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Is deal with New England a sign for Oakland?

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Is the ice thawing between the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots?

Perhaps Thursday's trade that sent disgruntled defensive end Derrick Burgess to the Patriots for undisclosed draft considerations is a sign that the Raiders are feeling better about dealing with New England.

There was obvious tension from Oakland's side following the famous "Tuck Rule" playoff game in 2002 when a controversial call ignited a New England Super Bowl run and ended the season for a very good Oakland team. Then there was the Randy Moss trade from Oakland to New England in 2007 for a fourth-round pick. Moss, who was a disappointment in two seasons in Oakland, instantly regained his groove with the Patriots.

Last year, when the Raiders cut running back LaMont Jordan, sources close to the situation told me that his agent was asked by the Raiders not to sign with either the Broncos or the Patriots. Shortly after his release, Jordan signed with New England. Ironically, Jordan is now in Denver.

Does this trade -- which on the surface looks to be a good deal for the Raiders -- show that Oakland has no problem dealing the Patriots? You never know. Maybe the Raiders simply saw an opportunity to deal a problem player for decent compensation and took it, regardless of who the trading partner was.