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Ding, dong, the deal is done

By Steve Corkran
Monday, July 25th, 2011 at 12:42 pm in Oakland Raiders.

And,  just like that, the NFL owners and players on Monday reached accord on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement that ensures 10 years of strike-free, lockout-free football.

The owners approved the deal last Wednesday by a 31-0 vote, with the Raiders abstaining. The players signed off by a 32-0 vote.

Beat writer Jerry McDonald tracked down punter Shane Lechler a few minutes ago, and Lechler said it was high time to get a deal done.

“It’s too much money, and such a great deal,” Lechler said. “In my opinion, and a lot of other people around the world, it’s the No. 1 sport there is. Very competitive and I think that getting the deal done was the best thing for everybody.”

We will spare you the tedium of reading the hundreds of pages crafted by lawyers over the past four months and pull out the pertinent details.

Most important, first-year head coach Hue Jackson finally is about to get a look at what he has to work with this season and the talk will shift to x’s and o’s rather than dollars and cents.

For now, here is what we know for sure:

The Raiders are allowed to show their faces at the team’s facility in Alameda on Tuesday for the first time since late April, when there was a brief end to the lockout. The Raiders have not confirmed whether they will bother having the players show up, given they likely will be in Napa for the start of training camp Wednesday.

The Raiders are permitted to open training camp Wednesday, 15 days before their exhibition opener against the Arizona Cardinals at the Coliseum. Again, we’re awaiting word from the Raiders on whether they will stick to their original plan or push it back a day or two as a means of allowing players to make their way here from all parts of the country.

Teams are allowed to discuss trades, negotiate with all free agents and sign drafted players and undrafted free agents Tuesday.

Teams are permitted to cut players starting Thursday.

The Raiders and other teams can sign players as of 3 p.m. on Friday. They also can renegotiate contracts starting this day.

Other pertinent changes agreed to by the owners and players include: the reduction of offseason Organized Team Activities (OTAs) from a maximum of 14 to no more than 10; only 14 padded practices during the regular season, with no more than three occurring withing the final six weeks of the season; and the possibility of an 18-game schedule as soon as the 2013 season.

This is a fluid situation, and things will become more clear as the day wears on. We will keep you abreast of how the Raiders plan to proceed as we hear back from coach Jackson, senior executive John Herrera and players.

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  • Nnamdi21

    With the ink still drying on the new CBA Oakland heads into a…

    Free agent frenzy

    http://www.raidernationstation.com/raider_huddle

  • Dakota

    98.priesttj Says:
    July 25th, 2011 at 12:38 pm
    The playing with confidence thing is fair but with the caveate it’s hard to do that when the players you’re working with are not ready for what your asking them to do. I think you’ll see a much more mature passing attack. Due to the confidence he has in his WR’s now. Most will say JC improved but I’ll say the passing game improved as a whole.

    Most fans focus only on what the QB is doing and not the passing game as a whole. Our WR’s leave a lot to desired as far as route running and that directly affects a QB’s confidence.
    ++++++++++++++++++

    True, Campbell hasn’t exactly been around a great group of WRs or o-linement, or even in the same system during his years with Washington and Oakland….too bad we can’t say that will change in 2011…other than the same system depending on what changes Saunders makes.

  • priesttj

    Back in a while, but it appears most don’t have huge issues with JC just a few. I think we have a quality starter at QB which is something we haven’t been able to say in some 6+years. An accomplishment IMO.

  • Nnamdi21

    Jeez mah neez, our O line is gonna look alot differnt. I hope Wizzer #1 can get our new O line up to par. Barnes, Walker, Gallery all potential FA’s. Satele off the map.

    Hope we keep Nnamdi and Huff too!

  • http://www.jerryisatwit.com MistaBrown

    rofl
    ____

    Priesttj Says:
    July 25th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I have spent a ton of time studying JC this offseason and I would like to have a serious discussion with a knowledgeable fan capable of articulating what he’s incapable of doing….

  • Nnamdi21

    R.I.P. Herr Doktor…

    Long live Dr. Death!~

  • Nnamdi21

    5. What he’s doing? Right now eating Cheetos and watching NFLN

  • Nnamdi21

    priesttj Says:
    July 25th, 2011 at 12:45 pm
    Back in a while, but it appears most don’t have huge issues with JC just a few. I think we have a quality starter at QB which is something we haven’t been able to say in some 6+years. An accomplishment IMO.

    ================

    He’s not Manning, Brees or *gulp* Rivers and if our run game plays like it did last year he’s not expected to be.

    Smart decsions, makes plays with his feet, manages the game.

    Thats what we’re expecting. Of course thigns change with injuires and what not but if it goes somewhat according, he should be ok or better.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Go Raiders!

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Football is on time to get off the fence on JC and call your shot.

    i may have been the first and loudest supporter of JC since Davis brought him here. i saw what davis see’s most here did and do not. some one please start a bu or sell list for Jc

    Buyers; Misitc1 Tha SupaVillain, Bauce,, Preistt,….who else

    Sellers; aig, raider rock star, dakota, jfb, raiderman99, silver&crack666, gradkowskiraider, ohioraider,

    feel free to add your own name its time to put up or shut up.

  • Scottish Raider

    Too slow – Holy smoke – just realised that Reece is on our FA list:

    Nnamdi Asomugha, CB – sadly too expensive
    Khalif Barnes, T – sadly too useless
    Michael Bush, RB – resign
    Charlie Frye, QB – surely we can do better?
    Robert Gallery, G – greetings from Seattle
    Bruce Gradkowski, QB – miss your mom’s pasta
    Mario Henderson, T – right not left
    Johnnie Lee Higgins, WR – shellshocked and out
    Thomas Howard, LB – maybe
    Michael Huff, S – head’n home to Texas
    Zach Miller, TE – please stay!
    Jarvis Moss, LB – cheap and meaningful
    Marcel Reece, FB – too good to go
    Langston Walker – enough third chances
    Sam Williams, LB – taxi!!

  • Dakota

    10.Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    July 25th, 2011 at 12:51 pm
    Football is on time to get off the fence on JC and call your shot.

    i may have been the first and loudest supporter of JC since Davis brought him here. i saw what davis see’s most here did and do not. some one please start a bu or sell list for Jc

    Buyers; Misitc1 Tha SupaVillain, Bauce,, Preistt,….who else

    Sellers; aig, raider rock star, dakota, jfb, raiderman99, silver&crack666, gradkowskiraider, ohioraider,

    feel free to add your own name its time to put up or shut up.
    _______________________

    I buy him short term (2011) and sell him long term (2012).

  • ohioraider

    Look folks, we made our bed with Campbell for this year. He’s a decent enough QB to get us into the playoffs–with some help. He’s the type of QB who Jackson will grade out on his ability not to screw things up. But, as has been pointed out, his receivers are not stellar, his new line untested, and and TE perhaps on the way out. On top of the defensive challenges against the run, and spotty play at safety, this is a team that will do well to hit 8-8 again.

  • raiderfankirk

    JC seller …Orton buyer.

  • raiderfankirk

    Really, really hope I’m not saying I told ya so.

  • Nnamdi21

    Raider nation check out the 66th MOB. Most of you probaly already are familiar but what a great group and they are doing really great community and charity work on behalf of the Nation!~

    http://www.the66thmob.com/

  • Nnamdi21

    11. Nice list!

    I think Sam stays though…

  • hwnrdr

    Who gets the axe? Who gets restructured? And again…Is Al going to let Aso and Huff walk? If not, which one stays?

  • imaquaman

    98.priesttj Says:
    July 25th, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    The playing with confidence thing is fair
    …………………………
    i still think the same thing as last year ,we dont have at least one WR that can catch 70 + balls .i think that is a must.nobody could put together a run of games where they caught 5-6 balls each game.on the other hand that means the defense doesnt know who to prepare for ,but then that really isnt a plus now is it