The Newest Raiders QB Trade Rumor: Sage Rosenfels

jeremy barilCorrespondent IMarch 28, 2010

CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Quarterback Sage Rosenfels #18 of the Houston Texans looks to pass the ball downfield during the NFL game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 23, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Rotoworld and the National Football post are reporting that the Oakland Raiders are inquiring about the availability of Sage Rosenfels, Minnesota's 3rd string QB. They are reporting that he'd be a big upgrade in Oakland. I'm not certain that Sage would actually be an upgrade over Bruce Gradkowsk. He's definitely an upgrade over Charlie Frye though and probably well worth the trade. If Sage is available for a 4th round pick or lower, then it could be a good pickup. He's 6'4" and 225 lbs. He's 32 and has always been a backup although due to injury he's started games and has done well. Minnesota thought enough of him last offseason to trade a 2009 4th round draft pick for him to possibly start ahead of Tavaris Jackson so there's no way Minnesota will get more than a 4th from Al Davis.  

Based on height he's an improvement over Gradkowski by 3 inches, but both QB's roughly weigh the same. Rosenfels only signed a two year contract with Minnesota so he's a free man after this year. Sage was able to complete more than 64% of his passes his 3 years playing in Houston. He's been known as a hard worker, a good guy, and smart player. 

The more I see Oakland talk to teams about trading for a QB, the more I'm starting to believe JaMarcus Russell hasn't done anything to make Al Davis believe he can become a starting QB next season. In addition with the team completely staying away from the recent report of Russell being at 290 lbs I'm starting to wonder if Russell is truly improving? I guess for what it's worth Willie Brown may have been telling the truth because for all we know Russell could've been much heavier than 300 lbs and now he's down to 290, but I'm really doubting it.

Either way, Oakland obviously wants to upgrade the position. The question is, can Sage Rosenfels become Oakland's starter?