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Davis likely watching negotiations from afar

Negotiations have broken down between the NFLPA and ownership with reported differences of opinion on how much rookies should be paid in the event of a wage scale as well as the basic matter of who gets what with regard to the revenue split.

The last time things were this contentious, a strike was averted in March of 2006 in part because Al Davis took a leading role along with commissioner Paul Tagliabue and executive director Gene Upshaw. When the deal was consummated, both Tagliabue and Upshaw publicly credited Davis for helping to avert a work stoppage.

Two years later, the owners elected to opt out of the agreement _ something either side could have done. The vote was unanimous, meaning even Davis voted to opt out of the agreement he helped put together.

At the Jan. 18 press conference announcing the hiring of Hue Jackson, Davis was willing to give his opinion on almost everything except the possibility of a work stoppage.

“I just would like to stay out of it at this time,” Davis said. “We have a management council that’s working on it, the commissioner is heading it up with (NFL executive vice president) Jeffrey Pash and we’ll see where we get. No one has asked me to come forward.”

Thirty-owners voted for the last agreement, with Cincinnati and Buffalo abstaining.

Davis has always been considered a player’s owner, and it’s conceivable his fellow owners feel he would be willing to give too much away. He conceded his voice may not be what it once was, especially with Upshaw having passed away five months after the agreement.

“I don’t have Gene Upshaw, he’s my captain for 15 years and I drafted him No. 1 when everyone said we were crazy,” Davis said.

Besides determining the split between players and owners, the division of money with regard to profit sharing is huge for the Raiders, as is a provision which would set aside money to assist in the building of new stadiums.

In previous years, when I’ve asked Davis about the team’s ability to compete relative to its comparatively meager revenue stream, he flatly rejected any suggestion that it had an effect. His tone changed this year.

“The last few years, we don’t have the resources that other teams have,” Davis said. “I think we have shown we can compete, but it’s a question of winning and what happens with the collective bargaining agreement”

Davis reaffirmed his belief that the current site, is best for a new stadium, applied my estimate of 22,000 season ticket holders and said, `if they can’t get it done, you’re going to have to use other avenues . . . if we’re going to compete, we’re going to need a new stadium and we’re going to fight to get one. We want the fans out there, you’ve got to support us, you’ve got to help us. Someone said 22,000 fans. We’re at the low end and we’ve got to do better. That’s just the facts.”

FRANCHISE PERIOD UNDERWAY

Teams can begin designating franchise players today, and according to story rounding up likely candidates by the NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora, the league sources said Zach Miller would likely be tagged by the Raiders.

Miller is worth keeping around, given his status as the club’s leading receiver in each of the last four years and status as a Pro Bowler, but to do that would mean leaving Richard Seymour free to go in the absence of a long-term contract.

Seymour was franchised last season at approximately $12.4 million and would receive a 20 percent increase if franchised again, or just under $15 million. Given the way Davis and Hue Jackson have talked up Seymour this offseason, and the fact that Oakland shipped its first-round draft pick this April (No. 17 overall) to New England to get him, I still think Seymour is more likely to receive the franchise tag.

It’s worth noting the NFLPA is questioning whether the league can even franchise players in the event of a lockout, and that any player who is franchised could be susceptible to an entirely different set of rules once a CBA is reached.

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

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 11th, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I always liked Mark Buehrle as a pitcher (fastest working pitcher in the league hands down) but I like him even more now.
    ———————————–
    Not surprised. Although I’ve said the same thing about Vick.

  • Silver-and-black666

    JFB

    #34

  • Just Fire Baby

    Don Banks’ take on the Raiders offseason questions:

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

    Oakland Raiders

    Which player holds the key to the success of new head coach Hue Jackson?

    That would be starting quarterback Jason Campbell, to no great surprise. Campbell enters the final year of his contract and his future in Oakland is anything but secure. He had his highlights last season with the Raiders, going 7-5 in his 12 starts. But he was also benched and struggled with the same wildly inconsistent play that plagued him at times in Washington. Owner Al Davis remains staunchly in Campbell’s corner, but Jackson actually lobbied ex-Raiders head coach Tom Cable to play backup Bruce Gradkowski last season, so the relationship between Jackson and Campbell bears scrutiny. The hope is that Campbell’s comfort level and familiarity with Oakland receivers produces significant improvement in year two of his Raiders tenure. Jackson said he intends to call the plays, but he hired Al Saunders — who knows Campbell from their days together in Washington — as his offensive coordinator. After last season’s 8-8 record, Davis’s expectation level is clear. It’s a return to the playoffs this year in Oakland, or Campbell will likely be moving on once again. If history holds, his departure will be followed shortly thereafter by Jackson’s.

  • confucius400

    as sure as the sun orbits the earth vince young will be a raider!

  • Silver-and-black666

    VY will never be a Raider and I would bet you any amount of money….he does NOT fit the AD QB mold of having deep threat.

    Not a strong enough arm for AD!

    So how much would you like to bet me Confused400

  • confucius400

    a quarter

  • Just Fire Baby

    I wonder how Soup will play in a contract year.

  • confucius400

    Silver-and-black666 Says:
    February 11th, 2011 at 9:52 am
    VY will never be a Raider and I would bet you any amount of money….he does NOT fit the AD QB mold of having deep threat.

    Not a strong enough arm for AD!

    So how much would you like to bet me Confused400
    …………….a dime bag……

  • Silver-and-black666

    It would have to be a dub…

  • DMAC

    Buenos dias mi gente.

  • confucius400

    Egyptian pot from the time of Rameses II

  • confucius400

    Bast is the Tameran (ancient Egyptian) Goddess of hemp and marijuana.

  • Just Fire Baby

    There is good days, and than there is end of the year and quarter commission pay-days.

    Off to go stimulate the economy, later fellers!!!!

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

    The Ebers Papyrus (ca. 1,550 BC ) from Ancient Egypt describes medical marijuana.[115] Other ancient Egyptian papyri that mention medical marijuana are the Ramesseum III Papyrus (1700 BC), the Berlin Papyrus (1300 BC) and the Chester Beatty Medical Papyrus VI (1300 BC).[116] The ancient Egyptians even used hemp (cannabis) in suppositories for relieving the pain of hemorrhoids.[117] The egyptologist Lise Manniche notes the reference to “plant medical marijuana” in several Egyptian texts, one of which dates back to the eighteenth century BCE[118]

  • hwnrdr

    But Rameses don’t dance at the party

  • confucius400

    Rumors fly of Brett Favre and Al Davis landing on Dancing with the Stars
    We’ve seen it several times over the past few days, and we’re now getting enough e-mails about it to realize that, if we don’t mention it, we’ll continue to get more e-mails about it.

    Per various media outlets including USA Today, Brett Favre and Al Davis are rumored to be a candidate for the next season of Dancing with the Stars.

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

    The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Thursday that Pro Bowl defensive lineman Richard Seymour is expected to receive a franchise player tag from the Oakland Raiders.

    Seymour, however, told NFL.com senior writer Steve Wyche on Thursday that he hasn’t been informed that he would be franchised by the Raiders and all reports that he would be are speculation.

    After the sides were unable to reach terms on a three-year pact during the last year’s offseason, Seymour, 31, agreed to a one-year, $12.4 million exclusive rights deal. According to the Chronicle, Seymour could be in line for almost $15 million next season if the same scenario plays out.

    Seymour helped anchor a young, improving Raiders defense in 2010, and he told the Chronicle at one point late in the season, “I see myself retiring as a Raider.”

    The Raiders were 11th in total defense (322.8 yards per game) and 13th in points allowed per game (23.2).

    Seymour had 5.5 sacks and 48 total tackles in 13 games, figures that exceeded his 16-game totals from 2009, as the Raiders went 8-8.

  • fingers

    Al Davis voted for it……. Before he voted aginst it!!…makes perfect sense for Al …

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Ironic is that the Shah of Iran fell 32 yrs ago today. Hope BO does not make the mistakes with the military of Egypt that Carter did with Iran. When the army wanted to take over and prevent the Ayatollah from returning, Carter did not want to interfere with the extremists. So they executed the US trained military leaders and the rest is history.

    Go Lakers!

  • MakeItRain

    If Davis doesn’t want to pay nmamdi 16 million in his prime why would he pay an aging injury plagued Seymour 15. I really hope they don’t franchise him again. No way he gets more than 10 mill a year on the open market, fair market value for him is around 8 in my opinion. I’m not debating his value to this team just smart practice, but when have the raiders been smart?

  • MakeItRain

    Al voted for it to keep football alive. He voted against it because he knows they need a long term deal. I wouldn’t doubt if it came down to it Davis would vote for the same exact deal, he is a guy who only cares about football and not the $. Too bad wanting to win and paying to win doesn’t equal winning look at Al and Dan Snyder

  • RaiderDebo

    It’s about time he hung it up. Sounds like he quit during the middle of last season. Bringing this guy aboard with Hackett to replace Knapp and DiFillipo in 2010 doomed the team to failure. Poor Jamarcus.

    http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/feb/10/longtime-nfl-coach-likely-retiring-after-47-years/

  • RaiderRockstar

    Seymour helped anchor a young, improving Raiders defense in 2010, and he told the Chronicle at one point late in the season, “I see myself retiring as a Raider.”

    ***

    he’ll sign a long-term deal.

    Zach Miller might do the same since he thinks highly of Hue Jackson

    tag Jon Condo!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Debo,

    Hackett & Tollner saved JCamp from BUST status like Kyle Boller … and they kept Bruce Gradkowski in the league (as a #2 even!)

    JaWalrus was a hopeless nightmare for ANY coach to take on.

    Hue Jackson was hired on 01/26. Russell was dumped on 05/06

  • lefty12

    Poor Jamarcus-what a moron!

  • HairyBush

    Santana Moss’ contract voided today, making him eligible for unrestricted free agency once a new CBA is reached.
    Unlike the six Browns released this week, Moss does not become a free agent immediately. Oakland has been rumored as a possible landing spot, but the Skins wouldn’t be smart to let their top receiver go if Moss is willing to do a relatively short-term contract, as reported. Moss is said to be seeking “two- or three-year deal” that averages $5 million per season.
    ———————–
    hmmm… don’t know if I would rather him or ocho

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

    The Revolution Will Be Televised!

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

    You will not be able to stay home, brother.
    You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out.
    You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip,
    Skip out for beer during commercials,
    Because the revolution will not be televised.

    The revolution will not be televised.
    The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox
    In 4 parts without commercial interruptions.
    The revolution will not show you pictures of Nixon
    blowing a bugle and leading a charge by John
    Mitchell, General Abrams and Spiro Agnew to eat
    hog maws confiscated from a Harlem sanctuary.
    The revolution will not be televised.

    The revolution will not be brought to you by the
    Schaefer Award Theatre and will not star Natalie
    Woods and Steve McQueen or Bullwinkle and Julia.
    The revolution will not give your mouth sex appeal.
    The revolution will not get rid of the nubs.
    The revolution will not make you look five pounds
    thinner, because the revolution will not be televised, Brother.

  • olinesux

    most people dont realize what al has done for pro football…they just believe jerry and all the other idiot media people…

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

    There will be no pictures of you and Willie May
    pushing that shopping cart down the block on the dead run,
    or trying to slide that color television into a stolen ambulance.
    NBC will not be able predict the winner at 8:32
    or report from 29 districts.
    The revolution will not be televised.

    There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down
    brothers in the instant replay.
    There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down
    brothers in the instant replay.
    There will be no pictures of Whitney Young being
    run out of Harlem on a rail with a brand new process.
    There will be no slow motion or still life of Roy
    Wilkens strolling through Watts in a Red, Black and
    Green liberation jumpsuit that he had been saving
    For just the proper occasion.

    Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Hooterville
    Junction will no longer be so damned relevant, and
    women will not care if Dick finally gets down with
    Jane on Search for Tomorrow because Black people
    will be in the street looking for a brighter day.
    The revolution will not be televised.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    Over/Under on how long before UN is asked to send troops to help Egyptian Military quell Muslim violence and uprisings as “new” Egyptian government is formed?

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

    Must watch….hilarious!!!
    Watch the whole video!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJPesST-skg

  • RaiderDebo

    JaWalrus was a hopeless nightmare for ANY coach to take on.

    Hue Jackson was hired on 01/26. Russell was dumped on 05/06
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Yeah, got the memo on that. Still makes no sense to me. He single-handedly beat Denver and looked decent against Baltimore in his last two appearances with us. The worst thing to happen to JR’s career in Oakland was Cable/Hackett/Tollner. He would have gained as much or more from Hue’s hiring as McFadden. Too bad Al didn’t have the patience to see JR through a rough stretch in his life. You know, kind of like Green Bay did with Brett Favre.

    http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/-contra-costa-times-walnut-creek-calif-cam-inman-/2010/05/01/4762867.htm

  • Mistabr0wn

    SeyMour/OakGlen still sucking on JaMarcus with his Debo alias, classic!

    KK, still carrying water for pres purp lips!

    Great Blog Jerr, oh and nice to see your using confuscious instead of Fatt Kid!

    lmao @ this loony bin

  • Mistabr0wn

    Congrats to Biekert but shouldn’t the new DC choose his own LB coach?

  • HayesDaze37

    It’s a great day to be a Raiders fan! Isn’t it?!

    Ummm…is there a revolution happening in here? How dramatic!

    KK the revolutionary. With his red convertible and trips to Switzerland. Changing the world one fondue at a time!

    What a crack-up.

  • Mistabr0wn

    Saunders is the OC but really H Jackson is running the offense. Jackson said as much himself. So both our OC & DC will just be puppets.

    Al is your 2011 DC & H Jack is your 2011 OC.

    Only in Oakland this happens!

  • HayesDaze37

    Why do people assume that coaches promoted to DC automatically have the network, or database, of available qualified coaches? Are the new DC’s expected by Owners/GM’s/Head Coaches to just appoint their friends/closest coaching allies to the spot?

    In companies large and small, the middle-management is approved by the upper management…and managers most definitely need approval by their bosses for a specific hire.

    And…every NFL team has a link to their past (or many) on the payroll. Having a few ex-Raiders players on the coaching staff, especially one as bright as Biekert, is a great move.

    I guess hiring Wiz to help coach the O-line was bad move too?

  • HayesDaze37

    I do thank you, though, KK — listening to a little GSH right now…

  • MEX_GHOST

    Hey!!
    He visto que alguien habla español, sí es así estaria bien comunicarnos, porque ya me cansé solo de estar leyendo en inglés.
    ¿O es todo lo que sabes DMAC?
    Saludos!!

  • HayesDaze37

    BUT…what’s wrong with The Beverly Hillbillies?

    Jeth-ro Bo-dine is the man! Country strong, like Grady Jackson. Jethro could play DL somewhere — who needs technique? His cousin Jethrine could play OG.

  • DutchRaider77

    JaWalrus was a hopeless nightmare for ANY coach to take on.

    Hue Jackson was hired on 01/26. Russell was dumped on 05/06
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Yeah, got the memo on that. Still makes no sense to me. He single-handedly beat Denver and looked decent against Baltimore in his last two appearances with us. The worst thing to happen to JR’s career in Oakland was Cable/Hackett/Tollner. He would have gained as much or more from Hue’s hiring as McFadden. Too bad Al didn’t have the patience to see JR through a rough stretch in his life. You know, kind of like Green Bay did with Brett Favre.

    http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/-contra-costa-times-walnut-creek-calif-cam-inman-/2010/05/01/4762867.htm

    ______________________________________________________

    “He single-handedly beat Denver and looked decent”

    Really, think that they will retire his Jersey in Canton for that performance: 5/11 for 47 yards and one TD.

    “and looked decent against Baltimore.”
    Russell was 9/14 and a INT and a fumble.

    Wow these are amazing stats!

  • RaiderDebo

    “He single-handedly beat Denver and looked decent”

    Really, think that they will retire his Jersey in Canton for that performance: 5/11 for 47 yards and one TD.

    “and looked decent against Baltimore.”
    Russell was 9/14 and a INT and a fumble.

    Wow these are amazing stats!
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Stat Geek alert! You obviously didn’t watch either game.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Debo,

    Aren’t you the one who always cries that it is a team effort and QB’s don’t win or lose games by themselves (yes you are that person).

    So how does Jamarcus “single-handely” beat Denver?? Did he “single-handely” also lose the other 9 games that year? Did Bruce “single-handely” beat Pitt and Cincy?

  • Just Fire Baby

    And Jamarcus looked good for about half of the second half in the Baltimore game.

    Than the trainwreck that is Jamarcus took over, with a horribly thrown INT into triple coverage on his side of the field, and than the always-looming fumble sealed the game and his fate as an NFL QB.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    Cowboys interview Packers’ receivers coach Jimmy Robinson

    So the Cowboys wasted no time interviewing a Packers’ assistant coach.

    What’s up with the Raiders and Moss or Perry?

  • RaiderSam

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    February 10th, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Al Davis is full of it. Ron Wolf drafted Upshaw. Davis was with the AFL.

    ============================
    Ron Wolf didnt do it without Al Davis’ say so.
    Cmon, you know that.

  • RaiderSam

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    February 11th, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Debo,

    Hackett & Tollner saved JCamp from BUST status like Kyle Boller … and they kept Bruce Gradkowski in the league (as a #2 even!)

    JaWalrus was a hopeless nightmare for ANY coach to take on.

    Hue Jackson was hired on 01/26. Russell was dumped on 05/06

    ===================================
    Only the Redskins worked him out..and that was probably just to spite Al Davis. No one else wanted even a work out….and he wouldnt settle for the UFL or CFL.

  • RaiderSam

    # KoolKell Says:
    February 10th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    “I don’t have Gene Upshaw, he’s my captain for 15 years and I drafted him No. 1 when everyone said we were crazy,” Davis said.
    ————————
    Petty old fool.

    ======================
    Yeah, he only started the bidding war forcing the NFL to merge and creating the most dominant sports league in sports, making the “3 yards and a cloud of dust” NFL into the scoring, deep passing league it would become in later years. He’s clearly lost it now, but he was dominant in his day, hater.

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

    Yeah, he only started the bidding war forcing the NFL to merge and creating the most dominant sports league in sports,
    ——————————
    He was hired by Lamar Hunt of the KC Chiefs, to do so.