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Raiders owner speaks his mind on state of team

Raiders owner Mark Davis realizes his team is in the midst of a complete makeover and that it’s going to take time. Just the same, he isn’t accepting the fact that the Raiders can’t make some noise before the roots take hold.
Davis said in an exclusive with Bay Area News Group on Monday that he is adamant that the Raiders build a foundation that is going to help the Raiders be a perennial Super Bowl-caliber team.
Doing so entails building through the NFL draft, Davis said, and using free agency as a means to fill in the gaps, not as some sort of panacea.
Davis points to the 49ers as a model for the way he envisions general manager Reggie McKenzie constructing the Raiders.
“You have to have a very solid team and then you can plug one or two guys in,” Davis said. “I hate to use the example of the team across the bay, but they’re in a position now where they have such a good core that they’re able to just pick up a guy here or a guy there.
“They’re able to bring in a Nnamdi Asomugha or somebody that could possibly help them. If he doesn’t (work out), it doesn’t really destroy their chemistry badly because they’re not counting on Nnamdi to do anything (great), but to augment them.”
The core of the 49ers roster comprises players selected in the draft, with free-agent signees such as defensive lineman Justin Smith, strong safety Donte Whitner and wide receiver Mario Manningham bolstering the lineup.
The 49ers have twice as many picks as the Raiders in this year’s draft, which begins next Thursday.
The Raiders own the rights to the No. 3 pick. However, they are without second- and fifth-round selections as a result of trades for quarterback Carson Palmer and linebacker Aaron Curry in 2011.
McKenzie has said from the day he was hired in 2012 that he covets draft picks and views them as the key to building a successful team.
The other key to a Raiders turnaround, Davis said, lays in their ability to get their salary cap to the point where they have enough money to re-sign their own players and a handful of free agents each season.
To that end, McKenzie used last offseason and this offseason to purge what he deemed “out-of-whack” contracts.
That process is complete, though at considerable expense. Severing ties with the likes of Stanford Routt, Kamerion Wimbley, Palmer, Richard Seymour, Michael Huff, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Rolando McClain forced the Raiders to account for almost $50 million of their $123 million salary cap this season on players no longer on the roster.
“It’s something that was necessary,” Davis said. “It was clearly evident. We needed to do some more restructuring. All the way down to the brass bolts. But there’s light at the end of the tunnel.”
When the Raiders emerge from their funk remains to be seen. They last made the playoffs in 2002, when they advanced to the Super Bowl. They haven’t won more than eight games in a season the past 10 years.
Davis said he wasn’t expecting the Raiders to win the Super Bowl last season, the first for McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen. He also isn’t sure how much longer it’s going to take for Raiders to get to the point where they are a Super Bowl contender.
“My philosophy is, making the playoffs is great and all that, it’s great for the fans and everything, but winning the Super Bowl is the only goal,” Davis said. “Otherwise, I’ve said it all my life, if you don’t win the Super Bowl, then you’re just like one of the other 30 teams.”
The Raiders won the last of their three Super Bowls in the 1983 season. Davis said he is hell-bent upon bringing more Super Bowl titles to Oakland in the coming years.
“In my lifetime, we’ve had three successful seasons,” Davis said. “That’s the absolute truth. That’s the way I live my life. That’s the way we live our lives. What we’re trying to build is a team that is going to go after Super Bowls. It can’t just be a one-shot deal.”
Davis said he is content with McKenzie and Allen and that he intends to be patient enough to let them see through the process of rebuilding the Raiders.
“The process of building a foundation is going to take place this year, next year, the following year,” Davis said. “It’s not just going to be a quick fix, ‘OK, hey, we’re back and this is great.’ It’s going to take awhile.”
And that’s what Davis expected when he hired McKenzie as the team’s first full-fledged general manager. McKenzie, in turn, hired Allen to succeed Hue Jackson.
“I hired Reggie knowing what the process was going to be,” Davis said. “I have no problem with where it’s going so far on the player personnel side. That’s where his expertise is. … Who knows? We could be really competitive this year. I’m not writing the season off.”

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  • rediaR

    We wont get that much in a trade down. I just don’t see it with this draft.

  • http://goducks.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    Guest123 Says:
    April 16th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Ques: Why fish if you are expecting pizza? Have you no faith in your catch?

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

    I’ll be fishing and questing in World of Warcraft. I can’t eat electronic food.

  • RaiderRockstar

    @RaiderFredinDallas

    co-signed G123′s comment #1298

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:

    U keep talking about Al Davis players not there anymore.

    DMAC, VELDEHERE, WIZ Jr, HOUSTON, PRYOR, BRANCH (contract extension) FORD, D MOORE, REECE, CHEWKA , JANO
    ======================================================

    Might be a chink* in the armor here.

    Steve Corkran ‏@CorkOnTheNFL 1h

    DT Pat Sims (personal reasons) and K Sebastian Janikowski did not attend the first day of the Raiders offseason workout program.

    *Not in reference to the geo-political debate.

  • guest123

    To be fair I’m born and raised from deeply rural California (209) area code.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns to trade down?

    All eight of NFL.com’s draft analysts project Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd to the Oakland Raiders with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

    If Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie gets his way, though, he won’t be picking in the top five. The Raiders want to trade down to recoup the second-round pick that was sent to the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2011 Carson Palmer trade, SI.com’s Peter King reported in his “Monday Morning Quarterback.”

    The Raiders aren’t alone. King also writes that the Cleveland Browns “badly” want to trade out of the sixth spot, perhaps with designs on landing West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith a few picks later. The Browns might end up being a “wild card” in the Smith hunt, according to NFL.com’s Albert Breer.

    It’s tough to see the Raiders finding a taker for the third pick in a draft that is so light at the top. The Browns might have better luck if a team such as the Miami Dolphins or San Diego Chargers decides it has to get in front of the Arizona Cardinals to grab one of the triumvirate of elite left tackles: Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher or Lane Johnson.

    Chris Wesseling

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Here’s the thing about trading up, you have to have a partner already on the table and the deal done by the time you are on the clock

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    how do u know its not being already discussed? media knows nothing thats going on right now

  • RaiderRockstar

    I’m born and raised from deeply rural California (209) area code

    ***

    @GMoney

    me too. Stockton, baby!

  • Marks hair

    Sheesh .. ppl still whining about the Lakers. . the league changed the CBA and the way defense is allowed to be played to help all of your pùssy àss teams to compete with the Lakers. quit your bìtching..

  • RAIDERMAN99

    If we stop using our war machine….
    ===========================================
    War machine my azz.

    Good thing this kind of mentality wasn’t prevalent during WWII.

    We’d have lost.

    So sick of the fools that constantly bash the USA and take the freedoms and good life they live for granted.

    Got a newsflash for you sonny.

    Taking out Saddam was a good thing.

    Snuffing out the Taliban is a good thing.

    Poor little baby, whining about America being hated.

    Hated by who ?

    What nation is better ?

    Anywhere else you’d rather live ?

    Greatest nation on Earth and a force for good.

    Despite all your self loathing bullsh1t.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA.

  • guest123

    me too. Stockton, baby!

    ^^^^^^^

    Fat City! all-right!

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Everybody in R’neck America, by this time, knows the Fed set those bombs off in Boston in order to justify restrictions on Bomb Making equipment. Geez.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    KoolKell Says:
    Dumb hateful right wing radio in rural America. Looking for Black Helicopters
    ======================================================

    Wonder if Kell would include Rush Limbaugh. Started out and rose to prominence in Kooky’s own backyard.
    Or maybe Sacramento is ‘rural’ to urbane Oaklandites.

  • lefty12

    Don’t even waste your breath KK,it is useless.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Chris Sprow ‏@SprowESPN 20m

    OK, one more: No team makes more sense to move down than #Raiders. Need picks + sitting at a high-leverage spot. Milk it.

  • rediaR

    I’m over trading down. I’d rather have Jordan or Fisher.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Conspiracy theorists pounce on Boston Marathon bombing as some claim it was ‘false flag’ attack arranged by the government
    Conspiracy theorists believe bombings were set up by the government to scare people into allowing stricter security protocols

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2310029/Boston-Marathon-2013-explosions-Conspiracy-theorists-pounce-Boston-Marathon-bombing-claim-false-flag-attack-arranged-government.html#ixzz2Qezxj9VN
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  • SnBG

    Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns to trade down?

    All eight of NFL.com’s draft analysts project Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd to the Oakland Raiders with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

    If Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie gets his way, though, he won’t be picking in the top five. The Raiders want to trade down to recoup the second-round pick that was sent to the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2011 Carson Palmer trade, SI.com’s Peter King reported in his “Monday Morning Quarterback.”

    The Raiders aren’t alone. King also writes that the Cleveland Browns “badly” want to trade out of the sixth spot, perhaps with designs on landing West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith a few picks later. The Browns might end up being a “wild card” in the Smith hunt, according to NFL.com’s Albert Breer.

    It’s tough to see the Raiders finding a taker for the third pick in a draft that is so light at the top. The Browns might have better luck if a team such as the Miami Dolphins or San Diego Chargers decides it has to get in front of the Arizona Cardinals to grab one of the triumvirate of elite left tackles: Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher or Lane Johnson.

    Chris Wesseling
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    All of those scenarios are plausible. For the first time in a long time I’m excited about the Raiders draft. No more Davis picks. Let the real pros do it. I don’t think Miami will trade down. They may want to stay with a value pick and use their others to fill needs. Cleveland is more likely to move up for Fisher or Joeckel .

  • The_Judge37

    Trading down reqiures a player worth trading up, a team willing to give up multiple picks for one player and GM negotiating skills. So that being said, who are the top 3 canidates for us at #3?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Cleveland is more likely to move up for Fisher or Joeckel

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    @SnBG

    Really? You got that from reading an article about the Browns wanting to trade DOWN !?!?

    lol

  • SnBG

    The_Judge37 Says:
    April 16th, 2013 at 1:33 pm
    Trading down reqiures a player worth trading up, a team willing to give up multiple picks for one player and GM negotiating skills. So that being said, who are the top 3 canidates for us at #3?
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    Perhaps but I’m beginning to think the Raiders are going to trade down. Reg has the skill to do that and come out very good.

  • rediaR

    Cards and Dolphins are the only ones I can see as a real possibility.

  • Plunketthead

    SnBG Says:
    April 16th, 2013 at 12:39 pm
    China is simply smart enough to let us do the dirty work to try and keep the region stable enough to keep the oil flowing.

    If we just let it go crazy you would flip out when products suddenly increased in cost by 300%.
    …………………..
    If we stop using our war machine then China would have to help keep things stable. Why do we have to do the dirty work. Losing sons and daughters. What’s a matter with a little inconvenience for the lives of our children. China isn’t a fan of inflation and I doubt anyone else is
    ******************************

    The feds in the swamp pulled China out of the dark ages and tax dollars built China up like we did in the USSR.
    We probably did it for a multitude of reasons such as you mentioned, to have someone help be the world police and so the feds have a boogey man to blame crap on.
    It appears the USA is the bully behind the NWO and I figure they have a big stick to pull out and beat china and Russia and anyone else who says no.

    Something like a laser from space or being able to drop rods on capitol cities using that new space plane

  • The_Judge37

    SnBG Says:
    April 16th, 2013 at 1:35 pm
    The_Judge37 Says:
    April 16th, 2013 at 1:33 pm
    Trading down reqiures a player worth trading up, a team willing to give up multiple picks for one player and GM negotiating skills. So that being said, who are the top 3 canidates for us at #3?
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    Perhaps but I’m beginning to think the Raiders are going to trade down. Reg has the skill to do that and come out very good.
    —–

    I just don’t see the player who’s going to bring a bounty of picks that’s worth trading down. Now worth dropping out of the top 10 for a 2nd and 4th-7th.

    We either pick at 3, or Reggie gets bamboozled.

  • SnBG

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 16th, 2013 at 1:35 pm
    Cleveland is more likely to move up for Fisher or Joeckel

    ***

    @SnBG

    Really? You got that from reading an article about the Browns wanting to trade DOWN !?!?

    lol
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    I did and it make some sense. It’s not a bad trade. I don’t like a trade were the raiders would pick after the 10th. Don’t trade with anyone past the titans.

  • Plunketthead

    SnBG Says:

    I mentioned that stuff because you are right. The USA and China are probably working together and will still “blame” each other when the lights go ouyt

  • RaiderRockstar

    who are the top 3 canidates for us at #3?

    ***

    @Judge

    Consensus Top 5 draft picks are Joeckel, Fisher, Jordan, Floyd & Milliner

    Geno Smith & Star Lotulelei are on a few mocks I’ve seen too

  • rediaR

    Agreed, Judge.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    KoolKell Says:
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
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    Another one of Kooky’s ‘sources’.

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    The Daily Mail was Britain’s first daily newspaper aimed at the newly literate “lower-middle class market resulting from mass education, combining a low retail price with plenty of competitions, prizes and promotional gimmicks”,[5] and the first British paper to sell a million copies a day.[6]

    It was, from the outset, a newspaper for women, being the first to provide features especially for them,[7] and is the only British newspaper whose readership is more than 50 percent female, at 53 percent.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Asher Mathews ‏@AsherMathews 7h

    Per Aaron Wilson, the #Raiders have met with Demetrius Harris, a basketball player in college that hopes to make transition to TE.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    While most observers are witholding judgment about what caused the two explosions at the Boston Marathon this afternoon, right-wing conspiracy theorists already know what’s going on — the government did it and is going to pin the blame on them because today is Patriots’ Day, a special day in the militia movement.

    Alex Jones, who has become the country’s preeminent conspiracy theorist, wasted no time. As with 9/11, Sandy Hook and other national tragedies, he sees the Boston explosions as a “false flag” attack committed by the government. The objective this time: Expanding the Transportation Security Administration’s reach to sporting events:

    http://www.salon.com/2013/04/15/alex_jones_labels_boston_explosion_a_false_flag/

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee basketball player Demetrius Harris is hoping to become the next Antonio Gates, converting his vast athleticism into usable football skills.

    Gates went from starring on the basketball court at Kent State to emerging as a Pro Bowl tight end with the San Diego Chargers.

    Harris visited the Ravens’ training complex this week, meeting with offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell and tight ends coach Wade Harman.

    “It was a good visit, I liked the people, liked the coaches. They seem really interested,” Harris told The Baltimore Sun after returning to Milwaukee. “It’s like a home environment at their offices. I love their organization. Their coaching staff is humble and confident. It was pretty cool to be there with the Super Bowl champs.”

    During his visit with the Ravens, it was pointed out to Harris that tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents after this season. The Ravens have indicated they want to sign Pitta to a long-term deal.

    “They were telling me that for a year I could learn under those guys and how they’re free agents coming up and, if that happens, that’s where I could come in and help the team,” Harris said. “I just want a chance. I’m trying to do something. It’s going good right now. It’s been a busy month for me.”

    Harris has visited the Kansas City Chiefs and will visit the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday and conduct a Pro Day in Milwaukee with several teams scheduled to attend, including the Ravens, Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers, Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams and the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Chiefs, under new general manager John Dorsey, have displayed a lot of interest in Harris.

    Harris is a 6-foot-5, 237-pound former Arkansas State football recruit who didn’t qualify academically due to a low ACT score before enrolling at Mineral Area Community College, a Missouri junior college.

    After attending Mineral Area, Harris was offered an opportunity to play both sports at Arkansas State. However, he opted to play basketball only in Wisconsin.

    Harris was 6 feet 4, 205 pounds coming out of high school growing up outside Little Rock, Ark., where he was an all-state wide receiver and basketball player who caught nine touchdowns with four interceptions at safety.

    As a senior last season, Harris averaged 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds.

    “I’ve been playing football since I was five years old,” Harris said. “I can create mismatches because I’m athletic. My main position would be to play tight end, but need to work on my blocking.”

    Harris’ gifts are obvious in physical testing. He has run the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds with a 10-2 broad jump and a 36 1/2 inch vertical leap. Strength is something that needs work, bench pressing 225 pounds twice. However, strength can be improved. It’s rare to be that big, fast and explosive.

    “I’ll be hitting the weights hard wherever I wind up,” Harris said. “I’ve only been lifting weights since last year, so it’s something I’m working on.”

    Training with NFL tight ends Dallas Clark and Dwayne Allen last week in Indianapolis, he gleaned some valuable tips.

    Harris is regarded as a later-round draft target or a priority free agent.

    “I’m excited going into the draft, I’m hoping I get drafted,” Harris said. “If not, I’m pretty sure someone will sign me. I’m going to keep praying and stay humble.”

    Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bal-ravens-meet-with-basketball-player-demetrius-harris-20130416,0,1378148.story#ixzz2Qf2jHJw9

  • The_Judge37

    Everyone knows Reggie wants to trade down. He wants more picks and doesn’t want to pay a rookie Top 10 money. So they will be low balling him, especially if there’s more teams after us that are willing to trade down as well. Unless there’s legitamite interest by a team in a certain player, combined with a certain fear that he wouldn’t be there later, it’s not going to happen or we’re not going to like the return.

  • The_Judge37

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 16th, 2013 at 1:39 pm
    who are the top 3 canidates for us at #3?

    ***

    @Judge

    Consensus Top 5 draft picks are Joeckel, Fisher, Jordan, Floyd & Milliner

    Geno Smith & Star Lotulelei are on a few mocks I’ve seen too
    ————

    Aside from an allegedly Fluke heart condition, i hear nothing but good things about Star. Way less than the rest of the top 5

  • The Beeech Diggity Dawg

    Oh man, KrappyRat is just wetting himself silly with all of his lame conspiracy theories

    Poor Old Troll could not be trolling harder today, humping just about any bombing link he can get his sweaty paws on

    K-Rat, how about going out and hustling up a listing for a change?

    Or is it just too much work to drag your overstuffed rear end out from under that plate of waffles?

    Dang, like hella dang

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    SnBG Says:
    I did and it make some sense. It’s not a bad trade. I don’t like a trade were the raiders would pick after the 10th. Don’t trade with anyone past the titans.
    ======================================================

    So what you’re saying is “Remember the Titans”?

  • The_Judge37

    It seems playing TE in the NFL is what you do if you’re an overweight SG in college.

  • J Hill

    Consensus Top 5 draft picks are Joeckel, Fisher, Jordan, Floyd & Milliner

    ————————————————————-

    Wouldn’t be mad at any of these picks.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I don’t like a trade were the raiders would pick after the 10th. Don’t trade with anyone past the titans

    ***

    @SnBG

    Joeckel, Fisher, Jordan, Floyd & Milliner
    Smith, Lotulelei, Mingo, Werner & Ansah

    if we trade down past Top 10 we’re looking at players like: Moore, Jones, Warmack, Cooper, Austin, Allen, Patterson, Rhodes, Johnson & Richardson

    none of those players would help us!?!?

  • rediaR

    J Hill Says:
    April 16th, 2013 at 1:47 pm
    Consensus Top 5 draft picks are Joeckel, Fisher, Jordan, Floyd & Milliner

    ————————————————————-

    Wouldn’t be mad at any of these picks.
    ———————————
    I’d be mad at 1 of them and slightly disappointed at another.

  • SnBG

    I just don’t see the player who’s going to bring a bounty of picks that’s worth trading down. Now worth dropping out of the top 10 for a 2nd and 4th-7th.

    We either pick at 3, or Reggie gets bamboozled.’
    ”””””””””””””””””’
    It’s worth it if we stay below 10. We get a 2nd rnd pick also.

  • J Hill

    The USA and China are probably working together and will still “blame” each other when the lights go ouyt

    ————————————————————

    Have to be careful how you word this. Implies WAY more people are in on this.

    Probably about 8 high level Chinese and 8 high level Americans.

  • SnBG

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 16th, 2013 at 1:48 pm
    I don’t like a trade were the raiders would pick after the 10th. Don’t trade with anyone past the titans

    ***

    @SnBG

    Joeckel, Fisher, Jordan, Floyd & Milliner
    Smith, Lotulelei, Mingo, Werner & Ansah

    if we trade down past Top 10 we’re looking at players like: Moore, Jones, Warmack, Cooper, Austin, Allen, Patterson, Rhodes, Johnson & Richardson

    none of those players would help us!?!?
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    I agree my friend I said don’t go past 10

  • The_Judge37

    SnBG Says:
    April 16th, 2013 at 1:48 pm
    I just don’t see the player who’s going to bring a bounty of picks that’s worth trading down. Now worth dropping out of the top 10 for a 2nd and 4th-7th.

    We either pick at 3, or Reggie gets bamboozled.’
    ”””””””””””””””””’
    It’s worth it if we stay below 10. We get a 2nd rnd pick also
    ————

    Yeah but way too much has to go right for that to happen. But doesn’t hurt to see. I’ll pull up the draft order

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Westboro Baptist Church Thanks God for Boston Bombs Westboro Baptist Church said that the bombings during the Boston Marathon were sent by God as punishment for same-sex marriage and that members would definitely show up at funerals to protest

    http://www.rightbias.com/

  • J Hill

    If we trade down past 10, we need to be looking at WR, RB, or OG.

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 16th, 2013 at 12:57 pm
    technology made us dumb. we are addicted to nonsense. nobody uses elbow grease or street smarts anymore. convenience is our new Baal.

    ***

    @G123

    preach it bro!
    ———————
    amen

  • SnBG

    I saw a mock that says Ansah will still be around at 10. Not saying that will be the case but in that range we still have good choices and get a 2nd rd’r. I read something that said most of the good teams build with their 1-3 picks so I’m not sure what 4 and beyond would really do for us.

  • RaiderRockstar

    @SnBG

    Top 10 = Joeckel, Fisher, Jordan, Floyd, Milliner, Smith, Lotulelei, Mingo, Werner & Ansah

    Next 10 = Moore, Jones, Warmack, Cooper, Austin, Allen, Patterson, Rhodes, Johnson & Richardson

    I agree with John Madden – not you. “We need a whole barrel of guys”

    I’d take any of those 2nd tier dudes and think that player would be an immediate starter & impact player for us

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post ladies!!