Tag:Darrius Heyward-Bey
Posted on: September 5, 2010 10:41 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2010 10:55 pm

Washington, Oakland provide chance for Housh

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It sounds like former Seattle WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, cut by the Seahawks on Saturday, is down to two options on where he might play this season.

According to the Seattle Times, those two squads are the Redskins and the Raiders.

Washington wouldn’t be a bad spot for Houshmandzadeh. Santana Moss is the No. 1 receiver, but the other starter, Joey Galloway, will turn 39 this season. He had a rough preseason and might be ready to abdicate his starting spot to Devin Thomas or Anthony Armstrong.

Plus, Malcolm Kelly was placed on IR. It’d be a good bet that if the Redskins would sign Houshmandzadeh, he’d immediately take the place of Galloway.

Oakland might make even more sense – from the Raiders perspective, at least.

For now, Louis Murphy is QB Jason Campbell’s top target, while Darrius Heyward-Bey continues to struggle in his pro career and Chaz Schilens is injured. Houshmandzadeh would be a huge upgrade for Oakland.

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 4:54 pm

Raiders could lose Chaz Schilens...again

Posted by Andy Benoit

Raiders gifted but oft-injured wide receiver Chaz Schilens may need an arthroscopic knee operation, according to the Oakland Tribune.

Schilens’s knee problmes are a result of overcompensating for the foot injury that ruined his 2009 season.C. Schilens
“I’m very concerned. It’s been a tough road for him,” Raiders head coach Tom Cable said. “We get through the foot thing now and something else has kind of reared up on us. We’ll take care of it and get him back as soon as we can.”

Schilens is running out of nails to use on his coffin. He’s a thick, athletic possession target when healthy, but last season, he was too much of a plodder. Given this recent turn of events, we could be looking at yet another talented Raiders receiver being done-in by the injury bug (ala Ronald Curry or Javon Walker).

It was hoped that Schilens could start opposite Darrius Heyward-Bey. But if he's unavailable, expect Louis Murphy (an ascending second-year pro who is best described as a "faster Jabar Gaffney") will be the No. 2 wideout. This means speedster Johnnie Lee Higgins will work out of the slot. 

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 11:31 am

Could Oakland be a .500 team?

M. Bush is one piece of the puzzle that could help Oakland to a .500 season (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Yes, we know it’s the preseason, but the Raiders 32-17 beating of the Bears on Saturday night meant something to Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times . It meant that dreaming of a .500 season isn’t a joke. It meant that, at long last, Oakland has real talent in its organization.

From the story:

When the pair of .500 hopefuls met on the field, the Raiders had decidedly more muscles to flex than did the Bears. They were bigger, faster, better, stronger, more explosive. And that was with Richard Seymour and Nnamdi Asomugha, the two biggest names on their defense, not even suited up. Starting cornerback Chris Johnson sat it out. Same goes for running back Darren McFadden and wide receivers Chaz Schilens and Darrius Heyward-Bey, all counted on to be important parts of this year’s team.

I don’t think the Raiders can compete with the Broncos and the Chargers in the AFC West – actually I’m almost positive about that – but it’s certainly possible the Raiders go 8-8 or … gasp! … record a winning record for the first time since 2002.

I just looked at their schedule, I can envision 7-9, but assuming Seymour and Asomugha play at a high level on defense, QB Jason Campbell plays solidly along with RBs McFadden and Michael Bush, and the underachieving offensive line can protect its quarterback, getting to .500 wouldn’t be a shock.

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Posted on: July 21, 2010 8:36 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2010 8:50 pm

Which NFL players make the most total money?

Sports Illustrated has published its list of the highest paid athletes in sports. Peyton Manning leads all NFL players with a salary of 15.8 million and endorsements of $15 million, totaling – can you guess? -- $30.8 million. Manning ranks ninth amongst all athletes.
P. Manning
In a sign that the NFL rookie salary system has truly spiraled out of control, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford ranks second in the NFL in total earnings. Stafford is hauling in just $750,000 in endorsements, but his rookie contract is paying him $26.9 million.

Third is Eli Manning, with $19.5 million salary (part of the contract extension he signed last August) and $7 million endorsements. Manning ranks 13th amongst all athletes, which is 30 spots higher than he ranked a year ago.

SI writes:

Our findings consisted solely of salary, winnings, bonuses, endorsements and appearance fees. We consulted players' associations, tour records, agents and news reports. Our endorsement estimates for 2010 came from Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, other sports-marketing executives and analysts, and agents. Salary figures were based on current or most recently completed seasons (the upcoming 2010 season for the NFL).

Here’s the rest of the NFL’s top 10 (most of these players recently signed long-term contracts with rich bonuses).

4. Philip Rivers, $25.6 million salary, $250,000 endorsements, $25.85 million total

5. Terrell Suggs, $24.9 million, $75,000, $24.975 million total

6. Albert Haynesworth, $24.6 million salary, $150,000, $24.75 million total

7. Brett Favre, $17 million, $7 million, $24 million total

8. Darrius Heyward-Bey (yeah, seriously), $21.43 million, $150,000 endorsement, $21.505 million total

9. Jason Smith, $20.57 million, $75,000,$20.645 million total

10. Julius Peppers, $20 million, $75,000, $20.75 million total

-- Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 21, 2010 2:43 pm

People Want Terrell Owens on the Raiders? Really?

Terrell Owens and the Oakland Raiders would, on the surface, seem to go together like lamb and tunafish (or perhaps you prefer spaghetti and meatball?): a rambunctious, potentially over-the-hill, often self-absorbed wide receiver with a team known for its dysfunction and willingness to bring on disruptive personnel.

But this is supposed to be the "new Raiders," the team that dumped JaMarcus Russell and finally managed to put together an impressive draft class.

Surely, signing Owens is a complete non-sequitur to Oakland's offseason thus far, right?

Maybe not -- while there haven't been any actual rumors that the Raiders are interested, per se, there are a few folks out there tossing the idea around as if it wouldn't be all that horrible.

Adam Rank of NFL.com first proposed it yesterday, pointing out that both recently humbled parties deserve a second chance (although wisely admitting the notion that it could be a "hacky premise and an easy punch line").

And today, Monte Poole of the Oakland Tribune busted out a similar trope : the Raiders need TO.

So, um, do they?

Talent-wise, absolutely. Owens isn't an elite receiving option anymore, but judging him on his performance in Buffalo (based on their miserable quarterbacking situation and even more miserable offensive line) is a bit unfair -- he's clearly better than he was last year and definitely better than any other wideout on Oakland's roster.

There are other good arguments out there too: He'd immediately give new starter Jason Campbell a legit, proven weapon. He'd provide (potentially) a mentor for Darrius Heyward-Bey. He would be relatively cheap to bring in. His attitude would improve immediately just by being removed from the tropical paradise that is Buffalo.

The only question (and it's a really, really obvious one) is how will Owens mesh with the team's chemistry? Poole points out that having his own VH1 show is a nice outlet for Owens' self-indulgence, but I'd probably argue that still having his own show probably means that TO hasn't maxed out on humility quite yet.

That being said, though, if the Raiders went down this road, it would likely be with a cheap, incentive-laden contract that minimizes their risk. Worst case (or best case, if you write about the NFL for a living) is TO poisoning the locker room, causing a full-on silver and black meltdown that embarrasses the Raiders.

Either way, if it happens, it's worth bringing some popcorn.
-- Will Brinson
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