The Raiders agreed to a trade with the New York Jets yesterday that will send tight end Doug Jolley to the Jets and give Oakland a first-round pick in this weekend's NFL draft after all.
Jolley, a fourth-year tight end out of Brigham Young University, goes to New York along with a second-round pick in exchange for the Jets' 26th overall pick, one Raiders source and one NFL source said, both speaking on condition of anonymity. The swap would be contingent on Jolley passing a physical.
Chad Brown, shown hitting Atlanta's Michael Vick last season, is close to being released by Seattle to make salary cap room for Jamie Sharper.
(Robert Sorbo -- Reuters)
"There are a couple things that need to happen," the Raiders source said, including finalizing which other draft picks Oakland would receive.
The Raiders traded their first-round draft selection -- seventh overall -- to Minnesota for Randy Moss in March and weren't scheduled to make their first pick until the second round, 38th overall.
Jolley, a second-round draft pick in 2002, had 27 catches for 313 yards and 2 touchdowns last season. In 47 career games, Jolley has 90 catches for 972 yards and 5 scores.
The Jets needed help at tight end after losing starter Anthony Becht as a free agent earlier this offseason. Chris Baker was the only player on the roster with any significant game experience at the position.
C. Brown Will Likely Depart
The Seattle Seahawks are ready to release linebacker Chad Brown to create salary cap room for free agent pickup Jamie Sharper, President and General Manager Tim Ruskell confirmed yesterday.
Seattle's front office has spent the past month trying to rework Brown's salary, but the 12-year veteran faces a big pay cut. He is scheduled to make $4.2 million. The team's proposal calls for $1 million plus incentives for next fall.
"It's more than what we're willing to do," said Peter Schaffer, Brown's agent.
Sharper agreed last week to a five-year, $17.5 million deal that included a $1.5 million signing bonus. . . .
The Carolina Panthers signed linebacker Chris Draft and punter Tom Rouen, a sign that Todd Sauerbrun's days with the team are likely coming to an end.
Sauerbrun, a two-time Pro Bowl punter, recently came up as a player who allegedly obtained illegal steroids. The Panthers had already signed punter Steve Cheek. . . .
The Packers matched the Minnesota Vikings' offer for defensive end Aaron Kampman, keeping the restricted free agent in Green Bay.