Another QB? Not that surprising a move really

Oakland's decision to sign Charlie Frye isn't all that surprising. Al Davis loves to try to take someone else's garbage and turn it into a gemstone.

Frye had a decent run for Cleveland during the 2006 season when he started 13 games and passed for nearly 2,500 yards, but he only had a 4-9 record as a starter. He opened the 2007 season as the Browns starter again but lasted just one game before being benched.

He was eventually traded to Seattle, making him the only Opening Day QB to be traded after just one game. Frye started only one game for the Seahawks and spent most of the season as the team's emergency quarterback.

So why is he in Oakland?


Although the Raiders appear to be stockpiled at the quarterback position with JaMarcus Russell, Jeff Garcia, Andrew Walter, Bruce Gradkowski and Danny Southwick, only Russell is guaranteed being in Oakland beyond the 2009 season.

Garcia signed a one-year contract with the team in the offseason and has already dropped a few not-so-subtle hints about his unease with being a backup, so he may want to look for a new team if he doesn't like the situation with the Raiders.

Andrew Walter isn't likely to be back in Oakland for the 2009 season.
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Walter? He's as good as gone and will almost certainly be wearing a new uniform. It's just a matter of when, not if, he'll be gone.

Gradkowski, another offseason acquisition, has been up and down during offseason workouts, and although he was never being seriously considered as a backup, his erratic performances during practice didn't make the coaching staff feel very comfortable.

Southwick? He's most likely a training camp arm, someone to throw to wide receivers and defensive backs during individual drills, though he has an outside chance of earning a spot on the practice squad if he can turn some heads in camp.

Frye? The guy has some talent, no doubt. Five times during that 2006 season he compiled a quarterback rating of 89.0 or higher. Yet in nine of the 23 career games he's played in, Frye has thrown more interceptions than he has touchdowns.

From Davis' standpoint, however, he's worth bringing in. If Frye suddenly rediscovers the form he had three years ago and works out to be a viable third-string QB this year with a shot at being Russell's understudy in 2010, it's a good move. If he doesn't and remains the erratic player he's been as of late, then Oakland will likely send him packing at the end of training camp.

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