Chris McAlister to the Raiders: Report

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    Reports say Chris McAlister is heading to the Oakland Raiders.

    Ex-Baltimore Raven Chris McAlister, one of the elite NFL cornerbacks of the last ten years, is technically unemployed. But that's not what he's telling his friends.

    McAlister "has told a few people close to him that he will eventually sign with the Oakland Raiders," reports the Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston on his Ravens Insider blog.

    And if "so-and-so said on his blog in Baltimore that his friends said so-and-so" seems a little iffy to you, Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area reported Thursday morning that McAlister "will sign" with the Raiders, and "may play on Sunday in Kansas City."

    The Raiders have been nailing it lately with those players who just show up and barely understand the playbook.

    McAlister is a three-time Pro Bowler, but he's 32-years-old and his reconstructed knees are considered to be in worse shape than Posh Spice's reconstructed boobs. Even so, McAlister was leading the Ravens in interceptions last season before the knee injuries.

    McAlister has put his $7.9 million Beverly Hills mansion up for sale, and told the Los Angeles Times last week that "I can't say what team yet, but I will be playing again."

    So Chris McAlister may or may not single-handedly revive the Raiders' pass defense. But if he buys a home here, he may single-handedly revive the Bay Area real estate market

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who also likes to tell his friends that he's about to sign a huge contract to play for the Raiders.