On the surface, signing linebacker Vontaze Burfict would be an ideal fit for the Raiders. He has the talent to be the kind of impact player they lack, plays a position where the team is weak, and he would be reunited with defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. Yet, this is a move that Jon Gruden and
Steve has covered the Raiders in some capacity since their return to Oakland in 1995. He was the full-time beat writer from 1997-2010. for the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News and covered more than 400 NFL games, including four Super Bowls. He also is the co-author of a recently released book titled "Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield."