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Saturday, April 24, 2010
Oakland deals Morrison to Jaguars

By Bill Williamson

We had seen this coming since Thursday night -- Kirk Morrison is a former Raider.

The Oakland Raiders packaged Morrison and the No. 153 pick to Jacksonville for the No. 108 pick. The Raiders used the pick to take speedy Clemson receiver Jacoby Ford.

Morrison’s fate in Oakland was sealed when the Raiders took middle linebacker Rolando McClain of Alameda at No. 8. Oakland coach Tom Cable said McClain will start and he called Morrison depth.

Morrison was given a third-round tender this year despite leading Oakland in tackles the past five seasons. He had to fight for his job last season.

Morrison had trouble against the run. Oakland selected McClain and Texas defensive tackle Lamarr Houston in the second round to improve the run defense.

Give Oakland credit for being able to get some value for Morrison. He likely would have been cut soon if he wasn’t traded. Oakland could also try to move linebacker Thomas Howard.