The Raiders have consummated a trade today, though not for a certain disgraced quarterback whose name rhymes with Ren Mothballsburger.
Instead, Oakland acquired linebacker Quentin Groves from Jacksonville for a reported fifth-round draft pick, Earlier this offseason, the Raiders traded for fellow linebacker Kameron Wimbley and coach Tom Cable said last week that Wimbley would start on the strong side and Trevor Scott would start on the weak side.
But acquiring the somewhat undersized Groves, a second-round draft choice (No. 52 overall) of the Jaguars out of Auburn in 2008, along with the similarly fleet Wimbley and last year's big pickup of Richard Seymour lends credence to the notion that the Raiders are tinkering with the notion of switching to a 3-4 defense from their long-held 4-3 alignment.
The truth may come in tomorrow's draft. Because if the Raiders select Butkus Award winner Rolando McClain from Alabama wit the No. 8 pick, or even Tennessee nose tackle Dan Williams, that should be a sign. McClain was an inside linebacker for the Crimson Tide and Williams is the best pure nose tackle in the draft.