NFL Rumors: 10 Oakland Raider Rumors
With the offseason looking as slow as ever, boredom encouraged me to scour the rumor mills and Raider forum pages in search of rumors.
Here's a look at 10 Raider rumors I've found for this offseason.
Are any of them true? Probably not, but who knows. Like they say, where there's smoke, there's fire.
While reading these remember, they are only rumors.
Terrell Owens a future Raider?
This one is a given. There have been rumors suggesting Terrell Owens will be signed by just about every team in the NFL.
One reason the Raiders tend to be high on the rumor list is because all of the Raiders receivers are young and unproven. Terrell Owens would change that.
Bruce Gradkowski Can't Read
I've been checking the rumor mills for Raider related rumors and found the most hilarious rumor ever. This is a direct qoute from a Raider forum:
"Similar to the JaMarcus Russell incident last year, a similiar situation has happened with Bruce Gradkowski. Gradkowski was told he was suppose to read Green Eggs and Ham to a group of elementary school children. The coaches gave Gradkowksi a book he believed to be Green Eggs and Ham. However, it turned out to be the Tooth Book. Gradkowski failed to realize this and read the book to these children as if it was Green Eggs and Ham. Some people are speculating that Gradkowski is unable to read and just memorized the words to a book he thought he was reading. If this is true, our quarterback situation is bad. How can we expect Gradkowski to read opposing defenses if he can't read the Tooth Book? I will report as more information becomes available."
Tommy Kelly on His Way Out
With the addition of John Henderson, some fans have had the audacity to suggest that Tommy Kelly will be replaced by John Henderson.
This rumor is just silly, considering the Raiders need two defensive tackles on the field at all times.
Tommy Kelly and John Henderson will work side by side. Only together can they revamp the Raiders run defense.
If Henderson is replacing Kelly, I would be very surprised.
Raiders Are in Negotiation for Albert Haynesworth
I know, I know we've heard these rumors all season: The Raiders are in negotiations with the Steelers for Big Ben, The Raiders are negotiating with the Eagles for McNabb, the Raiders are interested in TO...
How many of these rumors ended up being true? There was a rumor about the Raiders getting Jason Campbell, but it didn't have nearly as much steam as the rumors that failed to materialize.
Aledgedly the Raides are in trade negotiations for Albert Haynesworths' services and may even be willing to offer up Richard Seymour.
The Raiders have little need for Haynesworth with Kelly and Henderson on board.
Raiders To Run a Hybrid or 3-4 or Elephant Defense?
Words like elephant and 3-4 hybrid defense have been running rampant all over Raider fan forums and boards.
Fans have been suggesting the Raiders will use an elephant defense, a hybrid defense, or even a straight up 3-4 defense as if they have an inside source and actually know what the Raiders are thinking.
With the majority of Raider practices closed to the media, it is possible that they are showing 4-3 looks at open practices, then switching schemes behind doors. Though not impossible, this is very unlikely.
Reality is all we know is what little we've seen and what Tom Cable has told us. The Raiders have clearly been showing 4-3 looks at practice, and Tom Cable had this to say.
"There are some things that I think will be new for us as a football team. But we're a 4-3 team in terms of our base structure," he said.
As of right now, anything other than a 4-3 defense is pure speculation based on the Raiders bringing in bigger d-linemen and tweener linebackers.
Raiders are interestedd in Logan Mankins?
Logan Mankinsis in a interesting position. Allegedly, he has already turned down a five year, $35 million contract.
Some have suggested he wants a contract similar to Jahri Evans, who signed a seven year, $57 million contract for the Saints.
Others have suggested that he simply just doesn't want to play for the Patriots anymore. The Raiders have been brought up because he played both high school and college football in central California.
Raiders shopping running backs?
Again, both Michael Bush and Darren McFadden land on the trade-block, well atleast according to rumors. These rumors started up strong prior to the draft after Chris Mortenson reported a number of Raiders were being put on the trade block prior to the draft.
Tom Cable has since shot down both rumors, but as some would say, where there's smoke, there's fire.
"No, there's been no truth to that," Cable said. "How that Darren McFadden thing came up, that's ridiculous. People, there's no way. I don't know how it came out, and I don't get it, I don't understand it. There is no way Darren McFadden is ever going to be traded from this football team."
I'm sure teams have offered up trades for the Raiders running backs, but unless someone offers the house, they aren't going anywhere.
Another Position Change for Michael Huff?
The Raiders currently have two great physical safeties with huge potential, and neither of them are Michael Huff. I'm talking about Tyvon Branch and Michael Mitchell.
As a free safety, Michael Huff has been solid in coverage. Even as a strong safety he was solid in coverage matching up against tight-ends and slot receivers. His problem has always been run support and making open field tackles.
With Michael Mitchell's recent draft status, many Raider fans are calling for him to receive more playing time and even start.
Mitchell starting would displace Michael Huff, and some have suggested he would be better suited at CB.
This rumor isn't as far fetched as many would think. When Michael Huff entered the NFL draft, a lot of experts and teams saw him as a future corner rather than a safety.
Raiders Moving Back to LA?
Last October, a bill was passed to allow the construction of an NFL sized stadium in the City of Industry just east of LA, and reports suggest the stadium could be ready to open the 2011 season.
Of coursem the Raiders are at the top of the list when talking about candidates to move to the new stadium.
Unfortunately for LA, the Raiders recently extended their lease in Oakland through 2013.
Other names that have been brought up regarding a move to LA are the Bills, the Jaguars, the Chargers, the Rams, and the Vikings.
The Raiders Will Not Pursue Jared Gaither Because of Hue Jackson
Jared Gaither is a monster offensive linemen at 6'9", 340 pounds.
Unfortunately, he has durability, work ethic, and "love for the game" problems. And Hue Jackson is likely completely aware of any problems Gaither may have.
Gaither has been accused of not giving full effort in practice and sitting out games which the coaching staff felt he was healthy enough to play.
It has been suspected that Hue Jackson's history with the Ravens is the reason no moves have been made by the Raiders.
But assuming Gaither is a worthy acquisition, Hue Jackson should have the power to encourage the trade.