The Oakland Raiders have plenty of roster moves they need to make before the start of the regular season.
Apparently trading for Matt Leinart isn’t one of them. The Raiders denied a report from ESPN on Wednesday that said the team has had discussions about trading with Arizona for Leinart.
“The Raiders have never discussed trading for Leinart,” the team said in a statement. “The Raiders are very happy about their quarterback situation.”
Oakland acquired Jason Campbell in an offseason trade with Washington and is pleased with what he has brought as the starter.
Campbell led Oakland to touchdowns on the opening drives of the last two exhibition games.
He sustained a stinger and an injured right wrist last week against San Francisco but is expected to be ready for the season opener Sept. 12 in Tennessee.
Bruce Gradkowski and Kyle Boller are slated to be the backups as quarterback.
San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree and tight end Vernon Davis engaged in a prolonged shouting match Wednesday as the team prepared for its exhibition finale.
Two of the team’s biggest names argued so aggressively that they had to be separated by coach Mike Singletary. As the war of words escalated, Singletary ushered both players off the practice field and into the locker room.
Singletary declined to specify exactly what started the argument, but the outline was clear: Davis, serving in his role as a team leader, delivered a strongly worded message to Crabtree – and crossed a line in doing so.
“I appreciate Vernon speaking from his heart, but it was just wrong,” Singletary said, backing him as a team captain. “He’s not going to sugarcoat things – he doesn’t know how to sugarcoat things – I wish he did sometimes. I appreciate what he was trying to do, but it was wrong.”
Crabtree suffered a sprained neck Aug. 12 and hasn’t played in any of the team’s three exhibition games.
The Arizona Cardinals signed Pro Bowl defensive tackle Darnell Dockett to a four-year, $48 million contract extension with $30 million guaranteed. Dockett had two years left on his previous contract, so the new deal keeps him under contract through the 2015 season. A third-round draft pick out of Florida State in 2004, Dockett has developed into one of the best at his position entering his seventh NFL season as the high-spirited leader of the Arizona defense. … The Washington Redskins signed quarterback John Beck to three-year contract worth $3.35 million. The deal is essentially a two-year extension and puts Beck under contract through the 2012 season. More important, it appears to solidify his spot on the roster as the third-string quarterback behind Donovan McNabb and Rex Grossman. … The Chicago Bears claimed offensive lineman Edwin Williams off waivers and waived running back Brandon Minor. Williams was an undrafted free agent with Washington in 2009 and appeared in four games for the Redskins, starting two at right guard.