Aaron Brooks Signs with the Raiders
Well, A.B. is going to get his wish: he will probably remain a starting quarterback. He signed a deal with the Raiders this week, probably the only team left he could have started with. He should fit in perfectly with Oakland, a team notorious for being a haven for dysfunctional players and aging stars who have never reached their potential (until they got there).
I predict that he will be the opening-day starter. They've already dumped their previous starting QB (another former Saint--Kerry Collins). His competition is a apparently a never-will-be (Marques Tuiasasopo) and a 2nd year guy that the jury is still out on (Andrew Walter). Of course, there are also a lot of rumors that the Raiders are also where Vince Young will eventually wind up.
My initial reaction is that Brooks and the Raiders deserve each other. They are a joke of a franchise right now too. But there are at least two things working in his favor. First, the last two Saints quarterbacks who signed free-agent contracts elsewhere (not counting Jeff Blake who was washed up after his injury) are (drum roll please...) Jake Delhomme and Kerry Collins. Both guys were in the Super Bowl in no time after leaving the Saints in their rear view mirror. Second, it should be easy for Brooks to succeed in Oakland--at least statistically. All he has to do is chuck the ball 70 yards downfield and wait for Randy Moss to throw the defensive back down and not get called for pass interference, catch the ball, and score a touchdown.
But hopefully that's all he will remain: a guy you'd take for your fantasy football team but you wouldn't want running your real-life team under any circumstances.