The Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday hired former Raiders coach Tom Cable to be their offensive line coach/assistant head coach at just about the time Raiders managing general partner Al Davis ripped Cable for his on- and off-field actions the past two years.
Cable joined the Raiders in 2007 as offensive line coach. He replaced the fired Lane Kiffin as head coach four games into the 2008 season and posted a 17-27 record.
Davis informed Cable two days after this season ended that the Raiders weren't going to pick up the two-year, $5 million option on his contract.
When asked about Cable's coaching ability, new head coach Hue Jackson said: "What Tom Cable is as a football coach is an exceptional line coach. He will go on and do great."
"We had a big investment in this guy," Davis said. "Basically, he's a good person, but he's got personal problems. I decided that it was time that we were not going to fight it anymore."
The Raiders selected Russell with the first pick of the 2007 NFL draft and won only seven of the 25 games he started. They released him in May, soon after trading for current starter Jason Campbell.
Russell didn't play this past season. He was arrested in early July for possession of a controlled substance (codeine cough syrup),
Davis acknowledged Asomugha's skill as a cornerback and his worth in the community but noted "that $17 million can bring you two or three players that can help you win."
When there were stories that Asomugha wanted to play with the New York Jets and Darrelle Revis, Davis said he asked Asomugha point-blank if he wished to be traded.
"He said, 'No. I want to stay. I don't want to go,' " Davis said.
"He's going to be good," Davis said. When asked why, he added: "(He has) explosion. He can catch, he's getting better, and he's a good guy. He's going to be good."
Staff writer Jonathan Okanes contributed to this report.