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09-02-2006, 10:11 PM
Quick out: Raiders cut newly acquired QB George
ESPN.com news services


ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Jeff George's attempted comeback into the NFL is over for now. George, who has not played in an NFL game since 2001, was among 20 players who were released or placed on injured reserve by the Oakland Raiders on Saturday.

The No. 1 overall pick by Indianapolis in 1990, George signed with the Raiders last week and was with the team in Seattle for Oakland's final preseason game but did not play.


"Jeff knew that we wanted to bring him in and take a look at him for a week," Raiders coach Art Shell said. "As I said when we first brought Jeff in here, it was a precaution."

George hasn't played since 2001, when he was cut after two games with the Redskins. He was signed by Seattle as insurance midway through the 2002 season, but didn't play. Chicago signed him late in the 2004 season, but he never played for the Bears, either.

But the release of George might not necessarily end his comeback attempt and, in fact, may have simply been a procedural move by the Raiders, aimed at not having to guarantee his full salary.

Because George is a "vested" veteran, with more than four seasons in the league, the collective bargaining agreement stipulates that his entire base salary is guaranteed if he is on the opening day roster. By cutting him now, the Raiders avoid that guarantee of $810,000 and can re-sign George after the opening game. If that happened, and he were released for a second time, Oakland would owe George just the prorated share of his base salary, not the full $810,000.

Oakland signed George on Aug. 28 because of concern over the health of backup quarterback Andrew Walter, who has been nursing a sore right shoulder. But Walter, a third-round pick in 2005, played in the preseason finale against the Seahawks and showed no lingering effects of the injury, persuading the Raiders to part ways with George.


"Having Andrew like he was, we weren't sure so we wanted to make sure we took a look at a veteran quarterback we liked for our football team," Shell said. "He'll be on speed dial."


Earlier in the day, the Raiders traded starting wide receiver Doug Gabriel to New England for an undisclosed draft pick. Gabriel, a fifth-round pick in 2003, caught 37 passes for 554 yards and three touchdowns last season. He had just four receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown this preseason.


Oakland also cut veteran cornerback Duane Starks, linebackers Danny Clark, Ryan Riddle and Ricky Brown, defensive end Bryant McNeal, running back Rod Smart, fullback Zach Tuiasosopo, wide receivers Will Buchanon and Kevin McMahan, center Chris Morris, guard Kelvin Garmon, tackles Jabari Levey and William Obeng, defensive tackles Donnell Washington and Rashad Moore.


In addition, the Raiders placed tight end O.J. Santiago, wide receiver Carlos Francis, linebacker Darnell Bing and safety Alvin Nnabuife on injured reserve.


While the decision to part ways with George was somewhat expected, Oakland's move to release Clark and trade Gabriel sent mild shockwaves through the Raiders' locker room. Gabriel was expected to start this season opposite Randy Moss while Clark started 31 games for Oakland over the last two seasons and was defensive captain in 2005.


"That one was hard on me, that one was the hardest," Shell said of releasing Clark. "He gave us everything he had, worked hard. Not to say the rest of them didn't, but this kid was demoted to the second team and he worked his tail off and never said a word, just kept working. Hopefully he'll catch on with somebody."


In another note, center Jake Grove returned to practice Saturday after sitting out the final two preseason games with a shoulder injury. Shell said he wasn't certain whether Grove would play Monday night against San Diego in the season opener.

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SteelCityMan786
09-02-2006, 10:49 PM
great waste of money Oakland.

silver & black
09-03-2006, 11:19 AM
great waste of money Oakland.

How do you figure that? He isn't on the roster for opening day... he gets nothing.

SteelCityMan786
09-03-2006, 11:21 AM
How do you figure that? He isn't on the roster for opening day... he gets nothing.

I consider it a waste because they signed a guy that they would eventually release.

boLT fan
09-03-2006, 11:56 AM
Isn't there rumors that the Raiders are going to re-sign him after opening day becuase it saves them money or something?

Petesburgh66
09-03-2006, 08:18 PM
Isn't there rumors that the Raiders are going to re-sign him after opening day becuase it saves them money or something?

I heard the same thing as well.

silver & black
09-04-2006, 11:35 AM
I'm hearing the same thing.

With Tui gone, we need a #3... what the hell, why not George? Yea, he's old and hasn't played in while but, he is a veteran presense. He will never see the field anyway... if he does, we're already in deep s**t.

Why is this such a big deal? Is it just because it's the Raiders? I doubt any other team would get this much publicity over signing a third string QB.

boLT fan
09-04-2006, 02:07 PM
I'm hearing the same thing.

With Tui gone, we need a #3... what the hell, why not George? Yea, he's old and hasn't played in while but, he is a veteran presense. He will never see the field anyway... if he does, we're already in deep s**t.

Why is this such a big deal? Is it just because it's the Raiders? I doubt any other team would get this much publicity over signing a third string QB.

Actually, if any team signed a player that hadn't played for 5 years there would be questions asked.

silver & black
09-04-2006, 04:26 PM
Actually, if any team signed a player that hadn't played for 5 years there would be questions asked.

Wasn't he with the Bears not long ago? I know it was more recently than 5 years.

silver & black
09-04-2006, 04:37 PM
What's the deal with the Raider's quaterback situation. I watched Andrew Walter play in college and I thought he'd be a good one in the league. But so far, it seems Davis is bound and determined to keep him on the pine.

Aaron Brooks is the starting QB. Andrew Walter is the future. He has all the qualities of a very good NFL QB. He is 6' 5" 235 lbs. He has a very strong arm and great pocket awareness. He is not a scrambler but, he moves and slides in the pocket very well. Like most QB's out of college, he is a project. Hey, we passed up Leinert and Cuttler because Al thinks so highly of him. Time will tell.

There are Raider fans that want him to start now... big mistake. Does Tim Couch ring a bell?

Walter will probably get some playing time this year but, I doubt that he will be made the starting QB, unless Brooks really sucks. I know, I know... that is a possibility given his past in NO. I will reamain positive and think he will shine with the change of scenery... again, time will tell.

WWIIOwheelz
09-04-2006, 05:15 PM
I think Shell did it as some weird kind of motivational thing for Brooks. He's different like that. He made Porter so mad in the off-season he wanted to be traded.

silver & black
09-04-2006, 06:07 PM
I think Shell did it as some weird kind of motivational thing for Brooks. He's different like that. He made Porter so mad in the off-season he wanted to be traded.

Porter has a problem with authority. Shell told him how it was, and how it was going to be. It took a while for him to realise that Shell meant buisiness. There isn't going to be anymore players doing what they want, how they want, when they want. After Callahan and Turner, Shell must have been a huge shock! I love it!

Porter seems to be coming to the realisation that, if he wants to play, he will have to accept Shell's authority... or he WILL sit on the bench. He was shopped around but, no one was willing to reimburse the $4,000,000 signing bonus that Al wanted back for a trade. Just another reminder to Jerry Pouter that if he doesn't get with the program, his career is all but finished. If Al was willing to do it to Marcus Allen, what makes Porter think he would even think twice about doing it to him?