Oakland Raiders GM Candidate Search: Mark Davis, Amy Trask Considering Numerous Candidates

The Oakland Raiders have been run much the same way since the sixties. With the passing of Al Davis, who has served as the team's general manager since then, the team is now going through a myriad of changes, and has launched a search in finding the new GM, one who will work in tandem with head coach Hue Jackson. Stay tuned for more on all of the candidates and news coming out about the search. For more on the search, head over to SIlver And Black Pride, SB Nation's Oakland Raiders blog.

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Oakland Raiders GM Candidate Search: Tom Gamble A Potential Wild-Card?

The Oakland Raiders are looking for a general manager. Could Tom Gamble be the guy they've been looking for?

Gamble has a long history of success with multiple successful franchises, having served as a college scout for the Indianapolis Colts under the famous Bill Polian, and also was in assistant in player personnel with the Philadelphia Eagles during their Super Bowl run. Gamble is currently the director of player personnel for the San Francisco 49ers, and his stock couldn't be higher now that Jim Harbaugh is the head coach and SF is winning games.

Adam Caplan of the NFL reports that Gamble could be a sleeper pick for the job. It would not be extensive upheaval for Gamble, who would not have to make any extensive move--Oakland's right across the bay from San Francisco. And his history of building winning franchises is impeccable. It's a safe and secure move with a person who seems to know what he's doing in the football business.

To discuss the search for a new general manager with fellow Raiders fans, Silver and Black Pride is where you want to go.

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Carson Palmer Trade: Does It Affect Raiders GM Search?

The Oakland Raiders are quickly losing their 2012 draft. In a trade announced early Tuesday before the NFL deadline, the team sent their first-round pick in 2012 and a conditional first/second-round pick in 2013 to the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for quarterback Carson Palmer. They're now without much of their 2012 draft, including first- and second-round picks.

With an ongoing search for a new general manager, how might this trade have an effect on it? It's possible that a high-profile candidate wouldn't want to take over a team with so little possibility of adding young players this offseason, but one could argue that the team has enough young talent to make it an attractive option. Guys like Rolando McClain, Denarius Moore, Jacoby Ford ... there's a lot for potential GMs to like.

What might have an effect on things is how the trade was made. Most reports are saying that Raiders head coach Hue Jackson had a lot to do with the decision to go with Palmer over Eagles quarterback Vince Young. Jackson is a first-year head coach and many figured he wouldn't factor much into the GM discussion, as far as how he'd share responsibility with a potential GM.

If a general manager feels like he wouldn't have enough power in Oakland, he may be driven off. It is likely, however, that Jackson was just stepping up near the trade deadline because there was nobody else to do so - nobody in power. Jackson liked the on-the-field product and urged the team to keep their feet on the pedal, and thus the Palmer trade has been made.

At the the very least though, it shows that Jackson isn't afraid to get into personnel matters, and that's something that any general manager will need to consider, whether they think it's a good thing or a bad thing.

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Jon Gruden Reunion With Oakland Raiders Unlikely as Gruden Signs New Contract with ESPN

Not long after the death of Oakland Raiders owner and legend Al Davis, people began speculating on who would take over the helm of one of the most storied franchises in the NFL. Within a day or two, it was revealed that Davis' son, Mark Davis, would remain owner of the team and play a role in the business aspects of the franchise while staying away from the day to day football operations. That meant that the Raiders would likely be looking for a general manager to take care of the day to day football operations.

Not shockingly, a laundry list of former Raiders began being mentioned as potential general manager candidates for the Oakland Raiders. One of the most unlikely, but also most intriguing names to be thrown out by talking heads in the sports world was former Raiders coach Jon Gruden.

Though Gruden did not leave Oakland on the best terms, he has since been noted as saying that looking back on his experience with Davis was a lot like looking back on one's childhood experiences with their parents. Often times, you do not agree with or understand the decisions your parents make, but as you grow up, you come to understand and agree with those decisions.

Thus, while Gruden has come to greatly appreciate Al Davis and his level of intellegince about the game of football, it does not appear as though he will be returning to the Silver and Black in a front office position. Monday, it was announced that Gruden had reached a five year deal to remain in the Monday Night Football broadcast booth for ESPN. That is not surprising considering how much Gruden appears to enjoy his work with ESPN.

For many Raiders fans, it was fun to dream for a week about the prospect of Chucky coming back to the Raiders, but just as I thought, it was nothing more than a dream.

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Oakland Raiders GM Candidates: Eric DeCosta

There have only been a couple names thus far in regards to the Oakland Raiders vacant general manager position, which the team is actively seeking to fill. Yesterday, we took a look at Robert London, who was the first name to surface in relation to the position. The team has already reportedly reached out to London, and he's the only person who we're certain has actually been contacted.

But there have been other names, people who the team is likely to check out, be it because it makes sense or because they've expressed interest already. Jason LaConfora had a pair of tweets (here and here) about Baltimore Ravens executive Eric DeCosta and the team's (potential) interest in him.

DeCosta has been a part of most talks about general managers for teams over the past couple of years, and has even interviewed for the position at some points, but is hesitant to leave Baltimore. Most believe that DeCosta will take over the position which will eventually be vacated by Ozzie Newsome as the Ravens GM. But again, he's a top option and the Raiders will very likely be in on the action. DeCosta has plenty of experience and more than that, a winning pedigree attached to the organization he's been employed with for the past 15 seasons.

He's been with the team (his first NFL gig) since 1996, where he had an entry-level position. Eventually, he became an area scout, then the director of college scouting in 2003. Six years passed, six years in which the team drafted players like linebacker Terrell Suggs, wide receiver Mark Clayton, defensive lineman Haloti Ngata, and quarterback Joe Flacco. In 2009, he was promoted to the director of player personnel, 

Today, DeCosta works closely with Newsome overseeing both scouting departments: college and pro. Many of the decisions made are made on Newsome's final call, but DeCosta probably figures into just about every decision made. Since becoming the director of player personnel, the team drafted standout offensive tackle Michael Oher, and made a trade for wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

These are all solid moves, and the draft busts are few and far between. The talent he's helped bring into the organization is top of the line, you don't get much better than bringing in guys like Ngata, Suggs and Flacco. With a rookie head coach in Hue Jackson, it's hard to argue that a guy with DeCosta's pedigree wouldn't be a great fit with the Raiders, where he can fully assume all scouting and personnel duties while letting Jackson focus specifically on the on-the-field product.

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Oakland Raiders GM Candidates: Robert London

The general manager search is on for the Oakland Raiders, and only a few names have trickled out thus far. The only solid candidate, who has reportedly been contacted by the team about the vacant position, is sports agent Robert London. It's a bit of a different scouting process for London, as opposed to the usual candidates who would generally have history with multiple teams in multiple capacities, but there is still some information out there about him.

Mark Cardano of TheXlog.com originally posted about London's candidacy, and had a good bit of information on him. "Never heard of him? Perhaps you should have," the article proclaims, and then goes on to detail the man and what he does.

London is the Vice President at Dow Lohnes Sports & Entertainment, a firm that represents players like Maurice Jones-Drew, Matt Forte, and others, including a Bay Area player - Kendall Hunter of the San Francisco 49ers. Forte is the subject of much of the article and also the interview linked within, notably how Forte is underpaid and how London advised him to not hold out like other running backs Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson.

While Johnson has struggled out of the gate, Forte is looking as great as ever, going through training camp and looking fresh early in week one. He's likely set for a big-time extension any week now, and he probably has London to thank for that. It's a lesson that is rarely employed by agents representing players in the NFL today: don't holdout and keep the team together, and things will work out. London's point of view benefits himself, Forte, and also the Chicago Bears, which in the long fun, will continue to benefit Forte.

London lacks the NFL experience on an executive level that most would consider an actual, factual requirement for the job, but he seems to have an eye for talent, with several successful clients (and potential up-and-comers, like the aforementioned Hunter) and a unique point of view for someone in a business that often gets criticized for its greed, whether fairly or unfairly.

He's got a degree in business administration - but again - beyond that, there's not a whole lot to go on. One has to figure that the team has had their eye on him for awhile. Perhaps even Al Davis recommended him at some point, he has to be one of the more serious candidates, as the first one reported to be contacted. He's a roll of the dice, and not a sexy candidate at all, but one has to be intrigued by the perspective he could potentially bring. 

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Oakland Raiders Begin Search For Next General Manager

The Oakland Raiders have been run much the same way since the sixties. With the passing of Al Davis, who has served as the team's general manager since then, the team is now going through a myriad of changes, and has launched a search in finding the new GM, one who will work in tandem with head coach Hue Jackson. Stay tuned for more on all of the candidates and news coming out about the search. For more on the search, head over to SIlver And Black Pride, SB Nation's Oakland Raiders blog.

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