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Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson introduces himself to players as they get off the bus and check in for the first day of training camp in Napa, Calif. Wednesday, July 27, 2011. (Kristopher Skinner/Staff)

NAPA -- Raiders coach Hue Jackson made it clear Wednesday that he won't be satisfied with an 8-8 record.

"Why not us? Why not the Raiders?" Jackson said when asked if his club could make a run into the playoffs. "We're trying to win a championship. It's what I talk about. It's what I believe. I don't know anything else.

"I know some of you look at me and say, 'Man, this guy must be crazy.' No, I'm not, because the first place we're going to beat people is in the mind."

The team that Jackson plans to take to the postseason for the first time since 2002 is far from complete as it takes the field today for the first time.

Free agency is under way, but players are unable to sign until Friday. However, news is leaking out on where many of these players will sign.

Two Raiders not expected to return agreed to terms with new teams. Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski will join the Cincinnati Bengals, and left guard Robert Gallery is going to the Seattle Seahawks, where Tom Cable is the offensive-line coach. Cable was the Raiders' head coach for two full seasons and part of a third, but his contract wasn't renewed after last season, mostly because owner Al Davis wasn't happy with an 8-8 record despite seven straight seasons of 11 or more losses before that.

Rumors swirled about Nnamdi Asomugha's possible departure for the New York Jets or 49ers as an unrestricted free agent, although Jackson said he had spoken to Asomugha and had not given up hope on the cornerback's return to Oakland.


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"He's a tremendous Raider. If it doesn't work out, it's next man up," Jackson said during a news conference. "Let me remind you we have some tremendous football players on this team. That's why Stanford Routt is here. That's why (Chris) Johnson is here."

Jackson also said he spoke to unrestricted free-agent tight end Zach Miller, and one of Miller's teammates said, "He wants to come back. He just wants a fair offer."

Long snapper Jon Condo was spotted at the Marriott, having reached agreement on a contract. He joins defensive end Jarvis Moss, who agreed to terms Tuesday.

One player who had been in contact with Michael Huff thought the starting free safety might return, although there were rumors of the Raiders having interest in 49ers free safety Dashon Goldson.

Starting right guard Cooper Carlisle reported to camp and expects to compete for a starting job. His roster spot was thought to be in jeopardy as the Raiders continue to transition away from a zone blocking scheme.

"Right now you hear different things, this guy is going here, this guy is going there," Jackson said. "Some of that is true. But nothing can be signed until Friday. A lot of things can happen between now and then."

The only draft pick the Raiders confirmed as signed was running back Taiwan Jones of Eastern Washington. Allegiant Athletic Agency, which represents fifth-round pick Denarius Moore, a wide receiver from Tennessee, announced that he had signed to a four-year contract. Jackson, however, said he hoped to have the entire class signed and on the field today. Cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke, a third-round pick from Miami, said on his Twitter account he was "officially" a Raider.

Running back Rock Cartwright, the first player off the bus from Alameda, conceded the revolving-door nature of the first week of training camp will take some getting used to.

"I'm going into my 10th year, and I've never experienced anything like this," he said.

One thing the players can count on is being pushed, prodded and challenged by Jackson, who was the most vocal presence on the field as offensive coordinator and promises to step it up as coach.

"What he brings to the table is a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of charisma," strong safety Tyvon Branch said. "He has that spark, that energy. It's going to be an intense training camp."

  • Outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley said he has spoken to Davis about a contract extension and is optimistic about getting a long-term deal.

    Wimbley signed a one-year, $11.3 million contract as an exclusive franchise free agent. Extending Wimbley's deal would lower his salary-cap number and give the Raiders room under the cap.

  • Fourteen undrafted rookie free agents were in Napa, with the Raiders declining to confirm them until the players had completed physicals. Included was San Jose State quarterback Jordan La Secla and Boston College fullback James McCluskey.