Josh McCown wanted the chance to start and he’ll get that in Miami.
He was treated unfairly at times by Raider fans (cheering his injury was inexcusable) but never showed any ill feelings.
In fact, he was always making light of the situation.
The Raiders were interested in bringing him back, but as much as he likes JaMarcus Russell, it only makes sense that he try to find a team that could use him as a starter.
He’d joked during the season that he might stick around for 2008 if the Raiders wanted him just not to change coordinators again.
But he’s headed to a team that should improve under Bill Parcells’ watch, making having to join his fourth team in four seasons worth it.
Here’s what McCown had to say about his time in Oakland in an email:
"My time in Oakland was great, I appreciate the team and most importantly Lane Kiffin for giving me the opportunity to play. I think He can be very successful coach. I appreciate the fans and their intensity and loyalty to Raider nation. It's an experience I'll never forget. Really enjoyed working with the QBs and (Offensive coordinator Greg) Knapp and (Quarterbacks coach John) DeFlippo. I am better for having been here and around those guys. Both as a person and player."
Josh was always great to talk to and a class act. And he’ll play against the Raiders this season, too.
The constraints of deadline writing usually prevent me from getting to the opposing locker room to say hello to a former Raider.
But I’ll make an exception in Miami this year.
See you in South Beach, Josh.