Raiders Blog and Q&A

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April 29, 2007
Fourth-round busier than first

Musings from a busy morning:

The big move was trading Randy Moss. This is addition by subtraction. Moss isn't good for a struggling team, especially at this stage of his career. He wants to play for a contender, and anything else will leave him pouting.

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I've defended Moss' right to be unhappy, but not his lack of effort. Jerry Porter, who had every reason to sulk last season, still ran the few routes he was in Art Shell's doghouse.

But there will plenty to be said about Moss. I really like the Raiders first pick today, Louisville running back Michael Bush.

Had Bush not broken his leg this year, he'd been a first or second round pick. He was a Heisman Trophy candidate before the injury in the team's first game of the season.

This move might not pay off right away. Don't be surprised if Bush is on injured reserve this season and allowed to rehab more if needed.

It could also mean this season might be LaMont Jordan's last in Oakland. If Bush regains his form, the Raiders would have a younger, cheaper big back.

Jordan is already peeved about taking a pay cut, which he did voluntarily not be released. That the team considered cutting him in the first place shows it has no problem moving on without Jordan.

John Bowie, a fast cornerback from Cincinnati, was the player chosen with the choice gained in the Moss trade.

Can't say I know a lot about him other than he is fast. Because the Raiders do play man coverage most of the time, a corner must have good speed to recover without help, so Bowie fits.

But the fourth round will be remembered as a chance to say goodbye to Moss.

And a final fourth-round thought: a starting backfield of JaMarcus Russell and Michael Bush in 2008? That sounds good to me.

--Jason Jones

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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