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Michael Bush is one of the fan favorites in Oakland. He has produced solid numbers every time he got the opportunity to carry the load. He will be free to negotiate a deal with any team in the league once the free agent period begins. Like I said, he has flashed the ability to be a starter in the NFL but the question is whether or not he can carry the load for the duration of the season. He came into the league with a broken leg. The injury ultimately kept him out of action during his rookie year. He was on his way this past season to becoming the primary ball carrier but a broken hand in preseason gave Darren McFadden the opening day start and he never looked back with a break out season. It is expected that Michael Bush will command starter type money when he becomes a free agent. If another team is willing to invest a big deal in Bush I don't think Al Davis will match the offer. He'll probably offer Bush a three year or less deal for less than the money Bush thinks he is worth. If thinks don't work out between Bush and the Raiders or if Al Davis simply wants to go in another direction there is always the NFL Draft. The Raiders have already used their first round pick on Richard Seymour. I don't think they'll use either of their first two picks on a RB. There are other positions that need to be addressed like the offensive line and defensive backfield. I can see Al Davis pulling the trigger on a RB in round four or later. Here go a few possibilities: Jamie Harper-5'11" 235 lbs-Clemson Strong, well-built runner who can break tackles with good leg drive and determined running. Has the lateral agility to elude and possesses surprising acceleration to gain yardage in chunks. Good patience and vision. Knows how to drive forward in short-yardage situations. His best attribute may be his soft hands and rare body control for a back his size. Can contort in space or make the diving catch. Excellent hand-eye coordination. Good size, strength and toughness as a pass blocker. Delone Carter-5'9" 226 lbs-Syracuse Has the thick, compact build NFL coaches prefer. Slides through holes inside with a jump-cut. Good burst in the open field. Displays the balance and strength to run through arm tackles, run over defensive backs and carry smaller defenders. Always leaning forward at the end of his carries. Willing to lower his pads and drive through traffic in short-yardage situations. Sells play-action well. Strong pass protector who blocks with base and intensity.

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