The day the San Francisco 49erswere celebrating the arrival of yet another former No. 1 overall quarterback, across the bay the Raiders were putting their own No. 1 on notice: a quarterback competition is looming.
The team officially signed backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski to a new contract, in a move coach Tom Cable already said would show former No. 1 pick Cincinnatissell that his lock on the top quarterbacking job is anything but secure.
The Polish Cannon signed a one year $1.759 million contract to compete with Russell for the team's starting quarterback spot. While Russell's own cannon may have won him the heart of Raiders' owner Al Davis, Cincinnatiii won over angry fans with gutsy victories over the Cincinati Bengals and Gradkowski's hometown Pittsburgh Steelers on the road.
To add further doubts to Russell's lock on the No. 1 spot, the team also resigned veteran quarterback Charlie Frye to a one-year contract.