Saturday, September 02, 2006

Gabriel Traded to Patriots!?

According to reports, Doug Gabriel has been traded to the Patriots. No word yet on what the Raiders are getting in return.

If it's true, I sure didn't see it coming. Stay tuned.

UPDATE 4:06 p.m.: I'll really be interested to learn what the Raiders got in return for Gabriel. The guy spends the entire preseason as the #2 receiver, ostensibly developing a crucial rapport with Aaron Brooks and the first-team offense. Then, on the eve of the regular season, we ship him across the country. Either Jerry Porter has really cleaned up his act behind the scenes; and/or we got some outrageous draft pick package; or consider me stumped. Curry still looks a bit hobbled to me, and while I like Morant, I'll be surprised if he's our new #2 at this late hour. No matter how you slice it, this is sure a late shakeup to the presumed starting lineup.

17 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am knocked flat by this move, didn't see it coming at all. I would have thought Porter would get moved. So does this mean that Porter has had an attitude adjustment? I wonder what round that pick is for, yet on top of it all it leaves a bit of a bad taste in my mouth that we traded him to the Patriots, the beneficiaries of one of the worst snow jobs in recent memory.

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Kevin said...

WOW!!! Who'd of thunk it? Can anyone explain this move?

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a shock!!!Unless the Raiders get the WR that New England was having trouble signning??I forgot his name but he is holding out. Gabe was good, but maybe Jonnie Morant was impressive enough and Ronald Curry and Buchannon??are up-and-comming.

3:10 PM  
Anonymous raider00 said...

It looks like Jonnie Morants time has come. You can only hold these young guys back for so long. Gabriel was young too I guess, but Morant can get open deep, and since the Raiders are going long this year, it makes sense.

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Kevin said...

The more I think about, the more I think this move was made with an eye on the future. This team is in rebuilding mode, and making two moves for future draft picks only makes sense in the context of a long-term restructuring. But, I like my gratification to be more of the instant variety, so GO GET A RUNNING BACK NOW!!!

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like my pick for the fantasy draft could go either way now..lol

Gatoraider

4:39 PM  
Anonymous RAIDER GREG said...

WTF............WTF!!!!
STUPID, THATS WHAT IT IS...ALL OF US THAT BOUGHT THE IDEA AND SEASON TICKETS BASED ON THE POTENTIAL OF THIS TEAM..........BROTHER, THIS IS A BONE HEAD MOVE AND EVERY RAIDER FAN THAT THOUGHT THAT THIS WAS OUR STARTING OFFENSE WAS DUPED! I MUST RETORT MY VIEW OF THE 06 SEASON TO A 5/12 IF WE ARE LUCKY. THOSE WHO THINK THIS IS NOT A "MAJOR" SCREW UP.....THINK OF HOW THE TEAM FEELS.....THE #2 RECIEVER FOR A PUNK ASS CRYBABBY WANTING A TRADE AND.....NOT GETTING HIS WAY. YOU CAN BET THIS WILL MAKE PORTER MORE OF AN A-HOLE THIS ENTIRE SEASON. AS A FAN, I FEEL KICKED IN THE TEETH. ONE WEEK BEFORE FACING A TEAM THAT KICKED OUR ASS TWICE LAST SEASON.....SURE ART...WE WILL BE ALL PUMPED UP FOR ANOTHER BEAT DOWN.....THIS IS HUGE! FOR A TEAM WORTH OVER A BILLION DOLLARS AS REPORTED BY FORBS MAGAZINE WHY TAKE MONEY. THIS IS A SURE SIGN THAT THE RAIDERS ARE "REBULDING" FOR NEXT YEAR......I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE HATERS TO COME OUT OF THE WOODWORK.....AND THEY WILL......THIS BLOWS!

5:28 PM  
Anonymous Tokai Japan Outpost said...

The Patriots must really be playing hardball with Deon Branch, signing Peter Gabriel to take his place. But if the Raiders get a draft pick (how high a pick may be contingent on how much Gabriel shocks the monkey this season), then the Patsies are leaving Branch to sit at home and watch the games on TV.

I'm surprised we didn't move Porter, but the Patsies might not want to sign a whiner like Pouter to replace a player who's holding out.

Let's hope Curry can stay healthy.

And Jeff George is gone. Phew!

5:59 PM  
Blogger Stick'em said...

Folks are saying the Raiders got a 5th rounder for Gabriel.

Dunno if this is true or not, but seems kinda funny since Gabriel was originally a 5th round pick himself, and performed better than most 5th rounders.

For example, look at Morant and Francis: 4th and 5th rounders. Gabriel has out played them both...

Only explanation I can come up with in this sticky noggin is the Raiders knew they were going to have to cut some WRs of value in the numbers game and they wanted to get something in return.

Personally, I would have rather seen them cut DB Diaphragm Hygiene or Hymen Unseen or Hiram Eugene (or whatever his name is) than trade Gabriel for a 5th.

9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We got fucked in the asshole for Gabriel - simple as that. We will regret this for years.

HORRIBLE deal.

Rationalise it all you like - this fucking stinks.

7:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sky is falling the sky is falling, wow newsflash gabrial wasnt that good!!! only reason we saw him was because of porter pulling his stuff. Plus i think curry could step up.

One other thing DOUG COULDNT CATCH!!!

calm the fuck down you hysteria whores

ekgraider

8:03 AM  
Blogger BlandaRocked said...

Gabriel, while a very good all round receiver, had no particular quality they the Raiders don't have better in some other receiver. Gabriel has good hands, but he's no Moss. He has excellent speed, but he's no Morant. He can play in traffic, but he's no Curry. He can return punts and kicks, but he's no Carr.

The Raiders are deep at wide outs, and they could afford to let Gabriel go in order to keep someone else who is worth developing.

Clark was let go as a favor to Clark. He's in the last few years of his career, and still starter quality. But this is Morrison's time.

Regarding Porter. One thing I have learned about Art Shell is that you can take what he says to the bank. He's an honest man. If he doesn't want you to know something, he just won't tell you - he won't lie to you. What Shell has said about Porter is not politic. He's fine with working with Porter as long as Porter shows up at practice, plays his best, and does what the coaches tell him to do. But also know this. If Curry becomes #2 over Porter, it's because he earned it over Gabriel and Porter, even in his limited practice time this season.

8:44 AM  
Blogger Raider Rick said...

So we trade a receiver who was performed well and wanted to play here(Gabriel),and to all places "New England"!!! and we keep 1.a disgruntal cry baby (Pouter) who can't wait to get the hell out of dodge, 2. And a 5'9 receiver who hasn't been healthy or caught one single pass, since he got drafted.(Francis)

Allright fellas, help me with the math on this one?

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Davis is getting a bit too close to Belichick. Is he finished with the old man? I don't think so. Porter for Branch? Trading problems?

7:06 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Raider Rick: I can't help you with your math but I can share with you some of my plausible explanations for Dougie G being traded.

The Raiders passing attack is built on having a deep threat, big play WR and a slot, possession, move the chains receiver. A perfect example of this 1-2 punch was Branch and Biletnekof.

Currently we have a 1A deep receiving threat in Moss. Although Gabriel is a good guy who wanted to be in Oakland and was capable of making the spectacular catch, his hands were not reliable enough to be the primary slot receiver.

Porter, Curry, and even Morant are much more suited to play the slot receiver role. Placing Francis on IR is irrelevant to whether or not we kept Gabriel.

Fans and the media have made a big deal out of Jerry Porter requesting a trade. However, by all accounts Porter has worked extremely hard in training camp and kept his mouth shut.

Shell has made it clear from day 1 that he doesn't have to get along with each and every player as long as that player does what he is told and works hard. For all we know, this could be Porter's best season.

The Raiders style of passing attack, the backlog of WRs, Curry's improved health, Porter's improved attitude, and Gabriel's inconsistent hands led to the trade.

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We do not know all the answers yet so hold on to your asses! Maybe we get the rights to NE WR who is holding out? Maybe this is what Gabe wanted, to go to a winning team with a good chace for the play-off's? Maybe this is a slap in the face of Porter because he wanted this but it went to a player who worked hard and earned it? Maybe we get a good draft pick for him if he plays well?

Its not like they sent Gabe to a week teem where he would be unhappy! I know we all hate ME but we all hate Pitts and Donkies and others for the same reasons, piss poor bad calls in the past that cost us a chance for a SB. There has been two times for NE, the other time was when they got past us and went to the Bears to get their asses kicked, it was the bad calls that put them there. It has always been US against the world so nothing has changed. The team will take all it can from anybody if the price is right, no mater who the hell you are, afterall, we also got players from SanFran who we got no respect for!

7:55 PM  
Blogger Raider Rick said...

Calico Jack: Thanks for allowing me to see things in a different perspective.

Go Raiders!!!

10:59 AM  

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