As reported two days ago, former Jacksonville Jaguars’ quarterback and unrestricted free-agent, Quinn Gray, was scheduled to visit the Oakland Raiders yesterday. There are no reports on how the visit went, but according to Screaming Sports.com, “contract negotiations are expected to continue with Gray today.”
Originally Posted on 3/10:
I really like the idea of bringing him in as JaMarcus Russell’s backup. Injuries to Byron Leftwich and David Garrard forced the former 3rd string QB into the starting lineup two years ago, only to work with the 1st team like he had been practicing with them all year. Going from working with 3rd string scrubs one day to leading a playoff caliber team the next isn’t something most quarterbacks can handle, unless they are more than a 3rd string scrub.
Gray comes from a similar version of the west-coast offense, and to steal a quote from one of the men who orginally posted this information (Jerry McDonald of Inside Bay Area), Gray “has experience playing on a team with a run-heavy offense.” Since he’s coming to Oakland, I’m going to go out on a limb and say he’s willing to play behind a franchise quarterback, so if he leaves Oakland without a contract, I’ll be very disappointed. This would be one move the guys on ESPN can’t talk s**t about.
Behind the Scenes: If Quinn Gray does sign, and there is no news of Lane Kiffin being involved or commenting on anything, look for him to be gone within a week. There has been no sign of Kiffin during the Raiders busy free-agency, but the Raiders coaching staff has always had a strange segregation to their specialties. So it’s not surprising that we haven’t seen Kiffin yet, but it would be if a quarterback signed and Kiffin wasn’t a major part of it. Offense, and quarterbacks in particular, are Kiffin’s strong suit, so I’d be really surprised if he wasn’t a major part of this signing.