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Rhodes’ restructure was conditional

It sounds as if Dominic Rhodes was promised that if he agreed to take less money on his contract and the Raiders drafted Darren McFadden, he would be granted his release.

“If they drafted Darren McFadden I was like, ‘Listen, I’ll restructure but it’s got to be to where if y’all draft him I can leave, you know. Y’all let me go.’ That’s kind of how it went,” Rhodes said in an interview on Sirius Satellite Radio Tuesday. “They kept their word and they let me get a chance to go somewhere else and get my opportunity. I know they like Mike Bush. They just re-signed Justin [Fargas] and I didn’t want to have to deal with what I dealt with last year because I know I can play and I know somebody can use someone like me.”

Host Pat Kirwan asked Rhodes if he regretted the decision to come to Oakland as a a free agent.

“The year out in Oakland was a tough one for me, man, especially coming from the Colts which is a great organization. They put together their team in a way with not a bunch of guys that are supposed to be like Hollywood types,” Rhodes said. “They go and get guys like myself who they know can play football and they put them on the field and they win with them, you know?

“Out in Oakland it was tough, man. I got put into a bad situation. The first thing was my fault by getting the four-game suspension but then when I got back, they knew that I was going to have that four-game suspension, and when I got back they kind of held it against me, didn’t give me my shot to get on the field and do the things that they said they were going to do.”

“That right there kind of let me know what was going on and then I don’t see the reason why the Raiders needed to draft a running back, you know what I’m saying? We had like a stable full of running backs that are capable, that ran for a hundred yards, every one of them and we went and drafted a guy that – he’s a great runner, don’t get me wrong – but I don’t understand the logic behind it.”

Rhodes’ complaints about playing time carry some merit, but the thing that hurt his chances the worst was when Fargas exploded for 179 yards against Miami the week before he became eligible.

If McFadden is as good as the Raiders think he is, they simply couldn’t pass on him. Rhodes is an above average back, but not a home run threat. Once Jordan was injured in the same Miami game where Fargas won the job, Rhodes probably should have been the second runner and given more of a workload.

Jordan seemed clearly uninterested once Fargas took over and Rhodes talked from the heart and played from the heart.

He got a chance in the final two games of the season to put two good games on film, and the Raiders did the right thing in keeping their word and letting him go once they drafted McFadden.

Rhodes sounded interested in returning to the Colts.

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  • Tommy Trojan

    Could I? yes

    Will I? no

  • 408RAIDER

    LMN

    I read the whole thing, but I have no life

  • Tommy Trojan

    i think i’m out for the night

  • albert bigelow paine

    I would like a home jersey with his name spelled in all lower case letters. Perhaps it could even be misspelled.

  • albert bigelow paine

    good night tommy

  • La Milicia Negra

    Isn’t there an inflation going on…Ever since Obama was accused of being an elitist everybody saying it about everything?

    and elitist is someone who believes in rule by an elite group, not somebody whop thinks he is superior! a peasant could be an elitist but was of course very unlikely =)

    TT has never shown any thoughts here about the rule of law, not that I remember =) it was just a simple conversation about accent… no condemnations what so ever! form either of us… not intentionally!

  • 408RAIDER

    Oh isht the spelling & grammer police r back

  • La Milicia Negra

    # Tommy Trojan Says:
    April 30th, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Could I? yes

    Will I? no
    _________________________

    muhhahaha, good one =)

  • La Milicia Negra

    408…

    yup thats him =) im just the name police or what you will call it… and that is a bad gig =)

  • Jhill

    It was mentioned earlier that Branch might not make the team?

    That had to be a typo …

    Guaranteeing UDFAs, but not Branch? That’s odd!

  • albert bigelow paine

    a peasant could be an elitist but was of course very unlikely =)

    What the hell does that mean? Is that even English? It certainly is not a coherent thought.

  • 408RAIDER

    LMN

    LOL… my beloved SHARKS r tryin 2 get eliminated =(

  • Petronius

    Pansy boys come out to play!

  • La Milicia Negra

    A peasant could think that the lord of the Manor was better to lead, in fact thats was why the feudalism was going on for so long…. that also why the rule of the mob alway fail… because everybody want to lead… democracy is the nice middle way =)

  • Tommy Trojan

    Someone comes to a blog, complains about the the spelling and grammar of others on the blog, and about how their innability to live up to his standards negatively affects the general perception of a group he claims to be a part of. This person then proceeds to claim that said individuals lack intelligence and are elitests, while at the same time calling them hypocrites. It’s priceless……..

  • La Milicia Negra

    TT…

    Lol well said =)

  • Tommy Trojan

    jhill, it should have said “rankin”, not “branch”……….it was a typo

  • 408RAIDER

    PAIN

    with all due respect LMN isnt even comunicating in his native toung so lay off. geez cant we just talk bout the raides without all u so called masters of grammer & spelling complainin?

    PLEASE

  • coinman

    i fail to see the corellation between honesty, truth, and capitol letters. Is this sentence somehow more holy than that previous?

  • La Milicia Negra

    408…

    thats icehockey right?

    1 hour left and then I have time off until monday =) NICE!

  • 408RAIDER

    sharks 2 dallas 1 go RAIDERS

  • RaiderKC

    TT-KC dealt their locker room leader to the Vikes for big trade value, Fargas can go and let someone else step up as a leader.

  • La Milicia Negra

    Griffith is more important than Fargas as a leader, Fargas is ‘just’ a workhorse – a good one even but not a leader

  • albert bigelow paine

    La Milicia Negra, thank you for sharing with us your 7th grade education. I suggest you go back to school. Maybe you could finally get that GED. Then you could try to explain to me your theories on Medieval social history. Until then, stick to football.

  • Tommy Trojan

    fargas won’t collect a third of the deal allen did, he’ll fetch a 2nd at best

  • Tommy Trojan

    and we’re the ignorant, arrogant elitests?

  • La Milicia Negra

    ABP…

    thanks i take that as a compliment =)

  • daaraiders

    Tommy Trojan, thanks for your input on my bet with my friend. Yes I can afford to lose the money involved and I also believe they are very good bets for me, as you confirmed.

    Although I grew up in Oakland I now live in Manhattan Beach and fly with my kids to all the home games. What city do you live in down here?

  • coinman

    who is this ABP character, anyway- and what does he provide to this blog?

  • Tommy Trojan

    he leads by example, he’s the model “locker room guy” and he’s well respected by the coaching staff, he’s the ideal role model for the youngest team in football

  • Tommy Trojan

    Daaraiders,

    SD right now

  • La Milicia Negra

    role model and leader is not the same, not to me that is

  • daaraiders

    Huff, thanks for responding to my note to you on my bet with my friend. I can respect your personal views on gambling but I enjoy it (I go to Vegas 3-4 times a year)and yes I can afford to lose the money.

  • daaraiders

    Coach on Wheels and BlackholePriest, any thoughts on my post #487?

  • albert bigelow paine

    Coinman, I like to think that I bring an air of respectability to this blog and to Raider Nation. You can think of me as your “arbiter elegantiae”.

  • Thec

    TT, what part of SD area. I live in Chula Vista
    work in mira mesa area.

  • albert bigelow paine

    To all my fellow bloggers, salvere iubeo!

  • Huff24

    http://www.raiders.com/Team/Default.aspx?id=146&soryBy=number

    Other rookies were added to the roster on Raiders.com

  • La Milicia Negra

    arbiter elegantiae is an elitist =) so whats your problem with other elitists?

  • coinman

    ABP: attacks regarding concepts and theories are defensible, even useful, but i don’t see how purely personal attacks or insults add anything beneficial to the discussions here.

  • Tommy Trojan

    i’m about 5 miles outside of la mesa

  • La Milicia Negra

    ABP… you are hard to welcome, but heck!

  • albert bigelow paine

    I guess you fobs are not keen enough to realize I was being ironic. I am an elitist and proud of it. Good night and pleasant dreams.

  • La Milicia Negra

    Coinman…

    Hear Hear!

  • RaiderKC

    If getting rid of Fargas means help on the cap, the heck with role model. Al can hire me, I can be a great role model for a lot less $$$

  • 2sense

    Some reporters really make me sick. their blatant manipulation of facts to prove a point gets so out of hand it insults my intelligence and really makes me wonder how someone so stupid can get a job for a major newspaper like the SF Chronicle.

    Read this nonsense.
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2008/04/29/sports/s131636D77.DTL

    The 2005 draft was far from a bad one for Oakland. This idiot decides to leave out Stanford Routt and Kirk Morrison which in anyone’s opinion (except for his bull crap position) are solid 2nd and 3rd round picks. Andrew Walter was exactly what 3rd round quarterbacks are…..solid backups. Ta boot he still really hasn’t had a shot to prove himself behind a line that might give him more than a half a second to throw the ball. Fabian Washington was a low profile athlete. he was fast and could jump high. a classic al davis pick. of the 12 cornerbacks (yes 12) taken in the first 2 rounds only one’s made it to the pro bowl.

    I get so tired of a gross collection of misleading yabber. I mean do your job, goldberg. your job is to inform people. at least do so on a factual base rather than formulating a collection of bs to try to prove some theory.

  • Tommy Trojan

    and latin jargon does little to enhance your credibility on a FB blog

  • La Milicia Negra

    KC…

    Fargas is cheaper to keep than to let go right now, Jordan has a higher ’08 salary as i recall anyway =)

  • RaiderKC

    drop em both

  • La Milicia Negra

    Nah hta wouldn’t be a good idea.. then we would have 3 rookie runningbacks