Raiders sign Trent Edwards, Khalif Barnes


Raiders sign Trent Edwards, Khalif Barnes

July 30, 2011


Paul Gutierrez

NAPA -- Back in 2007, then-Raiders coach Lane Kiffin had an idea.Actually, he had many thoughts when it came to what Oakland should do with the No. 1 overall draft pick. This one, though, had the Raiders selecting receiver Calvin Johnson before scooping up quarterback Trent Edwards later on and Kiffin then implementing his version of the West Coast Offense.Who knew it would take four-plus years -- and the failed JaMarcus Russell Era -- to get the former Stanford signal caller in Silver and Black? Edwards signed with the Raiders on Saturday to compete with Kyle Boller to be the team's back-up quarterback and ignite that old Stanford-Cal rivalry deep in the heart of Silver and Blackdom."Yeah, on my way up here, I had to stop by the facility in Alameda to sign my contract and the last time I was at that facility was right after the Combine (in 2007), right before the draft, when I was coming into the league," Edwards said. "So, I found my way over there. I didn't need directions. I knew how to get there, but it's been a while."I just remember visiting with coach (Greg) Knapp when he was here and they were interested. It felt like I had a good chance coming here(but) I obviously didn't, and now I'm back and excited to be here."Edwards, taken in the third round of the '07 draft, No. 92 overall by Buffalo, played three-plus seasons with the Bills before spending time with Jacksonville last year.He has a career passer rating of 75.4 with 26 touchdowns, 30 interceptions and a 60.5 completion rate with 6,019 yards passing. Edwards has started 33 of the 37 games he's appeared in and his best season was in 2008, when he had an 85.4 passer rating with 11 TD passes, 10 interceptions and 2,699 yards passing on 65.5 passing. Edwards went 7-7 as the Bills' starter that season.Jackson was intrigued."Having an opportunity to sit down and talk to him, he was what I was looking for," Jackson said of Edwards. "I mean, he's a big, strong, physical guy that can throw the ball. Loves football. Very passionate about the game."He's a gym rat. He likes to go in and study from morning to night. It's important to him. He's looking for an opportunity and we're a place that has an opportunity."After his second season, Edwards was seen as one of the brightest young QB's in the game. But his progress was slowed significantly by concussions.Still, he says he is healthy now and ready to compete. His agent, Ryan Tollner, is former Raiders passing game coordinator Ted Tollner so he has some familiarity with Oakland. Especially since the younger Tollner played for Jackson at Cal.Plus, Edwards said he liked Jackson's "energy," while saying he had other options on the table."He's just a guy that has an infectious personality," Edwards said of Jackson. "I enjoy being around guys like that. I enjoy playing for coaches like that. So that's kind of what sold me here."Reports of former Baltimore tackle Jared Gaither's imminent signing with the Raiders turned out to be premature as he reportedly failed a physical and Oakland took a pass and instead re-signed Khalif Barnes."I was laughing (that) everybody said we signed him," Jackson said. "I told you we hadn't."Jackson said Gaither was still a possibility for the future.In other signing news, the Raiders inked linebacker Sam Williams and "exclusive rights" players Desmond Bryant (defensive tackle), Bruce Davis (linebacker) and Marcel Reece (fullback). Plus, they signed undrafted rookie free agent Cal defensive tackle Derrick Hill.

Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence


Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence

Trent Richardson is reportedly in some trouble.

Richardson was arrested on Thursday night for domestic violence, according to TMZ Sports.

The former running back was taken into custody on a third degree charge, the report states, with bail being set for $1,000.

The arrest was made in Hoover, Alabama.

The Browns selected Richardson with the third overall pick in the 2012 draft.

He was traded to the Colts in 2013 and played for Indianapolis in 2014.

He signed with the Raiders in 2015 and appeared in three exhibition games, but did not make the team.

The 26-year old was cut by the Ravens last August.

Downing: Carr will have increased influence on Raiders game plan

Downing: Carr will have increased influence on Raiders game plan

Derek Carr and Todd Downing are tight. A strong friendship was forged between the Raiders’ franchise quarterback and his position coach these past two seasons, one that should help the Raiders now that Downing will call plays.

The Raiders new offensive coordinator will use his young signal caller as a resource formulating a game plan. Carr has a bright offensive mind – he called his own plays in high school and in college at times – and Downing plans to use it to put his quarterback in positions to succeed.

Carr’s influence in preparation will expand over previous seasons under coordinator Bill Musgrave.

“Where I see him needing a little bit more command is just being able to share his thoughts of game plans,” Downing said Wednesday in a conference call. “Being a student of the game, as he already is, but vocalize what he likes and doesn’t like. I think my relationship with him is something that’s going to give him the opportunity to voice his opinions. I look forward to him really taking charge of expressing his thoughts on the offense.”

Carr has always had freedom to adjust at the line of scrimmage, but that could increase with Downing in charge. Derek Carr’s brother Davis Carr told 95.7 The Game as much a few weeks ago, a topic Downing addressed on Wednesday.

“There’s been a lot made about his command at the line of scrimmage,” Downing said. “There’s certainly going to be opportunities for Derek to do that. That’s not something I feel we’ll even have to get into until we’re much further into this offseason and into training camp.”

Downing had opportunities to interview with other teams this offseason, but head coach Jack Del Rio wanted to pair Downing and Carr together. The young duo have similar personalities and a strong working relationship based on a love of the game.

“My relationship with Derek starts there,” Downing said in Wednesday interview on 95.7-FM. “We both love coming to work each day and respect the heck out of each other. When you have that kind of relationship with any coach, you’re taking a step in the right direction. Derek’s the leader of our franchise. In my opinion, he’s the best young quarterback in football. We’re fortunate to have him. Why wouldn’t I be in a good mood every time I am around him?”

Carr made great progress working with Downing the past two years, and was an MVP candidate in 2016. Downing sees continued room for growth and refinement as next season approaches.

“I think Derek made big strides in 2016, just in terms of his command of the offense, being the field general, being able to get through progressions more efficiently,” Downing said. “His footwork took big strides. I certainly want him to remain focused on all of those attributes. You don’t want to feel like you’ve arrived in a certain area of your game and then have it go backwards when the next season starts. Certainly, I want him focused on all of those.”