By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, August 6th, 2009 at 6:55 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Various reports put the Raiders’ compensation for Derrick Burgess from the New England Patriots as a third- and fourth-round draft pick, a third and a fifth, maybe even as high as a second. The way the Patriots released the info _ as future draft considerations _ hinted at a sliding scale based on how Burgess plays at his new home.
Raiders coach Tom Cable shed no light on the deal after practice, saying, “As far as the details, it was still being finalized when I cameout here. We wish him well and we’re moving forward.”
Chances are Cable and the Raiders wrote Burgess off as far back at the mandatory minicamp, when he suddenly became “ill” and couldn’t practice, instead standing apart from the rest of the team as they went through the paces. Burgess had long ago stopped attending anything that was voluntary.
Technically, Burgess could be on the hook for nine days worth of fines at as much as $15,888 per day. More likely, it was written off in the deal process.
Considering the silence that came from the Burgess camp since he was a no-show, and the steadfast refusal of Cable to address it, it’s conceivable the Raiders and Burgess had reached an agreement of sorts _ stay away from camp, don’t trash us, we won’t trash you, and we’ll get you moved when we find a deal we can live with.
Second practice news and notes:
– So much for all the crisp execution. The arrival of the NFL officials brought out the flags. Lots of them. At one point there were five in a relatively short period of time.
– Darren McFadden has exhibited sure hands since he arrived in Oakland, but has had a handful of drops in the last two days, including another Thursday afternoon when he stone-handed a dig route from JaMarcus Russell.
– Russell has thrown some erratic passes but made pretty good decisions from the outset. That wasn’t the case when he rolled right, attempted to lob a pass to Chaz Schilens, and had it picked off by Ricky Brown in a seven-on-seven drill.
– Russell somehow found a small crease and threw a bullet to Jonathan Holland at the goal line between two defenders on the next play.
– On one play at the goal line, Russell attempted to find Louis Murphy at the stick only to have Tyvon Branch break on the ball and knock it away. Murphy looked at observers on the sideline and waved it off, “Don’t overrate that stuff. He knows the (bleeping) plays.”
– Bruce Gradkowski made some of his better throws in cap during a red zone session, including a perfect post to Schilens, who had one drop but continues to look like the best wide receiver in camp. He also connected with Shawn Bayes on a 50-yard rainbow along the sideline near midfield.
– Rookie first-round pick Darrius Heyward-Bey has not only been holding on to the ball, but is gradually making cleaner catches with fewer bobbles.
– Defensive end Jay Richardson, when asked if the Raiders defensive system had undergone much change under John Marshall: “We all know this is Al’s defense. And we love it.”
Richardson, by the way, said he had minor knee surgery in June (he was injured at an OTA), which could help explain why his snaps have been limited and he has been seeing time with the second and third teams.
Said Richardson regarding Burgess’ departure: “You don’t replace a Derrick Burgess. He’s a guy I look up to a lot and he’s a fantastic player. At the same time Greg’s a professional. Greg brings a ton to the table as far as leadership and he’s a very skilled guy to. And I’m going to be doing everything I can to make sure we don’t miss too much of a beat.”
– Since Burgess was on the reserve/failure to report list, he didn’t count on the 80-man roster and there is no available roster spot with his departure.
– Defensive tackle Terdell Sands did not practice. Cable said he was “sore.”