Gradkowski wants to stay with Raiders

Bruce Gradkowski had the most success of all Raiders quarterbacks in 2009. But does the team want him back?

Gradkowski told the Toledo Blade on Tuesday that he would like to play in Oakland next season.

“I plan to be back with the Raiders,” said Gradkowski, who went 2-2 in four starts before he suffered a knee injury. “I think everything will work out, and I’m looking forward to it. We did a lot of good things this year and I’m looking forward to next season.”

Of course, the Raiders have a lot invested in former No. 1 overall draft pick JaMarcus Russell, who signed a six-year, $68 million contract as a rookie in 2007. Russell, who was benched in favor of Gradkowski in 2009, is considered a pet project for Raiders managing general partner Al Davis.

“I think at this point, hopefully, they’ll just pick the best guy to be out there on the field,” said Gradkowski, who will be a restricted free agent. “Money’s not an issue, but I know in this business it kind of is when you invest a lot of money in someone. All I ask for is an opportunity to compete.”

Gradkowski has played for three different teams — the Raiders, Buccaneers and Browns — during his four-year NFL career, not including the training-camp time that he spent with the Rams.

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