Raiders send Buchanon packing to Houston

According to an Associated Press report, the Oakland Raiders have traded cornerback Phillip Buchanon, thus granting his wish that he expressed four days before the team's season finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Oakland Raiders will trade Buchanon to the Houston Texas and will reportedly receive an additional second (47th overall) and third (69th overall) round draft pick to go along with the ones they already have.

Buchanon, whom the Raiders selected with the 17th overall pick in the 2002 NFL draft, spent three mostly disappointing seasons in Oakland. Buchanon voiced his unhappiness being a Raider and expressed his desire to be traded.

Buchanon refers to himself as "Showtime" but his opinion of himself seldom matched his performance. Buchanon made his share of big plays, 11 interceptions with four going for touchdowns to be exact. Buchanon also has returned three punts for scores. While Buchanon's electrifying returns for touchdowns caught the eyes of TV highlight shows, he also gave up more than his share of big plays – to put it nicely.

The Raiders could possibly deal fellow cornerback Charles Woodson, whom the team signed a $10.5 million tender in February as Oakland's franchise player. Woodson was tagged as the franchise player for the second year in row and is scheduled to receive a 20 percent raise over last year's salary of nearly $9 million.

Oakland has already had a busy offseason pertaining to trades. The Raiders traded the No. 7 overall pick in the draft along with linebacker Napoleon Harris, who like Buchanon was a first round pick of the Raiders in 2002, to the Minnesota Vikings for wide receiver Randy Moss.

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