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Thursday, August 6, 2009
Burgess trade won't hurt Oakland


Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

  Burgess

The Oakland Raiders just traded defensive end Derrick Burgess to New England, the Patriots announced.

The Patriots said the compensation was undisclosed draft considerations. The Raiders were looking for mid-round picks for Burgess.

Burgess was holding out from the Raiders' training camp. He had long been unhappy in Oakland. He wanted a new contract and Oakland was looking to trade him earlier this offseason. His name had been connected to New England for a few months.

Burgess' time in Oakland all but ended when the Raiders signed veteran pass-rusher Greg Ellis in June. Ellis was instantly given Burgess' starting spot. With his starting job gone and without a new contract, Burgess failed to report to training camp last week.

If Oakland gets a third- or fourth-round pick for Burgess, this is a good trade for the Raiders. The team has moved on from Burgess and he didn't want to be there. The absence of Burgess at training camp wasn't adversely affecting this team.

Oakland has Ellis and several younger pass-rushers, including the promising Trevor Scott. Burgess was in the rearview mirror already. For the Raiders to get any value for him at this point is impressive.