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Waiting for the tag

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 at 3:40 pm in Oakland Raiders.

As franchise tags pile up, still no word from the Raiders regarding Nnamdi Asomugha, who is expected to receive that designation by Thursday’s deadline.

Among those players who have been designated so far or have been told by their teams they will be tagged:

– Chiefs defensive end Jarred Allen. With his history of alcohol abuse problems, you could forgive the Chiefs for simply tagging him every year and paying him a hefty salary ($8.8 million this year) rather than break the bank with a signing bonus. Allen won’t be happy about it, however.

“If I play under the franchise tag, this will be my last year with the Chiefs,” Allen told NFL.com at the Pro Bowl.

– Ravens defensive end/linebacker Terrell Suggs. Suggs figures to be disgruntled as well. He was expecting the $8.8 million defensive end tender, and instead will get the $8 million tender of an outside linebacker. Seems foolish for the Ravens to get one of their best players upset over $800,000.

– Bengals offensive lineman Stacy Andrews ($7.5 million). A mild surprise, in that Justin Smith, last year’s franchise player, is now on the open market. Smith is coming off a two-sack season, but could make out in free agency since Allen and Suggs will both require two first-round draft picks to sign. Might be too rich for the Raiders blood.

– Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby. No impact for the Raiders, who have relatively inexpensive active linebackers in Kirk Morrison and Thomas Howard.

– Eagles TE L.J. Smith. Colts tight end Dallas Clark could also get a one-year, $4.5 million tender. Zach Miller looked good enough that he may one day himself get a franchise tag.

– Panthers RT Jordan Gross. The Raiders need long-term solutions at both tackles, unless they’re convinced Paul McQuistan is the answer on the right side. Had Gross not been franchised, they probably would have at least placed a call.

– Tennessee DT Albert Haynesworth. Robert Gallery had an encouraging year as a left guard, but could do nothing with Haynesworth. Risky for the longterm because he produced in a contract year.

Green Bay hasn’t tipped its hand yet regarding defensive tackle Corey Williams, who would break the bank in light of Haynesworth’s tag.

Kiper call
For what it’s worth, longtime draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. was available by conference call Tuesday through ESPN and had a few thoughts regarding the Raiders.

Whether you like Kiper or not, his recall regarding virtually any prospect, no matter how anonymous, is remarkable. On his Web page, Kiper had the Raiders taking Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, but conceded the landscape may have changed with the signing of Justin Fargas.

“That’s the question. Fargas is a good back. You’ve got other guys in the mix as well,” Kiper said. “So you’ve got a lot of guys, the question is do you have a lot of average guys? Fargas proved to be better than average. I don’t think you necessarily have to take McFadden, and he could be gone anyway, depending on how the coin flip goes.”

Kiper said he rates Glenn Dorsey as the top defensive tackle in the draft, but said there are people who like USC’s Sedrick Ellis better.

“I could see Sedrick Ellis as a Raider,” Kiper said.

Kiper said McFadden’s problems with fumbling are an issue, but likes his overall skills set even if he is not the runner Adrian Peterson was last year.

Not everyone shares Kiper’s feeling about McFadden. The NFL Network’s Mike Mayock has Rashard Mendenhall of Illinois as his top back.

Kiper said the Raiders’ 19-61 record over the past five years may have its roots in the draft.

“I think it’s had a lot to do with it. You look back at it and say, `OK, how many of those guys actually became quality starters?,’ ” Kiper said. “I think you can always look at your football team, and if they’re lacking, they’re lacking because of the draft not being as beneficial as it should be.”

Aging wideouts available
If the Raiders wanted to go retro to the days when Jerry Rice and Tim Brown were on their last legs, Keyshawn Johnson wants to make a comeback and Muhsin Muhammad was released by the Chicago Bears.

With Jerry Porter scheduled to become a free agent, the Raiders are extraordinarily thin at wide receiver with Ronald Curry, Johnnie Lee Higgins, Jonathan Holland, Todd Watkins, Drisan James and Will Buchanon under contract.

While no wide receiver attending the NFL scouting combine is thought to be a No. 3 or 4 selection, there are a few targets worth considering if the Raiders did what they never do and move back in the draft.

Cal’s DeSean Jackson is the most explosive and a dangerous punt return specialist Larger targets include Oklahoma’s Malcolm Kelly (6-4, 218 pounds) and Indiana’s James Hardy (6-6, 220). Michigan’s Mario Manningham is also considered a potential first-round pick. All are underclassmen, so none were scouted during the college all-star circuit.

Kiper thinks Kelly could be the first receiver taken by the time the draft comes around, and also said he thinks Cal’s LaValle Hawkins could be an early second-round pick or even sneak into the first round.

Will be headed to the combine Wednesday and will file daily blogs from Indianapolis . . .

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  • La Milicia Negra

    RaiderDogg…

    ohhh Trevor Laws! man i hope he will end up like M. Bush, a gift falling late in our laps =)

    if we get him i would be in 7th heaven, if we get Dorsey and Laws or Ellis and Laws I would be most excited about we got Laws. Probably because i know we will get either Dorsey or Ellis. But Laws has that “so you say they are better than me? I’ll show you” attitude that I just looove =)

  • RaiderDell

    Dakota

    Just playin, or did you?

  • M

    RaiderDell, I was simply apologizing for my exceptional ignorance about football in six separate languages. And then again in English of course.

  • RaiderDell

    Dakota

    Read Scottish post, no LT out there.

    Please no Flozell Adams, to much money.

  • RaiderDell

    M

    Very good, I like your smarts.

  • La Milicia Negra

    if McQuistan in Dallas can beat Flozell so can our Mcquistan!

  • RaiderDell

    LMN

    I agreee what you said!!

  • M

    LMN speaks and so it is.

  • La Milicia Negra

    I rather give Max Starks big money than Flozell Adams

  • Dakota

    There has to be someone out there that can play LT better than Barry f-ing Sims! Come on people.

    Lincoln Kennedy, come out of retirement, pleeeeease!

    Does anyone here believe that Mario Henderson can play LT in the NFL?

  • M

    RaiderDell have you caused enough of your clients grief for the day or is it just a Nation break?

  • M

    Haven’t seen enough of Mario Henderson to know if he’d be better’n Florence Henderson protecting the Franchise’s back side.

  • RaiderDell

    Dakota

    Henderson is technically our third round pick this year, if you look at our move at the draft last year.

    He didn’t sniff a down, who’s to say if he will play this year.

  • RaiderDell

    M

    Actually lunch, just getting caught up with the comings and goings of Raider Nation.

    Believe me this is more fun, but in a few minutes work begins again.

  • M

    If there was an Orlando Pace or Jonathan Ogden out there I’d take that in a heartbeat, worrying about the D-line later. There just isn’t anybody of that ability.

  • La Milicia Negra

    I remember a cool thing about the ’07 season…When Cable was asked about the former woes the raiders o-lines have had…He simply said, the Atlanta line he left was less talented than the one he just saw in Oakland! Atlanta was #1 in rushing yards when he left!

    I bet Cable has a great plan for our O-line, its our D-line and linebackers im worried about!

  • Dakota

    The thought of letting Russell play with Sims guarding his blind side actually keeps me up at night.

    Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop drinking Rum and Coke.

    The thought of Shaq and the Suns beating the Lakers tonight makes me physically ill.

    No wonder I need Nexium.

  • http://insidebayarea.com Unknown

    Mario Henderson couldn’t play left tackle against
    Barack Obama’s cousin, Dick Chaney!!

    Now thats a let down, like Barack often says! lol

  • RaiderDell

    To all taxpayers, Raider fans,

    Have a great day, I’m off to save more dollars from leaving the wallet.

    Many happy returns, later

  • stretch

    we should draft matt ryan

  • M

    Just one more scoring drive per game for the O. Just one! And its a whole new ballgame so to speak.
    Don’t need a flash superstar for that. Solid line play and its done.

  • Rob Ryan’s Pickled Liver

    Barry’s last name should be Sive…not Sims.

    The left side of the line is like a sive when he’s in there…

    Barry Sive couldn’t block a high school lineman

  • Quagmire’d

    Barry Sive is the man!

  • La Milicia Negra

    http://www.mysuncoast.com/Global/story.asp?S=7898610&nav=menu577_2_1

    The Oakland Raiders have applied their franchise tag to cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, according to Adam Schefter of NFL Network.

    Asomugha will be tendered a one-year contract equal to the average of the five highest-paid cornerbacks in 2007.

    A five-year veteran who attended the University of California, Asomugha is eligible to talk with other teams. If he signs an offer sheet elsewhere and the Raiders opt not to exercise their right to match, the Raiders would be entitled to compensation in the amount of two first-round draft picks.

    Asomugha was a first-round pick of the Raiders in the 2003 draft.

  • La Milicia Negra
  • http://yuraho.com Oakglenn

    Woah, there’s Adam Shefter going waaaaaay out on a limb again, trying to gain some cred after his last three idiotic debacles. Way to go Adam.

  • Memo

    I wish it were a long term deal…Thanks LMN

  • Memo

    The Suns are lucky Bynum is out. He ate Amare Stoudamire alive last time!! Todays game is just a preview of how the Lakers are going to get Phil Jackson his 10th ring.

  • Quagmire’d

    Fabian got arrested for domestic battery in Florida yesterday.

  • M

    Even if it seemed a foregone conclusion, tagging Nnamdi is very good to hear.
    Oakglenn, what is Adam Scheisster up to now?

  • http://yuraho.com James Brown From Heaven

    C’mon Quagmire’d, who hasn’t gotten completely toasted, hit their girlfriend and then shot at a couple of cops. It happens all the time.

  • Quagmire’d

    The article says Fabian “boned” his way out of jail on Wednesday….lol.

  • Raider Raul

    Why does Schefter get all the scoops??
    So IF someone else were to bait Nnamdi away, where would the 2 1st round picks come from?? Do they come from the team who gets the player? Or from the league??

  • Quagmire’d

    Sure thing, Sex Machine…get up-a, get on up!

  • http://yuraho.com Oakglenn

    M, trying to get some credibility back. Shefter saying the Raiders tagged Asomugha on Wednesday before the tag deadline is like me breaking a story on this blog that as of noon today 20 Feb, Al Davis is the majority general partner of the Oakland Raiders. Tell us something we don’t know, Adam.

  • Quagmire’d

    The team, Raider Raul….probably future first round picks, maybe including this years too…don’t know.

  • M

    by the way, OG, a good afternoon to you.

  • Raider Raul

    Why does Schefter get all the scoops??
    I know it’s unlikely to happen, but IF another team were to bait Nnamdi away, where would the 2 1st round picks come from?? Do they come from the team who gets the player in 2008 & 2009? Or from the league??

  • http://insidebayarea.com Unknown

    Man that’s bad. Fabian couldn’t even make headlines starved espn. His trade value just went to about a 5th rd pick.

    That Cromartie cat suddenly looks takeable now.

  • Rob Ryan’s Pickled Liver

    Terrible Mug Shot of Fabian Washington… Dude looks like he’s been out drinking with Rob Ryan!

  • Raider Raul

    Q,
    Probably something like this year’s and next year’s. Obviously, the compensation is so steep, it discourages that happening anyways.

    OG,
    I think you’re right. Schefter only “breaks” a story if it is painfully predictable (Nnamdi & Shell).

  • Memo

    He didn’t even beat his girl. A real NFL great would of kicked the crap out of her. No wonder Stanford Routt took his starting spot

  • Quagmire’d

    Haha…at least we know he does something well.

  • http://disinfo.com RaiderTW

    That’s right Quagmire’d:
    Washington boned out of jail Wednesday afternoon.
    Boy, is his bone tired!

  • Rob Ryan’s Pickled Liver

    Somebody should send article that to Jay Leno for his funnt headlines segment! He Boned his way out of the big house!

  • M

    Two Raider cornerbacks in the news on a winter’s day, does that have implication for the two-headed coinflip in Indy?

  • Rob Ryan’s Pickled Liver

    SEND US YOUR HEADLINES:

    IF YOU HAVE A WACKY HEADLINE, SEND IT TO:

    “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”
    ATTN: Headlines
    3000 W. Alameda Avenue
    Burbank, CA 91523

  • La Milicia Negra

    we’ve been out of the spotlight for some days and on the same day we hit it with a jail trip and a tag story…

    Hmmm at least it not something like Al Davis has stepped down and his little known brother will take over the franchise and Kiffin is going to be HC of a NFL Europe team….

  • La Milicia Negra

    —”The Titans officially placed the franchise tag on Albert Haynesworth.
    He will earn $7.25 million if he plays under the tag, but don’t expect him to sign for a while. The Titans and Haynesworth will work on a long-term deal, but both sides have some motivation to put it off. Haynesworth’s effort has been inconsistent in his career, but another All Pro year could make him the richest defender in the league.
    Feb. 20 – 4:24 p.m. ET”—

  • La Milicia Negra

    btw the cornerback tender is $9,465,000