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Rock Cartwright headed to Raiders

This slipped through the cracks last night, but we wanted to make sure you knew: former Redskins running back Rock Cartwright is headed to Oakland. Cartwright is signing a one-year contract with the Raiders. The news was first reported by Comcast SportsNet.

Cartwright was among the group of veteran Redskins who were released in March. The Raiders are not exactly overloaded at running back, but his best shot at playing time could still be as a specialist. The other running backs on Oakland's roster include: Darren McFadden, Michael Bush, Gary Russell and Marcel Reece.

Cartwright, a seven-year veteran, was a locker room leader in Washington and among the most respected guys on the roster because of his practice habits. In Washington, he was primarily a specialist, returning kickoffs, and served as special teams captain.

Last season, after Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts were lost to injuries, Cartwright was given a chance to run the ball. He saw more action than any season since 2003, finishing the year with 228 yards on 64 carries.

Cartwright, 30, joined the team as a seventh-round pick in the 2002 NFL draft. Last season he earned $945,000 and would've been due a base salary in 2010 of $1.5 million.

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By Rick Maese  |  April 27, 2010; 11:09 AM ET
 | Tags: Clinton Portis, Darren McFadden, Gary Russell, Ladell Betts, Michael Bush, NFL, Oakland Raiders, Rock Cartwright, Washington Redskins  
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Happy for Rock, good luck and all that, but I won't exactly miss him.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | April 27, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

good luck Rock, you were one of my favorite players and a true Redskin. Hope he does well in Oakland, although that is doubtful.

Posted by: Neverender84 | April 27, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

a day late and a dollar short on this report... happy to see rock land somewhere... wonder if jcam helped out???

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | April 27, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Who's Rock? Would rather get an update on Rocky's status.

Posted by: Curzon417 | April 27, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

agreed Nate, I liked him more for his work ethic, upbeat attitude, and being a team player. His lack of speed on kickoff returns and the fact we need a change of pace RB is why I am glad we can fill his roster spot with someone with the skills he lacked.

Posted by: Neverender84 | April 27, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Good for you Rock. I always liked you and you're a class act. But now, since you are no longer a Redskin...who gives a sh!t?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 27, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

"The "fans" are respected around the league, the owner... well thats a different story.
Posted by: skinsfanintampa"

I don't know how you measure fan 'respect' around the League. Back in the first Gibbs era, Washington lived and died with the team; Monday after a loss was always the worst day of the week. Most of that enthusiasm seems to be gone.

For sheer craziness, it's hard to match fans in Buffalo, Green Bay, or Oakland. Bronco fans are devoted beyond reason. But to me, the capital of NFL fandom is Chicago.

Those people are actively psychotic.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 27, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

I think you are confusing fan enthusiasm and fan respect. For instance, when I go to a Bucs game and throw on the Monk or Riggo jersey, Buc fans come up and say nice jersey or I always thought Monk should have been in the HOF years ago. So to a certain extent, from my experience the Skins fans are pretty well respected.


Now try to wear a skins jersey in Philly and not only do you have to watch out for projectile vomit, but also the broke/jobless d-bag ready to start a fight because hey, he has nothing to loose. Clear difference in fan respect from Skins fans to Philly fans.


That being said, I do wish that some of the enthusiasm from RFK and Gibbs 1.0 would come back to life.. I remember going to games with my dad where literally the stadium would be moving because of said enthusiasm (also have been to a few at FedEx where cheering will get you stern looks, and standing is a crime, in club level anyway). When watching the game vs. the Steelers last year (maybe the year before) it was disappointing to see all of the terrible towels waiving around at FedEx. I had to watch the game a the local sports bar with filled with Steelers fans (more than enough here in Tampa) who came up with the nickname "3 Rivers South" for FedEx field. Steelers fan has the enthusiasm, but can we give them a little less respect?


Posted by: skinsfanintampa | April 27, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: skinsfanintampa | April 27, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

"I had thought everyone passed over Capers because WV was so hard to find.."


I'd bet that it was the weight-lifting at the combine thing plus his being a converted tight end.

Thing is, his having been a tight end means he's more athletic than most taklces, and a guy can become a dedicated weightlifter.

Hook Capers up with P Daniels this and the next offseason, then let's see what we have.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 27, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

As someone who has watched every one of the Selvish Capers WVU games(albeit with a fuzzy recollection most often) I am happy about this pick, esp where we got him. Capers has only played 3 years on the o-line, as of 2006 he was still seeing limited time at his natural and HS position TE. Mainly due to injuries he was moved to the O-line. Like most Rich Rod recruits he is a proficient run blocker. He has deficiencies in pass protection. His run blocking ability far outweighs his pass blocking deficincies though. In his three years of starting he has blocked for such NFL players as Pat White, Steve Slaton, Owen Schmidt, Deriaus Reynaud, also future a star in Noel Devine. He has been a very productive player for WVU. His senior class is the second winningest class in WV history. He was the feature member of the O-Line his junior and senior seasons playing nearly all snaps.
My assessment form here on out. Selvish right now could be put in the RT spot and run block better then Heyer. he would not pass protect much worse then Heyer. If you can add 20lbs to Capers and teach him to pass protect he can be a good NFL starter.

Posted by: Stu27 | April 27, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Stu27 | April 27, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Liked Rock, but will much prefer DT/Austin/Moss returning kicks than Rock/ARE.

Posted by: Rypien11 | April 27, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I think he felt that way because of the reports which indicate Portis didn't practice, but played, while Rock and Ladell practiced, but didn't play.

And I think in a situation like that, anyone would have a legit beef.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 27, 2010 11:16 AM

Not so fast My Friend...In a perfect world maybe, but in real life? No.

When did Rock ever put up 1,500 yard seasons?

When did Rock carry us to the Playoffs?

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 27, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Bruce Campbell = Bruce Allen
Posted by: Alan4 | April 27, 2010 9:52 A

Bruce Allen + chainsaw = Bruce Campbell.

Posted by: will_ga | April 27, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse


A 5'8" running back seventh round pick lasted seven years in the NFL. I'd say he's accomplished more than most of the ingrates here who send him off with a kick in the pants will achieve in their lifetimes.

Posted by: TheCork | April 27, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: skinsfanintampa | April 27, 2010 11:28 AM

nice post. much of this could be fixed by a few years of solid management, core players that are worth rooting for, and (dare I say it???) consistent winning - or at least decent competition.

FedEx is definitely a concrete monstrosity with too many fans from other teams... a new stadium downtown might help. Raljon doesn't exactly inspire much identity.

love the 'skins, but have to say I've felt a little alienated by Snyder's "big ticket" mentality re: players for the past decade. and not that the stadium thing is his fault.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | April 27, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Faneca....was hoping to see news skins were going after the guard...

Posted by: leevi98 | April 27, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

"I'd bet that it was the weight-lifting at the combine thing plus his being a converted tight end."

The weights, very likely. A lot of the good LTs nowadays are converted TEs, though. Jason Peters of Philly is an example. It's the footwork.

A guy like Okung came out of HS weighing about 250 and put on some 60 pounds in college. He's got all the upper body power you could want but is generally regarded as lacking in mobility when compared to somebody like Trent Williams. Okung went to the right team for his talents; he may not have fit in as well in Washington.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 27, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

^^^You think Dallas has 80,000 Cowboy fans?? This is just the price of Business nowadays....no way they will go smaller....only bigger....

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 27, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I think he felt that way because of the reports which indicate Portis didn't practice, but played, while Rock and Ladell practiced, but didn't play.

And I think in a situation like that, anyone would have a legit beef.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 27, 2010 11:16 AM

Not so fast My Friend...In a perfect world maybe, but in real life? No.

When did Rock ever put up 1,500 yard seasons?

When did Rock carry us to the Playoffs?

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 27, 2010 11:33 AM

These questions are better left unresponded to ... the three were enablers of each other. You can't carry three guys from the safe draft as your platoon forever. It was too un-futury.

Posted by: dcsween | April 27, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

"A 5'8" running back seventh round pick lasted seven years in the NFL. I'd say he's accomplished more than most of the ingrates here who send him off with a kick in the pants will achieve in their lifetimes.Posted by: TheCork"

Yes, he's an overachiever. I don't think he's done, either.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 27, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Honestly, I couldn't care less about what fans of other teams think of the Redskins. Yeah, it would be nice if our franchise engendered the kind of respect that, say, the Packers and Steelers (just to pick two franchises I generally respect) get.

But that respect would only come as a side effect to what I really want, which is for them to be competitive in every game and win more than they lose every year, and to make playoff runs on a regular basis.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | April 27, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

The "safe draft", sween? Did you mean the same draft?

Where have you gone, Marcus Mason? Redskins Nation turns its lonely eyes to you... oo-oo-ooh.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | April 27, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

If DC is getting to liberal for any of the post's sports writers and they wanted to move from DC to the Bay, they would have two insiders in the Raiders organization :)

Posted by: alex35332 | April 27, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

The weights, very likely. A lot of the good LTs nowadays are converted TEs, though. Jason Peters of Philly is an example. It's the footwork.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 27, 2010 11:43 AM

Agreed. That's why I'm interested to see how Capers does as well. He's a converted TE also and sounds like he needs time in the weight room. This new trainer is going to get a chance to prove he's worth it right off the bat.

Posted by: skinswest | April 27, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Have you visited the Bay Area lately, alex? They've made some tremendous inroads in the area of liberalism lately, shaking off the decades-long legacy of conservativism to which you no doubt were referring.

So... I'm not sure "DC is getting too liberal" would exactly drive someone to the Bay Area, even one of our ever-lovin' knucklehead WashPo sports page types.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | April 27, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

ESPN is reporting this morning that Donovan McNabb has encouraged the Redskins to pursue wide receiver Terrell Owens.

Obviously McN hasn't been bowled over by the talent displayed so far by the Skins current WR corps. Look for Malcom Kelly to be the first to get his walking papers. He has been pretty useless ever since he got here two years ago, except for being one of J Reid's few Skins quote machines.

Posted by: CrimeScene | April 27, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

nice post. much of this could be fixed by a few years of solid management, core players that are worth rooting for, and (dare I say it???) consistent winning - or at least decent competition.

FedEx is definitely a concrete monstrosity with too many fans from other teams... a new stadium downtown might help. Raljon doesn't exactly inspire much identity.

love the 'skins, but have to say I've felt a little alienated by Snyder's "big ticket" mentality re: players for the past decade. and not that the stadium thing is his fault.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | April 27, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Thanks moodly.. I agree with your "big ticket" and "concrete monstrosity" comments.

The feel is very corporate, and almost comparable to a PGA Tournament minus the "quiet" signs.

Posted by: skinsfanintampa | April 27, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

The feel is very corporate, and almost comparable to a PGA Tournament minus the "quiet" signs.

Posted by: skinsfanintampa | April 27, 2010 12:06 PM

although Snyder did try to "quiet" the signs last season...

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | April 27, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

beep beep - more Dline

Posted by: Oogalaboogala | April 27, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

One thing I never understood was, if Rock could return kickoffs, why not punts too? At least he understands the concept of running upfield.

Posted by: shanks1 | April 27, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

To say that a player was a team leader in the locker room for the Washington Redskins over the last decade means what exactly???

It has been reported several times that this team lacked discipline and that several players did as they pleased, so please, quit using such phrases when describing a former players... granted. I appreciated the individuals, but we're trying to talk about pro football and the fact of the matter is this team has underachieved for a decade... time to quit acting like these guys are something special...

Get to work, earn your pay, and at the very least beat the teams you're supposed to beat...

Posted by: justabill | April 27, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Very interesting, I think the Raiders are trying to change the culture of their locker room. Neither Jason nor Rock really burned it up here in DC, but they were both known as hard workers and good teammates. Looks like the Raiders are hoping that rubs off on other players. Everyone knows that JaMarcus Russell has a bad work ethic,obviously it's time to change direction in Oakland. I am anxious for the season to start.

Posted by: wardt30 | April 27, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Seems like Hue is assembling a 'Skins West' backfield with JC and now Rock. Good luck...

Posted by: kahlua87 | April 27, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Awwww... how sweet. Now Jason Campbell has a friend out there.

Posted by: LadyMac | April 27, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Good. Now he can be a slow kick returner with the Raiders. The Campbell-Cartwright combo may lead the Raiders to the worst record yet, say, 1-15!

Posted by: dc1020008 | April 27, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Good for you Rock. I always liked you and you're a class act. But now, since you are no longer a Redskin...who gives a sh!t?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 27, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Have to disagree with Rock being a class act. If you compare what a real class act (Jason Campbell, Fred Smoot) says when the team parts ways with them vs what Rock said, well you can see the difference pretty clearly.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 27, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

As I am a die-hard Redskin fan, having in the past lived in Rockville, MD, now living in Pittsburgh, PA, I was going to buy a Rock Cartwright jersey, which I am glad that I don't have one since he's moved on to Oakland. Maybe I should just get a Riggins jersey.....HAIL TO THE REDSKINS

Posted by: mbonhamwolv | April 27, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Rock Cartwright is a great player but he lacks the speed to be a starting nfl rb. I remember one game against the Bengals when he was run down only 20 yards away from scoring a game changing kickoff return. I think he never returned punts because he wasn't comfortable doing it there a big difference between punt returns and kickoff returns as far as timing and perspective. As for Jason Campbell he needs to work on his accuracy and use his mobility more. If he had these two attributes when he was with the skins he wouldn't of fumbled as much and lost us all those games.

Posted by: boblack98 | April 27, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Larry Johnson is the one who should be in Oakland. Rock should be in D.C. Better player, much better person.

Posted by: DC2Dallas | April 27, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Rock just doesn't have the "break-away" speed needed to pick-up the "big" yards when you get a hole. Jason doesn't have the ability to react as quickly as he needed to with no blockers. He will do wellin Oakland!!

Posted by: herbertfoley7 | April 27, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Rock just doesn't have the "break-away" speed needed to pick-up the "big" yards when you get a hole. Jason doesn't have the ability to react as quickly as he needed to with no blockers. He will do wellin Oakland!!

Posted by: herbertfoley7 | April 27, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

F-Dallas and F-Rock! I was at the Redskins draft day a couple of years ago and tried to get Rocks autograph and he brushed me off like I was`nt even there. Larry Johnson is the man! Rock=Egotistical A$$!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | April 27, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

I am guessing they were a package deal. He and Jason were butt buddies here too

Posted by: dbrine1261 | April 28, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

heya Rocker, enjoy life in CALI, hope you make it good with oakland, although I dont think you will, you will not be missed in washington either, LOL sorry but its true!

Posted by: fu1123 | April 28, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

i was headed to the Bay Area on a flight on Monday night and Rock was on it. He is a class individual and played his ass off to get on this team each year.

Best of luck to an old friend...

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Posted by: YaminahJocelyn | April 28, 2010 3:11 AM | Report abuse

Rock Cartwright is a great player but he lacks the speed to be a starting nfl rb. I remember one game against the Bengals when he was run down only 20 yards away from scoring a game changing kickoff return. I think he never returned punts because he wasn't comfortable doing it there a big difference between punt returns and kickoff returns as far as timing and perspective. As for Jason Campbell he needs to work on his accuracy and use his mobility more. If he had these two attributes when he was with the skins he wouldn't of fumbled as much and lost us all those games.

Posted by: boblack98 | April 27, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Bob you're an IDIOT!!!! How the hell can someone be accurate when they got a helmet stuck in their back? Did you see any football last year involving our O-Line, or the Receivers not being in the spot where the ball was suppose to go? Certainly hope you weren't drinking during any of those games. So you tell me what a QB is to do when there are 8 men in the box, and you can't audible out of the play?

You can't do a damn thing because you don't have an answer. Another clueless fan in Washington. Hope our fan base improves this season.

10 days left in Iraq!!!

Posted by: WARPATH85 | April 28, 2010 5:48 AM | Report abuse

Most fans know the O line was garbage last year. I know they signed Hicks and drafted two guys in the 7th round...but adding all those D linemen..especially a guy who was out of the league for 2 years..give me a break.
Hyer is done..he has had plenty of game time to get better..hasn`t happened..CUT HIM.
I wonder if they have spoken to Fannica? He is really up there in terms of years played...still, he would be better than most of the current group.
Training camp will be interesting.

Posted by: blazerguy234 | April 28, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

GOROCKGO!

Posted by: 21stCenturyCaveman | April 28, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Rock is a leader with a great PR Name. Hope you have a long career.

Posted by: jercha | April 28, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Larry Johnson is the one who should be in Oakland. Rock should be in D.C. Better player, much better person.
Posted by: DC2Dallas
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Better PLAYER?? So tell me, exactly what are you guys smoking down in Dallas these days?

Posted by: shanks1 | April 28, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

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