Raiders working out another veteran QB


The Raiders confirmed that they intend to take a look at veteran quarterback Matt Leinart at some point this week. On Monday, the agent for career backup quarterback Jim Sorgi said his client is auditioning for the Raiders on Tuesday.

Sorgi, 31, appeared in 16 games for the Indianapolis Colts from 2004-10, attempting only 29 passes in mop-up duty behind former starter Peyton Manning.

Sorgi hasn’t attempted a pass in a regular-season game since 2008. He played only once in 2009 and not at all the past two seasons.

ESPN and the NFL Network said Leinart’s signing with the Raiders as the backup to Carson Palmer is likely. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Leinart is coming in so that the Raiders can evaluate the condition of the collarbone he broke last season. No signing is imminent.

Terrelle Pryor and Rhett Bomar are the other quarterbacks on Oakland’s roster right now, with Pryor being given a shot at succeeding Kyle Boller as the backup this season.


Steve Corkran

  • DKnight007

    # backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    April 30th, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    How would Al Davis feel about the way the RAIDERS handled the firing of his loyal employee of 33 years?

    Seems to me Reggie could have waited til the guy’s contract expired and then could choose not to offer another.

    Anything would have shown more class then to fire a man a couple days after the draft.

    Unbelievably sad day it is for the Raider Organization.

    No Loyalty anymore I guess…at least not from the man who is supposedly supposed to be leading this team.

    What a joke.

    Reggie, if you are reading this….get a clue my man…get a clue!

    Change was inevitable….deal with it and this is good change.

    Don’t act like the Raiders have been consistent playoff contenders the past 10 years.

  • Gdog

    Chris in NY Says:
    April 30th, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    IMO, Pryor compares more to Vince Young than anyone.

    At best.

    If TP was anything more than a complete bust, no way would we even think of bringing in Leinert.

    Leinert is pretty much a bottom tier BACKUP QB. And people still think TP is the answer?

    I say give him 4-5 short yardage plays to master so we can get SOME value out of him. Either that or turn him into a TE.

  • xraided

    YES PRIEST! that’s what i’ve been saying. the ACCURACY is there… undeniable at this point. with those legs and strength in his running skill, this many does at least compare to Newton in that regard.

  • lefty12

    I also have a problem with people labeling anyone who has the audacity to question him a racist or say race is the reason they are questioning him.

  • backstageatapuppetshow


    The fact that they haven’t been contenders doesn’t fall on a man who has been loyal to ONE business for 33 years.

    I don’t care what the reason.

    This is complete BS!

    Your approval is not needed, you and everyone else has your head so far up Reggie’s backside because of a need to want to convince yourself that Reggie is a savior.

    You want Oakland to win so bad that you will convince yourself anyone but an 82 year old AL DAVIS can do it….

    Reggie isn’t the savior. Not by a long shot.


    Drink the SAND !

  • priesttj

    Lefty12 I’m not biased towards black QB as much as I am indignant at the unlevel playing field. I think we stole Carson Palmer and I think he is evrything I would want in a QB. I watched him since he was a freshman at USC. I love his game and his approach to the game he is the perfect role model and mentor for TP. It’s not about removing Palmer as it is about getting TP up to speed. The upside of this kid is in the stratusphere. He is thr prototype for the newage QB the same way Palmer was some 9 years ago. The times they are a changing but the resistance is formidable. It’s stifling the game itself. There will always be room for a pocket passer like Drew and Tom while Aaron Rodgers is more of the newage QB. The game is progressing and I think 20 years too late.

    TP has extraordinary talent that needss to be nurtured and minted. If the Raiders blow this opportunity they will regret as long as they exist IMHO!!

  • xraided

    the man is very raw… you must give him more than this season. he had no kind of NFL practice last season.. give him the benefit of that at least.

    we’ll get to see him in action through TC and preseason… if he at least shows potential, then he’ll be given more chances. if he is absolutely atrocious, then he’s gone.

  • Try Some Reality

    DKnight007 Says:
    April 30th, 2012 at 9:39 pm
    aig-raiders Says:
    April 30th, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Raidernationdave Says:
    April 30th, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Only thing that sucks about these highlight vids is the music. It generally sucks.


    Love the Criner tape!



  • AmysInCharge

    Priest, are you bipolar?

  • lefty12

    I understand what you are saying.I didn’t mean to bring race up when discussing football with you because I don’t believe you are that way.Others on here are.But,back to QBs,I don’t know if I agree with you regarding the future prototype NFL QB.Both styles can be successful.There have been athletic QBs around forever.

  • priesttj

    As I said the resistance is formidable. They just don’t like what he represents and it’ll take years of seeing it before they’ll believe it. Because They DON’T WANT IT…………..period

  • Try Some Reality

    No need to get too excited over TP one way or another. He’s done some good things and he deserves a chance once his time comes. For now, let him get comfortable under CP.

    Both the folks that are writing him off and those that think he should start now are completely out of line.

    At the same time, I’m glad Big Mac and Palmer have ridded this blog of clowns like Mistic who had an agenda to push with their over-the-top rose-colored-glasses view of the Master of Mediocre, King of the Checkdown, Jason Campbell.

  • Kirk

    If you watch Pryor on tape, he has an incredible ability to throw ON THE RUN.

    And his stats were almost the same as Cam Newton’s.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    The fact that most of you ignore me says it all…

    Many of you are probably employees of the Raider Organization and are afraid to say anything for fear that you are next…

  • Kirk

    359.AmysInCharge Says:
    April 30th, 2012 at 9:59 pm
    Priest, are you bipolar?


    The Earth is bipolar.

  • lefty12

    TSR,thank you,that is what I’ve been saying.

  • alzadoX

    Gdog, get real.

    We have 3 QBs on roster. One of them is first year player Rhett Bomar. Another is a player who was a 3rd round pick who missed most of training camp and part of last season.

    Bringing in more QBs to compete is a necessity. If our GM didn’t do that, he should be fired. Proves nothing about new Reggime’s opinion on Pryor being a “complete bust”

    I’m sure Reggie Mac has an opinion on Pryor. After all, Reggie Mac was a scout in the NFL last year. All we know is that his team didn’t think Pryor was worth a #2 pick. For all we know the Packers may have wanted him in the 3rd round of the supplemental draft, but the Raiders’ pick was higher so we got him.

    Reggie Mac said Pryor is expected to compete for the #2 QB position. He never said that there would be no competition except Rhett Bomar.

    I have not seen Pryor or Bomar play yet in the Raiders offense; so I have no meaningful opinion on their future right now.


    Gdog Says:
    April 30th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    If TP was anything more than a complete bust, no way would we even think of bringing in Leinert.

    Leinert is pretty much a bottom tier BACKUP QB. And people still think TP is the answer?

    I say give him 4-5 short yardage plays to master so we can get SOME value out of him. Either that or turn him into a TE.

  • Raidernationdave

    lefty12 Says:
    April 30th, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Dave,you must be a racist.(sarcasm intended)

    No harm, no foul.

  • Try Some Reality

    You bet, Lefty. I feel the same way. Can’t stand some of these goons that’ll come in here like clockwork – once Palmer throws his first INT – to call for his head and for Pryor to start in his place.

  • priesttj

    Lefty12 Sure there have but it’s only been acceptable if they were white. You remember Roger Staubach his own coach hated his propencity to run he thought he didn’t give the play a chance. Even before him Tarkenton and others. But they were white if the black QB did that he was thought of as uncoachable. I’ver studied this stuff for decades and I know the thinking I’ve sat around great scouts and listened to the discussions. This is an age old problem they allowed Staubach and many others to be athletic but when the QB was black they changed his position or told him he couldn’t play in this league. Why do think Warren Moon went north and so many others a list much to long to discuss.

    It’s been a problem and it still is black athletic QB’s are on a short leash while the Rich Gannon’s and Steve Youngs are allowed to sit around and learn until they can produce.

  • Try Some Reality

    allowed to sit around and learn until they can produce.


    This is exactly what we need for TP. Sit around and learn. Get comfortable.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Yesterday I had to get lectured on how I shouldn’t comment on what Al Davis would say because of my age….and today…Oakland fires a man who has seen and heard it all..a man with a wealth of knowledge…

    Read this interview with Jon Kingdon from Raiders.com and realize that today we are weaker then yesterday….


    Reggie is afraid of how this man will disagree with him in time……

    He wants a guy who will agree with him. Searching for men who will agree with you is not a quality in a successful leader….

    Here is a quote from Kingdon when asked how the draft is different now as opposed to the past…..

    Q:Raiders.com: How much has the draft evolved over the years? At one point, it was so many rounds and then it was down to 12 and now it’s down to seven. Now we’re going to add the element of primetime in the 1st round. What have you seen over the years in how it has evolved and not only how it’s run but also in the information available to you as a scout?

    Answer:From Kingdon: “It’s major in every aspect. People used to lug projectors with them. It was all film, that’s one thing. The evolution of tape to DVDs to digitized film… During the draft, you used to beg schools to give you one or two game tapes and you would have them in your office and kind of watch that together. Now, we have over a thousand college games in-house and we’ll do major cut ups. We used to have this film and you had to take care of it and you couldn’t cut up that tape and make your highlights off of them. You’d put little pieces of paper in the spools and you’d run it to each little piece of paper… so that’s a major change… The use of computers, laptops as opposed to mailing your reports in. We didn’t used to have the combine, so you have more information that way. The other thing is the public interest has just exploded. This is a major, major day for every football fan in the country and even some that aren’t. It’s to the point I remember when we had 12 rounds in one day and you started at seven in the morning and we went until 11 p.m. that night. Now, round one is one day on national TV and rounds 2-3 is another day on TV and rounds 4 through 7 is another day. There’s just so many more people involved, the internet experts, there’s a lot more information out there than there used to be. The sleepers aren’t really there like they used to be because there’s so much more coverage with the press and the like. “

  • Hardline

    Someone was fired after working 33 yrs for the Raiders?

  • Try Some Reality

    But fans will be fans. They’re impatient and they’re emotional. One of Hue’s bigger mistakes was listening to the fans and inserting Palmer one week removed from the couch.

    I thought we had smart fans, but many of them really aren’t very smart at all. I think back to that, the cheering when we’re on offense, or even the “Tebow sucks” chants, meanwhile Tebow was waxing our home turf with our collective defensive players’ ass3s.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    “We have an egalitarian department where everyone’s opinion carries an equal weight.”

    -Jon Kingdon-

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Yo Nerds

    So I spent the whole day prepping for my new stand up comedy career by watching Weird Al concerts and spraying silly string all over the Certified Platinum Posse

    Ordered a rainbow fright wig on Amazon, should be here by next Tues

    My impressions have improved 8000% since last night, check out this one of Priesttj:

    Hi folks, I’m a stubborn old fool with chickpeas for brains and the Raiders should hire me to head their scouting department, I’ll sign Jamarcus Russell and whip his butt into shape with plenty of leg kicks and one armed push ups, dognaggit

    You know I just brought the funny

  • priesttj

    I was very close to Jon he taught me a lot and I saw a lot watched a lot of film with him. He brought several key players into this org. some are stars on this team today. Reggie wants to bring in his own UT buddy someone he likes and feels he can trust. This is no knock Jon he was a great soldier and very astute scout as well a Bruce Kubrik and several other but Reggie wants his own guys……….period

  • Hardline

    I hope Hue is having a good time coaching special teams in Cincinnati, lol.

  • roided raider

    JaRu coulda been a great playah if he had better play calling to fit his strength: throwing the ball 75 yards down field. We just didn’t have the speed burners at the time or the o-line to allow the WRs’ to get 65+ down field.

  • lefty12

    Priest I’m not going there.We need to look forward instead of back and it seems now that is rapidly changing.I’d say Vick has been allowed a pretty long leash.Same could be said for V.Young.

  • backstageatapuppetshow


    Thank you for your post.

    I have nothing else to say but I’m insanely disappointed in the Leadership of this organization….

    Mr. Al Davis would be ashamed…


  • roided raider

    Who needs the red zone when you can score easily from eighty yards out. JaRu coulda got the ball there on a rope.

  • lefty12

    Have a great night everyone.

  • Try Some Reality

    Don’t get me wrong, there are some extremely astute and smart fans that show up at the O. It’s just that there are also a bunch of schmucks that don’t know much about football. Not talking about the folks that are new to football. That can be understood. It’s the morons with limited brain power that have been fans for years but don’t know jack. Only there because they like the team’s colors.

  • Hardline

    I see…..Jon Kingdon was terminated. 33 yrs is long enough in any business especially considering the fact of lack of performance in winning. on the Raiders’ part. The scouting of course came under extreme scrutiny.

    50 yrs was too long for AD to control the team: not his team but the partnerships’ team.

    I am sure Kingdon was let go for good cause, or maybe no cause at all. It’s the Reggie and Mark show now, so we will live with it.

  • Try Some Reality


  • priesttj

    Lefty12 I know man it just has been a long long standing problem with me because I fought it. Things are better you cannot change a culture overnight people have to see the need to change.

    No problem though I think there are enough fair minded people such as yourself who want competence and diligence and that is all that matters.

    People need to see that athletic QB does not mean BLACK QB it just means athletic QB……….period

    Nice talking with ya’ Al Davis did us one last solid with that kid the man was an absolute Icon in my book in a wierd way I loved that man and I’ll always miss him.

  • Try Some Reality

    It’s the Reggie and Mark show now, so we will live with it.


    That’s it right there, Hardline. Reggie wants to live and die with his own guys, so there’s no excuses if he fails and can be confident in that, whatever the outcome, it was his doing and his responsibility.

  • alzadoX

    Mark’s hair, thanks for quote from Reggie Mac re: Bilikudi being a DT. I still don’t know where you got it from though, I was searching for it but couldn’t find it myself. But you’re the second Semi to say this. The SJ Merc/ Jerry Mac/ Cork listed him as “DE”

    Raidernationdave, if you’re going to “source” film at least watch it right/ watch it for real before calling Reggie Mac a fool. I actually watched the clip and saw Bilukidi playing pretty much every position on the small college Georgia St. defensive line, from RDE to 5T LDE, to standup NT . Yes, two point stance on the Nose! Or maybe Bilukidi’s self-admitted “need to learn to play lower” is worse than we thought. Watch the film again Here’s Bilikidi’s highlight reel:

    As far as Bilukidi’s experience at a position going down the drain, given that Bilukidi has only played a little football since his senior year in HS and thus doesn’t have much experience to lose.

    And lets forget Terrelle Pryor at any position but QB—changes of position, after all, are foolish, right?

    Chris in NY: aren’t you jumping the gun a little on the Leon Lett comparison? As I remember Lett was huge through the chest and arms (for his era) and could really swat blockers around. Bilukidi has real long arms but gives no indication in the film that he knows how to use them much–yet. As Reggie Mac said, he’s a project ie has long term potential. When I watch that film I see a big athletic man with great ease of movement, agility, change of direction, and body control, good acceleration once he gets moving, but not much iron in his mittens or whack off the snap. He looks like a tentative, but smart watch-see-go reactor who will become more explosive, reactive, and instinctive with more football experience and technique work. Looks like he has a lot of long term potential, but I wouldn’t expect too much too soon


    • Raidernationdave Says:
    April 30th, 2012 at 7:58 pm
    YoungAmerican Says:
    April 30th, 2012 at 6:03 pm
    McKenzie himself said Bilukidi would be moving to the inside.
    If that’s the case then RMac is a fool and since Bilikidi is listed as a DE, in his highlight real the dude is playing up in the 5 technique, it makes little sense to stick him inside where he has limited experience.
    RMac didn’t draft him to be a DT or NG.
    • Marks hair Says:
    April 30th, 2012 at 8:19 pm
    Dave, reg called him a dt project, not me..

    • Chris in NY Says:
    April 30th, 2012 at 8:47 pm
    Physically, Bilukidi reminds me of Leon Lett. That’s a good thing. Lett was a Pro Bowl talent and major piece on that 90s Cowboys dynasty. Was truly a dominant player before getting caught up in some drug suspensions.
    Like Bilukidi, Lett was an under the radar, small school guy: a 7th round pick out of Emporia State.

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