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Raiders confirm Gilbert’s departure

The Raiders issued the following statement Sunday night:

The Raiders would like to thank Zak Gilbert for his service to the organization over the past year. The team appreciates Zak’s efforts to foster strong relationships with coaches, players, club personnel and the media. The Raiders wish him well in his future endeavors.

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  • Just Fire Baby

    Reggie has only been here for 25% of his contract length.

    He hasn’t cemented anything IMO.

    I am optimistic he is doing good things, but the proof is in the pudding on Sundays.

  • Twinkle

    JFB as an old boss of mine was fond of saying…..sh!t in one hand and wish in the other then see which one weighs the most.Hindsight is always 100%.

  • guest123

    post 149,

    I like that mock draft. I wanted a tradeup for Kappy too at the time. Wiz II isn’t a bad parting gift for staying where we did. Niners made a bold move to go up and get him ahead of us.

    Still I would not be so sure Kappy would have been nearly as successful with our trail of coaches that have come and gone since he was drafted.

  • guest123

    Just read the names of the two people left in media relations.

    Will Kiss and Erin Exum

    If that isn’t the names of two actors starring in a Vivid video scene, I don’t know what is.

    ^^^^^^
    HA!

    this made me laugh.

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation!!!

  • Twinkle

    JFB you are looking at this from your perspective…from Mark’s Reggie has cut expenditure to the max.IMO that’s enough to keep him employed for a bit.Now as far as winning with this sh!t goes well your guess is as good as mine.I’m sure it’ll never happen without a QB.

  • guest123

    A lot of high profile pundits are trashing the Raiders over the Gilbert firing. They are pouring it on. Mark Davis has become press enemy #1.

    Not that Gilbert’s position isn’t important or even that he maybe didn’t deserve firing. But is his canning that big of a deal on the larger scheme? I don’t get all the big fuss.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Cutting expenditures seems more of a move to appease the Hedgies and Private Equity guys who own 53% of the team.

    Trying to put a bow on it to either pitch to a municipality to help fund a stadium, or pitch to another investment group.

  • Twinkle

    guest123 Says:
    June 3rd, 2013 at 5:50 am

    post 149,

    I like that mock draft. I wanted a tradeup for Kappy too at the time. Wiz II isn’t a bad parting gift for staying where we did. Niners made a bold move to go up and get him ahead of us.

    Still I would not be so sure Kappy would have been nearly as successful with our trail of coaches that have come and gone since he was drafted.
    ************************************************
    He’d have already been out of the league if we’d have taken him.Look at TP!!!

  • guest123

    As much as the press rips on the Gilbert firing, and glowing praise for Gilbert, he should land on his feet somewhere. Mark may have just done him a favor. What’s with the outrage?

  • Just Fire Baby

    I still can’t figure out why McKenzie was hiring the PR director.

    That doesn’t seem like a move that should be made by the player personnel department.

    Did Reggie hire the HR staff and finance department as well?

  • guest123

    My wife’s not a football fan at all. But she sometimes has some keen observations. She understands that in the NBA, the top teams always have the top coaches. In the NFL it’s not that different.

    She asks me. Why don’t the Raiders just go out and hire the best coaches? That would go a long way to fixing things. I have a hard time disagreeing with her on that.

  • guest123

    I still can’t figure out why McKenzie was hiring the PR director.

    ^^^^^^^^

    Was that Reggie’s call? I didn’t know that. I figured Amy Trask had that sayso.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Getting the perspective of a non-molded, unbiased “fan” is always great.

    My wife drops some serious knowledge on me sometimes, that is so simple it is ingenious.

  • hwnrdr

    163.guest123 Says:
    June 3rd, 2013 at 6:00 am
    I still can’t figure out why McKenzie was hiring the PR director.

    ^^^^^^^^

    Was that Reggie’s call? I didn’t know that. I figured Amy Trask had that sayso.

    I heard that was Reggie’s. And Mark fired him!

  • Twinkle

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    June 3rd, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Cutting expenditures seems more of a move to appease the Hedgies and Private Equity guys who own 53% of the team.

    Trying to put a bow on it to either pitch to a municipality to help fund a stadium, or pitch to another investment group.
    ******************************************
    Of course…this is the name of the game.As a return of investment we rate 26th or near enough.Mark is a business major from the hallowed halls of Chico no?
    Bottom line is far more important than winning but the latter promotes the former.It is not essential though and if you don’t believe me just look at the the stock market value of companies that’s whole claim to fame is a faster telephone ie. Apple Google etc.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Next time Mistic tries to come in here and puff himself up about Colin K please direct him here.

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    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    April 7th, 2011 at 8:12 am
    You dont pick a project qb in the second round. Your second rounder must contribute right away, he cant be guy that sits for a year or two. davis & hu jack know this. Even if this interest is real, dont think you will see him picked until late in the draft.

    A strange delivery can work in the nfl as long as it is quick. Kosar, Vy, marino, ugly form but quick delivery. Long wind ups dont work, ryan leaf is a good example. If leftwich and tebow had a love child it would be colins delivery. leftwich is accurate, but his wind up gets him killed. sorry guys this dog wont hunt.

    I have to ask this again as well. some of you that are so enamored with colin say he will be good, but you say newton has no shot?!?!?

    They both played in shotgun, wich you claim is reason that cam cant make it. You say cam has bad mechanics, but colin has even worse mechanics. Newton has a pro throwing motion, colin doesnt. newton is an accurate passer, colin struggles mightily.

    believe me colin’s athleticism cant make up for a lack of accuracy. Kordell stewart was the most amazing runner as a qb (second only to vick, & i mean barley second) with a rocket for an arm. he couldnt avoid the turn overs because decision making and accuracy was hit and miss. Colin cant even be mentioned in the same breath as kordell.

    Stop with this madness, it makes no sense.

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    http://www.ibabuzz.com/oaklandraiders/2011/04/06/nevada-qb-kaepernick-lines-up-visit-with-raiders/

  • guest123

    I heard that was Reggie’s. And Mark fired him!

    ^^^^^^^^

    If that’s the case, not good that Mark fired Reggie’s guy. Should have gone thru Reggie before canning him. Bet Reggie is not too pleased right now. That article did make Reggie look like the franchise savior and Mark like the no-nothing inheritance baby. If Mark wants to get mad about that, he should have blew up on Reggie.

  • Twinkle

    JFB you have too much time on hands dude…lol.
    WGAF what misd!ck thinks?

  • Just Fire Baby

    JFB you have too much time on hands dude…lol.

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

    I love reading the archives, can’t help myself

  • Twinkle

    When AL died it left a huge power vacuum.Doubt the Davis’ were prepared for it nor anyone else ftm.Scum always floats and it’ll be interesting to see who survives.

  • Twinkle

    JFB then I’ll happily defer to you over past posts lol.

  • willy91137

    Hwnrdr Says:
    June 3rd, 2013 at 6:02 am
    163.guest123 Says:
    June 3rd, 2013 at 6:00 am
    I still can’t figure out why McKenzie was hiring the PR director.

    ^^^^^^^^

    Was that Reggie’s call? I didn’t know that. I figured Amy Trask had that sayso.

    I heard that was Reggie’s. And Mark fired him!

    Twinkle Says: Hwnrdr Says:
    June 3rd, 2013 at 6:02 am
    163.guest123 Says:
    June 3rd, 2013 at 6:00 am
    I still can’t figure out why McKenzie was hiring the PR director.

    ^^^^^^^^

    Was that Reggie’s call? I didn’t know that. I figured Amy Trask had that sayso.

    I heard that was Reggie’s. And Mark fired him!

    Twinkle Says:

    Gilbert worked for the Packers it was one of Reggie’s buddies

  • willy91137

    good morning raider nation 96 day.s till FOOTBALL

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! POUND THE ROCK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11 ANGRY MEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    yeah, Gilbert was with Reggie in Green Bay for like 7 years

    question is, why did the Packers fire him after the 2007 season?

    I don’t remember Mark Murphy get raked over the coals and it was his 2nd offseason in charge too (when he let Gilbert go)

  • RaiderRockstar

    FWIW, Zak Gilbert deserved to be fired or he wouldn’t have been.

    Mark Davis is a good dude who isn’t involved in the football operations and hates to let anybody go. It pains him to do it. He doesn’t have the cajones like his old man

    Kudos to the new-look Raiders for thanking Gilbert and wishing him well, rather than going on a smear campaign and detailing the reasons why he got fired. #Class

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    OOH FOR THE GOOD OLD OVER-HEAD PROJECTOR DAY’S..THEY JUST DONT FIRE PEOPLE LIKE THE USED TO..

  • R8ER MIKE

    GOOD MORNING NATION !!
    and my GreenParty brothers !!

  • RaiderRockstar

    All these media guys stick together, don’t they?

    Quite amusing.

    Who was the PR director before Gilbert and why was he fired?

    I don’t remember it being a big deal… why is it now?

  • R8ER MIKE

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    June 3rd, 2013 at 6:40 am
    All these media guys stick together, don’t they?

    Quite amusing.

    Who was the PR director before Gilbert and why was he fired?

    I don’t remember it being a big deal… why is it now?

    ***********************
    because he is “Reggies ” guy…
    the story put Reggie in a good light and ran down the Davis family.

  • nycraider

    i know more from Jerry about Zak Gilbert then which QB is playing well in camp. Or has Jerry given any insight on our WR situation or pass rush? Maybe Jerry should write about how our first round draft pick was in the hospital for 3+ days and he didnt know it.

  • irjonny

    OTA media session today

  • RaiderRockstar

    Reggie McKenzie talked Zak Gilbert out of taking a job with Chiefs and into taking the Raiders job, then had no say in Gilbert’s future. – Cork

    ***

    so are the Chiefs gonna fire their PR guy and hire Gilbert since he’s one of the best in the biz?

    No, because apparently firing a PR guy is owner suicide (lol)

    do these guys have contracts, like players & coaches?

  • irjonny

    RediaR Says:
    June 3rd, 2013 at 1:12 am
    New Improved Dr Robert Now Cherry Flavored Says:
    June 3rd, 2013 at 1:07 am
    RediaR Says:
    June 3rd, 2013 at 1:04 am
    BREAKING NEWS: AN INTERN IN THE RAIDER FACILITY SPILLED COFFEE ON THE SECOND FLOOR CARPET LATE SUNDAY.
    ******
    Wtf. We haven’t even gotten a new post about this yet?
    ———————
    They have to interview the right people and gather all the facts.
    ——————-
    Was it Pryor?

  • willy91137

    rule number one don’t say bad things about your bosses did falter

    mark is showing Reggie he is a BOSS

    he had the guy working from home for over a month trying to make up his mind

    he probably asked Reggie’s permission

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    nycraider Says:
    i know more from Jerry about Zak Gilbert then which QB is playing well in camp. Or has Jerry given any insight on our WR situation or pass rush? Maybe Jerry should write about how our first round draft pick was in the hospital for 3+ days and he didnt know it.
    =======================================================

    No longer has access, what with Zak being on ice since April 18th. Can’t do his job without actually, you know, doing his job. Hah!

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Good Morning Raider Nation Conspiracy Theorists!!!
    Se on kaunis päivä olla Raider fani, eikö olekin?

  • RaiderRockstar

    To all the raider nation I just wanna let y’all know I’m doin fine just a minor set back….and stay tuned!!

    -DJ Hayden (twitter)

    ***

    Playoffs!

  • RaiderRockstar

    I hope Mark Davis can find a way to get Jerry McDonald fired.

    I’ve always preferred Corkran anyway

  • willy91137

    Irjonny Says:
    June 3rd, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Irjonny Says:
    June 3rd, 2013 at 6:50 am

    What time

  • nycraider

    i would hope a gm would be focused on building a winning franchise and not care at all who was the PR person. dont see how this negatively affects RM

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Since Reggie got hired the media has been telling us how tough of a situation he came in to, how it would take years to make this team a contender and we needed to be very patient, they practically gave Reggie a free pass on job criticism for what 3-4 years? nobody out there has come out and questioned any of Reggie’s decisions, not a single negative article about him or his first 18 months on the job.

    Seems to me the PR guy was doing his job and McKenzie getting good press meant Mark Davis was getting good press as well since he is the one who hired Reggie in the first place, it makes no sense to say Mark was somehow jealous or upset about Reggie’s good press since he’s said many times he wasn’t going to get involved in football operations.

    So if Gilbert got fired, he must have done something else to get Mark Davis pissed or he was the source of the Hayden leak, in which case Reggie must have been be ok with his firing.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    So Corky, JMac, Florio, Schefter, et al are surprised and up in arms over Gilbert getting axed ?

    Where was the reporting about Gilbert not being at the facility or at the draft for the past MONTH ?

    Actually, it might be considered a little surprising that Florio and Schefter didn’t mention this before, but the fact that Corky and JMac never brought it up isn’t surprising in the least.

    Our local beat writers are so out of the loop and/or negligent in their reporting that they’re all but irrelevant.

    When is the last time Corky or JMac actually broke a story about a RAIDER transaction or personnel move ?

    The answer is NEVER.

    Every time there’s a story to be told or a move to be reported on – it comes from Schefter or even a RAVEN’S INSIDER blog first, NEVER from Corky.

    Hayden in the hospital for a week ? Did Corky know ?

    Gilbert not at the facility for a MONTH ? Did Corky report about this ?

    Now, all of a sudden, Gilbert getting dumped is a big deal.

    Corky, right on top of things, as usual.

    Just like he runs this blog.

    Comment count ready to hit 4k, no posts from Corky, JMac or Becker for almost a week – that’s a common occurrence.

    Hey, maybe IBABUZZ can get Gilbert to come run this place. Corky and JMac will vouch for him.

    What a farce.

    INSIDE the OAKLAND RAIDERS, my butt.

    Can’t wait til Schefter breaks the story that Tits has been fired.

  • willy91137

    know overhead projector

    I never did figure out what he wrote Silver wrote the article what did Gilbert do

    Coppy it can somebody post on here what Gilbert wrote so I can get it through this thick head of mine

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    You all see Kluwe’s ‘Regrets’ email to the White House?

    https://twitter.com/ChrisWarcraft/status/340311921460908034/photo/1

  • RaiderRockstar

    dont see how this negatively affects RM

    ***

    @Nyc

    it was Gilbert’s job to make sure all press is good press. When an article (from SI) comes out slamming the owner’s deceased father, who basically established the Raiders brand … it’s time to make a bold move

    Gilbert was doing a good job of making Reggie look like a successful GM. Too bad he allowed Al Davis to be trashed in the process. You don’t do that. Reggie is a 4-win GM right now. the Media acts as if he’s already better than Al Davis ever was.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    As expected, P. King came to bat for the media’s guy this morning on his MMQB column:

    “Harbinger of things to come in Oakland?

    Let’s, for a second, gloss over the fact that the Raiders’ weekend firing of director of media relations Zak Gilbert is the kind of knee-jerk Steinbrennerian move that Mark Davis’ father, Al, might have made. Might, I say — after a perceived unflattering story (which, ironically, was unflattering only to Al Davis, and to no one else in the Raiders organization) appeared in Sports Illustrated. And let’s divine what the firing means.

    When Mark Davis hired Reggie McKenzie as Oakland’s general manager 17 months ago, he gave McKenzie authority over all football decisions. Immediately, McKenzie hired someone he knew from his days in Green Bay, Gilbert, who had worked as a PR assistant with the Packers. McKenzie inherited a team that was $48 million over the salary cap in 2012. This was clearly a long-term job. Very long-term. To fix the Raiders, even if all the decisions are right (and they never are in the NFL), would take three years minimum. Now, before the second season even begins, a key McKenzie hire is whacked. McKenzie’s hand-picked mouthpiece fired at a time when the public image of the Raiders was beginning to turn around.

    If McKenzie’s own PR pick is fired primarily because of a story Mark Davis didn’t like — Davis had exiled Gilbert to working from home for the past six weeks since the story appeared — what happens if the Raiders stink again this year? And what happens if the riskiest pick in the 2013 draft, first-round Raider cornerback D.J. Hayden, who nearly died of a heart malady last November, doesn’t pan out?

    I’ve said this before: You simply cannot judge McKenzie until he has the chance to oversee at least three seasons in Oakland, because of the morass the Raiders were in at the time of his hire. But if Mark Davis gets this skittish over a magazine story, you’re crazy to think McKenzie is certainly safe with another four-win season, or worse, in 2013.

    Davis obviously didn’t like the heat generated from the story in question, a Sports Illustrated piece by Jim Trotter, which had zero negative to say about Mark Davis but pointed out how badly Al Davis had lost his fastball in the last couple of years before his 2011 death — and how much his lost fastball put the Raiders in a competitive hole. Zak Gilbert’s fault in this, apparently, was in telling Mark Davis he thought he should talk to Trotter for the story, which Davis did. Read it. Judge for yourself if the PR guy, who has nothing to do with Trotter’s story other than to facilitate interviews, should be canned. I can tell you, from knowing Trotter, that any advice on the story from a PR person would have been met, correctly, with some version of: Thanks for your thoughts. I can take it from here.

    One last point about the job Gilbert did. A buddy of mine who writes about the league mentioned to me last season how strange it was to go cover the Raiders now “and actually not dread it.” Much of that was due to Gilbert reopening many avenues of access to a team that had been shuttered to the outside in the Al Davis days. Example: A couple of weeks ago, on Twitter, I said I couldn’t figure out why Charles Woodson signed with Oakland instead of Denver. Gilbert saw the tweet and forwarded me Woodson’s transcript after signing, and asked if I’d like to talk to Woodson. Sure, I said. Gilbert tried, and it seemed Woodson said he was done with media until Raiders minicamp. Gilbert said he thought Woodson should do this one interview if possible, and Woodson said OK.

    I’m sure the result wasn’t exactly what Gilbert had in mind — the Raiders were pushing the Woodson-coming-home story angle, and Woodson told me it was primarily the signing bonus that made Oakland more attractive than Denver — but the point is Gilbert understood the business. He put the guy in front of me. What the guy said after that, Gilbert couldn’t control. His job was to get his guy’s story out.

    So, yes, I hate to see an undeserved firing, particularly after a guy uproots his family and moves. But this firing is a bad sign for the immediate future of the Raiders, and for a good general manager who I now believe will be in trouble unless 2013 is significantly brighter than 2012.”

  • willy91137

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    June 3rd, 2013 at 7:23 am
    dont see how this negatively affects RM

    ***

    @Nyc

    it was Gilbert’s job to make sure all press is good press. When an article (from SI) comes out slamming the owner’s deceased father, who basically established the Raiders brand … it’s time to make a bold move

    Gilbert was doing a good job of making Reggie look like a successful GM. Too bad he allowed Al Davis to be trashed in the process. You don’t do that. Reggie is a 4-win GM right now. the Media acts as if he’s already better than Al Davis ever was.

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    I get it now with silver came out with story Gilbert was was supposed to say that Al Davis never screwed up the Raiders for the last 10 years

    what a bunch of lame ass but it is his DEAD FATHER

  • RaiderRockstar

    @Marley

    read comment #175

    why do you think the Packers fired Gilbert after 7 years?

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    TURLOCK, Calif. — Colin Kaepernick a Raider. Imagine the change in history.

    Also on King’s column today, a little bashing on Al and the Raiders for not making the Colin Kaepernick trade happen, I guess it’s King’s idea of payback on the organization for Gilbert:

    “I think about it all the time, believe me,” Hue Jackson, the rookie Raiders coach on Draft Day 2011, said Sunday night. “No question in my mind we wanted it to happen, and no question I thought it could happen. We wanted the kid in the worst way.”

    I was with Kaepernick Thursday night when he surprised his retiring Turlock Pitman High football coach, Brandon Harris, at the Pitman High School graduation about two hours east of San Francisco. What a surprise it was. Walking offstage on a warm central California night, the begowned Harris hugged Kaepernick and said: “You came for this?! Unbelievable!”

    Before the event, I spoke with Kaepernick and his dad, Rick, mentioning to them I’d been with the 49ers on draft weekend 2011 when they traded up and picked him. I asked both about reports (some of them mine) that the Raiders were interested in picking him as much as the Niners were.

    “Coach Jackson told me before the draft they were going to do everything they could to try to get me,” said Kaepernick. “I thought there was a good chance they’d pick me. I never heard anything from the 49ers before the draft after I worked out for them [at Nevada]. I just figured they weren’t interested.”

    Brilliant disguise. That was the first fast one coach Jim Harbaugh and GM Trent Baalke — working together for the first time — pulled on the league, and, as you have seen, it wasn’t the last.

    A quick recent history lesson: The Raiders had Kaepernick the top-rated quarterback on their draft board — ahead of the five quarterbacks who were taken ahead of him that year (Cam Newton, Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder and Andy Dalton). And both teams knew they could wait until the second round to get him. The Niners picked seventh overall (Aldon Smith) and 45th, Oakland 48th, having given up its first-round pick in the Richard Seymour deal with New England.

    Baalke called the Patriots, who owned the first pick of the second round, and offered two third-round picks (one in ’11, one in ’12) to move up 12 spots. New England wanted one of the thirds to be a second. No dice, Baalke said. Oakland called New England too, and failed to get the pick. “When we talked internally,” Jackson said, “we knew we needed to fortify the offensive line, and we really liked Stefan Wisniewski. I think [Al Davis] felt we’d get a lineman who we figured could play for us for 10 years, then we had two third-round picks, and we’d try to move up late in the second round or higher in the third and try to get Colin.”

    But the 49ers knew the Raiders loved Kaepernick; it’d been in the media before the draft. So they kept working the top of the second round, and finally got the Broncos, at 36, to bite. Good price, too: It didn’t cost the Niners two third-round picks to move up; it cost fourth- and fifth-rounders. “When they made the trade,” Jackson said, “I knew exactly what they were going to do. They were going to take Colin.”

    Rick Kaepernick, Colin’s dad, told me he’d heard Al Davis threw a glass across the room when it was announced San Francisco had taken him.

    “I don’t know that he threw anything,” said Jackson. “But he was upset. So was I. Scouting him, I fell in love with the kid. Leader, won a ton of games at Nevada, really impressive when you talked to him, strong, all the tools to win in the NFL. No doubt in my mind he was going to be good.”

    Would Jackson still be coaching Oakland had Kaepernick fallen to them? Certainly, Carson Palmer wouldn’t have been traded to the quarterback-needy Raiders six months later. Certainly, the Raiders wouldn’t have used (wasted?) a third-round Supplemental Draft pick two months later on Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor. With Kaepernick, the Raiders likely would have stuck him in the lineup in mid-2011, when Jason Campbell went down with an injury. And I doubt sincerely Oakland would have gone 4-12 last fall with Kaepernick playing.

    Not to be a wise guy, but figure the Patriots had the same pricetag for the Raiders that they did for San Francisco: second- and third-round picks in 2011 and a third-rounder in 2012. Let’s see what the Raiders could have traded to move up to get Kaepernick:

    • Center Stefen Wisniewski (second round, 2011). Had a so-so rookie year at left guard, then a slightly better year when switched to center in 2012. Center of the future for the Raiders, but not likely a Pro Bowl player.

    • Cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke (third round, 2011). Played about 30 percent of the snaps as a backup corner in 2011. Released in the last cut last year.

    • Quarterback Terrelle Pryor (third round, 2012, with pick assigned to Supplemental Draft in 2011). He has thrown 30 passes in mop-up duty in two years. Doesn’t appear to have much chance to be the Raiders quarterback of the future.

    Would you, Raiders fans, trade Wisniewski, Van Dyke and Pryor for Kaepernick?

    Thought so.

    Of course, San Francisco’s pretty pleased with the results. It’s not exactly the value of getting Joe Montana 82nd in the 1979 draft, but getting Kaepernick at 36 could turn out to be a franchise-altering deal if he can stay upright. The pick sure looks good now, after Kaepernick replaced Alex Smith in November 2012 and quarterbacked the Niners to their excruciating Super Bowl loss in his second season.

    “Ever wonder what would have happened if the other team in the Bay Area had picked you?” I asked Colin at Pitman High Thursday night.

    “I don’t think too much about things like that,” Kaepernick said. Then he smiled. “But I am pretty happy how things turned out.”