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Oakland Raiders Free Agent Status Update

The following Raiders are Free Agents, either restricted or unrestricted (depending on the outcome of the CBA).  Like Romans at the Gladiatorial contests, I invite you to render your judgment on their futures in Oakland ... thumbs up or thumbs down. 

4-year veterans

QB Bruce Gradkowski  [BRUCE!!!! ... yes, he shall see another season and hopefully greater glory]

RB Michael Bush  [Flash Update: Bush was given a 1st & 3rd tender ... the greatest ground game trio in the league shall return!"]

TE Zach Miller [Flash Update: Zach was given a 1st & 3rd tender ... Oakland's perennial #1 receiver and favored target of Jason Campbell will remain a Raider!]

WR Johnnie Lee Higgins [As a punt returner he dances and runs laterally as though disoriented; as a WR he is limited to sideline and out-patterns eschewing with dread being sent through the middle -Thumbs Down]

C Samson Satele [Samson improved so much last season that he saved his job - unless the back-up center we draft somehow challenges him]

OT Mario Henderson [If Mario was on the bubble, now, with Gallery leaving, we need even our mediocre linemen - Mario is granted mercy]

DE Jarvis Moss [we are thin at DE (even though our starters are excellent) so Moss is spared ... this season]

5-year veterans

FS Michael Huff [This is a tough one. It really depends on who we're looking at in the draft and how much Huff wants. I'm inclined to keep him if only to see what Rod Woodson (who was a Master at FS) can do with him]

LB Thomas Howard [I'm for giving him one more year since he does play well on STs. But his inability to beat Groves is a concern]

LB Ricky Brown [I only wish I had more Thumbs to turn Downward]

S Hiram Eugene [Thumbs Up ... he's good in coverage (though a marginal tackler) and makes things happen on STs]

6-year veterans

T Khalif Barnes [Thumbs Up ... since he showed versatility, enthusiasm and good hands]

T-G Daniel Loper [Thumbs up as Gallery's heir]

UFAs CB

CB Nnamdi Asomugha [Thumbs up if he doesn't break the bank]

QB Kyle Boller [Thumbs Down]

QB Charlie Frye [A solid hard-working 3rd Unit QB (unless we acquire a rookie).

QB J.T. O’Sullivan [Thumbs Down]

RB Michael Bennett [Depends on whether Bush signs. However, this is Bennett's 11th year - ancient for a RB ... what does the Coliseum say?]

T Langston Walker [A must keep Lineman. Hopefully moved to Guard]

LB Sam Williams [Alas, after 8 years of service, it is time to thank him and invert the thumb]

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