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Mark Davis makes first big Raiders move

10/19/2011

Tom Flores, former Oakland Raiders coach who led the Silver and Black to two Super Bowl victories, talked to 710 ESPN's Mason and Ireland on Tuesday about Al Davis' funeral on Monday and Al's son Mark making his first decision Raiders' move without his father: acquiring Carson Palmer.

The Raiders gave up a 2012 first-round pick and a conditional second-rounder in 2013 to the Cincinnati Bengals for Palmer who will replace injured quarterback Jason Campbell.

"Without revealing the exact mechanics behind it, Mark Davis was very involved. He was in the room along with Hue Jackson and some other people involved, and that's about all I'll say on that. Mark was very vocal. The ownership has been dropped in his lap. So, being the owner he does have final say," Flores said.

Flores was one of a small handful of people close enough to Al Davis to be invited to pay last respects at his funeral.

"It's not the best of times right now because I lost a friend and the Raiders lost their longtime leader. It's going to be a different world without him around.

"Pretty sad yesterday when we said our final goodbyes to him. It was a small group because they didn't want to open it up because it would have been crazy with too many people showing up," Flores said.

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