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Report: Freeman, Allen have talked

Free agent quarterback Josh Freeman reportedly has talked to Raiders coach Dennis Allen, is intrigued by the possibility of playing right away and is considering Oakland along with Minnesota as a landing spot after being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

According to a Fox Sports report from Jay Glazer, Freeman could make a decision as early as Sunday night. The Raiders host the San Diego Chargers at 8:35 p.m. with Terrelle Pryor returning as the starting quarterback after sitting out a week recovering from the effects of a concussion.

Other teams Glazer names as suitors include Buffalo, which lost quarterback E.J. Manuel to a knee injury, and the 49ers, who are seeking a backup for Colin Kaepernick.

While Glazer does not give direct sources for his information, he was the first to relay the story last week of Pryor sitting out the Washington game in part because he requested a shaded visor because of sensitivity to light.

Allen later confirmed the story. An HBO Real Sports feature on Glazer noted his relationship with Saints coach Sean Payton. Allen worked for Payton in New Orleans, considers him a mentor.

Freeman, a former first round draft pick out of Kansas State (No. 17 overall) ascended to the starting position in 2009 as a rookie when Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson held the same position with Tampa Bay.

He enjoyed his best professional season in 2010, completing 61.4 percent of his passes for 3,451 yards with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions. The Bucs were 10-6 that season.

“I’ve always been a fan of Josh’s as a person an a player,’’ Olson said Thursday shortly after learning of his release from the Bucs. “It was unfortunate, for me, to watch what happened in Tampa Bay over the last couple of years. I’ve always had the utmost respect for him. I think he’s a great player.

“I feel bad for him and the entire situation and how it played out . .. I don’t think there are any winners for anybody in that situation.’’

Freeman had a tumultuous relationship with the franchise after the hiring of Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, who arrived last season. He reportedly received fines for conduct detrimental to the team, including one for an unauthorized interview with ESPN after learning he was benched and another for missing a team picture.

When it was reported Freeman was in Stage 1 in the NFL substance abuse program, he released a statement which confirmed he mistakenly took the banned drug Ritalin instead of Adderall for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and has successfully completed 46 league-mandated drug tests.

The NFLPA is investigating how the confidential information was made public, with Schiano telling reporters he “absolutely not’’ the source of the leak.

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  • J Hill

    Bad drive for Porter

  • Raider O

    Porter is fired up. I like that.

  • 10centsworth

    I knew you were a crook. I take back all the bad things I said about you. Oh. I’m a liar.

  • David Afraimi

    Disagree. When we were out if contention, Reggie must of knew Carson wasn’t coming back… They should have thrown him in there earlier than the last game

  • http://raiders.com/ Crawfish Joe

    The 15 yard penalty.

  • Alex7

    I totally was. But one of those things you can feel good about. Sold them to military Raider fans over seas, people with no access to satellite dish, people out-of-market before Sunday Ticket…

    helping out fans.

  • KoolKell

    Soon as the Raiders get a lead, they go conservative

  • 10centsworth

    BIG PLAY

  • EMRaiders

    STOP THEM!

  • Que

    exactly, its not redskins game . we have a qb that can make something happen.not go whole game and…

  • David Afraimi

    Wow!!

  • 0ak R8rs

    Maybe game 15 instead of Leinart. But that’s it. And it wouldn’t have helped. Pryor is no even close to the same QB this year as last year. He learned how to play QB now. He was terrible last year. One or two more games would not have made a difference this year.

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  • marks hair

    great stop!!

  • 0ak R8rs

    Burnett.

  • Eldiabs

    YES

  • Kamikaze_Sensei

    Number 94 gets credit for the initial stop. Amazing stand.

  • Que

    again a defense, if we had depth we d be nasty

  • 0ak R8rs

    Not the first time.

  • kenchun24

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    Good GL stand D dudes.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Burnett with the lick!

  • kenchun24

    In time…pass rusher, better depth roto overall.

  • 10centsworth

    Streater? Streater is on our Raiders? Gee.

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  • 8raiderreign8

    Marquette King is the wave of the future on punter

  • 10centsworth

    I just woke up. I was having a dream. Great dream. How’s reality?

  • R8erEduc8er

    Don’t let up! Keep your foot on their throats!

  • Que

    I knew that ref was gonna over react

  • 10centsworth

    Beat ‘em up.

  • Eldiabs

    Need to have Rivera in the Back field when DMC comes back,,,, DA finally realized that RBs need extra blocker

  • 10centsworth

    Get hep. We’re the Raiders.

  • Que

    my bad , i thought they called that on us. ref got punked

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    new post

  • 10centsworth

    Ball Game.

  • R8erEduc8er

    No doubt we’d get that 1st down had Pryor not tripped.

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