RaiderBeat.com Staff Report
NAPA, Calif. — A Raiders official told RaiderBeat.com on Monday morning that the team is attempting to accommodate disgruntled defensive end Derrick Burgess by trading him.
Burgess is holding out over his dissatisfaction with his contract status. He is in the final year of a five-year contract he signed in 2005, and it calls for him to earn $2 million in base salary, along with a $1.5 million roster bonus.
Adam Schefter, soon to be with ESPN, posted an item on his Twitter on Sunday that said the Raiders are seeking a third- and fourth-round draft picks for Burgess. However, the Raiders official said the team realizes that they don’t have much leverage and are looking to dump Burgess for whatever they can get in return.
In the meantime, the Raiders have moved veteran Greg Ellis into Burgess’ left end spot, and coach Tom Cable said he isn’t going to comment on the situation.
The Raiders should be better off without Burgess, given his penchant for injury and lack of production the past two seasons. He played in only 24 games the past two seasons and had only 3 1/2 sacks in 2008.
Getting rid of Burgess also clears the way for the Raiders to get more playing time for promising young players such as Trevor Scott, Jay Richardson and Matt Shaughnessy.
There also is a report that recently released quarterback Andrew Walter might resurface in Minnesota, where the Vikings are coping with an injury to starter Tarvaris Jackson and Brett Favre’s decision to remain retired.
The Raiders dumped Walter last Thursday because he didn’t fit into the team’s long-term plans. He was the team’s third-round draft pick in 2005 and failed to develop into the player they envisioned.