Raiders claim QB off waivers

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Oakland Raiders made a move to prepare for free agency by claiming quarterback Bruce Gradkowski off waivers from Cleveland. He was cut Monday.

San Francisco also put a claim on Gradkowski, but Oakland was awarded the QB based on the fact it had a worse record in 2008.

Gradkowski played for former Oakland coach Jon Gruden in Tampa Bay and that fact may have intrigued Raiders owner Al Davis.

There could be room for a backup quarterback in Oakland. Marques Tuiasosopo is a free agent, and the other backup behind starter JaMarcus Russell is Andrew Walter.

Gradkowski, a Toledo product, started the season finale for the Browns after being signed earlier in December.