Saturday, April 30, 2005
Raiders gather Moss, rookies for weekend mini-camp
Randy Moss says he will go back to being a 'dangerous' football player as the Silver and Black's # 18, the number he wore as a rookie in training camp with Minnesota.
A year ago, it was Tim Brown, Jerry Rice, Rich Gannon, Tyrone Wheatley and Roland Williams looking to recapture the magic of the 2005 season. Today it's Randy Moss, Jerry Porter, Kerry Collins, Lamont Jordan and Courtney Anderson/Teyo Johshon looking to start over after a combined 9-23 record after the last two years.
As a Raiders fan, I'll take it. The NFL is a year-to-year propostion these days. There is no time to rebuild and "get out of salary cap hell," as the 49ers would like their sad fans to believe.
Al Davis knows this and still pulls rabbits out of his hat every off season, despite having a low revenue stream. Why? The man still has it. Street cred. Gangsta scratch. Whatever you want to call it, he has it, and NFL players want to be a part of it. As Charlie Garner once said "Al Davis? Oh he's a straight gangsta." As Warren Sapp once said "He's as smooth as all of the outdoors, looking lovely in his white suits."
I supposed the Raiders are about one defensive tackle and one impact edge rusher away from being a true force in the league, but for now, Oakland should have enough to compete for a wild card. Then watch Mr. Davis raid the draft and free agent cupboards again next offseason.
To quote the theme song: the Autumn Wind is a Raider ... pillaging just for fun.