Gradkowski To Be Released

Keilyn EllisCorrespondent IMarch 2, 2010

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 06:  Bruce Gradkowski #5 of the Oakland Raiders looks on during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 6, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Bruce Gradkowski will be released by the end of this week, thus ending his run as the Raiders resident mascot and over-achieving, blue collar underdog whom everyone loves.


Gradkowski has assumed a cult like following in his brief, yet magical 3 games as the Raiders journeyman reserve QB. He wowed the Oakland Raiders fans with his 15 yard bombs to wide open receivers in upsets over a Palomalu-less Steelers and a Benson-less Bengals.


He even found a way to get the ball in the hands of the much maligned Heyward-Bey. This upcoming season he will be getting his paycheck elsewhere as Al will surely nip this potential QB controversy in the bud as Raiders fans will not have the opportunity to sabotage their starting QB in favor of the Great Gradkowsi. Sorry guys, this is football, not ice hockey.


This will separate the Raider Fans from the Gradkowski junkies who find 5 ft. midget QBs with no arm to be "cute."


This team is built for the long ball and for this Gradkowsi is useless and expendable. The Raiders don't need a QB, they need an offensive line at the calibur of the Rich Gannon era to protect their rocket armed young QB.