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Raiders’ influence on CBA

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, February 26th, 2011 at 10:02 am in Oakland Raiders.

The last time the owners and players union were this close to a labor stoppage, Al Davis stepped in with Paul Tagliabue and former Raider Gene Upshaw and helped negotiate an agreement.

This time around, with Upshaw having passed away and Roger Goodell as commissioner, Davis has been content to watch the labor negotiations play out from the sideline.

But Davis is still capable of shaking things up, and while no one’s talking on the record at the scouting combine in Indianapolis, rest assured there is plenty of grumbling about the impact of the Raiders’ spending spree.

Fellow owners are trying to argue that they’re simply not making enough money and that the economic model doesn’t work. It becomes a much tougher sell when a franchise ranked by Forbes magazine as the 31st most valuable team in the league and the lowest season-ticket base (22,000) in the NFL goes on a spending spree before the start of the new league year.

So far, Davis has spent guaranteed $22.5 million to defensive tackle Richard Seymour in a deal that could net $30 million over two years. Cornerback Stanford Routt, coming off his best year but through six years not considered among the elite at his position, has a $20 million guarantee and $31.5 million over three years (although I’m told there’s a roster bonus in there the Raiders would have to pay).

Oakland planned on paying outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley approximately $4.1 million this season including a $3.5 million buyback in the deal originally negotiated by the Cleveland Browns. When the deal was disallowed by the league for violating the “30 percent rule” for raises in an existing contract, Davis simply committed another six million dollars and made Wimbley a franchise player.

There is also a report of the signing of defensive tackle John Henderson to a two-year deal _ it’s been reported at both $4 million and $8 million _ but I’ve yet to see if the deal is backloaded in big way or carries guaranteed money.

Unless Oakland is gambling that a CBA won’t allow players to be unrestricted free agents after four years, don’t be surprised if Zach Miller gets a megadeal making him among the NFL’s highest paid tight ends. Free safety Michael Huff could also cash in.

The Raiders are driving up the price players league wide as well as their own, and the more players he signs to big money, the harder it will be for his fellow owners to complain about their share of the financial pie.

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  • RaiderDebo

    Priest,

    No kidding. Pepole make football players out to be something they’re not. There are probably a few choir boys in the league, but it isn’t a requirement. You’ve got to be able to play. I guarantee you, if every guy in the NFL was a choir boy, people would be tuning into synchronized swimming over football on Sundays.

  • priesttj

    They are trying to make the kid pay for what happened with Russell and he’s got nothing to do with that. The thing is he’s your average kid with a great attitude about what he wants to do. I think in timehe’s going to be a great players it may take a couple of years but the kid is worth the wait IMO.

  • meatheadraider

    Nevada tight end Virgil Green creates buzz at Combine
    Posted by Evan Silva on February 26, 2011, 2:59 PM EST
    The NFL Network honored Nevada tight end Virgil Green as its Player of the Day Saturday after an impressive showing at Lucas Oil Stadium.

    Green jumped 42 1/2 inches vertically, believed to be the second best vertical ever posted by a tight end at the Scouting Combine. Green’s vertical trumped 2006 workout star Vernon Davis, who jumped 42 inches high.

    Green’s most impressive feat of the day might have been a 10-foot, 10-inch broad jump. The broad jump measures lower-body explosion.

    In addition, Green bench pressed 225 pounds 23 times and ran an official 4.64 forty. Only USC’s Jordan Cameron (4.59), a former basketball player, and small-school prospect Rob Housler of Florida Atlantic (4.55) had better forty times among tight ends.

  • RaiderDebo

    Priest,

    You know my opinion on Russell. And if any of these QBs end up on a team with instability in the coaching staff and no talent in the OL or WR position, they’ll have the same problems as David Carr and Jamarcus. The book hasn’t been written on JR yet. Long way to go.

  • priesttj

    Meathead where did you get that name? It’s what I call physical players that like to get their nose blooded. MLB’s and FB’s specifically.

  • meatheadraider

    priesttj Says:
    February 26th, 2011 at 2:53 pm
    Meathead where did you get that name? It’s what I call physical players that like to get their nose blooded. MLB’s and FB’s specifically.
    ……………from archie bunker my favorite bigot…

  • priesttj

    Debo I agree for the most part especially about Russell. i wish we had the coaching staff we have now for the kid things may have been very different. Well onward and upward it is what it is.

  • meatheadraider

    r8rwill Says:
    February 26th, 2011 at 1:07 pm
    kellen heard is in buffalo
    …………..what did kellen hear?…

  • RaiderDebo

    Priest,

    Yeah, it frustrates me. We had something going at the end of 2008. Anxious to see where Hue can take this team now that the trash has been taken out.

  • meatheadraider

    “St. Louis Rams general manager Billy Devaney said the team is aware of the situation and is gathering information on the arrest early Friday morning of team scout Luke Driscoll for public intoxication and public nudity. Driscoll has been with the Rams for 11 seasons and is part of the Rams’ contingent at the NFL Scouting Combine

  • meatheadraider

    Raiders fan loses prosthetic leg
    The Last Angry Fan:
    TEAMS: Oakland Raiders

    Oakland resident Darryl Turner’s $7500 customized Oakland Raiders prosthetic leg, which would be a pretty badass fan accessory, if it wasn’t a customized Raiders prosthetic limb. But Turner loves the Raiders, and it is his fake leg, so more power to him. Turner lost his leg (as well as use of his left arm) in a motorcycle accident in 1985, and this past December forked over the sum of $7500 for his new one honoring his beloved Raiders. Fast forward two months later, and Turner is heartbroken after having the prosthetic limb stolen right out of his front yard. The artificial leg was snatched from Turner’s front yard on February 12 at around 4 p.m., after he took a spin around the block on a four-wheeler he’d been tinkering with. When Turner returned, the leg was gone. And now all Darryl Turner wants is to have his Raiders limb back on his body where it belongs. He says he cannot afford to replace the limb and his Medicare insuranc…

  • Kirk

    The book hasn’t been written on Jamarcus yet?

    As in, “Book ‘em Dano?”

  • RaiderDebo

    Kirk Says:
    February 26th, 2011 at 3:40 pm
    The book hasn’t been written on Jamarcus yet?

    As in, “Book ‘em Dano?”
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Cornball post of the year so far!!! Your little brain must’ve hurt coming up with that one.

  • http://build-a-bully 909RaiderLifer

    Once again Al raises a bony, liver spotted middle finger to the other owners by signing players to seemingly absurd contracts…

  • http://build-a-bully 909RaiderLifer

    Al probably has Sinatra’s “My way” on for background music, while he draws up these contracts…

  • priesttj

    It’s not about disegarding other owners it’s about doing what’s best for the Raiders. he’s trying to get as best a competitive edge as he can. Why do nothing when you know what you can and cannot do, just because everyone else is doing nothing. As long as what you’re needs to eventually be done.

  • JB

    I’m amazed at all the people in here worried about what AD spends on a player. IT’S NOT YOUR MONEY. It’s technically his. Quit pissin’ & moaning about what this player is worth and what that one isn’t. Just be happy that we don’t have to complain about a cheapskate owner who won’t pay for players. I’d much rather be associated with a spender rather than a tightwad.

  • priesttj

    AMEN BROTHA!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RaiderDebo

    Agreed. Annoying as shcitt listening to some of these blowhards!

  • http://build-a-bully 909RaiderLifer

    Alex Marvez (sp?) at foxsports.com wrote a column on Thursday, basically saying that the other owners are none to happy with Al cutting all these deals…

    Doesn’t bother me in the least. I learned a long time ago, Al will do whatever the hell he wants.. No matter what little ‘ol me, or anyone else thinks about it..

    The only thing that I get worked up over these days. is the scoreboard on game day..

  • phatcable

    new post

  • post14em

    listening to hue jack when he addressed his qb ,he mentioned surrounding jc for him to succeed (via the offensive line)i look for davis to build a solid offensive line (priority one)we haven’t addressed the line in some years.with the exception of veldheer and campbell.
    someone earlier mentioned about cooper c…. f–k cooper c he is soft as wet toilet paper trying to hold a brick. same for satele the are liabilties as well as mario h. i believe zack and bush will get paid we will find a good vet wr. ( this may be schillens break out year though) that and consentrate on the o-line the offense will be deadly oakland will make some noise
    believe that !

    nuff said

  • post14em

    on defense we may end up having the best d-line inthe league. remember shanasty and scott got hurt don’t expect wimbley and scott to play lb this year they will be on the edge we gonna have alot of sacks need a good ,fast ,strong outside lb a(a must) i said it onc i’ll say it again woodson will make walter mac a star (he got game)

  • http://Www.bullycains.com r8dercain

    Priesttj Says:
    February 26th, 2011 at 2:55 pm
    Debo I agree for the most part especially about Russell. i wish we had the coaching staff we have now for the kid things may have been very different. Well onward and upward it is what it is.
    —————–
    if I recall hue was on staff when Jamarcus got cut.
    He could have said something then.

    I would think.

  • imaquaman

    we all know jbust hurt the raiders and the rookies .and now the cba .if rookies end up being fa after 4 years ,and it takes 4 years to get any good play from a rookie ,or there abouts ,what do you guys think about all first rounders get a set fee ,second rounders get a set fee, and so on until the four year mark then they get what they are worth with out a limit and the owners keep the 60 percent or what ever it is of the billion dollars they are fighting over now

  • imaquaman

    # post14em Says:
    February 26th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    on defense we may end up having the best d-line inthe league. remember shanasty and scott got hurt don’t expect wimbley and scott to play lb this year they will be on the edge we gonna have alot of sacks need a good ,fast ,strong outside lb a(a must) i said it onc i’ll say it again woodson will make walter mac a star (he got game)
    ############################
    woodson could have a bigger impact on mike mitchel as far as being a big hitter ,woodsen was right there with ronnie lott ,im not sure you can teach that though you gotta have that already

  • encinitasraider

    Davis is smater than all the posters on this blog put together…

    While only 13 players were targeted by opposing quarterbacks more than the 99 pass attempts he faced, according to STATS LLC, Routt allowed just 39.4 percent of those passes to be completed. That was a vast improvement from the 62.7 percent mark he posted in his first five seasons and comparable to the numbers put up by the more heralded Asomugha (39.4 percent) and Darrelle Revis(notes) (33.9 percent) of the New York Jets.