Raiders sign ex-49ers QB J.T. O'Sullivan


Raiders sign ex-49ers QB J.T. O'Sullivan

Dec. 2, 2010RAIDERS PAGE RAIDERS VIDEOPaul Gutierrez

ALAMEDA -- The Raiders have signed a new No. 3 quarterback. And while the mystery QB's signing has not officially been announced by the team, he was stretching and warming up with the Raiders at the start of Thursday's practice.

The QB is former 49ers starter and UC Davis star J.T. O'Sullivan.

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The move appears to signal an end to the season for the injured Bruce Gradkowski, who re-injured his right shoulder on the last offensive play of the Raiders' 33-17 loss to Miami. Gradkowski said Wednesday he did not think the injury was season-ending but it appears differently today.

Gradkowski was at the team's walk-through Thursday morning but was nowhere to be seen at the start of practice.

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O'Sullivan has been with nine other teams -- New Orleans, Green Bay, Minnesota, New England, Carolina, Detroit, the 49ers, Cincinnati and San Diego -- appearing in games for four -- Packers, Lions, Niners and Bengals.

Jason Campbell is the starting quarterback and Kyle Boller is the backup, presumably.

Raiders LT Donald Penn, WR Amari Cooper to skip Pro Bowl

Raiders LT Donald Penn, WR Amari Cooper to skip Pro Bowl

The Raiders had an NFL-best seven players on the initial Pro Bowl roster. The number planning to play in the league’s all-star game continues to dwindle.

That total's down to three after left tackle Donald Penn and receiver Amari Cooper bowed out. Penn won’t be ready after suffering a knee injury in the regular-season finale, an ailment that kept him out of a playoff loss at Houston. Cincinnati’s Andrew Whitworth will take Penn’s place.

Cooper battled a shoulder injury late last season, though it's uncertain exactly what is keeping him from the game. 

In addition to Penn and Cooper, Quarterback Derek Carr obviously can't play while recovering from surgery to repair a broken fibula. Edge rusher Khalil Mack also bowed out recently with what is believed to be a minor back injury.

There’s a possibility a fifth Raider will also excuse himself. Center Rodney Hudson suffered an ankle injury in the playoffs. It remains uncertain whether he’ll play in the Pro Bowl.

Safety Reggie Nelson and left guard Kelechi Osemele remain firmly in the fray at this stage. 

Source: Raiders, OL coach Mike Tice agree on new deal

Source: Raiders, OL coach Mike Tice agree on new deal

Mike Tice’s contract expired shortly after this season’s end, but there was strong belief he would retain his post with a new deal.

A league source confirmed Wednesday that a new deal was in place for Tice to remain with the Raiders. The exact length of the contract was not disclosed. Assistant coach contracts are typically set for two years, though they can be three in some cases.

Tice was the first assistant Jack Del Rio hired after being named Raiders head coach. The two are long-time friends, dating back to days playing for the Minnesota Vikings in the 1990s.

Tice was Del Rio’s assistant head coach for three seasons in Jacksonville, which made him a natural fit for a new project in Oakland. It was a smart hire. Tice has been excellent as Raiders offensive line coach, managing and scheming for one of the NFL’s best position groups.

ESPN first reported the Tice agreement.

While offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave was allowed to leave on an expired contract and is now Denver quarterbacks coach, the rest of the Raiders offensive staff remains intact.

Quarterbacks coach Todd Downing was promoted to offensive coordinator and his assistant Jake Peetz assumes his old post.

The Raiders still have a vacancy on the defensive side, with Marcus Robertson out and on to the Broncos staff.