A pending trade for linebacker Aaron Curry is evidence that while Al Davis may be gone, his philosophy for amassing talent lives on through coach Hue Jackson.
A Raiders official confirmed Curry, the No. 4 overall pick out of Wake Forest in 2009, will join the team when the trade with the Seattle Seahawks is approved by the NFL, he reports to the team and passes a physical.
Curry, who lost his starting job at strongside linebacker to rookie fourth-round draft pick K.J. Wright, has not had any health issues this season and was in the process of finalizing a new contract, according to the Seattle Times.
According to ESPN, the Seahawks will receive Oakland's seventh-round draft pick in 2012 and a conditional midround pick in 2013, depending on Curry's performance and playing time.
Under his original contract, Curry was due approximately $3.6 million for the last 11 games of the season.
Jackson had already met with the media when news of the trade first broke on ESPN and Fox Sports and was unavailable for comment on how Curry would be used.
The Raiders' starting strongside linebacker, Kamerion Wimbley, moves to defensive end in nickel situations. Wimbley could be playing end on other downs as well, if a shoulder injury to Matt Shaughnessy keeps him out an extended amount of time.
At 6-foot-2, 255 pounds, Curry has played on the strong side but is athletic enough to play on the weak side as well. Quentin Groves is the
Curry, the Butkus Award winner as the nation's top linebacker as a senior, was regarded by some as the best athlete in the 2009 draft. As a pro with Seattle he has lacked awareness in coverage and hasn't been a strong pass rusher.
According to the statistical service STATS, LLC, opponents have completed 81.6 percent (62 for 76) of their passes against Curry for 613 yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions, a passer rating in his direction of 126.6. He has 51/2 career sacks.
"We'll continue to get him back in the mix with his teammates, so that I can see him a little bit more and evaluate that talent and see where I can put it,'' Jackson said.
The Raiders do not have to make a roster move to accommodate Pryor until next week.
The error was moot when Michael Huff intercepted a Matt Schaub pass, the quarterback forced into a backhanded flip by approaching strong safety Tyvon Branch, on the final play of the game.
Branch and Mike Mitchell noticed they were a man short immediately. It happened when safety Jerome Boyd left the field, expecting to be replaced by a lineman.
"As soon as they broke the huddle, the coverage that we were in requires a double, so when you look back and the guy you're supposed to be doubling with is not there, you think, 'Wow. What's going on? We're a guy short,' " Mitchell said.
Branch said: "I looked for the other safety, and he wasn't there. My thing was I wasn't just going to let him run it. He was going to have to work for it. I wasn't going to let him walk in there."
Those who did not participate Wednesday were running back Rock Cartwright (calf), cornerback Chmidi Chekwa (hamstring), tight end Richard Gordon (broken hand), middle linebacker Rolando McClain (ankle), fullback Marcel Reece (ankle) and Shaughnessy.
Huff (ankle) was limited in practice, as were cornerback Chris Johnson (hamstring), center Samson Satele (ribs) and defensive tackle Richard Seymour (knee).