Trent Edwards worthwhile get for Oakland

July, 30, 2011
7/30/11
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It must be backup quarterback day in the AFC West.

Shortly after the Chargers re-signed Billy Volek, Oakland signed former Buffalo starter Trent Edwards.

It’s an interesting signing for the Raiders. He will compete with Kyle Boller, a favorite of Oakland coach Hue Jackson. I’d give the edge to Edwards. He has talent and perhaps he will benefit from being around Jackson and new Oakland offensive coordinator Al Saunders.

Edwards, 27, ended last season with the Jaguars. The Bay Area native and Stanford product has started 33 NFL games. Edwards was once a promising prospect, so giving him a chance to earn a job can’t hurt Oakland.

It was reported last week that the Raiders were looking for competition for starter Jason Campbell and Edwards was mentioned. It is a bit of a stretch to say Edward is currently competing with Campbell. Jackson has been clear Campbell is his man. I guess it is conceivable if Campbell -- who finished strong in 2010 -- starts slow again, the Raiders could consider their options.

But, right now, I think it clear Edwards’ current best chance to make a mark in Oakland is as a backup.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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