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Evening notes: Gradkowski update

3/1/2010

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Oakland will give quarterback Bruce Gradkowski the second-round tender. That will likely keep the restricted free agent in Oakland.

That’s a pretty good pay hike for Gradkowski, who came to Oakland essentially off the street last year. Expect the Raiders to give Gradkowski a chance to beat JaMarcus Russell in training camp for the starting job. Gradkowski, who ended the season injured, replaced Russell in November and gave the Raiders’ offense a spark.

A witness testified that he saw suspect Willie Clark fire a gun into the rented limousine in which Denver starting cornerback Darrent Wiliams was shot and killed on Jan. 1, 2007. Clark’s trial is in its second week.

MLive.com reports that the Lions likely won’t trade for San Diego cornerback Antonio Cromartie. The two teams have been talking about a deal.

The Jets will formally cut running back Thomas Jones on Friday. San Diego could show interest in the 31-year-old Jones.

The Bears cut Orlando Pace. There was some talk Oakland was interested in Pace last year and the Raiders still have needs on the offensive line. But Pace appears to be way past his prime.

ESPN.com’s Rumor CentralInsider wonders whether Philadelphia would be a good fit for San Diego running back Darren Sproles if he hits the open market Friday.