A partial listing of 2003 Raiders personnel developments:
The contract of head coach Bill Callahan won't be extended, the Raiders announced Dec. 31, 2003. Callahan, 47, had a 15-17 regular-season record and 2-1 postseason record with the Raiders. The team reportedly declined to exercise the first of two options years on the coach's contract that expired at the end of the 2003 regular season. Callahan spent four years as an Oakland assistant coach before being named Jon Gruden's successor March 12, 2002.
Left guard Frank Middleton placed on injured reserve Dec. 19, 2003 because of a torn right quadriceps. Middleton, 29, is the 12th Raiders player to go on injured reserve since the start of the regular season. The seven-year veteran sustained the injury against Cleveland on Oct. 12 and missed all or part of the next five games. He aggravated the injury against Pittsburgh on Dec. 7 and Baltimore on Dec. 14.
Offensive lineman Joe Wong promoted from the teamís practice squad Dec. 19, 2003.
Quarterbacks coach Jim Harbaugh named head coach of the University of San Diego on Dec. 19, 2003. Harbaugh, 39, will assume his duties at the Division I-AA school following the end of the Raiders' 2003 season. He has spent the past two seasons with Oakland after a 15-year NFL playing career with the Bears, Colts, Chargers and Panthers.
Right guard Mo Collins placed on injured reserve Dec. 17, 2003 because of a left knee injury, a day after reportedly undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. Collins, 27, reportedly injured his knee during practice the week of Oakland's game at Denver on Sept. 22. He started 11 of the season's first 12 games before missing Oakland's game at Pittburgh in Week 15.
Defensive tackle John Parrella placed on injured reserve because of a groin injury Dec. 10, 2003. The nine-year veteran reportedly sustained a torn groin muscle during Oakland's 24-21 loss at Chicago on Oct. 5. Parrella, 34, started 133 regular-season games with San Diego and Oakland before missing the Raiders-Browns contest on Oct. 12.
Wide receiver John Stone promoted from the Raiders' practice squad on Dec. 10, 2003.
Free safety Rod Woodson placed on injured reserve because of a knee injury Nov. 26, 2003. He reportedly has been playing with a sore left knee after undergoing minor surgery Sept. 9 to repair a meniscus tear sustained during training camp. Woodson, 38, contributed two interceptions this season in 10 games despite not practicing since training camp. The former Steelers, 49ers and Ravens starter was voted to his 11th Pro Bowl in 2002 after tying for the league lead with eight interceptions. Woodson has 71 career interceptions, third best in NFL history behind Paul Krause (81) and Emlen Tunnell (79).
Safety Carey Scott promoted from Oakland's practice squad and safety Carey Burns signed to the practice squad Nov. 26, 2003.
Defensive end Trace Armstrong, linebacker Travian Smith, and running back Justin Fargas placed on injured reserve Nov. 19, 2003. The trio sustained season-ending injuries during Oakland's 28-18 win over Minnesota on Nov. 16.
Armstrong, 38, partially dislocated his left shoulder against the Vikings. The 15-year-old veteran goes on the injured list the third straight season. He sustained a torn Achilles' tendon in 2001 and tore a groin the following season. Smith, 28, started six games at strong-side outside linebacker before sustaining a torn ligament in his left knee. Fargas, 23, a third-round draft choice from USC, sustained a torn ligament in his left knee.
Running back J.R. Redmond, defensive end Lorenzo Bromell, linebacker Larry Atkins and guard Corey Hulsey signed Nov. 19, 2003.
Rookie defensive end Sam Williams placed on injured reserve Nov. 19, 2003. Williams, 23, played in only one regular-season game after undergoing surgery in August to repair cartilage dame in his right knee. The former Fresno State linebacker was taken by the Raiders in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2003 NFL draft.
Former running back Randy Jordan has returned to the team as special teams coordinator, coach Bill Callahan announced Nov. 13, 2003. Jordan, 33, played five seasons with the Raiders before becoming a free agent Feb. 28, 2003.
Quarterback Rich Gannon and guard Matt Stinchcomb placed on injured reserve Nov. 12, 2003. Gannon, the 2002 NFL's most valuable player, has been sidelined since sustaining a torn labrum in his right (throwing) shoulder against Kansas City on Oct. 20. Stinchcomb, who started the season's first two games at center before being replaced by Barret Robbins, hurt the same left shoulder that required reconstructive surgery in 1999. Stinchcomb was inactive for games against Detroit (Nov. 2) and the New York Jets (Nov. 9) after starting at left guard against the Chiefs.
Linebacker Shurron Pierson promoted from the Raiders' practice squad Nov. 12, 2003.
Defensive tackle Terdell Sands claimed off waivers from the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 12, 2003.
Quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo placed on injured reserve Nov. 5, 2003. Tuiasosopo, 24, sustained a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee during the first quarter of Oakland's 23-13 loss to host Detroit on Nov. 2. By going on injured reserve, the former University of Washington star is ineligible to resume playing for Oakland this season.
Quarterback Tee Martin signed off Oakland's practice squad Nov. 5, 2003. Martin, who led the University of Tennessee to a 1998 national championship, was released by the Raiders on Aug. 26, 2003.
Quarterback Rob Johnson signed Nov. 4, 2003. To make room on the 53-man roster for Johnson, the Raiders released kick returner Ronney Jenkins. Johnson, 30, was waived by the Washington Redskins on Oct. 22 after being active for their first seven games of the 2003 season. The former USC star has started 29 career games, including 26 with the Buffalo Bills from 1998-2001.
Jenkins, 26, signed with Oakland on March 17 after playing the previous three seasons in San Diego. He averaged 22.1 yards on 25 kickoff returns in six games this season. Jenkins was released one day after complaining to the media about special teams coach Bob Casullo's decision to replace him with rookie Justin Fargas on two kickoff returns during the fourth quarter of Oakland's 23-13 loss at Detroit on Nov. 2. Jenkins averaged 14.5 yards on two returns through three quarters against the Lions before Fargas had returns of 28 and 32 yards.
Tight end Marcus Williams released Oct. 28, 2003, according to published reports. Williams, 25, was waived 12 days after he filed a civil suit against teammate Bill Romanowski for alleged battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence stemming from a fight during practice Aug. 24. Williams, who played primarily on special teams during the 2002 season, was removed from the injured-reserve list before his release.
According to league rules, a player on injured reserve can't be released unless he receives an injury settlement or is cleared to play by doctors. Raiders senior assistant Bruce Allen told reporters Oct. 29 that Williams had received clearance to resume playing. Williams' agent, Lee Kolligan, reportedly said his client hasn't yet fully recovered from a Romanowski punch that broke his left eye socket and a tooth, and caused blurred vision. Williams, who was placed on injured reserve Aug. 26, is expected to file an injury grievance with the NFL Players Association.
Defensive tackle Sean Gilbert signed Oct. 28, 2003. Gilbert, 33, spent the previous five seasons with the Carolina Panthers before being released March 10, 2003. The 6-foot-5, 325-pound lineman has recorderd 42.5 sacks during his 10 NFL seasons. In the 1993 season, he became the youngest player to start in the Pro Bowl at age 22. That same season, the former University of Pittsburgh star had a career-best 10.5 sacks with the Rams. Gilbert has started 132 of 140 games with the the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams (1992-1995), Washington Redskins (1996-1997) and Carolina (1998-2002).
Defensive tackle Darrell Russell released Oct. 27, 2003. Hours earlier, the 27-year-old Russell was reinstated by the NFL after being suspended the past 21 months for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Russell, the second overall pick in the 1997 NFL draft, reportedly was suspended December 29, 2001 after testing positive for Ecstasy. The former USC All-America missed the first four games of the 2001 season because of his second violation of the league's policy. The Washington Redskins reportedly signed Russell to a one-year, $790,000 deal two days after his release by Oakland.
Linebacker Bill Romanowski (right) placed on injured reserve Oct. 23, 2003. Romanowski, 37, has not played since the Raiders' 31-10 loss at Denver on Sept. 22, ending his streak of 243 consecutive games he has appeared in since his rookie season with the 49ers in 1988. He reportedly sustained at least three concussions this season - against Denver, against Tennessee on Sept. 7 and one during training camp. Over the past month, Romanowski reportedly has undergone a battery of tests and has been examined by several doctors.
"It's a hard decision. The facts dictated the decision," Raiders coach Bill Callahan told reporters Oct. 23. "We haven't discussed any additional seasons or retirement at this point."
By going on inujred reserve, Romanowski is ineligible to resume playing for the Raiders this season. He's expected to remain with the team through the end of the season as a defensive advisor. The 16-year veteran has appeared in five Super Bowls - two each with San Francisco and Denver and one with Oakland.
Linebacker Tim Johnson re-signed Oct. 1, 2003. Johnson, 27, was among the Raiders' final roster cuts before the start of the regular season.
Safety Siddeeq Shabazz, a seventh-round selection (246th overall) in the 2003 draft, released Sept. 30, 2003. The former New Mexico State star is signed by the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 1, 2003.
Wide receiver Willie Quinnie released from the Raiders' practice squad Sept. 9, 2003.
Quarterback Tee Martin, defensive end Shurron Pierson and wide receivers Willie Quinnie and John Stone signed to the Raiders' practice squad Sept. 1, 2003.
Wide receiver Marcus Knight, linebacker Tim Johnson and fullback Cecil Martin are among 14 players released Aug. 31, 2003. Knight, 25, ranked fifth in the AFC in kickof returns (24.3 yards per game) last season. Johnson, 27, blocked a Tampa Bay punt in Super Bowl XXXVII that was recovered for a touchdown by then teammate Eric Johnson for a touchdown. Martin 27, signed with Oakland in March after spending the previous four seasons with the Philadelphia. The Raiders also released running back Madre Hill, safety Keyon Nash, (waived-injured list, linebacker Shurron Pierson, defensive tackle Junior Ioane, defensive end Derrick Ham, wide receiver Willie Quinnie, cornerback Tony Lukins, tight end David Newman, and offensive linemen Justin Bland, Joe Wong and Dustin Rykert. Pierson (fourth round) and Rykert (sixth round) were 2003 draft choices by Oakland.
Second-year defensive end Kenyon Coleman traded to the Dallas Cowboys for the ever-popular undisclosed draft choice Aug. 31, 2003. Coleman, a 2002 fifth-round draft pick from UCLA, was active for only one regular-season game last season. He contributed one tackle against Buffalo on Oct. 6, 2002.
Kicker Joe O'Donnell, linebacker Jamal White and tight end Ryan Prince released Aug. 30, 2003.
Wide receiver Corey Parchman released after reaching an injury settlement with the team Aug. 29, 2003. Parchman, a free agent, was placed on injured reserve Aug. 12.
Linebacker Dave Moretti, quarterback Tee Martin, wide receiver John Stone and cornerback Brock Williams released Aug. 26, 2003. The team also placed tight end Marcus Williams and guard Corey Hulsey on injured reserve.
Roland Williams, the Raiders' starting tight end the past two seasons, released Aug. 25, 2003. Williams, 28, was placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list at the beginning of training camp in late July. The six-year veteran underwent offseason surgery on his left knee and left big toe after sutaining injuries last season. Williams sustained a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament, a torn medial collateral ligament and a torn meniscus in his left knee against Kansas City on Dec. 28, 2002. Before he hurt his knee, he had been playing despite torn tendons in his left big toe. Williams contributed 50 catches for 511 yards and three touchdowns in 32 regular-season games with Oakland.
Cornerback Calvin Branch released and cornerback Anthony Parker placed on injured reserve Aug. 25, 2003.
Wide receiver Ryan Hoag, wide receiver Charles Pauley, center Blaine Saipaia and defensive lineman Daniel Nwangwu released Aug. 24, 2003. Hoag was the second of two seventh-round selections by Oakland in the 2003 NFL draft.
Tight end Mondriel Fulcher placed on injured reserve Aug. 4, 2003 because of an abdominal injury. The team signed former Cal defensive tackle Daniel Nwangwu to fill Fulcher's spot on the roster. By going on the injured list, Fulcher is ineligible to play for the Raiders this season. He was placed on the injured list last season after sustaining a torn ligament in his left knee during practice Sept. 25, 2002. Fulcher, 22, has played in 26 regular-season games with one start for Oakland the past three seasons.
Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and defensive end Tyler Brayton, Oakland's top two draft picks, signed July 24, 2003. Asomugha, the 31st overall pick from Cal, reportedly received a six-year, $7 million contract, with the final year voidable and a signing bonus of more than $3 million. Brayton, the 32nd pick out of Colorado, also received a six-year deal with a voidable year.
The Raiders also announced the signing of seven other 2003 draft picks on July 24, the first day of Oakland's 2003 training camp. They include Stanford tight end Teyo Johnson, (second round), USC running back Justin Fargas (third round), Fresno State defensive end Sam Williams (third round), South Florida defensive end Shurron Pierson fourth round, Central Florida wide receiver Doug Gabriel (fifth round), Brigham Young tackle Dustin Rykert (sixth round) and New Mexico State safety Siddeeq Shabazz (seventh round). Wide receiver Ryan Hoag, a seventh-round pick, signed July 14.
Defensive end Tony Bryant released on July 24, 2003 after he failed his pre-training camp physical. Bryant, 26, suffered a spinal contusion against the 49ers on Nov. 3 and missed the remainder of the 2002 season. He finished third on the team in sacks in 1999, 2000 and 2001. The four-year veteran contributed 2.5 sacks and 29 total tackles in eight games last season.
Center Barret Robbins (right knee), tight end Roland Williams (left knee, left big toe), tight end Mondriel Fulcher (abdomen) and cornerback Clarence Love (ankle) were placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list (PUP) on July 24, 2003. Under league rules, a player can attend team meetings but is ineligible to practice or play in games while on the PUP list.
Safety Anthony Dorsett re-signed July 16, 2003. Dorsett, 29, was released Feb. 27 after being due a $3.07 million salary. He reportedly re-signed for a one-year deal worth $655,000. Dorsett started the last five 2002 regular-season games and three postseason games at strong safety.
Wide receiver Ryan Hoag, a seventh-round draft choice from Gustavus Adolphus in St. Peter, Minn. signed on July 14, 2003. Hoag reportedly received a two-year deal.
Former Raiders wide receiver James Jett signed with the Buffalo Bills on June 3, 2003. Jett, 32, was released by Oakland in February after contributing only two catches (both in 2001 for 19 yards) the past two seasons. The former West Virginia receiver had no catches in his one appearance (against San Diego on Oct. 20) last season. He was active for only one of Oakland's 19 regular-season and postseason games in 2002. Jett caught 256 passes for 4,417 yards and 30 touchdowns during 10 seasons with the Raiders.
Former Raiders running back/kick returner Terry Kirby signed with the Tampa Bay Buccanners on June 3, 2003. He spent the past three seasons with Oakland, primarily as the team's kick returner. Kirby, 33, missed the Raiders' final 13 games (including postseason) of the 2002 season after he sustained a broken leg against San Diego in Week 7. The 11-year veteran also has played with the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers.
Starting right guard Mo Collins re-signed May 8, 2003. Collins, 26, reportedly received a six-year, $17.5 million deal that included a $400,000 signing bonus. The former Florida lineman will earn approximately $1 million this season. Collins, who became an unrestricted free agent after the 2002 season, reportedly drew interest from the New York Jets and Carolina Panthers before he decided to return to the Raiders. He started 54 of 61 games he appeared in during his first five NFL seasons, all with Oakland.
Former Oregon linebacker Dave Moretti signed May 5, 2003. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Moretti led the Ducks with 104 tackles during the 2002 season. He's expected to compete for role on special teams.
Former San Diego State defensive end Akbar Gbaja-Biamila signed April 29, 2003. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound lineman contributed five sacks each of the past two seasons for the Aztecs.
Former Maryland offensive lineman Todd Wike signed April 29, 2003. The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Wike played center, guard and tight end for the Terrapins. He started 12 games at center and one game at guard as a senior. Wieke was released July 23.
Cornerback Anthony Parker, a 1999 fourth-round draft choice (99th overall) of the San Francisco 49ers, signed April 1, 2003. Parker, 27, hasn't played in a regular-season game since sustaining a dislocated shoulder against the Chicago Bears in Week 7 of the 2001 season. The former Weber State star missed the entire 1999 season because of a knee injury (torn left anterior cruciate ligament). He has played in 21 NFL career games, all with the 49ers.
Wide receiver Scottie Montgomery, a backup with the Denver Broncos the past three seasons, signed March 26, 2003. Montgomery, who turns 25 on May 26, contributed four catches for 51 yards and one touchdown during Denver's 2002 season. The former Duke receiver has 16 catches for 160 yards in 27 NFL career games, all with the Broncos.
Running back Tyrone Wheatley re-signed March 24, 2003. Wheatley, 31, was among nine Raiders players who became unrestricted free agents Feb. 28. Last season, the former University of Michigan star contributed 419 rushing yards on 108 carries and two touchdowns and caught 12 passes for 71 yards. The eight-year veteran has only 686 rushing yards the past two seasons after rushing for a career-high 1,046 yards in 2000. Wheatley's role with Oakland has diminished since 2001, when former Eagles and 49ers running back Charlie Garner signed a free-agent contact with the Raiders.
Former Raiders defensive tackle Sam Adams reached agreement on a four-year deal with the Buffalo Bills on March 23, 2003. Adams, who turns 30 June 13, contributed two sacks and 21 total tackles (19 solo) for Oakland during the 2002 regular season.
Former Philadelphia Eagles fullback Cecil Martin signed March 19, 2003. Martin, 27, started 38 games (including 11 starts) over the past four seasons for Philadelphia. He has 103 career rushing yards on 26 carries and 81 catches for 491 yards. The 6-foot, 235-pound Martin is considered a capable blocker and receiver despite lacking prototypical size.
Fullback Chris Hetherington signed March 19, 2003. Hetherington, 30, has 11 starts in seven NFL seasons with the Indianapolis Colts (1997), Carolina Panthers (1999-2001) and St. Louis Rams (2002). The Yale graduate has a reputation as a solid special teams contributor. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Hetherington caught a career-high 23 passes with Carolina in 2001. He has 84 career rushing yards on 31 carries with two touchdowns and 242 receiving yards on 38 catches and a touchdown.
Tim Adams named strength and conditioning coach. Adams, 34, replaces Garrett Giemont, who left the Raiders after the 2002 season for a similar job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Rick Mirer, the Raiders' No. 3 quarterback last season behind starter Rich Gannon and chief backup Marques Tuiasosopo, re-signed March 18, 2003. Mirer, 30, hasn't attempted a pass in a regular-season game since 2000 when he was a backup with the 49ers.
Ronney Jenkins, a Raiders nemesis in recent seasons as a kick returner with the San Diego Chargers, signed March 17, 2003. Jenkins, 25, set a San Diego record with 250 yards on six kickoff returns against Oakland on Nov. 18, 2001. During the Chargers' 34-24 loss that day at Network Associates Coliseum, he contributed a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 67-yard punt return. Jenkins led the NFL in kickoff returns in 2001 (averaging 26.6 yards per return), and he averaged 23.1 yards last season despite missing three games because of injury. Jenkins, who can also play running back and wide receiver, has 5 yards on nine rushes from scrimmage and only one catch for 1 yard during his three seasons with San Diego.
Former 49ers and Redskins defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield signed March 11, 2003. He reportedly received a one-year deal from the Raiders for the veteran mininum of $755,000. Stubblefield, 32, was scheduled to earn $2,325,000 in 2003 before being released by the NFC West team Feb. 26.
On the day the move was announced, 49ers general manager Terry Donahue told Bay Area reporters: "At times Dana player well and at times he struggled, particularly toward the end of the year when his weight got higher." Listed at 290 pounds, the lineman's weight reportedly ballooned in excess of 340 pounds last season. Responding to Donahue's criticism, Stubblefield told reporters after signing with Oakland: "If that was true why didn't anyone say anything to me about that. There's a lot of football left in Dana Stubblefield. The Raiders see that, and that is why I'm here."
Stubblefield has only 14 sacks the past five seasons after recording 15 sacks in 1997 when he was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. The 10-year veteran contributed 43 tackles and three sacks last season. Stubblefield, voted to the Pro Bowl in 1994-95 and 1997, is expected to replace Sam Adams at starting left defensive tackle. Adams was among four defensive starters released by Oakland on Feb. 27. Stubblefield had 6.5 sacks over three seasons after signing a free-agent contract with Washington in 1998. He rejoined the 49ers in 2001.
Cornerback Tory James, who led the Raiders in interceptions each of the past two seasons, signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on March 10, 2003. He reportedly received a four-year, $14.4 million deal that includes a $3.7 million signing bonus. James, who turned 30 May 18, contributed nine interceptions the past two regular seasons. His signature play in three seasons in Oakland was a 90-yard interception return for a touchdown (a Raiders postseason record) against Miami on Jan. 6, 2001. After playing nickel back for two seasons, James started 13 of 16 regular-season games in 2002. He had four interceptions and 45 tackles last season. James was one of four defensive starters released by Oakland for salary-cap purposes on Feb. 27.
Tight end O.J. Santiago signed March 10, 2003. He had 76 receptions for 972 yards and nine touchdowns from 1997-2001 with the Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns. Santiago, 28, didn't play in the NFL last season.
Former Raiders fullback Jon Ritchie signed a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on March 7, 2003. The Eagles reportedly offered the unrestricted free agent a $1.5 million deal that includes a $400,000 signing bonus with the potential for $1.6 million in incentives. Ritchie, 28, caught a career-low 10 passes in 2002 and didn't have a rushing attempt for the third straight season. He started at least 10 games in each of his first four NFL seasons, but only two last season as the Raiders used three- and four-wide receiver formations. Ritchie contributed 119 receptions during his first four seasons with the Raiders, including a career-high 46 catches in 1999. The former Stanford back started 48 of 75 regular-season games during his five seasons in Oakland.
Wide receivers Jerry Rice and Tim Brown signed six-year contract extensions, the team announced March 4, 2003. Rice, 40, reportedly will receive $28.6 million and Brown, 36, $28.3 million over the next three seasons. Both deals include $24 million in non-guaranteed salary from 2006 to 2008. Rice received a $1.2 million bonus and salaries of $1.05 million, $1.35 million and $1.35 million. Brown got a $2 million bonus and salaries of $755,000, $760,000 and $800,000. The Raiders added an extra three years in the new deals to reduce the portion of each signing bonus that counts against the salary cap.
Running back Zack Crockett and backup offensive lineman Brad Badger re-signed March 4, 2003.
Former Raiders defensive end Regan Upshaw signed with the Washington Redskins on March 1, 2003. He reportedly received a five-year, $7.5 million contract from Washington. Despite contributing 15 sacks the past three regular seasons for the Raiders, Upshaw developed a reputation for penalties and losing his temper. The seven-year veteran reportedly was fined $87,000 by the team in November for a shouting match with offensive line coach Aaron Kromer. Upshaw, 27, also was fined one game check (approximately $29,412) by the NFL for spitting in the face of Pittsburgh Steelers punter Josh Miller on Dec. 3, 2000.
The Raiders on Feb. 27, 2003 announced the release of six players - defensive tackle Sam Adams, defensive end Regan Upshaw, cornerback Tory James, safety Anthony Dorsett, running back Terry Kirby, and wide receiver James Jett. Adams, Upshaw, James and Dorsett started for Oakland in Super Bowl XXXVII. The team reportedly saved $1.13 million by releasing Jett, a longtime favorite of Raiders managing general partner Al Davis. Jett, active for just one game this past season, contributed only two receptions (both in 2001) the last two regular seasons. The former West Virginia receiver caught 256 passes for 4,417 yards and 30 touchdowns during 10 seasons with the Raiders.
Linebacker Eric Johnson, a restricted free agent, re-signed Feb. 26, 2003. The team also announced the signing of three exclusive rights free agents: wide receiver Marcus Knight,, linebacker Tim Johnson, and offensive lineman Chad Slaughter.
Garrett Giemont, Oakland's strength and conditioning coach the past eight seasons, signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.