Currently the Raiders have three players in the 2012 Pro Bowl: defensive tackle Richard Seymour, punter Shane Lechler, and kicker Sebastian Janikowski. But they may not be the final list of Raiders who get a ticket to Hawaii next weekend.
The Raider Pro Bowl alternates are safety Tyvon Branch, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, running back Darren McFadden, and fullback Marcel Reece.
Kelly appears to have a double shot chance of making the squad as both the Patriots (Vince Wilfork) and Ravens (Haloti Ngata) have defensive tackles and therefore one of them will have to drop out. But ahead of Kelly among alternates is Geno Atkins of the Bengals. Atkins will take the slot when one of either Ngata or Wilfork heads to the Super Bowl.
Marcel Reece becomes the most likely Raider to head to the Pro Bowl. The only fullback on the AFC roster is Vonta Leach of the Ravens. That means if the Ravens win this weekend, Leach will be headed to Indianapolis and Reece should be headed to Hawaii. It is difficult to know for certain because the Raiders didn't reveal which level alternate their players were. But Greg Jones is second alternate and no other players have been revealed as first alternate so I am betting Reece is the mystery first alternate.
The Ravens also have running back Ray Rice in the Pro Bowl but if he is replaced, it would be Chargers' running back Ryan Mathews who gets the call. This leaves Darren McFadden without much of a shot at making the trip.
Unfortunately, Tyvon Branch's only chance of making the team could be as an injury replacement. He would need Troy Polamalu to opt out of playing in the game due to injury or otherwise for him to have a shot. The unfortunate part is that Branch may be the most deserving of all the Raiders' Pro Bowl alternates. He has been deserving for quite some time but lives in the shadow of Polamalu.
The other player not mentioned here who is very likely headed to Hawaii is long snapper Jon Condo. Each team is allowed a "need player." Condo was added to the Pro Bowl roster in 2010 as the need player, and with Janikowski and Lechler both Pro Bowlers, it seems a lock that Condo will be there.
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TB33 deserved a PB, would be nice to see him get in! He has developed well after last years downyear where he was burned on several occasions! We definately need to resign him and make him a part of the Raiders going forward!
For those interested, here is a list of Free Agents (http://www.walterfootball.com/freeagents.php) where everyone will be listed! Fuel to our FA discussions here on the site! Especially the WR FA group is strong imo!
The Raider's FA list (http://www.walterfootball.com/offseason2012oak.php).
Still not sure what to do with the O-Line - Barnes, Heyer and Satele are FAs, Carlisle is getting older, and although the line started out strong, it finished mediocre with a lot of runstops and hurries! Hopefully Campbell, Big Barks and Zach Hurd can become starters, but it is not a given for either, and with Satele a FA it is questionable if he will be retained!
Gaither might be an option after he has stayed healthy for the season (Anthony Collins perhaps as well), while either Carl Nicks or Ben Grubbs would be dream scenario acquisitions on the interior!
*Dizzle : Sorry for linking to another site, no disrespect! - TFDS is still #1!
... I just wanted to show the list to the TFDS readers in order to help the discussions we have here on the site!
@Harder2000 Haha! No worries. I like Walterfootball. Good info there sometimes. I focus on the Raiders, they focus on all of football.
Also, if Bush is indeed signed to be a starter somwhere (being overpaid in the process), could it be that either Hillis or Buddha (Tolbert) would come cheaper and be realistic targets as they really don't project as an everydown back lasting an entire season(Hillis did once, but has seemed to wear down)? ¨
Wouldn't mind either as a complimental heavy power work-horse if Bush leaves, and both could double as FB when Reece needs a breather, is nicked up or we need another type of blocker! Wouldn't mind it, although we probably wouldn't see those kind of names being brought in in any case, seeing as Reggie will probably find a low key UDFA or FA instead (Lonyae Miller or Rashawn Jackson that's already on the roster perhaps).