By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 at 4:01 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Sometimes the Raiders just can’t win, and we’re not talking about the last seven years.
To hear former Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick tell it in an interview on Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Radio, the whole Darrelle Revis holdout with the New York Jets can be laid squarely at the feet of the Raiders because they had the temerity to pay top dollar for their own prized cornerback.
“I think the big difficulty for this is the fact that the top cornerback contract in the league right now is Nnamdi Asomugha. And to let the Raiders, who are notoriously bad negotiators, to let them set the standard you now have to negotiate against, that’s a cap guy or a general manager’s worst nightmare,” Billick said.
“Because the agent for Darrelle Revis is simply going to say, `Hey, this is the contract we’re basing it off of.’ He’s not going to listen to, `No, no, that doesn’t count. That’s the Raiders.’ ”
A few points:
– Asomugha played his original contract to its completion, was an exclusive rights franchise player and then got his mega-deal before it happened again.
Revis has two years to go on his original deal.
– In a very tense season because of the additional year players needed to become an unrestricted free agent this year, Oakland quickly and quietly got all their tenders in without complaint.
Rather than play the low-ball game, as San Diego did with big-name players such as Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill, the Raiders paid top dollar and beyond (Stanford Routt comes to mind). They gave a second-round tender to a Pro Bowl long-snapper.
Say what you will about tender levels given to Routt, Hiram Eugene and Jon Condo, but they’re in camp and practicing. And their contracts aren’t guaranteed, by the way.
– Ownership just hates it when someone goes above the going rate, and Billick’s pro-management take is probably natural for a guy who’d like to be a head coach again.
Interesting Billick would invoke the “cap guy,” because there currently is no cap. The Jets are free to pay whatever they want, provided they’re creative enough to get around the 30 percent rule and spread out guaranteed money.
Like it or not, Asomugha is the contract standard. That’s how it works.
– If the Raiders are such bad negotiators, how is that with one notable exception they always have their draft class in on time? And very seldom have players complaining about money in the media?
If Asomugha is in uniform and Revis is not, which team is the bad negotiator?
Heading out for the afternoon practice soon. Barring news that requires an update, practice highlights can be found on my Twitter page.