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Conspiracy Theories, Spiky Hair, And Undead Al

First off, let me give all credit where credit is due.  Thanks to BigJohnny84 for pointing out to me an excellent article by our good friend over at Purple Jesus Diaries (warning:  adult language and excess fart jokes) who points out to us a very interesting article from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Phew, now that we’re past that… let’s get to the meat of it.

The scuttle out of Oakland is that an unknown team has offered the raiders a second round pick this year and first round pick in 2011 for their current #8 overall pick in this draft. 

Given that I recently pointed out how many links there are between the Raiders, Eagles, and Vikings this offseason, one has to wonder if this just a continuation of those talks.

Just look at the timeline:

 

  • The Eagles start shopping McNabb
  • The Raiders are declared the front runners to obtain McNabb.
  • The Raiders reportedly are fine with the Eagles asking price and the fact that McNabb would not sign a new contract extension with the Raiders
  • At this point, the trade should have been made… but it wasn’t.
  • The Raiders talk with the Vikings about Sage Rosenfels.
  • The Vikings schedule a visit with offensive tackle Bruce Campbell, who is widely regarded as the top target for the Raiders at the #8 spot.
  • Yesterday, the Raiders go out of their way to deny that they had any interest in McNabb.
  • Now, this report that an unnamed team is looking to trade into the #8 spot.

Is the unnamed team the Minnesota Vikings?  Did they get their foot in the door of the Raiders front office by using Sage Rosenfels as a conversation starter and effectively delay and/or kill the McNabb trade talks?  Is Zygi Wilf getting anxious for the annual “big splash” that fans have come to expect from him?  Do the Vikings think they’ve identified the next big NFL superstar and are trying their damndest to move up and snag him?  Is that player Bruce Bampbell?  Jimmy Clausen?  Eric Berry? Will Bryant McKinnie, Sage Rosenfels, or Bernard Berrian be included in the trade (if there is one)?

The questions are endless.

As The Chronicle points out, this trade could make sense for the Raiders.  They would get back into the first round of the 2011 draft after dealing away their pick to the patriots for Richard Seymour.  They would still have a “top 42” pick at their disposal if they still wanted to make a run at McNabb. 

If the Vikings really are willing to wheel and deal with Undead Al Davis, then who are they targeting?

Purple Jesus seems to think they could be targeting spiky-haired Jimmy Clausen, which I would love, but I honestly have a hard time seeing Clausen make it out of the top five, let alone to number eight.

The Vikings recently set up a visit with Bruce Campbell, who may allow the Vikings to finally shed P.R.-nightmare Bryant McKinnie.

Eric Berry or Joe Haden could be just the type of player that finally gets this mediocre secondary back on track.

Perhaps C.J. Spiller, who the Vikings have been looking at despite the belief he’ll be long gone by #30, could be the perfect replacement for Chester Taylor and one more reason to convince Favre he should be returning.

All I know is this:  Whether or not any fire follows all this smoke, draft day and the days approaching it are going to be very exciting for us fans that love nothing more than some good old speculation.


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24 Responses to “Conspiracy Theories, Spiky Hair, And Undead Al”

  1. bigjohnny84 says:

    Adam, it might get really hard for you to go to work on draft night. And any deals like this the Vikes must throw in Tjack.

  2. PJDiaries says:

    Thanks for the mention, and thanks for all the conection work you did between the three teams!

    Part of why I think this would be done for Clausen is because as much as we may not like McKinnie, I don’t think this type of trade would warrant the Vikings moving up to select a Tackle in this draft. It has to be for a future and franchise quarterback, in my mind.

    Of course, doing this trade would make absolute zero sense until the Vikings are certain that Clausen would drop to them, which won’t be known until draft day. Even then, things could blow up by the draft day and this could not happen at all, but it’s interesting to think about!

  3. Fragile Freds says:

    Fred will personally punch Childo, Speilman and Ziggy in the face if they trade up and do it for any other reason than to get Clausen or Bradford.

    Not that there aren’t other good prospects but come on! Going to now waste a 1+ on a back up running back…Spiller? Easy Freds…..calm down…..easy.

    Freds hopes Clausen goes before Bradford. Would love to see Sam in Purple.

    • bigjohnny84 says:

      All along I thought Freds was a lover not a fighter. Freds I would pay to watch you punch Childo in the face. But I agree, its Clausen or Bradford period.

  4. Purple Charlie says:

    As you guys said, Clausen would have to fall to the 8th pick, But if he did, It would make sense… PJD agreed, I can’t see them making the move to the 8th pick for anything other than a Future QB…

    spiky hair and a fruit cake… he he

  5. Fragile Freds says:

    An open letter to Freds old Pal Mrs. Warwas:

    Dear Freds old Pal Mrs. Warwas,

    Word has reached Freds ears that you have a thing for Colt McCoy. Fred has also learned that you think he is “cute”. Freds will have to take your word for that because your old pal doesn’t swing like that, if you know what Freds means. Rumor also has it that you now have your husband AK wearing a cowboy hat and you have a new pet name for him…Colt.

    Now, as you probably have heard, Freds knows what women like. Among the cleaner things that Freds can talk about here, women like warm weather, nice houses, good food, money, 22 inch rims on ’78 El Caminos, bling & Visante Shankoe (no explanation needed).

    Fred realizes your fine husband has kidnapped you and you are being held against your will eating Alaskan pigeon filled with buckshot and driving around on Snow Machines and having to commute 7 hours to get a cavity filled. Good golly girl, how can you take it??

    Anyway, Freds is here to stick up for his old pal AK and to inform you clearly, do not leave your husband! Among Freds many talents, Freds has the ability to show what people will look like in 20 years.

    This Mrs. Warwas is what Colt McCoy will look like in twenty years.

    http://www.sacramentoexecutive.com/small_steed_fat_cowboy.jpg

    Put up with the buckshot. McCoy’s got nothing on AK.

    Signed with great respect,

    Your old pal Freds

  6. coolio says:

    That was pretty random freds…………….
    Funny talk about ray edwards is like gone

  7. Purple Charlie says:

    That was Classic Freds, Hey Johnny, Look at the bright side, It wasn’t a big cupcake cutie this time!!!

    • bigjohnny84 says:

      Charlie, what was it? I’m not gonna get suckered again. Where in the world does Freds come up with this stuff.

      • Purple Charlie says:

        Johnny, remember Packer Joe, This guy is Dallas Dave …

      • bigjohnny84 says:

        Charlie, it doesnt sound like I missed much and I didnt get suckered by the Fragile one. By the way, how much stock do you put in this rumor? Seems to have alot of details for something just made up.

      • Adam Warwas says:

        No, Johnny. I assure you it is completly made up 🙂 bloggers gotta do something during these slow days 🙂

      • bigjohnny84 says:

        Adam, it is kinda fun to speculate on though. I’m sure the closer the draft gets, the more of this stuff we’ll hear. I’m fine with it. Like you said, something during these slow days. On the other hand, if this story turns out to be true, I’ll remind you of your assurances.

      • Adam Warwas says:

        Haha, that would figure. One of my crazy theories finally comes true and now i’m on record as saying it won’t. Geesh, can’t win 🙂

        For the record, i do think (obviously, as you can tell) that something is brewing with the Eagles/Raiders/Vikings… but who knows if anything actually comes of it.

  8. james says:

    If we managed to swindle Eric berry at number 8 with this trade I would not be disappointed! Then get a guard in round 2 and bingo.

  9. james says:

    My bad, although that would be even better! I hope iupati or pouncey fall to us on draft day, but more recently I’ve seen them getting taken in the teens.

  10. Kevin says:

    If the Vikings are going to take a QB they should just wait and take McCoy. Don’t trade up and lose picks. I like McCoy way better than Clausen. In my opinion McCoy is going to be better than Clausen and could be as good as anyone in this class.

  11. wtfvikesfan says:

    This shoots your Clausen theory out the window…….Theory on Lions trading down
    11:56
    AM ET
    Detroit Lions Top Email

    Recently, there was a rumor that the Detroit Lions were not only looking to trade down from the No. 2 overall spot in the draft, but that an offer had already come in to GM Martin Mayhew and his cronies. At the time, we thought that perhaps it would have to do with another team being hellbent on getting the opportunity to take Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy.

    But here’s another theory, from Tom Kowalski of MLive.com: Perhaps Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen is the lynchpin to any possible trade. Paying a QB the salary commensurate with the No. 2 overall pick is a lot easier to swallow than paying it to a DT, and there is a long list of teams that appear to be interested in adding the nearly NFL-ready Clausen to its arsenal. In fact, for a team that wants a new QB under center in 2010, Clausen is a much better choice, given his experience in Charlie Weis’ pro-style offense for the Fighting Irish.

    One could argue the case for many other teams in the Top 10 to be interested in trading up for the rights to pick Clausen, but the scenario that makes the most sense vis-a-vis mutual benefit is for the Washington Redskins to switch picks with the Lions, who would then get to take either McCoy or Suh following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 3. In this way, the Lions will get the player they want plus another commodity while Mike Shanahan will have his next franchise QB.

    We checked in with ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on that possibility, and he considers it unlikely:

    Adam Schefter
    Redskins will probably stay at No. 4
    “My sense is if the Redskins want Clausen, they’ll sit tight and take him at No. 4. If some team trades up to 2 or 3 for Clausen, then so be it — Washington loses out. Washington is in play on Bradford and Clausen, but it would not surprise me if Washington trades back, either, and picks up multiple picks. Lots of options — but then again, we are three-plus weeks away from the draft.”

  12. wtfvikesfan says:

    ESPN insider is saying Browns might trade back into the first round from the early second to nab Colt McCoy.

  13. coolio says:

    wtfvikesfan could you by any chance share your insider account with me and any one else. It would be helpful for my site. I understand if you don’t want to.

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