That is to say, if the following story is accurate, they appear to be trying to blow the team up and start again.
Per Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, via Pro Football Talk.com, we have this report:
Report: Fire sale in the Black Hole Posted by Mike Florio on October 11, 2009 1:12 PM ET We pointed out Saturday that the early emergence of bad teams coupled with the desperation that some other franchises might be feeling could make for a more active eleventh-hour trading cycle.
One of the aforementioned bad teams is already trying to move some merchandise.
According to Jay Glazer of FOX, the Raiders have been calling around the league and generally offering anyone in which other franchises might be interested.
The only exceptions? The "really young talented guys."
The question is now: Who is exempt from being moved and what are the Raiders trying to acquire?
My own guess at the "off-limits" list:
That's only about one-third of the active roster, which leaves the team with a lot of options. Obviously, not all those guys are "young" but there are some veterans that they're just not going to move: Asomugha, Seymour, Gallery, for instance.
The problem with that list, of course, is that it contains virtually every truly talented player on the roster that other team might be interested in. And as the old saying goes, "You gotta give something to get something." I don't have Huff on the list because I honestly think they'd be open to offers for him, even though he's played much better this season. Who knows if he'll regress again? I also have to think they'd be open to offers for Tyvon and Kirk, much as I want them both to remain Raiders for a long time. They might also be willing to trade away Bryant and Shaughnessy, but I'd be surprised, especially since they seem to want to build around youth and vigor.
Obviously, there are no specific rumors yet, so I don't know if the Raiders would be angling for draft picks or players. Certainly they'd have to get some players simply to fill out the 53 man roster, unless they plan on a wholesale plunder of other team's practice squads.
Some teams with running back depth problems might be interested in Fargas. Others might be willing to trade for veteran D-line experience in Greg Ellis. Maybe you could find a team willing to take a flyer on Kelly or Warren.
The point I think now is to get the young guys more experience. No doubt Greg Ellis is much better than Matt Shaughnessy, even at age 34. But if you can get a decent O-lineman or a veteran WR, for instance, why not do it and let Shaughnessy get in there and learn and develop. The season is already lost anyway, let's face it.
There are issues in Oakland. That’s not news. Coach Tom Cable acknowledged many of them Monday while meeting with reporters, saying “The problem is not who we’re playing, the problem is us.” As the trade deadline approaches on Oct. 20, Lombardi notes that the Raiders have called “a lot of teams” and everyone is available with the exception of about five or six players, a group that includes CB Nnamdi Asomugah and QB JaMarcus Russell. “The Raiders want to shake it up, and certainly, they should,” Lombardi said. “They’re 1-4, they’re pathetic offensively. They need to do something to kind of stimulate and change the culture of the football team.”
Wow. I speculated yesterday (as you can see above this) that the "do not trade" list might include 15 or 16 people, not 5 or 6. Davis really is intent on blowing up the team if he can. Maybe that's what needs to be done, but I don't trust him to rebuild it right.
It actually scares me knowing the "off limits" list is that small. We may end up losing some good and beloved players and I worry we're going to be hosed in return. Maybe I was wrong above and Davis is jettisoning the "youth and upside" movement for his old "castoffs and veterans" approach. I will completely meltdown if that happens.
Oh and Mike Lombardi of all people ought to know the culture will never change in Oakland until Davis relinquishes the helm.