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Raiders | Napoleon Kaufman named team chaplain

Sat, 14 Apr 2012 08:05:21 -0700

The Oakland Raiders announced Friday, April 13, former NFL RB Napoleon Kaufman has been named team chaplain.

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Raiders | Kaufman attends practice Thursday

Thu, 05 Jun 2008 16:36:06 -0700

Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers, reports former Oakland Raiders RB Napoleon Kaufman attended the team's practice Thursday, June 5, and said he appreciated RB Darren McFadden's speed and elusiveness.

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Raiders | Running Back Notes

Sun, 29 Apr 2001 16:00:43 -0700

The Sacramento Bee reports Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden isn't ready to state exactly what RB Charlie Garner's role will be in the team's offense this year, but has stated that Garner will have a large say in what happens. However, he said the same can be said for RB Tyrone Wheatley and the rest of the Raiders' committee. Gruden noted that the team would be confident in using Garner in any situation or formation. As far as former Raiders RB Napoleon Kaufman goes, Gruden said the door would always be open for him to return.

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Raiders | More On Garner

Sat, 14 Apr 2001 11:48:41 -0700

The Oakland Tribune reports Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden had all the right things to say about newly signed RB Charlie Garner yesterday, but one comment raised a few questions. When wishing retired RB Napoleon Kaufman well, Gruden said, "I am not one to compare players. I am not looking at Charlie as a Napoleon-type back. I look at him as an every-down back who can come in here and help us win games." Some questioned the comment about Garner being an every-down back and how that played out with current RB Tyrone Wheatley. "We have an offensive team that will allow opportunities for Tyrone, Charlie, Tim Brown and all the offensive skill guys," Gruden said. He compared it to Philadelphia when he had Garner and Ricky Watters in his backfield. Of course there was some concern about lack of carries back then from both parties.

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Raiders | Team Notes

Fri, 13 Apr 2001 10:22:55 -0700

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Oakland Raiders senior executive Bruce Allen said the team was not caught off guard when RB Napoleon Kaufman announced his retirement earlier this week. "We have had conversations with Napoleon on and off about the possibility of his retiring," said Allen. While Allen admitted the Raiders have had some discussions with free agent RB Charlie Garner, Allen said they will not automatically sign him just because Kaufman won't be back. Allen did say they re-signed RB Terry Kirby as insurance in case Kaufman did retire. Allen did not rule out the possibility of something happening before next weekend's draft. Allen also said the team was having ongoing negotiations with LB William Thomas. He is the one free agent the team probably would most like to re-sign.

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Raiders | Committee Approach?

Thu, 12 Apr 2001 22:57:16 -0700

John Clayton reports for ESPN the Oakland Raiders may consider using a running back by committee approach, if they can't sign free agent RB Charlie Garner at the right price. The committee would be made up of starting RB Tyrone Wheatley and backup RBs Randy Jordan, Terry Kirby and Zack Crockett. FB Jon Ritchie could even see action at running back. Coach Jon Gruden points out the Raiders did finish as the league's No. 1 rushing team last season even though the retiring Napoleon Kaufman had only 93 carries.

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Raiders | Kaufman to Speak on Retirement?

Wed, 11 Apr 2001 20:11:42 -0700

As a follow up to an earlier story, Len Pasquarelli reports for SportsLine.com agent Cameron Foster said Oakland Raiders RB Napoleon Kaufman would likely speak later this week about his retirement. Raiders officials had no immediate response. He would have earned $2.5 million in 2001. His contract included a clause that precluded him from having to repay a share of his $2.5 million signing bonus if he did step aside after the 2000 campaign. The sudden retirement of Kaufman is expected to refuel discussions between the Raiders and free agent RB Charlie Garner. Garner's agent earlier sent a proposal to Raiders officials and head coach Jon Gruden is familiar with the RB from their days together with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Raiders | Kaufman Announces Retirement

Wed, 11 Apr 2001 18:27:33 -0700

John Clayton of ESPN reports Oakland Raiders RB Napoleon Kaufman announced his retirement to focus on his ministry. The Raiders have been pursuing free agent RB Charlie Garner to share time with starter Tyrone Wheatley.

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Raiders | RB Notes

Thu, 29 Mar 2001 13:10:50 -0800

The Times-Star reports the Oakland Raiders have renegotiated the contract of FB Zack Crockett. He was due a $500,000 roster bonus April 1 and a $1 million salary in 2000, figures which would have led to his release had he not renegotiated his contract. As previously reported, coach Jon Gruden wants to keep his entire backfield in place, including RB Napoleon Kaufman. "If we can keep our backfield together, we would be very proud to say that," said Gruden.

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Raiders | Kaufman On His Way Out?

Thu, 22 Mar 2001 13:19:11 -0800

SportsLine.com's Len Pasquarelli reports the Oakland Raiders might eventually part ways with RB Napoleon Kaufman before the start of training camp. Kaufman has a base salary of $2.5 million this season and could be expendable now that the team has re-signed RB Terry Kirby, who the Raiders would like to utilize on third downs.

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Raiders | Cleaning the Cluttered Backfield?

Sun, 04 Feb 2001 16:10:42 -0800

Steve Corkran reports for the Sporting News the Oakland Raiders will more than likely clear the glut in their offensive backfield through free agency. RBs Tyrone Wheatley, Napoleon Kaufman, Randy Jordan, Terry Kirby and Zack Crockett all saw time during the 2000 season in the backfield. There is some chance Crockett will not be re-signed due to the performance of Kirby. Kaufman, who went the whole 2000 season without scoring a TD, still has great speed but he could lose his spot to Jordan. Jordan is a much better receiver, more durable, plays on special teams and he makes far less money than Kaufman. Starting DL Grady Jackson is scheduled to undergo surgery on his right shoulder and he could miss much of the team's off-season workouts. That would mean more time for DT Junior Ioane.

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Raiders | Injury Notes

Mon, 15 Jan 2001 11:10:42 -0800

The Contra Costa Times reports Oakland Raiders P Shane Lechler sustained an injury to his right calf during the first half of yesterday's game. Although limping noticeably, he was able to punt in the second half. As expected RB Napoleon Kaufman (knee) sat out yesterday's game.

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Raiders | Kaufman - Not Looking Good

Sun, 14 Jan 2001 11:22:33 -0800

ESPN reports "barring a miracle" Oakland Raiders RB Napoleon Kaufman (knee) will not play in today's game. He will try to go in pre-game workouts, but due to his condition and a crowded backfield, he'll probably sit it out.

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Raiders | Inactives | More

Sat, 13 Jan 2001 12:15:35 -0800

According to the Oakland Tribune, the Oakland Raiders have named DB Brandon Jennings, OL Nate Parks, DT Junior Ioane and LB Eric Barton inactive for Sunday's AFC Championship game. Also, RB Napoleon Kaufman (knee) did not practice Friday and is not expected to play on Sunday. No one else is expected to miss the game.

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Raiders | Injury Update

Sat, 13 Jan 2001 08:43:27 -0800

The Oakland Raiders, according to the Contra Costa Times, will start Zach Crockett at fullback this weekend even though FB Jon Ritchie (ankle) is expected to play for the first time since December 10. DL Regan Upshaw (ankle) was able to practice on Friday and is also expected to play this weekend. RB Napoleon Kaufman (knee), who's outside speed would be great to have against a defense like Baltimore's, remains doubtful after aggravating his knee injury a week ago.

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Raiders | Team Notes

Fri, 12 Jan 2001 15:12:11 -0800

The San Francisco Chronicle reports for the second straight day, the Raiders were forced to practice in bad weather conditions. However, coach Jon Gruden said the team got some good work done, Gruden also said the concentration was excellent. Both DE Regan Upshaw (ankle) and RB Napoleon Kaufman (knee, quads) were held out of practice Thursday. Gruden said Upshaw could have practiced but given the field conditions, he didn't want to chance it. Kaufman remains doubtful.

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Raiders | Injury Update

Thu, 11 Jan 2001 10:06:47 -0800

The Contra Costa Times reports Oakland Raiders RB Napoleon Kaufman (right knee), DE Regan Upshaw (ankle) and CB/PR Darrien Gordon (toe) all missed practice on Wednesday. Kaufman looks doubtful for Sunday, while Upshaw and Gordon are both expected to play. WR David Dunn (left ankle) and FB Jon Ritchie (left ankle) returned to practice and both are expected to play Sunday. Zack Crockett will start at fullback, coach Jon Gruden said.

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Raiders | Injury Notes

Mon, 08 Jan 2001 10:21:45 -0800

According to the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Raiders RB Napoleon Kaufman (knee) is very questionable at best for Sunday's game, according to coach Jon Gruden. FB Jon Ritchie (left ankle), WR David Dunn (left ankle), DL Grady Jackson (right shoulder) and DE Josh Taves (left knee) likely will miss some practice time this week but are expected to be available for action Sunday. Taves had a MRI on Sunday and the results should be known later today.

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Raiders | One More Injury

Sun, 07 Jan 2001 00:58:00 -0800

The Sun-Sentinel reports Oakland Raiders DE Josh Taves suffered a knee injury on Saturday that will be evaluated Sunday. As an update to an earlier report, coach Jon Gruden said he expectes RB Napoleon Kaufman (knee) to be questionable for the AFC title game next Sunday.

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Raiders | Nap Injured Again

Sat, 06 Jan 2001 21:54:12 -0800

The Associated Press reports Oakland Raiders RB Napoleon Kaufman was injured again in today's game. He reaggravated a knee and thigh injury that he first suffered in December against the Jets.

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Raiders | Injury Notes

Wed, 03 Jan 2001 21:28:02 -0800

Steve Corkran reports for the Sporting News, after a second consecutive day of practice that went well, Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden now feels RB Napoleon Kaufman will be good to go on Saturday. Kaufman's presence is expected to cut into the playing time of backups Randy Jordan and Terry Kirby. FB Jon Ritchie also performed well at practice and now stands a fair chance of playing on Saturday.

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Raiders | Injury Updates

Tue, 02 Jan 2001 20:08:12 -0800

Associated Press reports Oakland Raiders RB Napoleon Kaufman (knee) was able to participate in a full practice on Tuesday. Coach Jon Gruden said he looked good, but only time will tell if he'll be ready for Saturday's game. FB Jon Ritchie (ankle) saw limited practice time and remains questionable. WRs Andre Rison (shoulder) and Tim Brown (knee) should be ready to go on Saturday. Brown added he probably won't be 100%. [ More on Playoffs Coverage ]

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Raiders | Injury Update

Tue, 02 Jan 2001 13:35:00 -0800

The Contra Costa Times reports Oakland Raiders RB Napoleon Kaufman (knee) is doing better and plans on being healthy enough to play this weekend. FB Jon Ritchie (ankle) remains very questionable. Neither has practiced since Dec. 10. WRs Tim Brown (knee) and Andre Rison (shoulder) are set to practice Tuesday and play this weekend. WR David Dunn (ankle) isn't expected to practice today, but should be able to play.

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Raiders | Injury Update

Mon, 01 Jan 2001 21:29:16 -0800

Steve Corkran reports for the Sporting News Oakland Raiders WRs Tim Brown (knee) and Andre Rison (shoulder) are expected to return to practice on Tuesday. RB Napoleon Kaufman predicted that he will be able to play on Saturday after missing the past three weeks with a bruised right knee. He too is hoping to practice on Tuesday. Coach Jon Gruden is not totally convinced Kaufman will be able to play. FB Jon Ritchie worked out in cleats on Monday, but he remains doubtful for Saturday's game. WR/KR David Dunn (ankle) may also be limited in practice this week but the team is hopeful he can play Saturday. [ More on Playoffs Coverage ]

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Raiders | Miami Up Next

Sun, 31 Dec 2000 12:41:06 -0800

The ContraCosta Times reports the Oakland Raiders will now prepare for their meeting with the Miami Dolphins at Network Associations Coliseum next Saturday at 4 p.m. Eastern time. Coach Jon Gruden was very impressed with the Miami come from behind victory. They have met in the playoffs three times in the early 1970s. They also played regular-season games from 1996-99. The Dolphins have won the past three meetings, all in Oakland. Gruden said FB Jon Ritchie (left ankle) remains doubtful and RB Napoleon Kaufman (right knee) very questionable for the Miami game. Their status will be re-evaluated Monday, when the Raiders resume practice.

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Raiders | Team Notes

Thu, 28 Dec 2000 13:32:26 -0800

The Contra Costa Times reports Oakland Raiders RB Napoleon Kaufman's (knee) status remains unchanged and his availability for the second round of the playoffs remains uncertain. In other news, the Raiders players feel QB Rich Gannon was slighted by the league when Rams RB Marshall Faulk was named league MVP. Gannon received 5 votes for the award, while Faulk had 24 of the 50 available.

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Raiders | Injry Updates

Wed, 27 Dec 2000 12:06:05 -0800

The Contra Costa Times reports the list of injured Oakland Raiders is so long coach Jon Gruden quit reciting names once he hit double digits. Besides WR/KR David Dunn (left ankle sprain), DT Grady Jackson (right shoulder), RB Napoleon Kaufman (right knee), FB Jon Ritchie (left ankle) and WRs rs Tim Brown (left knee) and Andre Rison (shoulder) are among the most serious. Jackson had a MRI done Monday on his shoulder after aggravating his injury and Gruden expects him to be ready for the team's first playoff game. The status of Kaufman and Ritchie remains uncertain. They are the most likely of all the injured players to miss the Raiders' next game, Gruden said.

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Raiders | Team Notes

Tue, 26 Dec 2000 17:09:43 -0800

The San Francisco Chronicle reports with a week off, the Raiders will take it easy this week and probably will not get too strenuous right away in their playoff preparation until next week. Coach Jon Gruden stated they will work with some specific players this week and they are going to fine-tune some areas of football. Gruden said he was not sure whether FB Jon Ritchie (ankle) and RB Napoleon Kaufman (leg) would heal enough to be ready to play in two weeks.

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Raiders | Dunn Injured

Sun, 24 Dec 2000 21:11:32 -0800

The Associated Press reports Oakland Raiders KR and backup WR David Dunn hurt his ankle early in Sunday's game and didn't play much after that. As expected FB Jon Ritchie was inactive for the game because of injury. He was joined on the sidelines by RB Napoleon Kaufman (knee) who was also declared inactive.

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Raiders | Kaufman a Gametime Decision

Sat, 23 Dec 2000 14:09:38 -0800

The Contra Costa Times reports Oakland Raiders RB Napoleon Kaufman (knee) will be a gametime decision for the Raiders this weekend.

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Raiders | Injury Update

Fri, 22 Dec 2000 21:23:38 -0800

ESPN's John Clayton reports Oakland Raiders RBs Tyrone Wheatley (knee), Napoleon Kaufman (knee) and Randy Jordan (turf toe) were all limited during Friday's practice. Both Wheatley and Jordan are expected to be active this weekend while Kaufman's status remains up in the air.

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Raiders | Injury Update

Fri, 22 Dec 2000 14:40:00 -0800

The Contra Costa Times reports Oakland Raiders RBs Tyrone Wheatley (left knee) and Napoleon Kaufman (right knee) practiced Thursday but saw only limited action. RB Randy Jordan (turf toe), FB Jon Ritchie (left ankle), WR/KR David Dunn (ankle sprain) did not practice. WR Andre Rison (shoulder) continued to practice but only on a limited basis. Ritchie is listed as doubtful. Wheatley, Kaufman, Dunn and Jordan are listed as questionable. Rison is probable.

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Raiders | Injury Update

Thu, 21 Dec 2000 10:28:31 -0800

ESPN's John Clayton reports Oakland Raiders RB Tyrone Wheatley (knee) practiced on Wednesday and an MRI found nothing structurally wrong with Wheatley's injured knee. He's expected to play again this weekend. QB Rich Gannon (knee) also practiced on Wednesday and is expected to start. The team was without RB Napoleon Kaufman (knee), RB Randy Jordan (turf toe) and FB Jon Ritchie (ankle) during Wednesday's practice.

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Raiders | Injury Update

Tue, 19 Dec 2000 16:03:16 -0800

The Contra Costa Times reports Oakland Raiders WR Andre Rison (shoulder) underwent an MRI that showed his shoulder is only sprained, not seperated. He's sore but is expected to play this weekend. QB Rich Gannon (knee) and RB Tyrone Wheatley (knee) are expected to play. Tests showed there's nothing structurally wrong with Wheatley's knee. RB Napoleon Kaufman (knee) and FB Jon Ritchie (ankle) both are doubtful once again.

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Raiders | Injuries for Carolina Game

Mon, 18 Dec 2000 15:44:31 -0800

The Sacramento Bee reports QB Rich Gannon suffered a hyperextended left knee in Saturday's game and is suffering from tendinitis in his right right elbow. RB Tyrone Wheatley aggravating a sore knee and did not play in the 4th quarter. WR Andre Rison also is being checked for a shoulder separation that occurred late in the game. Nevertheless, Rison said he intends to play next Sunday. Backup RB Randy Jordan is suffering from turf toe. The Press Democrat reports the status of RBs Napoleon Kaufman (knee) and Jon Ritchie (ankle) for the Carolina game remains uncertain. Coach Jon Gruden said Kaufman is the more likely of the two to play.

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Raiders | Kirby to See Extended Time?

Sat, 16 Dec 2000 12:29:03 -0800

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Oakland Raiders are likely to use RB Terry Kirby quite a bit during Saturday's game because both RB Napoleon Kaufman (knee) and Jon Ritchie (ankle) are out of today's game.

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Raiders | Kaufman and Ritchie Out

Fri, 15 Dec 2000 13:21:28 -0800

The San Jose Mercury News reports the Oakland Raiders have ruled RB Napoleon Kaufman (knee) and FB Jon Ritchie (ankle) out for this weekend's game. Both have been put on the team's inactive list.

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Raiders | Some Injury Updates

Thu, 14 Dec 2000 08:59:42 -0800

The Contra Costa Times reports Oakland Raiders FB Jon Ritchie (ankle) and RB Napoleon Kaufman (knee) both missed practice on Wednesday and were downgraded to doubtful. DT Grady Jackson (right shoulder), CB Darrien Gordon (turf toe) and RB Randy Jordan (turf toe) also missed practice. S Eric Johnson (shoulder) practiced but head coach Jon Gruden stated Johnson is still very sore. Gruden said RB Terry Kirby is likely to be active for the first time.

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Raiders | Kaufman Likely Out

Thu, 14 Dec 2000 06:40:20 -0800

The Seattle Union Record reports Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said on Wednesday that he doesn't think RB Napoleon Kaufman (sprained ACL) will be able to play this weekend.

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Raiders | Kaufman and Ritchie May Not Play

Wed, 13 Dec 2000 13:28:31 -0800

The Contra Costa Times reports Oakland Raiders FB Jon Ritchie and RB Napoleon Kaufman did not practice Tuesday. Ritchie had an MRI taken on his left ankle Monday night. The results revealed a high ankle sprain. He is wearing a walking boot. Kaufman sustained a bruised right leg. Both are likely to miss Saturday's game against the Seattle Seahawks, coach Jon Gruden said.

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Raiders | Injury Update

Tue, 12 Dec 2000 14:37:52 -0800

The Contra Costa Times reports the Oakland Raiders RB Napoleon Kaufman (bruised right quad) will miss significant practice time this week. FB Jon Ritchie (high ankle sprain) is questionable to doubtful right now, RB Randy Jordan (turf toe), DT Grady Jackson (shoulder), DE Tony Bryant (dislocated fingers) and S Eric Johnson (shoulder) were also banged up. Jackson and Johnson underwent MRIs on Monday and the results have not yet been released.

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Raiders | Kaufman Banged Up

Sat, 02 Dec 2000 13:27:58 -0800

The San Jose Mercury News reports Oakland Raiders RB Napoleon Kaufman had a twinge in his hamstring on Thursday and has been listed as questionable for Sunday. If he can't play, the team may make RB Terry Kirby active for the first time since he was signed two weeks ago.

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Raiders | Kaufman Re-signed

Sun, 26 Dec 1999 03:13:03 -0800

ESPN reports the Oakland Raiders have given RB Napoleon Kaufman a two-year, $6 million contract extension. The deal also includes a $2.5 million signing bonus. Kaufman was scheduled to become a free agent at the end of the year.

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Raiders | Still Focusing on RBs

Thu, 03 Jun 1999 09:05:00 -0700

The Oakland Tribune reports that although recently signed RB Rashaan Salaam may not be the final answer for the Raiders at RB and that even though the potential addition of RB Lawrence Phillips may not be the answer as well, at least the team is looking hard to fix one of their highest off-season needs- improve the running game. In fact, upgrading and diversifying the backfield may be the most significant off-season challenge for coach Jon Gruden and his staff. According to the Tribune, finding complimentary players to RB Napoleon Kaufman and not replacing him is what the Raiders are attempting to do. They need someone to get the tough inside yards, particularly in short yardage situatons. If Salaam can return to his earlier form, where he was a 1,000 yard rusher, he could be the inside force the Raiders need. The Raiders reportedly have not ruled out signing Phillips but the article specualtes that signing him would fly in the face of everything that coach Gruden has done in terms of collective character-building. Maybe Phillips has made an effort to clean up his act. Then again, every team would like to see a lot more to be convinced. We'll have to see how this plays out in the future.

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