Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Big Money

It has come to the point where the Oakland Raiders will take about anything in exchange for Charles Woodson. The high profile player was tagged as the franchise player for the 05’ season and is worth $10.5 million dollars. That is $10.5 million dollars that the Raiders would like to shed away from there salary cap.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

A Career in the Books

Last time I mentioned that Rich Gannon was probably not going to be playing next season in a Raiders uniform. Well the 2003 NFL MVP admitted just recently that there would be a press conference in the near future to talk about his retirement.

So now we will not see Gannon in any type of uniform this next season. Gannon has a nice 16 year career under his belt to take with him. Through out his career he posted 28,743 passing yards and had touchdown/interception ratio of 180:104. Thank you for the memories Gannon.

Monday, May 23, 2005

End of the Road

Quarterback Rich Gannon has seen better days. The poor guys still has not been cleared to return to practice. If you all remember he suffered a broken vertebra in his neck. OUCH! More than likely Gannon will be cut when June 1st roles around. The probability of Gannon playing another season of football is pretty unlikely. If he does play it will not be with the Raiders. Sorry Rich…

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Scouting Report

from Foxsports.com
Zack Crockett is back in the role he excelled in for so many years, that of the short-yardage, goal-line back. He all but disappeared from the Raiders offense under first-year coach Norv Turner last season, as Turner handed short-yardage duties to Tyrone Wheatley.

However, Wheatley is gone, and Crockett is ready to prove once again that he is one of the best at getting the necessary yardage on critical downs. He succeeds because of his rare combination of size, speed, strength and decisiveness. He also got a boost when Rob Konrad retired before playing a game for the Raiders. Crockett also is capable of being a load-carrying running back, if needed.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Mini-Camp

from Foxsports.com
Recent acquisition Renaldo Hill worked out at safety despite cornerback being his natural position. This unexpected move shows that Hill is versatile and that he might follow in the footsteps of Ray Buchanan, who converted to free safety after signing with the Raiders before last season.

Second-year player Stuart Schweigert and Jarrod Cooper remain candidates for safety spots, as does veteran Derrick Gibson as he returns from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for 2004. Buchanan didn't pan out too well because he was at the end of his career. Hill remains young enough and fast enough that he can make the transition without much of a drop-off. The Raiders featured tight end Courtney Anderson quite a bit in what could be a harbinger of things to come.

Anderson showed great promise his rookie season last year and is someone who stands to benefit from an offense that features three standout receivers and a bruising running back. He is fast enough to get open downfield and strong enough to break tackles after short receptions. He needs to polish his blocking skills and become more consistent catching balls.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Hard Truth

The Raiders are doing themselves and backup QB Marques Tuiasosopo a great disservice by not taking the time to see if he is the quarterback of the future. First, they signed Kerry Collins before last season and jumped him ahead of Tuiasosopo. Then, coach Norv Turner, like his predecessors, wasted opportunities to get an extended look at Tuiasosopo -- he didn't play at all last season -- in a lost season.

Now, Tuiasosopo has well-regarded rookie Andrew Walter lurking over his shoulder and might be passed over by another player who is viewed as a better fit in Turner's offense. The Raiders need to take a hard look at Tuiasosopo in real games and make a decision on his long-term status with the franchise.