By Kevin Saito @Kevin_Saito on July 12, 2014
It's that time of the year, just before training camps open, when the rumor mill gets hotter than an August afternoon in the Mojave. The speculation starts flying so fast and so furious, it's hard to keep up sometimes. The good news is that most of it can be ignored. Here are five rumors involving the Raiders that you can probably go ahead and ignore.
The idea came out of a story about Al Davis and his one-time desire to possibly move his franchise to Sin City. Given all of the uncertainty surrounding the Coliseum, the lack of a lease and no real movement on getting a new stadium deal done in Oakland, the issue of the team moving is alive and well again – with some thinking Mark will fulfill his dad's one time dream of moving the Raiders to Vegas. We're sure Goodell loves that idea.
While it looks like an attractive idea – Johnson wants out of Houston in a big way and the Raiders still need a dominant number one – it won't work for a number of reasons. Not the least of which is that the Texans aren't interested in trading Johnson. Even if they were though, Johnson carries a huge cap number, and McKenzie has proved himself to be a shrewd spender this offseason. The price tag may be too rich for McKenzie's blood.
The idea that McFadden will be Oakland's starter this season – and get the lion's share of the carries – is gaining some traction. But the simple fact is that McFadden still must prove himself – and prove that he can stay healthy enough to have the most carries in a season. By splitting carries with Maurice Jones-Drew, he has a better shot at staying healthy and fresh all season. Both look to get an equal amount of touches out of the backfield.
Gordon has the physical skills to be a dominant receiver in this league. However, he doesn't seem to have the mental or emotional maturity to allow that to ever happen. Gordon is facing a season-long suspension – at least – and doesn't fit the mold of the player GM Reggie McKenzie has worked hard to bring into Oakland. Plus, McKenzie is definitely not going to give up assets for a player who may never set foot on an NFL field again.
After losing his arbitration case – and the bump in pay he stood to earn as a receiver instead of a tight end – it's been said that Graham is disgruntled and is looking for a way out of New Orleans. Since his franchise tag is non-exclusive, other teams can make him an offer in an attempt to pry him out of the Big Easy. But don't expect McKenzie and the Raiders to go that route. Between Rivera, Kasa and Ausberry, they seem set at TE.
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