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Playbooks and undrafted free agents

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, May 2nd, 2011 at 8:47 am in Oakland Raiders.

A couple of areas worth noting during the lockout, which could be either further stayed or lifted as early as today:

During the brief window Friday when the lockout was lifted, teams were free to distribute playbooks. Raiders tight end Brandon Myers said he left the facility without one and that that he expected to get one Monday (not knowing the lockout was back on).

Raiders coach Hue Jackson said he attempted to get players as much information as he could Friday. Presumably, that included either overnighting playbooks to players on roster, sending them as computer drives or electronically. Playbooks that went out during that time do not have to be returned.

As for speculation that teams will send out playbooks on the sly anyway to make sure players are more prepared, I wouldn’t be so sure.

Keep in mind this is a labor struggle. You send out a playbook in a lockout to a staunch union supporter, he gets word to executive director DeMaurice Smith, and you have an instant sound byte about the owners breaking the rules.

As for undrafted free agents, Jackson said at the conclusion of the draft that prospective signees couldn’t be contacted.

However, that didn’t prevent the Raiders and every other team in the league from contacting them while the draft was being conducted and saying something along the lines of, “Hey, we might pick you in the sixth or seventh round, but be ready if you’re not drafted because we’re going to offer you a contract.”

Chances are most clubs have tentative agreements in place made during the draft which will be revisited the moment the lockout is lifted.

There should be a link up soon for today’s noon chat wrapping up the NFL draft or other Raiders issues . . .

In the meantime, here’s a link to my Sunday column in Bay Area News Group publications with some draft observations, including Bill Belichick’s manipulation of the process as it pertains to quarterback Ryan Mallett.

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  • DutchRaider77

    @Silverandblack666
    You just said that the owners had all the risk?
    Did I say that 100% of the stadiums are financed with public money, No. But a stadium built with a large percentage of public money mitigates the risk a NFL owner does have.
    Public Money Stadiums:
    Cleveland-74.7%
    Pittsburgh-78.7%
    Denver-68.4%
    Houston-73%
    Indianaplis-86%

    Actually, the revenue split is not 60%, because you are not taking into account the $1 Billion the NFL owners divide up before the pie is split.

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

    Avg NFL career is 3 years.

  • da trinity

    I work in cali out of the city of industry station. Aient nothing better then that cali weather

  • Silverandblack666

    http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2010/05/cleveland_browns_1999_stadium.shtml

    Philadelphia Eagles (2003)
    Cost: $474 million
    Percentage of public financing: 40%

    Dallas Cowboys (2009)
    Stadium cost: $1.2 billion
    Percentage of public financing: 28.6%

    New York Jets/New York Giants (2010)
    Stadium cost: $1.6 billion
    Percentage of public financing: 0%

  • big oak boy

    how do u like that

  • http://www.raiders.com/ r8eray

    DMAC Says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 10:13 am
    I think Taiwan Jones is the steal of this years draft. I know he played in a weaker conference, but the dude has nice jukes, and stop and go acceleration. Made defenders look silly and has the potential to take it to the house every time he touches the ball.
    Nice pick Al.

    ———————

    Has potential but….needs to work on his fumblitis!

  • DMAC

    Im sure DMAC will teach him a thing or two about securing the ball.

  • DMAC

    better

  • da trinity

    all I know is if namdi leaves his jersey will do you half priced and best believe I’m gonna get one.

  • big oak boy

    da trinity Says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 11:23 am

    all I know is if namdi leaves his jersey will do you half priced and best believe I’m gonna get one.

    they should bring rod woodsons jersey back this yr superbowl edition

  • ohioraider

    15.Gust372 Says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 9:10 am
    Brien’s a Republican. Of course he’s doing to downplay this. Like I said, Obbamas haters are so owned right now it’s not even funny. You can expect all kinds of silly, tin foil blather from them today. They’re upset about this news. They didn’t want Obamma to be the one who took out America’s biggest enemy in history.

    ————————————————-
    Ha! Yep. And listen up owned people: better save your powder for the election next year cause you’re gonna need it.

  • raiderfankirk

    Gust372. why the f do you think a player should get the same money as an owner. Players don’t have to play. College education and league min. for three years and a guy that’s not stupid w/ his money. 1.5 million in three years. He should be strait. I’m a white guy and voted for our pres. and have know prop. w/ any color unless they got a problem w/ me. STFU you racist NIG.

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