Rich Gannon, whom the Raiders tried to banish from their facility earlier this season, is offering his help to the team and its embattled quarterback.
The Raiders' response?
"It's Rich that needs the help," Raiders senior executive John Herrera said. "When he goes on a radio show offering Mr. Davis help, Tom Cable help, the Raiders help, maybe it's Rich that needs the help."
Gannon revealed Wednesday on his Sirius NFL Radio show that he called Raiders managing general partner Al Davis the day before.
"I did something (Tuesday) that I can't believe even I did," Gannon said. "I picked up the phone and I reached out to Al Davis. So, I called Mr. Davis. I have not spoken with him yet, but I'm happy to help out in any way I can.
"I'd love to help JaMarcus Russell if he wants help. I'd love to help Tom Cable and that organization. It's important. Listen, seven straight seasons where they've lost 11 or more games? Something's not right."
The Raiders have expressed their displeasure over critical remarks about the Raiders made by Gannon, also a CBS-TV broadcaster, in recent years. They tried to ban him from their facility earlier this season for a CBS production meeting before a Raiders-Broncos game. The Raiders relented because of NFL rules requiring such access, but travel problems caused Gannon to miss the meeting.
The Raiders finished 5-11 this season and haven't won more than five games in any of the seven seasons since
Russell finished this season as the league's lowest-rated passer and owner of the league's worst completion percentage among starting quarterbacks.
Cable benched Russell after nine games because, he said, Bruce Gradkowski and Charlie Frye gave the Raiders "a better chance to win."
Gannon has reached out to Davis and the Raiders in the past, he said in an interview with Bay Area News Group late last year. However, Davis and past coaches, Gannon said, never took him up on his offer for help.
Russell is in good hands with quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett, Herrera said.
"What does Rich Gannon think he has to offer that Paul Hackett can't contribute, when he said himself that Paul Hackett is the best quarterbacks coach that he ever had?" Herrera said.
In other news, Herrera said the Raiders were aware of Russell's trip to Las Vegas on Tuesday and that it isn't an issue to Davis or the Raiders.
"JaMarcus was in Las Vegas, and he was there with a (Raiders) staff member," Herrera said. "He was there for a legitimate reason."
Russell was excused from the year-end meeting with Cable on Monday for "personal reasons," according to Cable.
Finally, the Raiders signed wide receiver Shaun Bodiford to a futures contract. Bodiford spent part of this past season on the Raiders practice squad. Such players become free agents at season's end unless they are signed to a futures contract.