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With Jason Campbell being injured and Terrelle Pryor being unprepared and Kyle Boller being, well, Kyle Boller, the Raiders need help at the quarterback position.

They reportedly want to trade for Carson Palmer.  The Broncos reportedly are willing to trade them a neckbearded Trojan Horse.

But there’s a free-agency market, even if the shelves look like the local supermarket the day before a blizzard is due to hit.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Raiders have reached out to David Garrard and Josh McCown.  Garrard, cut by the Jaguars in early September after the team decided to go Luke McCown (for all of two weeks), has not shown any burning desire to sign with a new team.  Garrard recently bristled at reports that he rejected an overture from the Dolphins because he simply doesn’t want to play.

It’s unknown whether Garrard wants to play for the Raiders, a 4-2 team that has injected itself firmly into the playoff conversation.  Whether it’s Garrard of Josh McCown or someone else, the Raiders need another quarterback, preferably with some experience, at least until Pryor is ready.

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  1. silvernblackpa says: Oct 17, 2011 11:21 AM

    Garrard is whatever. Might be the best option out of what’s out there.

    But McCown? Sweet daddy jeebus, NO.

    F-it. Just send Madden with a bag of cash and a dozen roses to Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Might as well have some fun.

  2. captainwisdom8888 says: Oct 17, 2011 11:22 AM

    The Eagles will sell you their overhyped backup quarterback for a 3rd rounder….

  3. huejackson says: Oct 17, 2011 11:23 AM

    Josh is a excellent choice..
    This is a guy they could get for peanuts and he is a above average QB..
    This has Kurt Warner story written all over it

  4. kqole25 says: Oct 17, 2011 11:27 AM

    Just another story of a team that isn’t prepared at the backup QB position.

  5. edmazeing1 says: Oct 17, 2011 11:31 AM

    Maybe pryor would have been ready, if it was not for the 5weeks lay off!!!

  6. p4hbiz says: Oct 17, 2011 11:31 AM

    Get Gerrard and get him fast, he could start after our bye week.. We’ll be playing the Broncos at home and that would be a great way to open it up.

  7. nineroutsider says: Oct 17, 2011 11:32 AM

    David Garrard…welcome to the Bay Area; you will love the weather, but not the housing prices. Josh wouldn’t be the worst choice either, but Garrard is a better fit for what the Raiders like to do.

    Sucks about Campbell!

  8. ern215 says: Oct 17, 2011 11:34 AM

    i keep saying TRADE FOR JOSH JOHNSON FROM TAMPA BAY he is an excellent fit and very similar to jason campbell in terms of skill set.

  9. mikehuntsmellztu says: Oct 17, 2011 11:34 AM

    Above average…Really?

  10. goawayeverybody says: Oct 17, 2011 11:34 AM

    Are Josh and Luke brothers or something?

  11. GG Eden says: Oct 17, 2011 11:35 AM

    It’ll be Garrard

  12. ammarradhi says: Oct 17, 2011 11:37 AM

    Please take Mcnabb from the vikings

  13. mrplow3 says: Oct 17, 2011 11:38 AM

    Why aren’t we hearing Culpepper’s name?

    I watched him play a few games in the UFL last year and he actually looked pretty good. He still had a cannon of an arm and look as if he gained back a small amount of his mobility.

    One thing I’m certain of, Culpepper is a superior option to Josh Mcown in every way.

  14. radrntn says: Oct 17, 2011 11:40 AM

    Garrard, Palmer, Jake the Snake, Farve, Edwards, etc….and the list goes on, and all on the list for a reason…

  15. londonfletcher says: Oct 17, 2011 11:41 AM

    Why would Garrard NOT want to play??

    Is he too busy woodworking in his garage?

  16. usmutts says: Oct 17, 2011 11:41 AM

    What is a “neckbearded Trojan Horse,” anyway? Sorry I’m not to date on all the lingo.

  17. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 17, 2011 11:41 AM

    How about McNabb?

  18. cletusvandam says: Oct 17, 2011 11:42 AM

    Mcnabb might be available

  19. mikwoz says: Oct 17, 2011 11:45 AM

    Bring back Vince Evans!

  20. ultimatesaintsfan says: Oct 17, 2011 11:46 AM

    Don’t they have like no 2012 draft picks left to trade?

  21. firerosenthalthebastard says: Oct 17, 2011 11:47 AM

    kqole25 says: Oct 17, 2011 11:27 AM

    Just another story of a team that isn’t prepared at the backup QB position.

    There aren’t enough quality qb’s out there for every team to have decent backups… there aren’t even enough for every team to have quality starters….
    You’re boring me.

  22. marcsasharc says: Oct 17, 2011 11:48 AM

    they could do worse than Garrard, but i dont think they an do worse than Boller.

    Raiders will miss the playoffs yet again.

  23. drshakedown74 says: Oct 17, 2011 11:48 AM

    Please no Favre talk.

  24. firerosenthalthebastard says: Oct 17, 2011 11:48 AM

    usmutts says: Oct 17, 2011 11:41 AM

    What is a “neckbearded Trojan Horse,” anyway? Sorry I’m not to date on all the lingo.

    Orton has or is capable of having a disgusting neckbeard…. a trojan horse means something you welcome into your home but ultimately ends up destroying you.

  25. failcopter says: Oct 17, 2011 11:48 AM

    Kyle Orton has a neckbeard and will presumably ruin Oakland.
    Hence the Trojan Horse aspect.

  26. manonthemoon4 says: Oct 17, 2011 11:50 AM

    i would like to see the old man favre come back for another go…………..wouldnt you?

  27. justwinbaby29 says: Oct 17, 2011 11:50 AM

    Raiders have two options here.

    1) Committ to Kyle Boller as the starter and sign Trent Edwards as the 3rd QB or 2nd until Pryor gets up to speed on the offense.

    2) Make a deal for Palmer or sign David Garrard. I don’t think Denver will trade Orton within the division. If Palmer/Garrard play well and lead the Raiders to the playoffs- they’re the starter next year. Campbell is not a franchise QB and is a FA after the season.

    One good thing about not having a super stud as your QB (Brady, Rodgers, P. Manning) is if he does down you aren’t totally dependant on the QB and thus screwed.

  28. mrplow3 says: Oct 17, 2011 11:51 AM

    “How about McNabb?”

    Probably because the Raiders want an UPGRADE from Boller, not a downgrade.

  29. swagger52 says: Oct 17, 2011 11:52 AM

    The Raiders have taken all the retreads from the Midatlantic: Jason Campbell Redskins, Boller Ravens..Therefore perhaps the Raiders should go after Retread V2. They should like at Troy Smith or Donovan McNabb. Troy has the best 40 time, so maybe best go with him!

  30. general74 says: Oct 17, 2011 11:53 AM

    Sign Troy Smith so he can finally beat out Boller for a starting qb job like he tried so hard to do in Baltimore. Also Smith and Pryor could work well together since they are both ex OSU problems.

  31. lapsncaps says: Oct 17, 2011 11:53 AM

    I hear Jamarcus is available

  32. humbleminded85 says: Oct 17, 2011 11:56 AM

    I heard Shane Falco is available as well.

  33. GG Eden says: Oct 17, 2011 12:00 PM

    Mike, can you check out Cutler to Oakland rumor. Currently plays in Martz’ Coryell system like Raiders run under Al Saunders.

  34. tdk24 says: Oct 17, 2011 12:03 PM

    Might as well add Jeff George to the list.

  35. qdog112 says: Oct 17, 2011 12:09 PM

    An absolute no brainer. With Garrard, the Raiders win the AFC west.

  36. dawsonleery says: Oct 17, 2011 12:13 PM

    This is a huge blow to Jason Campbell because if Oakland was to make the playoffs, they would have gave him a big contract in the off-season and truth be told, he doesn’t deserve that. Campbell is average at best and is not the long term answer at QB for the Raiders.

  37. scrapdawg12 says: Oct 17, 2011 12:19 PM

    Vince young for a 6th round pick. Get it done

  38. edmazeing1 says: Oct 17, 2011 12:19 PM

    Boller will cost us the game next week, if he is the starter, he was to nervous yesterday, which should not be the case if you want to be a starter, he try to run a few times (what 4?) Better off letting Pryor start if we want a tuck & run QB!!!

  39. steelerchicken says: Oct 17, 2011 12:22 PM

    Mike you need to start out doing the four-letter network guys!!!!

  40. needateam says: Oct 17, 2011 12:30 PM

    Shane Falco? You mean the guy who played in one bad nationally televised game in college, did poorly, and then didn’t go a highly drafted as he could have? But then when he got a chance he lead his team all the way?

    hmmm. sounds like a QB out of Hawaii…

  41. bombayjon says: Oct 17, 2011 12:34 PM

    Carson Palmer! Please, please, please .

  42. walrushooker says: Oct 17, 2011 12:52 PM

    Can we please get a post about Favre already? You know espn would love to talk Favre all week instead of the Jim v Jim post game melee. Give Boller the KC game, no mistakes/turnovers and we’ll win because of Run DMC. Pryor gets first team reps through the bye week, takes on the mediocre Donkeys team, then an overhyped Dolts team. 7-2 with Pryor doesn’t sound unreasonable.

  43. raiders4life says: Oct 17, 2011 1:15 PM

    Carson Palmer with the Raiders would be real sweet! Make the move John Madden.

  44. 808raiderinparadise says: Oct 17, 2011 1:18 PM


  45. blackbeardk says: Oct 17, 2011 1:19 PM

    Any other out of work quarterback agents want to leak a rumor to get their client some press?

  46. ppdoc13 says: Oct 17, 2011 1:31 PM

    Carson is the answer if hue can get mike brown to do a trade. Garrard certainly is no worse than Jason Campbell who is a caretaker qb. Boller has a bad rep that is mostly undeserved. He never had a good line in bmore with the exception of John Ogden. And his receivers in general sucked. We had very little in skill position players when he was the qb

  47. getadealdonealready says: Oct 17, 2011 2:15 PM

    I think the you could get McNabb for an 8th round draft pick.

  48. Raider-in-PA says: Oct 17, 2011 2:51 PM

    Garrard would be decent if healthy…
    Carson Palmer would be good if at the right price..

    Please say no to the following:
    T. Edwards
    J. McCown
    K. Orton

    Would be fun to bring Favre in.. Even if he didnt do much, at least the post-game pressers would be entertaining!!

  49. blacksunday1 says: Oct 17, 2011 3:02 PM

    Garrard would be the choice but only if he’s willing to play..there’s nothing worst than a player with no heart.

  50. masterblaster78 says: Oct 17, 2011 5:23 PM

    I hope no one considers Jeff (JERK) George. Farve still has gas in his tank especially with a running game and some young hungary receivers who are fast. DHB has really had a good year so far and shows a lot of promise. It would be interesting if Farve bites.

  51. transientfan says: Oct 17, 2011 8:02 PM

    Agree with mrplow3 about Culpepper:
    he’d be a great back-up option to consider. Was a Raider for a year and during that losing season, won game in K.C., I think. Kiffin was coach, though, and juggled between Culpepper and McCown — despite Culpepper playing better than McCown in pre-season.

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