Other than McNabb, available QB list is thin

The Raiders are clearly looking to upgrade their quarterback group.

The team is pursuing Donovan McNabb but he is reportedly reluctant to go to Oakland. I talked to someone close to McNabb on Friday and that was the feel I was getting.

If Oakland doesn’t get McNabb, it will still likely want another quarterback to at least compete with Bruce Gradkowski and JaMarcus Russell.

However, there aren’t many other options. Here are some quarterbacks who could be available for Oakland if McNabb doesn’t become a Raider:

Daunte Culpepper, free agent: The Raiders already went this route. They likely wouldn’t want to revisit Culpepper.

Kevin Kolb, Philadelphia: If McNabb isn’t traded, Kolb could be available. But it seems like the Eagles want to move on with Kolb as their quarterback.

Troy Smith, Baltimore: He is a restricted free agent who will cost a fifth-round pick for a team to sign him. His former coach in Baltimore, Hue Jackson, in the offensive coordinator in Oakland. Smith could come in and compete for the job. But perhaps Oakland isn’t interested. He’s been available for weeks and the team hasn’t made a move yet.

Michael Vick, Philadelphia: This could be a decent alternative for Oakland. Vick would be cheaper than McNabb and he is just as good as Gradkowski and Russell.

The only quarterbacks in the available in next month’s draft who appear ready to compete for playing time are Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen. But both may be gone by the time Oakland drafts at No. 8.

So, if Oakland doesn’t land McNabb, it’s options to improve the position may be very difficult.