Personnel File – Oakland Raiders

Personnel leader – right now the Raiders are without a leader in the personnel department after the passing of managing general partner Al Davis. Yes, even into his 82nd year, Davis was still pulling the strings on personnel, from the annual NFL Draft to free agency signings and trades. It appears with his death that head coach Hue Jackson has stepped into the void; he engineered the trade this week for QB Carson Palmer.

Key aides – Jon Kingdon has been with the Raiders for 33 years, and Bruce Kebric has been part of the Raiders organization for 31 years. Davis always relied a great deal on assistant coaches as well.

Personnel department – 9 scouts and player personnel designees, including former players Calvin Branch, Zack Crockett, Mickey Marvin and Kent McCloughan.

Personnel philosophy – under Davis the key word was speed. No matter the position or the year, the Raiders always seemed to find the fastest players coming out of college football. Athletic ability was second. Taking a chance on a rookie or a veteran was something the Raiders did on a regular basis with mixed results over the years.

Salary cap status (as of October 1) – $6 million in cap space available before trades for LB Aaron Curry and QB Carson Palmer. After trades estimate is $2.5 million remaining cap space.

Big-money contracts – CB Stanford Routt (5-year, $54.5 million), OLB Kamerion Wimbley (5-year, $48 million), QB Carson Palmer (4-year, $43 million), LB Rolando McClain (5-year, $40 million), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (5-year, $38.2 million), S Michael Huff (4-year, $32 million), DT Richard Seymour (2-year, $30 million).

Soon to be available/starters without 2012 contracts – RG Cooper Carlisle, RT Khalif Barnes, FB Marcel Reece, QB Jason Campbell and CB Chris Johnson.

ROSTER THIS WEEK (starters in bold)

Draft choices (26)

1st-round (5) – MLB Rolando McClain (2010), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (2009), RB Darren McFadden (2008), FS Michael Huff (2006), K Sebastian Janikowski (2000).

2nd-round (4) – LG Stefan Wisniewski (2011), DE Lamarr Houston (2010), SS Mike Mitchell (2009), CB Stanford Routt (2005).

3rd-round (3) – RT Joe Barksdale (2011), CB DeMarcus Van Dyke (2011), LT Jared Veldheer (2010).

4th-round (7) – RB Taiwan Jones (2011), CB Chimdi Chekwa (2011), WR Jacoby Ford (2010), G Bruce Campbell (2010), WR Louis Murphy (2009), SS Tyvon Branch (2008), RB Michael Bush (2007).

5th-round (2) – WR Denarius Moore (2011), P Shane Lechler (2000).

6th-round (3) – TE Richard Gordon (2011), TE Brandon Myers (2009), DE Trevor Scott (2008).

7th-round (2) – TE David Ausberry (2011), WR Chaz Schilens (2008).

Supplemental Draft (1)

3rd-round – QB Terrelle Pryor (2012).

Draft overview – The Raiders have had an interesting track record over the last two decades in the NFL Draft. They’ve bombed on some first-round choices, most especially QB JaMarcus Russell, the first choice in the 2007 Draft. They also bombed on CB Phillip Buchanon (2002), S Derrick Gibson (2001), DT Darrell Russell (1997), and back to QB Todd Marinovich (1991), OT John Clay out of Missouri (1987) and more. But right now they have five of their own first round selections in the starting lineup, including RB Darren McFadden. They’ve also been very good in the fourth round, picking up WRs Jacoby Ford and Louis Murphy, SS Tyvon Branch and RB Michael Bush. They may have scored another one in the fifth round of the 2011 Draft in WR Denarius Moore out of Tennessee.

Trades (7)

QB Carson Palmer (2011),
LB Aaron Curry (2011), QB Jason Campbell (2010), OLB Quentin Groves (2010), OLB Kamerion Wimbley (2010), DT Richard Seymour (2009), C Samson Satele (2009).

Trade overview – The Raiders have never been afraid of pulling the trigger on a deal for a player they like or want. Almost always, that’s a player that came into the league as a first, second or third-round draft choice. They’ve given up plenty along the way, but all seven of those players are or have been in the starting lineup at some point. They’ve given up a pair of first-round draft choices and maybe a third, along with second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh-round draft choices. They picked up some choices, mostly fourth rounders, in the deals plus trades of LB Kirk Morrison and CB Fabian Washington.

Unrestricted free agents (8)

TE Kevin Boss (2011), OT Stephon Heyer (2011), QB Kyle Boller (2010), RB Rock Cartwright (2010), DT John Henderson (2010), RT Khalif Barnes (2009), G Cooper Carlisle (2007), CB Chris Johnson (2007).

College free agents (4)

S Jerome Boyd (2009), DT Desmond Bryant (2009), FB Marcel Reese (2008), DT Tommy Kelly (2004).

Street free agents (6)

DB Ron Parker (2011), S Matt Giordano (2011), WR Derek Hagan (2011), LB Darryl Blackstock (2011), LB Bruce Davis (2010), CB Joe Porter (2010),

Waivers (1)

DE Jarvis Moss (2010).

Free agent/waiver overview – The Raiders have really curtailed their free agent spending in recent seasons. If they’ve thrown money around, it’s been to re-sign their own players and they really haven’t dropped a big-money deal on a player from another team for several years. They also haven’t been able to develop big contributors from the street free agents; essentially they sign those players to fill in roster spots No. 49 through 53.

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