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Raiders sign McFadden

By Jon Becker
Thursday, June 5th, 2008 at 11:03 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Oakland Raiders announced late Thursday night that they’ve signed first-round pick Darren McFadden, the former star running back from Arkansas who was the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Stay tuned for a more detailed story on our Website from our beat writer, Steve Corkran.

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  • seatown raider

    and im still way too stoked to sleep…. whats up lmn?

  • La Milicia Negra

    Seatown…

    Not much, great news to wake up to, though =) as a dude who was against us drafting both Jammy and McFadden, i’m ecstatic right now….

    I have to pinch myself sometimes, as a raiderfan, to have an honest optimism before a season, I can’t remember when I last felt like this… perhaps in 2001…. if i could CAPS numbers i would have =)

  • seatown raider

    what did your friend say about the bet you won?

  • La Milicia Negra

    Seatown…

    He said “Great, good to get that confirmed” and then we had a night in the city =)

  • La Milicia Negra

    From Jason Jones…..

    —”
    ALAMEDA – The Raiders spent freely to retain players and lure free agents to Oakland.

    Along the way, one of the Raiders’ most valuable defensive players became one of their bargains.

    The Raiders have not promised to boost defensive end Derrick Burgess’ salary to the going rate for two-time Pro Bowl defensive ends, even as lesser lights at his position cash in.

    But would the Raiders restructure his deal?

    “Nah,” he said. “That wasn’t one of the things we really talked about. I only worry about the (stuff) I can control, ya dig?”

    Burgess, 29, said former personnel executive Mike Lombardi last year promised a new deal to Burgess, coming off his second consecutive Pro Bowl following the 2006 season.

    But Lombardi was fired, and Burgess never got a new contract to supercede the five-year, $17.5 million deal – with $6 million guaranteed – he signed in 2005. Sure, that’s not the veteran’s minimum, but some players would have complained anyway.

    Burgess could have joined the list of NFL players publicly demanding a trade directly (see Chad Johnson the last few months) or indirectly (Miami’s Jason Taylor).

    Burgess hasn’t participated in voluntary workouts, opting to work out at Mississippi, where he played college football. That doesn’t concern the Raiders, though, since Burgess never works out in California during the offseason.

    “Spend time with my family and everything,” Burgess said. “Ain’t none of my folks out here.”

    He showed up for this week’s mandatory minicamp in shape and displayed the quickness that makes him difficult to block.

    If his contract is bothering him, you wouldn’t know.

    “Derrick has handled himself with great class,” said Raiders coach Lane Kiffin, acknowledging that several players around the league and on the Raiders earn more than Burgess.

    The Raiders gave Tommy Kelly the richest deal for a defensive tackle in league history: seven years for $50.5 million with $18.125 million guaranteed. The team retained defensive tackle Terdell Sands last year with a four-year, $17 million deal that guaranteed $4 million.

    And when the team traded for defensive tackle Gerard Warren, the Raiders inherited Warren’s contract from 2006, which was for six years and $36 million with $10 million guaranteed. Burgess had eight sacks in 14 games last season while suffering from a calf injury.

    That tied Chris Clemons for the team lead last season. Clemons subsequently signed as a free agent with Philadelphia in a five-year deal reportedly worth up to $18.5 million.

    Even if Burgess were to raise a fuss, though, the Raiders don’t seem inclined to offer a new deal until 2009 at the earliest.

    “(Burgess is) a Pro Bowl player that has played great here in the past, battled through injuries last year to get back on the field,” Kiffin said, pointing to the two years remaining on his contract. “It’s one of those situations.”
    “—

  • Mistabrown

    Theres only 1 football whos going to get it? RB’s will tell you that they need to stay in the game to get warm LK needs to keep these guys fed somehow. A nice problem to have..

    Lets face it with this running game we dont need Rice/Brown as WR’s so Walker/Carter/Curry/Miller is going
    to be more than sufficient, potent as a matter of fact if JR dont hurt us with INT’s and just manage the game and RR doesn’t F up the defense its going to be exciting!

    Cant wait for NE to come to town!

  • La Milicia Negra

    Raiders expect a return to form by receiver Walker
    By Steve Corkran
    Staff writer
    Article Created: 06/04/2008 09:22:12 PM PDT

    ALAMEDA — Raiders wide receiver Javon Walker either is a bona fide playmaker or a player on the verge of seeing his career end because of a bum right knee, depending upon whom you speak with.

    In this case, the Raiders prefer to err on the side of their own medical evaluations and firsthand viewings of Walker, thank you, rather than speculation by Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan.

    The early returns are glowing for Walker in his first season with the Raiders, only a few months after the Broncos jettisoned him earlier this year after two seasons.

    “Javon is so explosive,” Raiders coach Lane Kiffin said. “We think that he’s going to be the best he’s been in years, as far as health-wise. I know he’s excited about this upcoming season and (the opportunity) to prove a lot of people wrong.”

    Walker is working with the Raiders starting offense these days, opposite Drew Carter. A little more than three months ago, he was unemployed and saddled with the label as an injury-prone player who was past his prime.

    It didn’t help matters that Shanahan said of his former lead receiver that Walker’s right knee likely would require microfracture surgery within the next two to four years.

    The Raiders threw caution to the wind, not to mention a boatload of money Walker’s way. He signed a six-year contract four days later that guarantees him $12 million this season and $16 million overall.

    The hope in Raidersland is that they happened across a player on the verge of regaining the form that led to his catching 89 passes for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Green Bay Packers in 2004 and not the one who had only 26 receptions for 287 yards and no touchdowns last season.

    For the record, Walker has had three surgeries on his right knee. The last of those came early last season as a result of an injury he sustained during an exhibition game.

    Before the surgery, Walker, 29, was one of the league’s most productive receivers. He posted back-to-back 100-yard receiving games and had 17 receptions in Denver’s first two games.

    Walker said his injury had nothing to do with his startling drop in production.

    “I just wasn’t used the way that I thought I was supposed to be used “… ,” Walker said. “My ability is still the same.”

    Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt played against Walker each of the past two seasons. The Walker he sees during offseason workouts looks every bit as dangerous as the Walker who once made life difficult on Raiders defensive backs, he said.

    “He looks fine to me,” Routt said. “He still has that good foot quickness. He’s real fast off the line of scrimmage from what I’ve seen so far. Who knows? Maybe his knee isn’t 100 percent. Who really cares? The only thing that matters is when September comes. From the looks of things, he’s going to be fine.”

    Kiffin said Walker’s weight is a bit on the high side but that owes to it being the offseason and Walker still working his way back into shape.

    “We think he’s in a good place right now,” Kiffin said. “He’s going to continue to get faster as his weight goes down.”

    When that happens, Walker said, look out.

    “It’s going to be a deadly combination between all of us as wideouts when we get on the same page,” Walker said.

    Notes: Kiffin didn’t offer an update on running back LaMont Jordan’s status. Kiffin informed Jordan on Tuesday that the Raiders’ plans for 2008 don’t include Jordan. The Raiders earlier granted permission to Jordan’s agent, Alvin Keels, to seek a trade. “… The agent for unsigned first-round draft pick Darren McFadden, Ian Greengross, met with Raiders officials Wednesday
    ______________________________________________________

    Here is one fan that hopes the staff is right and my worries is plain wrong…

  • dick v

    K-Rock as soon as Namdi’s deal gets done, the Raiders will gain about 5 million in cap space: he is counting for about 11 million dollars in cap space right now if no deal gets worked and he plays under the tag. Stuart was set to be paid 3 million this year. Lamont was supposed to get 4.7 million. The Raiders have been paying a lot of mediocre people good money for some time. They got the money and cap space to work out deals for everyone.

  • dick v

    The raiders have signed all their no. 1 before camp until last year. The deal last year was not about the money it was how the money was to be paid out. Russell’s camp did not want any signing bonues money they wanted all option bonus money that could not get recouped in case of a Micheal Vick type of mistake. Al would rather not pay the kid then set himself up for a fall like that. Finally both sides worked out a deal that both were happy with. russell’s deal is really unique. He did not get a signing bonus, nor did he get a big option bonus in the offseason. I think he gets a good size option bonus next season and he just gets like 4 million this year for salary.

    DMAC like every other player in the NFL wa probably really happy to get a fat signing bonus with his new deal. This is what Al is used to and prefers.

  • Mistabrown

    Nice job Dick V. I assume you were answering Rick the Hunters assertion the Raiders were playing silly games last year not signing JR sooner, some fans just dont get it.

    Loligaging eh Rick ?

  • Mistabrown

    OakGlenn I guess we can ad Mad Stork to your list of ingrate aliases ? Funny how these names come out of nowhere to get your back…

  • La Milicia Negra

    MistaBrwon…

    funny, it was my guess too, that it was Oakglenn =) LOL

  • La Milicia Negra

    and that DK#99 was Oakglenn too, we’ll never know =)

  • Scottish Raider

    $26m guaranteed isn’t a stupid deal, especially after the Falcons went mad over Matt Ryan. It also allows us to move into camp with McFadden safely signed.

    I have been impressed with McFadden’s maturity. He said he wanted a quick deal and his agent has quickly and quietly done the business. It proves that McFadden isn’t stupid, isn’t ridiculously greedy, thinks about the impact on the team and his team, and that he employs a very responsible agent.

  • Scottish Raider

    A few other observations on the last few days.

    The Oline is still very much work in progress. Harris looks okay and will certainly improve with familiarity and practice. Gallery and Carlisle are fixtures. I like Chris Morris but expected John Wade to make a stronger impact. RT is a problem, Green is adequate but isn’t really nothing more than a back-up. Kiff’s comments about Henderson are a real wake-up call – toughen up or ship out. Given the apparant lack of confidence in McQuistan, I suspect we might go looking for another RT very soon. Unless they try Wilson at RT?

    The Dline looks much better. Warren seems fired up – and there was never any doubt about his ability. Josh Shaw realises this is his last chance and is giving it a real go. Richardson continues to improve and is quietly becoming a very important guy for us. Burgess seems fit and motivated. Add Kelly and we have the basis for some optimism.

    The WRs are progressing reasonably well. Carter looks a steal. Walker isn’t there yet but is probably ahead of schedule. Higgins seems to have passed the first part of his audition. Of the others, Watkins seems the closest to a roster spot – good routes and he catches everything. Shields will be worried by his injury. Curry must be very worried.

    Unless we only go with two TEs. Has Madsen disappeared? Has Reese made a case?

    I am slightly concerned about the cover behind Asomugha and Hall. Routt is still inconsistent. Johnson is average and Bowie still plays like a trackstar. We need some experienced depth.

    And lets hope Mr Pain is okay.

  • Exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Good Morning Raider Nation,
    I’m ready for the anti-Laker abuse. So it will be 6 games instead of 5. I’m a man. I can take it. My hummus, pita and hot wingss did’nt taste too good in the 4th quarter. Kinda lost my appetite.
    Go Lakers.

    Glad we signed Mcfadden early. As I proudly recall me saying before the draft:

    “With the 4th pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders select Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas.”
    Go Raiders!!!

  • KIrk

    Someone is still talking about the Lakers? The team that wins game one of a series wins the series 83% of the time. The Lakers are soft. They got killed on the boards. This will continue.

  • KIrk

    Thank you, Al.

    Goodbye Mike Shanahan.

  • ChargersChoke

    D-Mac put some more muscle on those legs and break some tackles , speed is great but containment is greater, just ask Reggie Bush.

  • Florida Pete

    Shanahan will be looking for a new job after this season…

    personally, i could use a new gardener…

  • La Milicia Negra

    FL Pete…

    its to hot for shanny down there =)

  • RAIDER BO IN SoFLA

    Good Morning Nation!!

    I just want to say when I read the thread about us signing DMC, The day just got much brighter!

    My wife is ordering my #20 Jersey today… Any suuggestions on what color??

    Go Lakers!!!

  • http://raiders.com 408RAIDER

    RAIDER BO IN SoFLA

    Ya gotta go black dude!

    Monrin NATAION

  • http://raiders.com 408RAIDER

    Exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    June 6th, 2008 at 6:09 am
    Good Morning Raider Nation,
    I’m ready for the anti-Laker abuse. So it will be 6 games instead of 5

    way to man up! Only other person to do so was Dakota!!! f Bball

    Sign Nnamdi!!!!!!!!!

  • http://ibabuzz.com antispy3

    Well, the dysfunctional Raiders are presenting a respectable immitation of a “model” NFL franchise by addressing the predominance of their “weaknesses” and wrapping up all their key players well in advance of late July’s training camp deadline. No PR nightmare this time around.

    Now all that is left is to sign Nnamdi Asmougha.

    However such moveshaven’t appeared to appease the “talking head” sect.

    Instead of 1) acknowledging the significance of the acquisition “ProFootball Talk.com felt compelled to bury this “Caesarian” move en lieu of providing praise.

    2) A move of significance was uncermoniously “buried” by PFT, the fourth rated story (The Big Show trumpheting his displeasure with the Seahawks young WR’s was the “headline article.” Subjectivity in it’s truest form) on their usually (unless the Raiders are involved)objective web site.

    Seems they are peeved that the Raiders felt compelled to “scoop” the “Mediots” by transmitting the announcement to their fan ticket base web site first. Seems they have a complaint against promoting their good fortune to their potential season ticket base.

    Thus PFT, whom I generally consider a fine, informative & humorous NFL resource will retain their anger regarding the Raiders “clandestine” approach to the media (which, I assume, they consider themselves amongst. A pox on them).

    On a happier note I celebrated the signing of DMac by purchasing a matching (home & away) set of McFadden jerseys on EBay. Authentic @ that. Merely $138.00, dealer prep, options & shipping included. Check it out yourself. Save a few bucks & be the first kid on your block to resplendently display your Raider fandom.

    Always In; Never OUT (cleans, whitens & brightens too!)

    late

    antispy3

  • Raider4life

    408–It’ll still be Lakers in 5. P.P. is so full of sh*t with that faking crap. Asomugha has no choice since he has the franchise tag. He will be ready to go when training camp opens next month. Yes fBball. Both Laker and Celtics teams of the 80′s would sweep both of these.

  • http://none Bill Pickel

    The Fakers are SOFT.

    I can’t wait to see Kobe throw his team under the bus after they choke.

    Go Celtics.

  • mike24

    just RUN DMC!!!

  • http://www.Raiders.com Oakglenn

    Actually LMN and mistaclown, some people here enjoy my perspective. Unlike you where you post much, yet say little.

  • http://none Bill Pickel

    Running back Darren McFadden reached a six-year, $60 million agreement Thursday night with the Oakland Raiders that includes $26 million guaranteed.

    [+] EnlargeAP Photo/Michael Conroy

    Darren McFadden’s contract includes $26 million in guarantees.

    McFadden is the third of the top four draft choices to reach a deal. Offensive lineman Jake Long, of the Miami Dolphins, and quarterback Matt Ryan, of the Falcons, the third pick in the draft, have signed. McFadden, the fourth pick, reached an agreement after negotiating during the Raiders’ minicamp.

    McFadden’s agent, Ian Greengross, flew to Oakland to start negotiations with the Raiders. Both sides wanted to get a deal done quickly.

    The tricky part was getting enough guaranteed money to compete with Long and Ryan’s deals. Ryan received more than $34 million in guarantees on his six-year, $72 million contract. But Ryan reached the agreement the day the NFL voided the final two years of the collective bargaining agreement. Negotiations for draft choices since have become more complicated because of the possibility of having an uncapped year in 2010.

    Greengross and the Raiders were able to work through the red tape and come up with a six-year contract that maximized guarantees. Many analysts of the rules involving the uncapped year predicted more five-year contracts that included less overall and guaranteed money.

    McFadden is expected to share the running back position with Justin Fargas. The team scheduled an 11 p.m. Friday news conference to announce the signing. He becomes the 21st of the 252 league draft choices to reach an agreement.

    John Clayton in a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.

  • Exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Now that McFadden’s signed, watch the media go neg

  • JediRaider

    This was a great deal considering the Matt Ryan debacle a pick a head of us and the uncapped year that made 6 year deals tough to deal with and the fact that Jake Long got a 5 year deal. We should have expected the guaranteed money to follow this formula:

    Pick 1 – 32 million/6 years
    Pick 2 – 30 million/6 years
    Pick 3 – 28 million/6 years
    Pick 4 – 26 million/6 years

    Based on this, D Mac got what his slot deserved and I’m sure Al got the “Accountability and Forfeiture” clause in the contract that he insisted on with Russell last year. Also, we got value for the pick since McFadden was the consensus #1 or #2 on everyone’s draft board (except Mike “I will be choking on my words” Mayock).

    I definetly support some type of Rookie Salary Cap system, but since the system is what it is, there isn’t much wiggle room. Thank God we drafted JR last year – if we still needed a franchise QB and paid 34mm to Matt Ryan I would have puked. That dud(e) is a third round pick at best in my book. I liked three QB’s over him (Flacco, Henne, Brohm) and thought they were LATE first rounders or second rounders at best.

    Anyway, 26mm for DMac isn’t bad – he can’t bust completely, he’s got too much speed. If he just ends up being a change of pace/third down back and has a package of special plays at QB/WR, he’ll do enough damage to justify the pick right of the bat. Eventually, I expect him to put on some more weight and fill out (he’s only 20) so he can evolve into a franchise back when he develops more as an NFL RB. It took LT a couple of years to get good, which is what I expect for McFadden – he will need to learn patience while running, pick up the speed of the game at this level, and develop more tackle breaking ability to truly reach his potential. In the meantime, I expect him to thrive as a 3rd down back, in the passing game, and spot duty relieving Fargas/Bush. I think his package should be 10-15 touches a game, using screens, hitches, flares, outside runs, and draws to get him into space where he’s best, and then ease him into the standard plays as he adjusts.

    But who knows? He may just dominate from day 1 in this system. I know he will when the holes are there (and we always popped at least 3-5 big ones each game that he could have taken to the house where Fargas got 15-25 yards) because his speed is just that good, but from the highlights I saw of him, he was excellent between the tackles and recognized holes immediatly so he seems to be the perfect fit for our scheme.

    No matter what, his ability to run, catch, and throw (can’t wait until Kiffin call a tailback option pass against the Dolts – I’m SICK of LT doing that to us every time we play them) will force D’s to gameplan for him, keep them honest, which will open up a variety of other things in our offense. We are going to be fun to watch!

  • Exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    to finish, Now that McFadden’s signed, watch the media go negative with Nnamdi Asmougha not being signed to a long term deal or even his offer sheet.

  • Blackholepriest

    LT did that to us because of a guy named Stu. Who’s someone else’s problem now, thankfully.

  • C4

    Nnamdi up next! PLease Al, throw the franchize tag in the garbage, and lock this guy up.

  • C4

    About these comparisons of DMAC to Reggie Bush, I have to say that I relly don’t see the resemblance, other than the fact that they had the ability to score on any given touch, but they did it in different ways. Bush was a dancer, he would juke people out of their socks, where as DMAC would jut hit his hole and be gone. If someone gotin DMAC’s way he would either go heads up, or throw that mean stiff arm. I think McFadden will be a better pro than R Bush, because he wont shy away from contact the way Bush does.

  • Dakota Killa #99

    Exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    June 6th, 2008 at 6:09 am
    “Good Morning Raider Nation,
    I’m ready for the anti-Laker abuse. So it will be 6 games instead of 5. I’m a man. I can take it. My hummus, pita and hot wingss did’nt taste too good in the 4th quarter. Kinda lost my appetite.
    Go Lakers.

    Glad we signed Mcfadden early. As I proudly recall me saying before the draft:

    “With the 4th pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders select Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas.”
    Go Raiders!!!”

    Even though you were completely wrong about the Lakers, who got beat by the better team btw, you still find a way to pat yourself on the back. Typical Laker fan.

  • Blackholepriest

    Listen DMC is a tremendous talent, the comparisons to AP and Marcus are inaccurate he’s more of a speed guy. If anything the comparison to Eric Dickerson have more merit. But Eric was even more physical and elusive than DMC.

    Some will get pissed but that kid Felix Jones is more skilled as a runner. But DMC’s talent is unmistakable IMO he will be a headache to deal with and gameplan.

  • LosT

    MCFLASH!!!

  • Blackholepriest

    Adios

  • Raider4life

    Killa–Welcome back. How did you like the fake-n-bake last nite? As said before the Beantown boyz will win one at home. Now it’s four in a row for the Lakers.

  • LosT

    BHP,

    AGREE, HE DOESNT HAVE JUKABILITY TO MAKE THE FIRST DEFENDER MISS…MARCUS HAD THIS AND HE RAN BETWEEN TACKLES WELL…

  • Exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    From the Chronicle:
    Offensive tackle Barry Sims, released by the Raiders in the offseason, will visit the 49ers Monday for a physical and to meet with team officials, according to his agent, Ken Vierra.

  • Raider4life

    Ex–Glad to see the Winers taking a look at B.S. They could use a few more false starts, holding penalties and sacks. Can’t wait to see that idiot in red & gold.

  • Bo Jackson

    Run DMC

  • Dakota Killa #99

    Raider4life -

    Your money may be in trouble. That’s all I’m going to say about that. What I do like is that all of those Laker fans have shut up now that reality has smacked them in the face.

  • http://www.pillage-plunder.com BART Bridge Balla

    Good Morning Nation,
    What a great way to start a Friday! Like many of you, I am celebrating this occasion by purchasing myself a #20 McFadden jersey this weekend. Hopefully this is the first domino to fall in a chain-reaction that should trigger the release of Lamont “Domino Fats” Jordan, the signing of Nhamdi long term, and the signing of all the other drafted rookies.

    RRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIDDDDDDEEEERRRRRSSSS

  • Exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Killa,
    I have not shut up. We still win the series. That phonie return of Paul P. was a real tear jerker.

  • Exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    BART Bridge Balla,
    Did you get yours at Raider Zone or online. What did it cost?

  • Raider4life

    Killa you gotta agree tho that stunt by P.P. was all done to pump up the crowd. I’m not worried about my cash right now cuz when the Lakers win Sunday it will be over just as I said. One thing tho I do agree with you is Kobe missed having a younger Shaq.