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Hey, Bush wouldn't go unappreciated. Not by this mob.
If Oakland EVER had opportunity to break from a decade-long rut, this is it.
I long contended that Bruce Gradkowski was serviceable enough a fabric to a.) hold the team together with leadership and b.) help it legitimately contend for the division you refuse to let yourself follow, at least on ESPN.com. (Thanks, Bill Williamson.)
But Al Davis is taking a hard line on this one, despite whatever glimmering promise Gradkowski flashed during his time in the Bay Area: He's not bringing him back.
If Jason Campbell can screw his head on right, though, the Raiders do have themselves value under center. Remember: Campbell's 2010 had its moments, not the least of them a 23-20 overtime win at home against the Chiefs that featured a 94-yard bomb to Jacoby Harris, trumped later by the 29-yarder late in the fourth to set up a game-tying field goal, both of which were dwarfed by his 47-yard haul in overtime to prime the Sebastian Janikowski's winner.
Great game. Hope you caught it.
The organization seems to be wholly vested in Campbell, who couldn't earn the same trust in Washington, even though he rolled through the first half of the 2008 without an interception, and went pick-less in 12 of Washington's hopelessly heartwrenching 8-8 season. If Cameron Diaz is Hollywood's biggest man eater (I know, news to me, too), Dan Snyder is the NFL's biggest quarterback eater, making Jason Campbell an afternoon bag of Doritos.
In other words: Campbell got a raw deal with the Redskins. He, and the Raiders, should be mutually and reciprocally better.
Why that matters: Because Reggie Bush would have to believe Joe Theismann (thank you, "Cosmo Kramer") to sign there.
If he does, he'd mesh well on a team that threw 65 passes to running backs Darren McFadden and Michael Bush. Envision McFadden in a game of Madden, but with a 200 endurance attribute rating. That's essentially what you'd get with him and Bush, so strikingly similar stylistically he's seemingly an extension of Oakland's current starter.
Losing Justin Fargas to free agency and leaning WAY too heavily on Michael Bush—158 carries last year for a guy who's leg exploded once more than any leg should is excessive—creates a need. For 2010's second-ranked rushing attack (155.9 yards per game), that could be easily Reggie.
The hometown factor—Bush grew up just outside Spring Valley, Calif.—is huge, as is the money Al Davis would overpay him with.
(Pause for serendipitous laughs at Al Davis' spending habits. One ... two ... three ...
Again, not a lock for Lucas Oil Stadium in February with or without Bush, nor is the signing a certainty.
But Bush in Raiders black intrigues me enough to give it a chance.