Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski was the first player signed by the Raiders last offseason. If all goes well, he might hold that distinction two years running.
Gradkowski is in the final weeks of the one-year, $535,000 contract he signed in February. He figures to command a much sweeter deal from the Raiders or another team in need of a veteran quarterback.
For now, Gradkowski said he's inclined to re-sign with the Raiders, the team that gave him a chance to resurrect his NFL career after three teams — Tampa Bay, St. Louis, Cleveland — ditched him within a year's span.
"I love the idea of the Silver and Black," Gradkowski said Wednesday. "We've got a great coaching staff and, definitely, great players that can put a run together. And I'm not just talking about an OK season, I'm talking about playoff time, making a run at playoffs. That's in my mind, that's in my future, I'd love to be here to do that."
Gradkowski got his chance when JaMarcus Russell faltered in nine starts. The Raiders won two of three games under Gradkowski before he suffered two knee injuries against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
The contracts of Charlie Frye and J.P. Losman, Oakland's other two quarterbacks, also expire at season's end. Russell has a prohibitive contract that makes him a potential salary-cap casualty.