An Updated Look At The Raiders QB Possibilities

D.J. O'ConnorSenior Analyst IIIApril 5, 2010

     This picture tells the story of the Raiders quarterback situation, it is fuzzy.  JaMarcus Russell, Bruce Gradkowski and Charlie Frye are the big 3 for the Raiders.  One of them will likely start come opening day.  But who else could be added to the mix to make this even fuzzier.

     Marc Bulger:  Cut by the Rams on Monday.  Who else did the Rams cut that ended up helping the Raiders... oh yeah, Bruce Gradkowski.  Bulger is McNabb's age but he should be much cheaper.  He would provide a veteran presence that has lacked from the QB position since Rich Gannon.  On the down side, he also shares the injury bug that got Gannon in 2003 and 2004 to end his career. 

     Jason Campbell:  Now a back up to Donovan McNabb in Washington, Campbell is now the ultimate Raider.  He has been removed from the starters role and now has something to prove.  We all know that he was underwhelming in Washington and what are the odds of Al Davis and Mike Shanahan agreeing to a deal ever again?  But although Campbell has struggled, last year he threw 20 TDs to 15 INTs and had a rating of 86.4.  The TD-INT ratio isn't great but compare it to Russell and he is capable of playing the full season and is young at age 28.  He played all of 2008 and 2009.

     Jimmy Clausen:  The last Al Davis first rounder out of Notre Dame was Tim Brown, and Al Davis has been known for living in the past.  Clausen had been unimpressive with N.D. before breaking out last year with a 68% completion percentage along with 28 TDs to 4 INTs.  But after 7 seasons of 11+ losses, I am ready to have a win now team.  Another rebuilding project may push me to the breaking point. 

     Sage Rosenfels:  He is a 9 year veteran, but has never played a full season.  Also, he is in the McNabb boat of saying that he wants to win even as a back up in Minnesota.  He never said he would refuse to play in Oakland, but he says he wants to stay in Minnesota even if he is 3rd string.  With a career rating of 81.3 he has thrown 30 TDs to 29 INTs.  There has been little talk of a trade being struck and I expect it to stay that way.

     Russell-Gradkowski-Frye:  I expect the race to be between these 3 at the end of training camp.  They have been here and know the offense.  Russell is the #1 pick, Gradkowski is the comeback kid and Frye is the tough guy who plays a week after getting a concussion.  They all have their qualities and weaknesses, but one of them will be the starter.