Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

February 27, 2009
Nothing happening

The Raiders haven't made headlines yet in free agency, but neither has anyone else in the AFC West.

Thus far, the only transaction of note is Kansas City trading for New England LB Mike Vrabel. S Brian Dawkins could end up in Denver, which also added RBs Correll Buckhalter and J.J. Arrington.

The Raiders already made their splash in free agency by re-signing Shane Lechler and Nnamdi Asomugha.

So the team should focus on retaining some more of its own young players and sort through whoever is left after all the big money is doled out.

*One name that I didn't yesterday that was offered a one-year tender yesterday was LS Jon Condo. By retaining Condo, Ricky Brown and Jon Alston, the Raiders have kept three important restricted free agents.

*Pewter Report, which covers the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has a report that the Raiders are shopping RB Michael Bush (with the Bucs being interested). Would Bush like a chance to go somewhere else where he wouldn't be asked to be a part-time fullback? Absolutely. But unless Raiders receive an amazing offer (first-round pick, high second-round pick, for example) don't look for Bush to be dealt. The Raiders would be crazy to deal Bush for anything less. Justin Fargas and Darren McFadden haven't proven they can stay healthy over 16 games.

*With the draft's top-rated WR, Michael Crabtree, debating what to do about his injured foot, I would not be surprised if the Raiders drafted a player from the Southeastern Conference for the third straight year.

Florida WR Percy Harvin has the type of skills and explosiveness the Raiders are sure to covet.

And if Crabtree can't produce a fast time in the 40-yard dash, his value is likely to fall in Al Davis'eyes. Harvin ran a 4.41 at the combine, among the fastest for receivers.

--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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