Why it’s OK to sign Mawae


If the Raiders can sign a 31-year-old tackle hoping for one more good year to shore up the middle of the defensive line, why not a 39-year-old center for the middle of the offensive line?

Mawae made his eighth Pro Bowl last year, and even if some of that was on reputation, it’s hard to imagine him not giving Samson Satele competition for the starting job.

He’s also heavily involved in union politics, but that shouldn’t bother Al Davis, long a player’s owner.

And considering his comments about Washington wayward millionaire defensive tackle and former Tennessee teammate Albert Haynesworth on Sirius Satellite Radio, how could you not want Mawae in your locker room?

“You talk about someone putting a mask on and going in backwards to get his paycheck,” Mawae said. “I mean, if you don’t want to be there, don’t take the $21 million contract. How things turned out, it’s no surprise to guys that have played with him in Tennessee. You know, what do you say?

“I mean, you’re getting paid a ton of money to play less and you’re complaining about it. At the end of the day, it’s one thing to be a football player and get paid lots of money, but there’s a whole lot more to be said about being a man. You know, he’s a great player when he wants to be and he can be one of the best in the league and I’ve said that to him in his face before. But to this point he doesn’t want to do it on a consistent basis.

“At some point in time in the game, you know, you got to do what’s right for yourself and what’s right for you and your family. I think $32 million guaranteed in one year pretty much takes care of those issues. I think the other issues go beyond the football field.”

This should have been the guy hiking the ball to JaMarcus Russell.

While you want no part of Haynesworth, Mawae, still looking for a job, would be worth a look.

Or if you want to make things real interesting at the first padded practice, trade for one and sign the other.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Plunketthead

    Another day another two job dollar

  • wouldn’t hurt

  • Just Fire Baby


  • Plunketthead

    Word is FIFA has made their selection and this years winner will be from the southern hemisphere, probaly a third world country. Is Argentina a third world country?

    Who do you think will be this years selection for the WC title

  • Just Fire Baby

    This may be the reason not to sign Mawae.

    Tough to put “statistics” on blocking, but according to these guys, he was the worst center in the league.


    I still say it can’t hurt….

  • Thec07

    1. Worth
    2. Mankins
    3. TO
    4. Mawae

  • Thec07

    I read that one about Mawae a while ago, pretty telling…

  • Plunketthead

    “This should have been the guy hiking the ball to JaMarcus Russell.”

    Whats that for, Jerry?
    Just when I was about to start liking you a little bit, you pull out the hater card.

  • Plunketthead

    It was not just a sentence, you gave it a whole paragraph to itself.

    The only place Mawae hikes the ball to JR is in the UFL and your fantasies.

  • Plunketthead

    Talk about left field, where did that come from anyway?

  • Just Fire Baby

    So about an hour until the Danish long-hairs take the pitch.

    Apparently haircuts are the only thing you don’t get for free in Denmark.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Plunketthead Says:
    June 19th, 2010 at 9:55 am
    Talk about left field, where did that come from anyway?


    I know there is a small tinge of a Raider fan in Jerry still, as much as he wants to fight it. My cousin use to write for the Trib, and is in the baseball media circles, and he is still deep-down an A’s fan.

    Jerry probably has a small hatred for Jamarcus, like 99% of us.

  • Plunketthead

    Cameroon 5
    Rag doll army 1

  • Plunketthead

    I think its Al he hates.
    He just dislikes the Raiders because he longs for the glory that was Bill Walsh/ Joe/ Ronnie/ etc.

    Thats my opinion, although there is no doubt that Jerry likes to poke Al and the team with a stick, now and then

  • personal foul

    Jerry has plenty of Raiderfan in him.

    As far as poking Al and the team with stick, there have been plenty of times over the last few years that I wanted to poke them with a stick wrapped in flaming razor wire.

  • aig

    Mawae would immediately become the Raiders best C in years. Get him Al. He is a good guy too.

  • Raider guy

    the mawae is no good anymore just makes me think he would be better for the raiders a la rod woodson, romo, gannon, rice, et al, ad nasium

  • Kirk

    Mawae sounds like he’d make a good coach.

  • Ghost to the Post

    Seymour signed his tender today. Go Raiders. Get Mawae. Why not cutt him if he can’t beat out Satale. which i DOUBT.

  • LT DAN

    Yep sign Mawae and push Satale. I also like the idea of trading for fat Albert and make the dline even better. Just dont break the bank for him.

  • LT DAN

    Where did you see that Seymour signed his tender?

  • Ghost to the Post


  • Thec07

    New post hookers…

  • RaiderRetribution

    Raiders should definitely sign all-pro center Mawae.

    This would not only make our offensive line a playoff caliber-line, he would provide discipline and instruction to our young lineman especially our two new tackles.

    Mr. Seymour’s signing is all over the internet, Yahoo, espn.

  • Raider J

    Having Mawae for one year can help B. Campbell and Veldheer a lot long term.

    Just like Henderson and Seymour will be good for Houston, Richardson, Scott and Shaughnessy…AND McCLAIN!

    For these young players, the more experienced “on field” leadership the better.

  • radrntn

    i have no problem with the raiders signing Haynesworth or Mawae.

  • turner42

    What’s with the world cup comments on a Raider blog? Damn communists go somewhere else, this is about real football.