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.