skills”. But, he’s a good player in my book.

  • 504 Raider

    21.KoolKell Says:
    February 23rd, 2012 at 8:00 pm
    Lefty12 Says:
    February 23rd, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    While backs like McFadden aren’t a dime a dozen and aren’t easily found,backs like Bush are.
    —————————————
    Nope, Bush aint a dime a dozen either.

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    You’re absolutely correct on this one. Nickle a dozen in my book.

  • Sweep The Leg.

    Anyone know who and where to contact whoever moderates this blog?

    I checked around the site, but ended up going in circles.

  • 504 Raider

    The biggest, fastest dude on this blog can replace Bush as far as rushing yards. And the rest of us could get Palmer killed missing our freaking blocks.

    And it wouldn’t cost Reggie the franchise tag. Just a new post no more than every 6 hrs.

  • JB

    KK Don’t know how you could have missed his poor blocking skills. He whiffs on blocks worse than Romac trying to make a tackle. There have been total misses that have caused sacks or could have caused QB injuries. He seems to refuse to learn how to do it right. Maybe he just doesn’t like getting hit. That would certainly explain his style at the LOS. The last 4 games where he was the starter, he was simply ordinary at best. He was out of gas & the league has him figured out. He’s no threat around the edge so they simply load up in the box and give him maybe 1 yard. Bush, IMO, will never be a successful NFL starting RB for any team. FA Tolbert would serve us much better and would cost us less.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Value guys in the draft:
    - CB Trumaine Johnson (law issues)
    - CB Omar Bolden (Injuries)
    - OLB Sean Spence (size)
    - FS Janzen Jackson (Law issues)
    - RB Terence Ganaway (slow 40, catching issues)

  • Master Beeecham

    Krappy, that “book” you’re referring to is as outdated as you are, old fool.

    No one follows the Bible when it comes to player evaluations, goat!

    BEEECH DIGGITY 4 EVA C’MON NOW

  • Gdog

    I guess I missed Bush losing the game for us, for his “poor blocking skills”. But, he’s a good player in my book.
    >>>>

    I don’t recall the game, but his missed blitz assignments caused at least two sacks and the teevee announcers even singled him out for it. It was during the losing streak late.

    I remember it because he actually TRIED to pick up the blitz the following week.. I figured it was because he got his ass chewed so hard…

  • JB

    Sweep the leg

    scorkran@bayareanewsgroup dot com

    jbecker@bayareanewsgroup dot com

  • http://www.wasRaider75.com wasbanned

    Here are some dates to keep in mind around the NFL.

    February 20: Franchise Tag

    Teams can apply a franchise tag on one of their free agents, preventing that player from signing with a new team. That player will receive the average of the top-five salaries at his position, all of which will be guaranteed. There are various levels of franchising — exclusive and non-exclusive — that could allow another team to acquire that player but usually at such a cost (losing draft selections) that teams generally avoid.

    Star-divide

    February 22-28: NFL Combine

    The annual NFL Combine in Indianapolis will kickoff on Wednesday, February 22, showcasing this year’s top prospects. Coverage will be live on NFL Network and NFL.com.

    March 5: Deadline to Apply The Franchise Tag

    If teams fail to use their franchise tag on a player by this date, then that player will be available for free agency.

    March 13: Free Agency Begins At 4 p.m.

    At 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, the new league year begins and free agency kicks off, allowing unrestricted free agents to sign with any team they wish. If a team tenders a restricted free agent, then the level of that tender dictates the compensation for the original team if another team signs that player to an offer. Exclusive-rights free agents will be unable to sign with a new team no matter what if the original team tenders that player a deal.

    March 25-28: NFL Owner’s Meeting

    Pretty self-explanatory.

    March 30-31: Super Regional Combine

    Much like the National Combine in late February, the Super Regional Combine invites players that attended NFL Regional Combines, giving prospects that did not take part during the National Combine in Indianapolis an opportunity to conduct drills in front of all 32 teams.

    April 26-28: 2012 NFL Draft

    The first round will start on April 26, with the second and third rounds taking place on April 27 and the final four rounds on April 28.

    Late July: Training Camp Begins

    The Cincinnati Bengals will kickoff the 2012 Training Camp at Paul Brown Stadium.

    September 6: Regular Season Kicks Off

    The New York Giants will launch the new season, hosting a yet-to-be-determined opponent. Some speculate that it’ll be the New Orleans Saints.

  • http://www.wasRaider75.com wasbanned

    Sorry, got the above from a Bengals website apparently.

    Was first link in the search for important nfl dates 2012

  • JB

    Bush Stats 2011 as starter:

    att yds ypc
    SDGO 30 152 5.2
    MIN 30 109 3.6
    CHI 24 69 2.9
    MIA 10 18 1.8
    GB 23 78 3.4
    DET 18 77 4.3
    KC 23 70 3.0
    SDGO 19 66 3.5

    Not exactly what I’d call a premier RB. The last 6 games he was either figured out by the opponents or was out of gas. In either event, he was less than ordinary as a starter. If he had been a real starter he would have been demoted, traded or released. And some want to put a franchise tag on this guy – C’MON MAN, get real!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    WR Brian Quick Could be a great option if he drops a few more rounds due to his 40 time..

  • djohnnyg

    Bush is durable.

    That’s nice to have.

    He’s not terrible. He’s probably average at best.

    I remember at least two seperate occasions when he had 3 shots rom the one yard line and could not get in the endzone.

    I don’t recall him breaking tackles. I DO recall him running thru gaping holes on occasion.

    I also recall him missing blocks and almost getting our QB decapitated.

    But… he is durable.

    I’ll end on a positive.

  • Seymour Bush

    “The combine will really just tell you what kind of athlete, not what kind of football player he is,’’ McKenzie said.
    ===============================================

    Praise Jesus someone finally understands this.,

  • JB

    If the league sees Bush the way many of us in here do, then he may be real disappointed when he goes out to the other teams as a FA looking for a starting role. His last 6 games say it all – BACKUP! But, by all means, he should go out and look. I think we’d be better off with Mike Tolbert a FA from San Diego. He IS a BANGER at the LOS and he’s consistent and blocks well. RM may already have Bush’s replacement under contract. He signed RB’s Lonaye Miller & Rashawn Jackson in January. I don’t know anything about either of them other than they were RM picks.

  • JB

    Lonaye Miller:
    DOB: April 29, 1988 (age 23)
    Place of birth: Fontana, CA
    Ht: 6’0″ Weight: 232 lb
    Undrafted FA 2010 – signed w/ Dallas Cowboys

    Rashawn Miller:
    DOB: January 15, 1987 (age 25)
    Place of birth: Jersey City, NJ
    Ht: 6’1″ Weight: 239 lb
    Undrafted FA 2010 – signed w/
    Carolina Panthers

    Neither one of these guys jump off the page. Maybe RM knows something we don’t. They could also just be camp fodder. Guess we’ll just have to wait & see.

  • Hardline

    DMAC is no better than Bush. So sorry to disappoint you. Let’s analysis DMAC’s stats:

    Sept 12 Denver DMAC rushed 151 yds

    Sept 18 Buffalo ” rushed 72 yds

    Sept 25 NYJ ” rushed 171 yds

    Oct 2 NE ” rushed 75 yds

    Oct 9 Hou ” rushed 51 yds

    Oct 16 Cle. ” rushed 91 yds

    Oct 23 KC ” rushed 4 yds

    Now then, I have said it dozens of times, granted, DMAC ran right through Denver and the Jets, both bottom tier teams with losing records, and notably 2 of the worst teams in the AFC.

    DMAC has similiar stats to Bush against top tier teams, the Pat’s and Houston.

    DMAC did okay against Cle. but a truly great back would have torched them for at least 150 yds.

    DMAC, of course did nothing against KC except wuz out for 4 yds and hurt his little foot.

    The stats of DMAC and Bush are very similiar and in the end their performances were too.

    Let’s look at receiving:

    DMAC caught 19 passes for 121 yds with one TD.

    Bush caught 37 passes for 418 yds with one TD.

    It seems Bush is a better receiver than DMAC.

    My point is this: you are analyzing Bush wrongly. He was used defectively by Hue: 1, Bush up the middle, little gain; 2. Pass to DHB, dropped; 3. Bush up the middle 2 yds; 4. punt. This offensive pattern was fulfilled time and time and time again in the last 5 games, and was disgusting to me.

    I think Bush is too big to be a full time starter. I don’t think Bush is great, but very, very good. I also think he shouldn’t be franchised and is maybe worth $4M per season. One thing is, I feel that in any case Bush should make the same money as DMAC earns.

    Frankly speaking I would trade DMAC, since he is mainly useless against top tier teams with winning records and will never play more than 8 games per season.

    What I am saying is that if you think Bush will be easy to replace, you are mistaken.

  • djohnnyg

    Reggie better hurry up and get this team assembled.

    The first pre-season game is only 20 weeks away.