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Friday, March 30, 2007

NFL Draft

With the draft rapidly approaching, I decided it was time to pull out the draft value chart to see what the first overall pick is really worth.

Here it is:

Round 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Round 5Round 6Round 7

As you can see, the first overall pick has a value of 3000 "points".

If the Detroit Lions wanted the pick, they should give us their second overall pick (2600 points) and their third (260 points) and fourth (108 points) round picks which would add up to 2968 points.

A more likely scenario would be the Cleveland Browns. The Browns should give us their first (2200 points), second (550 points) and third (104 points) round picks which would add up to 2854 points. They would really need to add another later round pick to get the point value higher but they most likely wouldn't be willing to give up so much to move up two spots in the draft.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Moss to the Packers?

According to http://www.profootballtalk.com/rumormill.htm, the Packers and Raiders are discussing a potential trade involving the moody Randy Moss and inexperienced Quarteback Aaron Rodgers.

The real question is if we acquire Aaron Rodgers would we still draft a Quarterback? That would leave Andrew Walter as the only QB with any starting experience. It would also open the door for us to draft Calvin Johnson.

A more likley trade would involve Randy Moss for draft picks but Al Davis would likely ask for more than any team would be willing to part with for an expensive 30 year old receiver who plays when he wants to play.

I can't envision us with three unexperienced QBs on our roster so if Rodgers comes to Oakland, we most likely won't be draft a Quarterback. If this rumor is real, the trade would probably take place later so we could try to trade our pick to Cleveland who is interested in Russell.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Busy Friday

It was a busy Friday for the Raiders. After the smoke has cleared it looks like the Raiders have added five players to the roster.

RB Dominick Rhodes

FB Justin Griffith

TE Fred Wakefield

TE Tony Stewart

WR Alvis Whitted

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Raiders Offseason Update

FA Update:
Signed C Jeremy Newberry (49ers)
Signed LB Charlton Keith
Released CB Tyrone Poole
Did not pick up option on QB Aaron Brooks

Jeremy Newberry started his NFL career with the 49ers in 1998 after being drafted in the second round (58th overall). He started in 79 of 80 games from 1999-2003 but has faced injury problems since then and has only appeared in 11 games in the last three seasons. He suffered a torn ACL in the '98 season in mini-camp and didn't play that season. He has a major microfracture surgery on his left new in August of 2006. He appeared in three consecutive pro bowls from 2001-2003. If he can stay healthy, he is a good acquisition but that is a pretty big if looking at the last three seasons.

Charlton Keith spent last season with the Cleveland Browns and did not play in any games. He is listed on NFL.com as a DE and on the Raiders site as a LB so he is most likely a tweener. He was a rookie FA pick up by the Browns last season and looks to be a practice squad guy and could possibly contribute on special teams if he is able to make the final roster but we will most likely see him cut.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Slow start to Free Agency

The Raiders are known for big offseason moves, so this slow free agency start is a bit suprising to most Raiders fans. The only transaction thus far in Free agency has been cutting CB Tyrone Poole according the official site.

There are still some decent options available but any real value moves will most likley be done through trades. Former 49ers center Newberry is a likely addition and at a relatively low expense. There aren't any other FAs that have seemed to catch out front office's eye yet so keep an eye out for trades.

I still expect Randy Moss to be traded and a veteran QB to be brought in. David Carr or Brad Johnson are both options. The sad thing is the best QB left in Free Agency might be Aaron Brooks. At this point, I wouldn't mind having him back as long as it comes at a lower cost and he isn't named our starter.

Garcia and Raiders at Impasse?

NOTE: Garcia has officially signed with the Tampa Bay Bucs

New reports are surfacing that are saying Garcia and the Raiders are at an impasse. This comes one day after reports saying a deal was in place. All things considered, this is probably a good thing. Garcia will command a very large contract after leading the Eagles to the playoffs last season and he has struggled in below average offenses. At his age, he isn't worth the kind of money he will get.

With Plummer retiring and Garcia most likley heading to Tampa Bay, our options for a veteran QB are getting thin. We could still look at David Carr. He would come at a lower price and has a few less years on him.

Other News
Former RT Langston Walker has signed a deal with the Buffalo Bills.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Garcia a Raider?

There are numerous reports all over the internet claiming Jeff Garcia has reached an agreement with the Raiders. Can Garcia help salvage or team or will he be a scape goat next year?

Jeff Garcia has played very well in certain situations and struggled in others. The current situation in Oakland may not be the best and this could go down as a struggle for him. It depends on our offensive system. No one is really sure what it will look like yet other than our coaching staff.