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Cable says Raiders will have quarterback competition

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By Dan Parr

INDIANAPOLIS — Raiders head coach Tom Cable was asked about where things stand with his team's situation at starting quarterback during a press conference Sunday at the Combine.

It appears he's open to several possibilties, and didn't rule out spending a draft pick on a quarterback.

"We're getting ready to start offseason and get to OTAs and minicamp and let the (quarterback) job be competed for," he said. "I think that's where we're at in terms of our starting quarterback.

"I don't think you would discount (using a pick on) that or any other position."

Cable benched JaMarcus Russell last season and replaced him with Bruce Gradkowski. He vaulted Charlie Frye into the starting lineup late in the season after Gradkowski sustained injuries to both of his knees. Gradkowski and Frye both will be restricted free agents, but Oakland is expected to tender both players.

While Cable and Russell have had their disagreements about playing time, they are apparently still on speaking terms.

"(JaMarcus and I) have talked a couple of times," Cable said. "I know he's working. I'm anxious for the offseason program to get started where you get a chance to see him all the time."

The head coach was also asked about reports that the Raiders are considering trading CB Nnamdi Asomugha. Cable didn't do anything to put a halt to that speculation.

"We get a ton of calls about a lot of players on our football team all the time," he said. "In fact, before I came in here I was on the phone about something. To me, that stuff happens in the NFL and it's going to happen and it's going to happen all the time. People call you and you listen and see if anything interests you or doesn't interest you. Sometimes it's crazier than you think. … You really just take the call and listen."

Cable would not reveal what team he was talking to about a trade before he entered the media center at the Combine.


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