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October 16, 2011
Raiders QB options? There are plenty ... maybe

Between now and the time I wake up I'm sure any quarterback that's not starting or not on a team will be linked to the Raiders.

So let's have some fun with that.

All we know right now is Kyle Boller is the starter and his backup is a rookie that wasn't allowed at practice until last week.

Here are the Raiders quarterback options, no matter how unrealistic.

Via Trade

Carson Palmer, Cincinnati
Pros: Former Pro Bowl level performer, coach Hue Jackson is familiar with him.
Cons: Took a "I'm taking my ball home" approach with his trade me or I'll retire stance. Not exactly the approach of a leader.
Chance he becomes a Raider: 000001 percent. Bengals say they won't deal Palmer and there's no reason to believe that will change.

Kyle Orton, Denver
Pros: Has actually been playing this season, familiar with AFC West rivals.
Cons: He's not starting because the Broncos have one win this season.
Chance he becomes a Raider: 10 percent. Would John Elway help out a longtime rival win the West? Or would he like to see Orton beat him in a few weeks?

Mike Kafka, Philadelphia
Pros: Andy Reid usually does a good job with his young quarterbacks and likes trading them.
Cons: Not nearly as accomplished as Kevin Kolb was a player. Or Donovan McNabb. Or A.J. Feely ....
Chance he becomes a Raider: Two percent. With Michael Vick always a hit away from the sidelines, no way Philly gives away a quarterback

Free agency

David Garrard
Pros: Would need to get caught up with a new system, but could use the upcoming bye week to help with that.
Cons: Would Garrard come to Oakland to finish the season or would he want a longer deal?
Chance he becomes a Raider: 33 percent. If the Raiders want a starter, he's the logical choice.

Trent Edwards
Pros: Was in training camp with Raiders, could easily step in a pinch.
Cons: Is there a reason why he went from captain in Buffalo to unemployed so rapidly?
Chance he becomes a Raider: 75 percent. Even if it's for a week, he's a better option for an emergency instead of rookie Terrelle Pryor.

Brett Favre
Pros: He could fall off his tractor and throw the ball deep with ease.
Cons: Is he even healthy? And he'd only come back for a Super Bowl contender (presumably) and are the Raiders that?
Chance he becomes a Raider: .001 percent. This would be great to cover, for a little bit.

Internally

Kyle Boller
Pros: Been in system for two seasons, knows Jackson well.
Cons: 48 TDs, 51 INTs in his career.
Chance he starts: 100 percent. He's the man for now.

Terrelle Pryor
Pros: He's already on the team.
Cons: Didn't practice for five weeks, had very little training camp, never played in an NFL game.
Chance he starts: .0001 percent. Only if Boller somehow gets hurt during pregame.

Darren McFadden
Pros: Said all seven of his passes in college were for touchdowns.
Cons: He's the starting running back, and a pretty good one.
Chance he starts at QB: Zero percent, but he could throw a pass at any moment with Jackson calling the plays.

Shane Lechler
Pros: Threw only TD pass in Sunday's win, has best completion percentage on team now (100 percent).
Cons: Hasn't been a quarterback since high school, Raiders kind of need him to punt, too.
Chance he starts at QB: Zero percent. No matter how nice he looked on his TD pass to Kevin Boss.

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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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