Over the last four to five weeks JaMarcus Russell, whether you support him or not, has been a hot topic within the Raider Nation.
Whether it be his play, him being benched, a recent interview, or even just his overall demeanor, chances are if your a Raider fan, his name has entered at least a few of your conversations.
Some have suggested that Russell's days in Oakland are numbered and that Al Davis is going to give up on his first-overall draft pick of 2007.
They say he is playing and talking himself right out of Oakland and it only makes sense for the Raiders to cut ties with him.
Because it only makes sense... I'm sorry your a fan of what team again?
Oh yea, the Raiders. You know the team that: Drafted Darius Heyward-Bey seventh overall. Traded away one of the NFL's top receivers for a fourth rounder. Has fired two coaches(Shanahan and Kiffin) without pay. Has drafted two kickers in the first round(Ray Guy and Sebastion Janikowski). Traded away Jon Gruden. Let Marcus Allen go because he didn't see eye-to-eye with Al Davis. And so many other questionable decisions.
Sure, Al Davis is the maverick of sports owners, but he is also stubborn. And the reason for the Raiders successful history as well as there shortcomings over the last seven years.
JaMarcus not wanting to restructure his contract is by no means reason to cut ties with him.
It wasn't Al Davis or a coach or even his fellow teammates asking him if he would accept a pay cut, it was just reporter/blogger Jerry McDonald.
Sure past Raider greats have restructured to help better the team and add cap space. Tim Brown took a pay cut so the Raiders would have cap space to sign Jerry Rice. But with no real reason to take a pay cut, no one within the Raiders organization asking, and next year being an uncapped year. Why would he take a pay cut?
Like he said that's over and done with and he already talked to Al.
The Raiders are not giving up on Russell after his third year. Did they give up on Nnamdi or Huff after three years? Did other teams give up on Matt Leinart, Vince Young, Alex Smith, JP Losman, Kyle Boller, or Rex Grossman. Sure some of these guys never actually panned out but they were still giving more than three years.
So obviously Al Davis already traveled that route and made the decision to keep Russell already.
JaMarcus Russell isn't going anywhere. Tom Cable and Bruce Gradkowski on the other hand...they may be the ones whose days in Oakland are numbered.
First off, Tom Cable has made life easy for Raider haters everywhere. With his losing record, horrible playcalling, and clear history of violence, he has made it easy for the media to drag his name through the mud along with the Raiders.
Actually, Tom Cable has never had a winning record. Last year he was 4-8. Sound familiar, we were 4-8 just last week. The Raiders clearly haven't improved under Cable from one year to the next.
As a Raider head coach, he is 8-17. And as a head coach in college his career best was a 5-6 season with an overall record of 11-35. So far as a head coach in the NFL and in college his combined record is 19-52. That's a winning percentage of less than 25 percent and if an NFL season comes out to four wins a year, maybe less.
Just like the Raiders over the last seven years, Tom Cable has a clear history of losing. And with a loser at the helm the Raiders will not be able to change there losing ways.
Then there's the fact that Tom Cable has given up on Al Davis's last three prized first round draft picks. It is very possible that Al Davis is going to part ways with Tom Cable for failing to utilize these players talents. Tom Cable may have sealed his fate the day he benched Darren McFadden, Darius Heyward-Bey, and JaMarcus Russell.
Then there's the Raiders injured hero, Bruce Gradkowski. Who went down with two knee injuries: A MCL sprain in one knee and a partial tear in the other MCL. Even with all that, some sources say he isn't ruled out for Sundays game.
Despite two games where his fourth quarter heroics led to game winning TDs, he hasn't been that great. Actually, he's only had one good game...against the Bengals he was decent, not good.
The guy is also on a contract year. With the whole world seeing what he did against the Steelers there are bound to be a few teams interested and bidding for his services.
Bruce knows this, the Raiders know this, and so does the whole NFL. Why wouldn't the guy want to test the free agency waters and get paid?
Before the Raiders re-sign Gradkowski, they have to ask themselves a few questions: How much does he want? How much is he worth? And does he even want to play in Oakland next year?
Also the Raiders just signed a former first rounder in QB JP Losman , looks like the Raiders are already preparing for life without Gradkowski
So without further ado, let me introduce you to your 2010 Raider QBs: JaMarcus Russell, Charlie Frye, and JP Losman