Deadline passes with no improvements

Many are miffed at the handling of the Jerry Porter situation by the Oakland Raiders. And as the trading deadline came and went, the Silver and Black remain the same.

Will the NFL's last winless team make a deal to improve its fortunes?

Raiders coach Art Shell won't rule it out, although he considers it unlikely.

"Over the last 10, 11, 12 years, there hasn't been a whole lot of movement," Shell said. "People are beginning to keep their own players. They're trying to hold on to what they have unless there's something out there they think is of value to their team and they don't have to give up a lot to get that value."

Shell remembers getting Mike Haynes in 1983 from the Patriots as being a key acquisition in a Super Bowl run for the Raiders. Haynes technically wasn't traded -- his arrival was part of a settlement with regard to playing out his option in which the Raiders sent a No. 1 and No. 2 draft pick to the Patriots.

Trade speculation regarding the Raiders is largely with two receivers: recently suspended wide receiver Jerry Porter, who has asked to be traded, and wide receiver Randy Moss, who has said repeatedly on his Fox Sports radio segment he wouldn't object to one.

Al Davis, of course is known for demanding top dollar, and the market would not appear to be strong for either receiver.

Porter was suspended before the Denver trip for "conduct detrimental to the team," something Shell said was a culmination of events.

The Raiders' leading receiver over the 2004-05 seasons with 140 receptions, Porter had been inactive every week this season since getting in an argument with Shell over training away from the facility.

When asked if there were any serious offers for Porter, Shell said, "Not that I know of."

Shell said there likely would be trade talk, but he seemed skeptical any action would be taken before Tuesday's deadline.

"There's always talk, whether a move is being made or will be made," Shell said. "That remains to be seen. It takes two parties to make it happen, but right now I don't know of any movement coming about."

Moss hinted on his radio segment something might be up.

"It's been brought to my attention there might be a trade," Moss said. "To who, or what, I don't know."

Moss had five receptions for 86 yards against Denver, including a 51-yard reception.

His salary escalates to $9.75 million next season and $11.25 million in 2008, plus he's still owed more than $5.1 million on this year's $7.5 million salary.

Moss' salary-cap number for the Raiders is more than $11.7 million in 2007 and just over $13.2 million in 2008.

Denver notes:

Champ Bailey hadn't had many passes thrown his way this season, but he saw more action against Oakland. For the first time this season Bailey didn't stay on the left side. He moved around to shadow Randy Moss, which meant more opportunities to make a play. He had an interception.

"Previous games, quarterbacks hadn't thrown my way," Bailey said. "They had no choice (Sunday)."


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