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Packers' Anderson will help fill void

Green Bay traded strong safety Marques Anderson to the Oakland Raiders for two 2005 draft picks on Friday.

The Packers will get a fifth- and a sixth-round pick for
Anderson, Green Bay coach and general manager Mike Sherman said.

Anderson told The Associated Press from Nashville, where the
Packers were to play Tennessee in their exhibition finale on Friday
night, that Raiders senior personnel executive Michael Lombardi
told him he'd get a chance to start because of an injury to strong
safety Derrick Gibson.

"If I can pick up the system quickly, they want to see if I can
start at Pittsburgh Sept. 12," Anderson said.

However, Raiders coach Norv Turner said Friday he doesn't expect
Anderson to start right away in new defensive coordinator Rob
Ryan's 3-4 scheme.

"I think that would be very difficult," Turner said. "It
would be hard for him to come in and play in a major role. ... But
he can have an impact on our run defense."

At first, Turner expects to use Anderson in short-yardage and
goal-line situations. The Raiders allowed a league-worst 156.9
yards per game on the ground last season.

Gibson dislocated his right shoulder in Oakland's 28-24
exhibition victory over the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night, but
the Raiders had started targeting Anderson as someone they wanted
more than a week ago.

"We've been looking," said Turner, who was asked by owner Al
Davis to watch film on Anderson. "Marques Anderson is physical, a
very good tackler, and he's a guy we've had in our sights really
for the last week to 10 days.

"Obviously, the timing of it with Derrick, it was something we
needed."

Gibson's status is still unclear. He could need surgery right
away, which would mean he'd be sidelined at least eight weeks,
Turner said. The Raiders hadn't decided whether to place Gibson on
injured reserve Sunday when they cut their roster down from 65 to
53 players.

"It's disappointing because of the way Derrick was playing and
working," Turner said. "We've got to overcome it, and we're
capable of overcoming it."

Anderson was going to be a backup again in Green Bay, where he
lost out to free agent Mark Roman during a training camp
competition for the starting safety job opposite Darren Sharper.

"I've enjoyed my time with the Packers, but I look at Oakland
as an opportunity to show what I can do," Anderson said. "I'm
exited. I'll be in California, close to home and I'm ready to
roll."

Anderson was a third-round draft pick out of UCLA and started 11
games in 2002 and seven last year, plus both of the Packers'
playoff games. He spent the latter part of last season as the
starting strong safety after a pair of injuries sidelined Antuan
Edwards, who had beaten him out for the job in training camp.

Anderson has career totals of 139 tackles, 96 of them solo, five
interceptions and four fumble recoveries in 30 career games. In
three playoff games, he's tallied 18 tackles and one sack.

Anderson returned two interceptions for touchdowns his rookie
year, when he was named the team's defensive rookie of the year and
three times won the NFL's weekly defensive rookie of the week
honors.

"I always looked at myself as a starter," he said. "I always
prepared as a starter and I think with Green Bay giving me (18
starts) it really matured me fast in the league. Now, I have the
opportunity in Oakland to solidify myself as the starting safety."

Anderson said he leaves with no hard feelings.

"It's professional. Sooner or later, everything will work
itself out," he said. "This might not have been my time in Green
Bay, but I'm a football player and I play football. I love the
players, the coaching staff, the organization in Green Bay. But I'm
going from one heavy traditional team to another. No hard feelings
at all."