Condo gets second-round tender


The Raiders retained right of first refusal on Pro Bowl long-snapper Jon Condo with a second-round tender.

It virtually assures Condo will remain with the Raiders unless a team is willing to give up a second-round draft pick as compensation to sign a long-snapper.

With three accrued seasons, the second-round tender will pay Condo $1.684 million this season, more than tripling his 2009 salary of $535,000.

The Raiders have already committed $2 million in salary to punter Shane Lechler and place kicker Sebastian Janikowski this year, each of whom signed $16 million, four-year contracts (with $9 million guaranteed.

Linebacker Isaiah Ekejiuba signed a contract last season his agent said made him the highest paid fulltime special teams player in the NFL and is scheduled to make $1.45 million this season.

If you’re keeping score, that’s $7,134 million in salary alone for both kickers, their long snapper and a core special teams player.

Isn’t that special.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Oh, you were above the sarcasm, but responded anyway. OK.

  • SteveAlford21


    Look up Psychological Operations and then tell me if you think it’s least violent. Also, the lack of women argument directly contradicts your non-infantry argument because infantry has no women. You can use one or the other, but you can’t use both.

  • Alright, Steve. I’m just messing with you, man. You’re not gay, you’re smart. And cool. And a great Raider fan. See you tomorrow.

  • SteveAlford21

    Yes, RMR… because it usually annoys the hell out of someone when they make a snide remark and you ignore the sarcasm and carry on as if it were normal. 😀

  • SteveAlford21

    And I know that you were just messin around, hence me responding. I don’t think a REAL insult would be so laidback… at least not from you. I’ve seen you argue with retard TJ, remember?

  • SteveAlford21

    “retard TJ” meaning Priest, of course.

  • Scottish Raider

    Condo: Smart move, he’s been an unsung hero and deserves his reward for support SeaBass and Lechler.

    Howard: Okay. Not sure we’ll get any takers but he’s good enough to keep anyway.

    Morrison: The twitter-world is already buzzing with rumours that this will tempt other teams. Looks like Goodbye to Morrison – and a decent 3rd round pick is a fair exchange.

    Gradkowski: Probably about right. Not too much but enough to hold him in Oakland. Still think Al has promised Hue a QB project in the draft (Jarrett Brown with the 3rd for Morrison?)

    Routt: Not as mad as it sounds. This is position and not player driven. There are no decent CB Free-Agents who would come to Oakland or fit our system. The draft isn’t deep for man-to-man CBs who could play in Year 1. So we just can’t afford to lose Routt. Better to take him off the market and pay too much, then have him leave a bigger hole in the roster.

    Overall, I’m happy with these decisions.

  • SteveAlford21

    I really hope we can land Dansby or another VETERAN MLB and unload Kirk. I’d be in favor of keeping him and putting him at Strongside LB… but the pricetag would probably be too high to keep him and play him there when there is comparable SLB talent for a lower price.

  • Al’s overpaying drives me nuts.

    But in the case of Routt and some of the other guys, like Condo, I can see a modicum of sense.

    We all know that Al wants to win now. He is most likely just trying to keep the players (who serve a role) on the squad so he can focus on filling the glaring weaknesses.

    Routt is not the best nickelback in the NFL, but he’s decent. Yeah, he got torched a bit, but the guy is not as bad as the majority of the posters claim. In comparison with Nnamdi’s huge salary and CJ’s deal, Routt’s deal seems fair enough. It could just be Al paying Routt what he deserves (he is a CB and they don’t come cheap).

    As some other guys stated. Now we can focus on the LINES.

  • Another thing is that Raider CB’s, such as Fabian Washington and Chris Carr were not effective here and were castoffs and can start with other teams, which means that Routt has a higher value with other teams than he has with the Raiders.

    Any Raider cornerback is going to get torched at times unless they are Nnamdi, Mike Haynes or Lester Hayes.

  • SteveAlford21


    If… and that’s a BIG IF… this is just to eliminate worries about positions other than the trenches, I will get on board with overpaying EVERYONE. As long as our first four picks (all in the first three rounds) are three offensive linemen (two Ts and a G) and a DT, then I’ll be satisfied. Anything else will result in me complaining… unless Spikes is available in the 2nd (highly unlikely)… I’d be okay with that non-trench pick.

  • SteveAlford21

    I actually thought that Carr was decent as a Nickel. I wouldn’t start him at CB in our 4-3 press package, but I didn’t like seeing him go. That having been said; yes, it’s much easier for DBs to play corner in any system other than ours. We ask you to stick a man from whistle to whistle on damned near every play. Other teams mix it up with zone coverages a lot more than we do… which is why a very good zone corner, eAngelo Hall (there’s no D with him), looked like a no-talent Hack while he was in Oakland. I suppose I don’t give Routt enough credit, but I just expect MORE than what I’ve seen… especially when a big payraise comes into play.

  • SteveAlford21

    Meant to say “from snap to whistle” there. Mea Culpa.

  • Steve- I think that last year was the worst year Routt has had with us. He seems to be regressing, because he HAS played well in the past.

    I am no Al supporter, but believe that he’s just keeping some adequate players in place in order to fill the holes on the line in the draft. We all know that a CB picked up in the draft this year will probably not help us right now.

    I think he’s actually going to focus on players that can step in right away and play, instead of PROJECTS or guys that need time to develop. Let’s see.

  • Some people on this blog just keep on saying that everybody is overpaid, everybody on the team sucks, so and so should be cut, but don’t think about how we are going to replace them.

  • SteveAlford21

    I’m just concerned about the fact that we’re setting a bad precedent with the salaries for this season. IF there is a new Collective Bargaining Agreement next season, there will be a new salary cap… and I’m afraid that they’ll use a certain % over the average salary total for each team as the new cap number. The fact that we are spending more than other teams for a few positions means that we’ll be on the wrong end of the average… and it will be difficult for us to keep the players that we have (should their performance live up to their pay) once there is a new CBA. By going over the imaginary cap this season, we’ll be in a tough spot for keeping our roster full of good players once a real cap comes back.

  • SteveAlford21

    I just had an epiphany… THAT would be the reason for all the tenders. I was thinking that it would be so we wouldn’t have to pay the salaries if there’s a lockout next season (which has to be PART of the reason), but I just realized something more!

    If there’s a new CBA and a new cap, we won’t have to give those guys similar deals next season, because we can site the extenuating circumstances and tell them that we can’t give them the same deals because the new cap would prohibit it. That still won’t stop them from trying to get the same money from a different team next year, but once they fail to do so, we can haul them back in at a discount. So I guess the logic is to overpay everyone except Kirk, in order to ensure they stay in the area… and put Kirk out as bait since we need an upgrade at MLB anyway.

  • SteveAlford21

    The logic in that being that RFA tenders carry only a one-year salary, meaning that we can cross the “new cap” bridge when we get there instead of signing them longterm NOW and overpaying them through 2011… which WOULD hurt us if there’s a new cap.

  • And Carr was decent as a nickel, but he only ended up getting on the field as a last resort because on injuries ( I believe it was Kiffin’s first year). He was seen as an undersized DB who returned kicks, then he actually got on the field and was ok. Still he was never better than Routt in my opinion.

    I also remember when the blog went amok because we kept CJ on as a 9th DB because he got worked so many times. But he came through and became a solid starter.

    All the CJ haters need to chill. The guy is on an island and is aggressive. He had 18 passes defended last year.

    These are the guys who had more PD’s:

    Darrelle Revis, NYJ 31
    Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, AZ 25
    Leon Hall, Cin 24
    Brandon Flowers, KC 23
    Johnathan Joseph, Cin 20
    Leigh Bodden, NE 19
    Brandon Carr, KC 19
    Mike Jenkins, Dal 19

  • Steve…good points. Why not pay them now for one year and see what shakes out?

    Nothing to lose but money. Al has always paid players.

    We need to win, and I don’t think Al minds driving prices up to punish his more prudent counterparts.

  • SteveAlford21

    Copenhagen, you can’t use # of PDs as an accurate stat there. If I SUCK as a DB, you’ll throw my direction a LOT. Even if I suck, I should be able to break up a fair amount of passes based on sheer volume of tries alone. This is the reason that TK

  • SteveAlford21

    and Morrison get so many tackles. Opponents run it right up the gut on us so many times that their tackle numbers are artificially elevated and project an ability that doesn’t exist.

  • Steve don’t you think that people throw CJ’s way because of Nnamdi?

    All great corners get burned. Lester used to get burned on many occasions.

  • SteveAlford21

    I didn’t say that CJ sucked, just pointed out that a high number of PDs isn’t an accurate stat to determine a CB’s worth unless you turn it into a % compared against the times he was thrown at. I’m not criticizing CJ, merely stating that he gets a lot of balls thrown his way because 21 is on the other side of the field… so even if CJ is dead on “average” in ability, he would still have more than the average number of PDs because he gets thrown at more.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Like I said before, tendering Routt means no overreach for a 40x superstar corner at #8.

    Tendering Morrison, Howard and Brown suggests they will all be back and starting.

    Hopefully the #8 pick goes to Dan Williams or an Offensive Lineman NOT NAMED CAMPBELL!

    Hopefully Al Davis realizes that the root cause of the run defense problems is the lousy DT play.

    Let’s move Warren before his $1M dollar bonus and lets clean his bloated contract off the books in this no-cap year.

    DT Al Davis……Its time

    Dan Williams at #8

    And no Bruce Campbell!!!!

  • SteveAlford21


    The tender for Morrison will probably end up with him NOT coming back, since it’s a 3rd round tender. Someone will be desperate enough to take him at that price (I hope) and we can get Dansby or another VETERAN to play MLB for us. If we can’t get a vet, we’ll have to hope that Spikes is there in the second round, because McClain won’t be… and we can’t afford to use the 1st rounder on anything other than a non-Campbell OT or a DT.

  • Yeah a 3rd for Kirk would be nice

  • By the way…..great when there is a break in the action from the goon squad, where I don’t have to read about kool kell taking a dump in his diaper, racist comments or chest beating by cretins like Riccochet and the rest of the underdeveloped manhood crowd.

    Cheers to MaddenRaider for doing the right thing and reporting racist based threats to the authorities.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams


    I am all for getting a veteran MLB. At this point, I don’t trust the scheme and I don’t trust the DTs. So until we can sort those two issues out, it would be much better to get a vet MLB to anchor the position.

    Dan Williams #8 would be a nice 1st step. Gerard Warren is a castoff who is a depth player at best. He’s due $1M bonus soon and is due another $10M. Perhaps this is the year to cut him and bring him back at backup wages or maybe not bring back at all.

    The Raiders have to build inside out….that means DT and OT and nothing else as far as the first 2 or 3 picks.

    This team is a soft touch right now. We finish at the bottom against the run because the DTs are terrible and the MLB is shaky.

    Fix the lines!!!!! Been saying that for a while now.

    Why did Campbell have to run that 40……

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    At least we know why Campbell came out early. He knew that Davis doesn’t have a 1st round pick next year and this is the best year for him to get that top 10 selection before the rookie salary cap.

    Smart business decision for a guy who couldn’t make 3rd team ACC….sounds like another fleet footed player we drafted last year.

    Davis loves paying for a player’s Senior year of development!

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation!!!
    Missed on some reading yesterday…wow, the Raiders were busy huh?

  • hwnrdr

    Comcast was saying that Al will Take Dez Bryant…with a very short explanation that basically says its Al Davis!!! NOOOOO….I don’t think so, but Al loves speed!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    good morning AM crew!


    S&B Defense is an asset to this blog …

  • RaiderRockstar

    Morris, Routt, Morrison, Howard, Gradkowski & Brown will remain in Oakland.

    Capt Kirk = the only guy who receives interest

    I’m glad all these guys are back, but not at the price we’re going to pay. I guess thats the beauty of an uncapped year though, right?



  • hwnrdr

    Bruce Campbell…isn’t that the Evil Dead guy?

  • RaiderRockstar



    Raider Nation will embrace Bruce Campbell & Jacoby Ford come August!

  • RaiderRockstar

    I’d be very surprised if Al Davis drafts Bryant.

    Schilens, Higgins, Murphy, Heyward-Bey & Miller/Watkins.

    we need a vet mentor, not another youngster for Sanjay Lal to groom!

    having said that … welcome to Oakland Dez !!!



  • RaiderRockstar

    LOL. when Campbell gets beat out by Green and Ford gets limited to returner duties we’ll all say “at least we didn’t draft so&so”

    isn’t that the way it works?

    so&so in this draft = Mays, Haden, Dunlap imo

    Arrelious Benn could be the surprise reach pick too if he shows speed to burn at the Pro Day

  • RaiderRockstar

    the last 2 WR we drafted from Washington DC = Jerry Porter & DHB

    say no to Arrelious Benn!



  • RaiderRockstar



    Are we sold on Mario Henderson at LT? He’s played well with a healthy Gallery next to him or with blocking help from a TE. At times we left him on an island and he got trashed though.

    If we need an upgrade at LT I say draft the best available dude at #8. Anthony Davis will be there if Okung isn’t.

    If we give “super” mario another shot then we should be looking for a real NT as our #1 need. RT & RG are still needs, but needs that can be solved in Rounds 2/3/4. possibily even free agency.

    option 1: suh, mccoy, d. williams, price. best available OT that fits the zbs in Round 2

    option 2: okung, davis, t. williams, bulaga. lamarr houston or terrence cody in Round 2

  • RaiderRockstar

    any good zbs OT’s in Rounds 2 or 3 ???

  • jhill

    Ok, so our starting LBs will be Howard, Scott, and Brown.

    Stan Routt is going to start.

    We have an official QB battle.

    We are not drafting LB, CB, or QB with the pick.

    Or a S. Hiram Eugene? 2nd rd? LMFAO!

  • jhill

    Oh, and I guess you were right about Barnes. If the backups like Routt, Morris, and Eugene get tendered but he didn’t, I guess Cable won’t be giving him a shot at the LT spot. Or RT for that matter.


  • Last year Routt started one game, got thrown out of one, had 7 passes defensed, zero interceptions and 11 penalties.

    For his career he has 23 starts, 22 passes defended, 4 int’s, and 43 penalties.

    Am I missing something?

    And the salary, we are paying him twice what a 2nd round pick would make. In Jamarcus’ rookie year, he made 3.7 million for salary.

    I know there is a lot more guaranteed money with a 1st round pick, but a 2nd or 3rd would be less guaranteed money, half or less of the salary, and how could he not improve on those awful stats by Routt?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Jhill: the following RFA’s did not receive tenders (yet) and are set to become UFA’s. free for any team to sign with the Raiders getting nothing in return.

    Alston, Barnes, Eugene, Frye, Lawton, Losman & (Gary) Russell.

    They’ll join already-UFA’s Green, Joseph, (Langston) Walker & Williams.

    Your thoughts?

  • jhill

    Gerrard Warren is one of Tom Cable’s favorite players. Has refered to him directly as one of the team leaders on more than one occasion. No way in hell he brings Hiram Eugene and Chris Morris back and not the “unblockable” Gerrard “Money” Warren.

  • jhill


    As bad as Routt was in the slot, he was damn good on the outside. I think if we can all see that, the coaches must too. Especially with the improved pressure on the QB, and most importantly all the big plays CJ gave up all year. You know I’m one of his biggest critics, but I’d much rather have him back and starting on the outside than us taking a DB at 8.