ALAMEDA, Calif. – Back when the Oakland Raiders held the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2007, one of then-coach Lane Kiffin’s plans was to use it on some receiver coming out of Georgia Tech, kid by the name of Calvin Johnson, and then use a second- or third-round pick on a quarterback from down the road in Stanford’s Trent Edwards.
Kiffin was also intrigued by Brady Quinn, but that’s another story.
Instead, the Raiders went with the consensus No. 1 pick in LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell, and the franchise has been trying to recover ever since. In fact, current coach Dennis Allen said himself this week that the Raiders’ QB of the future was probably not in the building, and you could hear the moans emanating from Terrelle Pryor fans and Matt McGloin supporters.
So it is with some intrigue, then, that Edwards was signed by the Raiders Thursday to a Reserve/Future contract, especially since one perceived plan for Oakland, which holds the No. 5 pick for May’s draft, is to acquire a veteran QB and build around him as a bridge to said QB of the Future.
Edwards, who was a third-round pick (No. 92 overall) of the Buffalo Bills in 2007 and also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, was in camp with the Raiders in 2011, but then-coach Hue Jackson went with Kyle Boller as Jason Campbell’s backup at the time. Edwards resurfaced with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012.
He also had a workout with the Raiders this season, along with Pat White and David Carr.
Edwards has appeared in 38 NFL games in his career, starting 33, and has passed for 6,033 yards on 60.6 percent passing (563-of-929) with 26 touchdowns and 30 interceptions.
In 2008, he had a 2,699-yard passing season, with 11 TDs and a QB rating of 85.4.
Edwards was one of three to sign such contracts Thursday, along with defensive tackles David Carter and Torell Troup. Earlier in the week, the Raiders announced six Reserve/Future signings, all of whom finished the 2013 season on the Raiders’ practice squad: cornerback Johnny Adams, offensive lineman Jack Cornell, receiver Jared Green, linebacker Eric Harper, tight end Brian Leonhardt and defensive end Chris McCoy.