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NFL-NFLPA statement

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, January 31st, 2011 at 2:49 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The following statement was released jointly by the National Football League and the National Football League Players Association on negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement:

NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and Commissioner Roger Goodell met today in New York to discuss a range of issues related to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. As part of a process to intensify negotiations, they agreed to hold a formal bargaining session with both negotiating teams on Saturday in the Dallas area. They also agreed to a series of meetings over the next few weeks, both formal bargaining sessions and smaller group meetings, in an effort to reach a new agreement by early March.

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  • DKnight007

    286.BART Bridge Blues Says:
    February 1st, 2011 at 9:40 am
    If anyone is interested, here is the list of players that the Raiders scouts have shown an interest in so far at the various all-star games:
    Allen Bailey, DE/DT
    Gabe Carimi, OT
    Kendrick Burney, CB
    Roy Helu Jr, RB
    Casey Matthews, OLB
    Jalil Brown, CB
    Cedrick Thornton, DE/DT
    Joseph Barksdale, OG
    Phil Taylor, NT
    Dontay Moch, OLB
    Mike Price, DE/DT

    ^^^^^^^
    I like this list of players they have shown interest in…however I would replace Allen Bailey with OT Derek Sherrod at 6’6, 315, long arms 35 1/2 and a massive beast with great footwork.

    He would start at RT for the Raiders IMMEDIATELY if we drafted him!

  • DMAC

    Doesn’t it piss you off when you hear m’phucka’s talking about the Steeler Nation? I heard Kiesel say that schit. The Steeler what!!!!?????????
    There is only one true nation and it’s the Raider Nation!

  • DKnight007

    299.The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    February 1st, 2011 at 9:57 am
    The sad irony in all of this:

    Al hires a new head coach who shows sign after sign of being the next Gruden. Then Al takes the mike and ruins it with all of his usual hokey theatrics. So, those 30,000 potential season ticket accounts that the Raiders need to add to the dismal 20,000, to be a respectable NFL franchise, are watching and thinking they might sign up for a ticket package as Hue speaks, are suddenly brought down to reality when Al takes the mike. They hang up their phones and put their wallets back in their pockets.

    ^^^^^^
    Exactly…the old man Al blows it!

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Yankee stadium is deep in the boogie down. If you parked your car in the neighborhood you’d come back to nothing more than a frame. Still, a nose bleeder seat will cost you at least a hundred.

  • http://chismetime.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sofia_vergara_01.jpg r8eray

    Jabar Gaffney is on the trading block…anyone??

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/skew-t/166654980/ BART Bridge Blues

    Just read that the Raider scouts at the Texas v the Nation all star game were talking with Josh Portis, QB (6’3″ 209lbs). So they are interested in some QB’s, but I think they are looking for late-round gems.

    Also, heard they are showing interest in Robert Hughes, FB/HB from ND. That is two big-bodied running backs that they have shown an interest in, so perhaps Bush is already hinting at leaving.

  • DMAC

    No thanx.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    A lot of Raider fans are jealous of the Steelers because they’ve completely taken over the Raiders as the People’s NFL team.

  • DMAC

    RMR,
    Not jealous at all just don’t like that “Redsox nation”, “Steeler nation” bullschit. There’s still only one nation. The Raider Nation. Aren’t you part of it?

  • DKnight007

    286.BART Bridge Blues Says:
    February 1st, 2011 at 9:40 am
    If anyone is interested, here is the list of players that the Raiders scouts have shown an interest in so far at the various all-star games:
    Allen Bailey, DE/DT
    Gabe Carimi, OT
    Kendrick Burney, CB
    Roy Helu Jr, RB
    Casey Matthews, OLB
    Jalil Brown, CB
    Cedrick Thornton, DE/DT
    Joseph Barksdale, OG
    Phil Taylor, NT
    Dontay Moch, OLB
    Mike Price, DE/DT

    ^^^^^^^
    I like this list of players they have shown interest in…however I would replace Allen Bailey with OT Derek Sherrod at 6′6, 315, long arms 35 1/2 and a massive beast with great footwork.

    He would start at RT for the Raiders IMMEDIATELY if we drafted him!

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    They’re showing Tyree’s catch from the Super Bowl a couple of years ago on ESPN2. The Giants are really lucky the refs didn’t rule that incomplete. Even though it was a catch, we’ve seen refs rule catches incomplete for less. The ball hits the ground while he has that thing trapped on his helmet. And of course had the refs taken it away from it, it would be just like the tuck. Even though everyone knows it’s b.s., the media would still side with the refs and to them, it would just go down in the books as a “perfect” Patriots season.

  • DKnight007

    GOOOOOO PACKERS!!!

  • LA to TheBay

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    February 1st, 2011 at 10:06 am
    A lot of Raider fans are jealous of the Steelers because they’ve completely taken over the Raiders as the People’s NFL team.

    ————————

    A lot of Raider ‘fans’ are apparently very jealous of 31 other NFL teams.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    DMac, I wasn’t referring to you necessarily. Just in general. The Steelers are the blue collar team of the NFL. They were in the ’70s too, to some degree, although they just couldn’t match the Raiders when it came to that fanbase. Plus Swann’s whining, and not to mention their success, made them sort of an elite status. While they were blue collar, they were kind of the Patriots-Whiners of their time, too. But not today. They are the NFL’s true blue collar franchise, and with the Rooney Rule, have left Al Davis in the dust when it comes to the advancement of black players and personnel in the league. Not to mention they have it together. There’s no crazy people running the team over there. That hurts the Raiders. Even when Al tries to make the Raiders the peoples’ team, he just misses the fine points, and winds up drafting JaMarcus Russell. And then of course thinks he helped Russell by sending Willie Brown to talk to him. LOL. Al just doesn’t get it anymore. The Steelers do. And that’s why they’re truly the people’s champion. They’re the Muhammad Ali of the modern day NFL.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    # DKnight007 Says:
    February 1st, 2011 at 10:09 am

    GOOOOOO PACKERS!!!

    …………..

    Only Skip Bayless and Don Banks could have put it better.

  • DMAC

    RMR,
    I hear you, but like I said I just don’t like that whole Nation thing. To me there’s only one nation and the rest are fugazi’s.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    DMAC, the Steelers have earned the Nation thing. The Raider Nation is a caricature of its old self.

  • http://chismetime.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sofia_vergara_01.jpg r8eray

    On Nation (Raider Nation) under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
    :D

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    I challenge you to name a team that represents the poor and working class more (or better) than the Steelers, in all of pro sports today.

  • DMAC

    That’s easy.
    The Raiders.

  • http://chismetime.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sofia_vergara_01.jpg r8eray

    Poorest American cities
    (Population over 250,000)
    Rank City Median household income, 2007
    1 Detroit, MI $28,097
    2 Cleveland, OH $28,512
    3 Miami, FL $29,075
    4 Buffalo, NY $29,706
    5 Pittsburgh, PA $32,363
    6 Cincinnati, OH $33,006
    7 St. Louis, MO $34,191
    8 Newark, NJ $34,452
    9 Memphis, TN $35,143
    10 Toledo, OH $35,216

  • Davy Jones

    Based on that list, how about the Pistons and the Red Wings?

    Challenge met!

  • LA to TheBay

    With most of the blue collar jobs gone from Pittsburgh, all of the steel mill jobs, and their rather strong economy based on tech industries, I’d have to say the Steelers don’t qualify anymore.

    Sorry, RMR. I know you envy any NFL team that isn;t the Raiders, but it’s a tough football team, not a tough town anymore.

  • LA to TheBay

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    February 1st, 2011 at 10:28 am
    I challenge you to name a team that represents the poor and working class more (or better) than the Steelers, in all of pro sports today.

    ————————

    New Orleans Saints. They put the city on their back.

  • inonewordraider

    so then become a Steelers fan and blog on their site. I actually appreciate some of your comments on here RMR but we know you hate Al and we kno he’ll continue to be the GM of the Raiders as long as he lives so why put yourself through the agony?

  • http://Www.bullycains.com r8dercain

    Afternoon,la,inone,Davy,an RMR,Ray

  • DutchRaider77

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    February 1st, 2011 at 10:28 am
    I challenge you to name a team that represents the poor and working class more (or better) than the Steelers, in all of pro sports today.

    ————————

    New Orleans Saints. They put the city on their back.

    ______________________________________________________

    Green Bay Packers? Considering it is owned by the people/fans. All profits go back to the club and not wealthy owners.

  • http://chismetime.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sofia_vergara_01.jpg r8eray

    Leiweke on downtown L.A. stadium: “If you build it, they (The Raiders) will come”

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Pittsburgh 6
    Oakland 3

  • http://Www.bullycains.com r8dercain

    BTW there is only one nation, The Raider Nation
    always Wil be that way. Been to Heinz field an from what I saw of the area didn’t look nowhere near what east Oakland looks like

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    You guys got me on some of those teams. I concede to you. But Green Bay? Give me a break. I said working class AND poor. Green bay is working class and upper class.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    I can see the NFL poised to make Green Bay the, if you well, new New England. Green Bay is turning into a snobotorium.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    As far as the Raiders leaving Oakland, let them. Oakland deserves better.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Nobody is building a stadium for a senile old man, sorry.

    But, if he gives up control, the Raiders may be a hot property.

    http://www.pittsburghsportstavern.com/forum/showthread.php/9369-Al-Davis-Looks-Great-These-Days

  • http://Www.bullycains.com r8dercain

    If the raiders were winning consistently like when I was a kid growin up in Oakland
    then them leaving wouldn’t be a topic
    they’d sell out. An a knew stadium in Oakland would be in the works
    win a SB an talks of new stadium will move fwd
    or then the old man would be threating to move. But since there losing lately
    Boone gonna talk of new diggs

  • M Lonetree

    that very very fragile house of cards aka the global economic system shudders with every whisper of a breeze and in here the thought process is as to whether obscenely rich athletes and their uber-obscenely rich owners can qualitatively represent the poor and working class of their communities. interesting.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    311.The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    February 1st, 2011 at 10:09 am
    They’re showing Tyree’s catch from the Super Bowl a couple of years ago on ESPN2. The Giants are really lucky the refs didn’t rule that incomplete. Even though it was a catch, we’ve seen refs rule catches incomplete for less. The ball hits the ground while he has that thing trapped on his helmet. And of course had the refs taken it away from it, it would be just like the tuck. Even though everyone knows it’s b.s., the media would still side with the refs and to them, it would just go down in the books as a “perfect” Patriots season.

    +++++++++++++++++++++

    Yep.

    That play is also a perfect encapsulation of why I hate Joe Buck. One of the Top 5 most exciting plays in Super Bowl history and he sounds like he’s talking about the weather. I can’t help but imagine what a talented announcer like Al Michaels would’ve done with that moment.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Can you really imagine any community welcoming this:

    http://pigskinlovinglady.com/tag/oakland-raiders/

  • LA to TheBay

    I still contend the Raiders belong in Oakland.

    There are droves of loyal Raiders fans that are poor/working class in the LA area, especially those in the Mexican communities, however, there is just too much ‘Hollywood’ influence there.

    The Dodgers aren’t significant enough to really be on the radar of your average Southland resident (small pocket of die hard Doyer fans only, really) and the Kings are a hockey team, whichg should tell you all you need to know.

    If those two teams are succesful, the city will pay attention for a month, then forget about it when the teams miss/lose in playoffs.

    Football’s a bit different. Al is not a Hollywood guy and the identity of the Raiders reflects (or should) that of Oakland FAR more than LA as a whole.

    The Raiders were (and to some extent) still are very popular in certain pockets in LA, but as a whole, LA is a Laker town and the raiders don’t have enough glitz and glamour to sustain the attention of Los Angeles.

    Stay in Oakland. Get better. LA fans still got your back, Al.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    You know, the pressure on Hue Jackson this season has to be amazing. This is basically the last chance Al has to prove the Raiders can turn around and get himself a stadium built. Jackson has to deliver a winning season, not only for his own job security, but maybe for the future of the Raiders in Oakland.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    305.r8eray Says:
    February 1st, 2011 at 10:04 am
    Jabar Gaffney is on the trading block…anyone??

    +++++++++++++++++

    At this point, I’ll take any warm body with reliable hands.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/skew-t/166654980/ BART Bridge Blues

    Sleeper pick in the 7th round or maybe even UDFA:

    Derrell Johnson-Koulianos WR Iowa 6’0″ 200lbs 4.52s

    His nickname, “DJK”, would fit perfectly with our recieving corps. Led Iowa in receptions for 3 straight years and had a great career as a kick returner. Very talented player, who had some off the field issues (drugs).

  • http://Www.bullycains.com r8dercain

    The raiders want to have a bully image
    that is oaklands image. It’s known as the town
    Oakland is a well known “bully ” of a town.
    Raiders will stay here were they belong

  • SilverNBlackPA

    286.BART Bridge Blues Says:
    February 1st, 2011 at 9:40 am
    If anyone is interested, here is the list of players that the Raiders scouts have shown an interest in so far at the various all-star games:
    Allen Bailey, DE/DT
    Gabe Carimi, OT
    Kendrick Burney, CB
    Roy Helu Jr, RB
    Casey Matthews, OLB
    Jalil Brown, CB
    Cedrick Thornton, DE/DT
    Joseph Barksdale, OG
    Phil Taylor, NT
    Dontay Moch, OLB
    Mike Price, DE/DT

    ++++++++++++++++++++

    Interested to see Barksdale listed as only a guard; I think he could be a pretty damn good right tackle.

    No way they can get Carimi unless they trade up, but I’d just about pass out if they did.

    LOVE that they’re looking at Phil Taylor. If I may blow my own horn here: I was harping on him some months ago before most people were. Saw a few Baylor games this past season (no idea why, but FSN Pittsburgh showed some) and I was amazed at the fact that a 340 pound dude was that agile. Flowed down the line to the ball and used his hands well. He’s a poor man’s Haloti Ngata.

    Dontay Moch is basically Al’s wet dream. Dude can run a 4.3 40 at 240 pounds. I think he’d do better as a 3-4 OLB than in a 4-3 though. Not sure about his ability to support the run or cover.

  • http://Www.bullycains.com r8dercain

    If u read post 335
    I agree totally with u silver

  • DKnight007

    275.BART Bridge Blues Says:
    February 1st, 2011 at 9:13 am
    I like Marcus Gilbert as well, also Chris Hairston, Curt Porter, Orlando Franklin and Zach Hurd. Hue is gonna bring some mack trucks in here to hopefully keep Campbell’s uni a bit cleaner this season.

    What is the story with Tori Gurley?

    ^^^^^^^
    I like Orlando Franklin. He an play RT or RG!

    Barksdale can do the same.

    Dontay Moch= Thomas Howard…..no thanks….I would rather have Casey Matthews playing the WLB spot, plus Matthews has a better football IQ!

  • DKnight007

    NT/DT Phil Taylor would be a solid pick in Round 2.

    That guy is a BEAST!

  • DutchRaider77

    You guys got me on some of those teams. I concede to you. But Green Bay? Give me a break. I said working class AND poor. Green bay is working class and upper class.

    ______________________________________________________

    As usual, you just make crap up. Why don’t you look up the Census data? Green Bay is not an upper class city.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/skew-t/166654980/ BART Bridge Blues

    I heard Barksdale struggled alot at tackle in his all-star game, so I am thinking gaurd only.

    I pray Al does not draft Dontay Moch, that kid is a track star, not a football player. The film on him is embarassing, even the highlight reels dont paint a flattering picture of his skill set.

    Phil Taylor reminds me a bit of Big John Henderson, too tall maybe for a true 34 NT, but perfect for a 43 DT, that is a terror against the run, and has the length to bother the QB when needed.

    They are definitely looking at D-Line though, both DE’s and DT’s. Al seemed very happy with that group, but I guess Waufle has Al’s full attention, and he is asking for even more help.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    # r8eray Says:
    February 1st, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Poorest American cities
    (Population over 250,000)
    Rank City Median household income, 2007
    1 Detroit, MI $28,097
    2 Cleveland, OH $28,512
    3 Miami, FL $29,075
    4 Buffalo, NY $29,706
    5 Pittsburgh, PA $32,363
    6 Cincinnati, OH $33,006
    7 St. Louis, MO $34,191
    8 Newark, NJ $34,452
    9 Memphis, TN $35,143
    10 Toledo, OH $35,216
    _____________________________________________________

    is that annually? I earned 40K per year when I was 19 year old..