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Fargas’ knees can’t hold up under bonus

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, March 6th, 2010 at 5:53 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The closest I came to the Raiders today was driving past the Napa Marriott early this morning en route to a 13-and-under doubleheader, with colleague Steve Corkran calling me at some point during the second game to tell me Justin Fargas was waived after failing his physical.

Given that the Raiders Web site has thanked Fargas’ for his contributions, it doesn’t look as if he’ll be back after he attends the Commitment to Excellence award dinner on March 13, an award he won along with Zach Miller.

No doubt the “Human Crash Test Dummy,” as Lane Kiffin called him, has absorbed an incredible amount of punishment over the years. However, what caused the most stress on his joints was the weight of a $1.7 million roster bonus that was due to be paid Monday if Fargas had remained on the roster.

Given Darren McFadden’s durability issues and their reluctance to put too much on the shoulders of Michael Bush, the Raiders are in the market for a running back, either through the draft or free agency.

The Raiders issued the following statement: “Justin Fargas was a beloved Raider who performed at a high level throughout his seven seasons with the team, and his contributions to the Silver and Black will always be remembered. We wish Justin all the best.”

Fargas’ agent, Steve Baker, said via e-mail that “Justin feels he’s healthy to play football.”

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  • 24

    Richochet – I’m just talking sh!t. As a player, you gotta go where the money and the opportunity is. If the Chiefs were the only interested team, he would obviously choose them. When you become a free agent, a division rivalry goes out the window.

  • 24

    I don’t think anybody should be upset about the Raiders re-signing Khalif Barnes. The fact is…a lot of players will be added for competition during the training camps and Barnes is just getting another opportunity to make the squad. He got hurt last year and never really got a fair chance because of that so he probably got a 2nd chance to prove that he can become a starter while healthy. He could very well be cut during roster cuts. We’ve seen this happen many times.

  • Sweep The Leg.

    I don’t see it as disrespect, this is after all his occupation.

    If he were an elite or very good RB, with tread left on the tires, and he sought out the biggest rival, that would be a little different.

    Like Marcus.

    Although, Al had that coming.

  • jhill

    Cornbread came back, Vegas.

    I dunno. I just don’t think he’s so quick to resign here to just be a backup. I think he at least hangs around in FA a minute to try and catch on somewhere else, don’t you? Wait at least a week to get the “Hell NO’s” built up before he crawls back here for depth?

  • Sweep The Leg.

    What’s up F. Pete?

    How did you think Jasper Brinkley did this year?

    I think you were right about him.

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    One bad play does not equal a flop at the position, lol.

    **********************************

    I really don’t blame him that much for that play, as bad as it was.

    I put that one on Cable. You have a brand new RT, who has never played there before, a struggling QB, deep in your own territory against a high-pressure elite D.

    And what’s the very first play-call?? “4 verticals”

    LMFAO!!!!

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Post #304

    You know that makes sense, it sure was quick on the trigger to come back.

    But who knows, maybe his agent made the rounds and told him this about the best he is going to do, money-wise.

    With the same staff in place, it wouldn’t seem he has the inside track for a starting gig. A full camp will definately do his some favors though.

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    Sweep The Leg. Says:
    March 7th, 2010 at 5:42 pm
    What’s up F. Pete?

    How did you think Jasper Brinkley did this year?

    I think you were right about him.

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    i saw maybe 4 games where he started…

    he sucked in the div conf game…

    but he looked really good in all the others…

    he almost plays with too much discipline…

    but he would have looked really good in SnB…

  • Sweep The Leg.

    For Barnes maybe it’s as simple as just having an

    opportunity here,

    not seeing a payday elsewhere, familiarity, and not

    having to uproot again.

  • RaiderRon

    Idiothill,

    You claimed Bryant would be number 4, not me. IF he were to sign it would be as the number 1 WR. End of that story.

    Morrison will be back. No doubt about it. But lets for arguments sake say he didnt come back, Ricky Brown still wouldnt start.

    And NO. Bush and DMAC wont be 1 and 2 come September.

  • Sweep The Leg.

    Brinkley looked like a rookie for sure.

    For where he was drafted though he looked like a player to me.

    I was reading yesterday that one of the sleepers in this draft was the MLB from Kentucky.

    Pat Kirwan from Nfl.com said he was over rated.

    Who knows?

  • jhill

    I agree that it’s as simple as him having an opportunity here. He’ll get an opportunity to be one of our starting OTs next year.

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Sorry don’t think this guy is much of a #1 WR much anywhere

    http://www.bobanddan.com/images/fanSubmitted/ab.jpg

  • jhill

    You still here? I thought you went to bed!

    I know you’re pretty slow, but what I said was Bryant must not have like the offer of the #4 job which is why he hasn’t signed. OBVIOUSLY, if he was offered the #1 job, he would have signed. What part of that do you need dumbed down for you?

    Morrison will be back? Why because he’s you’re favorite player left on the team now that Fargas had been cut?

    You do know Ricky Brown was one of our starting LBs last year, right?

    So who’s going to be start at RB for us next year? Are we resigning Fargas?

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    j/k that’s obvioulsy photo-shopped.

    Bryant is a colossal azz-hole, and always a candidate to get suspended for some off-the-field shaningans.

    I’ll pass.

  • 24

    Maybe we need a bad boy at WR because the current ones aren’t tough enough to catch passes.

  • buckeyeraider

    Vegas,
    I wasn’t trying to imply that you were making things up, or starting rumors. I read it in the same Peterson article you did, probably.
    It’s just you were the first to mention it on here, I think. Something about googling “Lethargy clinic”, whatever that is, and it coming back as Alcohol/drug rehab, or something along those lines.

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Buckeye,

    I got you. I tried to figure out what a “lethargy addiction” was, and it all pointed to someone who was either coming down from or currently involved with some type of alcohol/drug dependency.

    I guess that doesn’t mean that was the case, maybe someone can have a thyroid issue or something or maybe depression.

    Who knows. If so, for Jamarcus’ sake, I hope he got the help he needs.

  • Nnamdi21

    buckeyeraider Says:
    March 7th, 2010 at 3:35 pm
    LOL. I hope not 24. I don’t like the prospect of seeing Thomas Jones twice a year in division, either.
    I guess I’d like to see LT’s pouting, crybaby butt ride off into the sunset in someplace like Philly, anywhere far, far away from the AFC West

    ======================

    Dude, I pray the Chiefs sign Jones to a multi year 20+ million dollar deal cuz that olde fugger will be NOTHING without that all pro Jets line.

    Lamont Jordan could’ve run behind that line and gotten 2,000 yds.

    Cheifs may go O line in the draft and Branden Albert may or may not be good. I think he was one of the most over hyped guys in that draft class.’

    Guard Bryan Waters is all pro caliber, but lets not forget he was disgruntled as he-ll before the season start and not exactly a fan of the coach.

    Still, with the Raiders inability to score and our D’s design and penchant for giving up the long run I can see your cause for concern.

  • Nnamdi21

    vegas raider Says:
    March 7th, 2010 at 5:48 pm
    Post #304

    You know that makes sense, it sure was quick on the trigger to come back.

    But who knows, maybe his agent made the rounds and told him this about the best he is going to do, money-wise.

    With the same staff in place, it wouldn’t seem he has the inside track for a starting gig. A full camp will definately do his some favors though.

    =========================

    With our crap O line, yeah, he likely does have a better shot at a starting gig here than most other places.

    Hope we draft T with the 8th.

    Barnes had a few serious run ins with the law and some racial slurs I believe that left him on the outs with Jacksonville after a promising start.

    Hope he’s ready to get serious again we need it.

    Fix the O line please.

  • darkhorse

    I will miss Fargas alot, he truly gave his all on every play. We will miss ya Justin!