Raiders Blog and Q&A

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April 10, 2008
Longing for Long

So the defensive player the Raiders REALLY like (if draft rumors are be believed) was in town yesterday.

Virginia DE Chris Long (better known as the son of Howie) took in a baseball game with LB Kirk Morrison and defensive line coach Keith Millard.

Defensive staff members love Long, but that doesn't mean much until April 26.

RB Darren McFadden remains intriguing and DT Glenn Dorsey would instantly start next to Tommy Kelly.

But the franchise loves Chris. And how could it not want the son of one of its greats?

But a lot has to happen for that to become reality:

1. Miami, reportedly in talks with Michigan OT Jake Long and Ohio State DE Vernon Gholston about a contract and being the first overall selection, would have to pass on C. Long.
2. The Rams would then have to go with whoever the Dolphins don’t select or Dorsey.
3. The Falcons need Dorsey or Sedrick Ellis more than they need another DE. But don’t rule out Long going third, especially if Dorsey is gone and the Falcons decide to pass on QB Matt Ryan.
4. Or a team that wants McFadden would have to trade ahead of the Raiders, assuming the Dolphins take Long or Gholston.

That said, I would be shocked if the Raiders get their wish and C. Long is waiting for them at No. 4.

Chris Carr officially became a Tennessee Titan over the weekend and couldn’t be happier.

"I was so happy to get out of Oakland and I am hungry to win after all those losing years out there,'' Carr told The Tennessean. "I want to be on a winning team in Tennessee and I want to do whatever I can to help this team win.''

He’ll compete to see time in the secondary and as a kick and punt returner for the Titans.

Carr, a restricted free agent, became expendable with the addition of S Gibril Wilson and CB DeAngelo Hall. Hall can return punts as can WR Johnnie Lee Higgins.

--Jason Jones

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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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