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Bergstrom had no intention of being late

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, July 28th, 2012 at 2:34 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Tony Bergstrom didn’t put pen to paper until 10:07 p.m. the previous night, but his arrival at Raiders’ training Sunday was a foregone conclusion.

“It was hashed out a long time ago,’’ Bergstrom said after stepping off one of two busses arriving from the club facility in Alameda. “I’m an old school guy. I like to do things in person, and I think that kind of fits in well with our organization. It was basically just getting out here and signing.’’

Bergstrom also added, “I’m not about to be the first holdout of the new CBA as a third-rounder.’’

According to ESPN, that honor could belong to Juron Criner a fifth-round pick, who reportedly wants a signing bonus of $158,000 instead of the $144,000 the club is offering.

Criner was a standout in some OTA sessions during the offseason.

Criner’s performance was one of the reasons the Raiders felt comfortable dealing three-year veteran wide receiver Louis Murphy for a conditional draft pick.

Bergstrom was happy to get off the bus, which was held up in traffic near the Discovery Kingdom amusement park in Vallejo. Bus passengers were mostly rookies and undrafted free agents, with veterans filtering in throughout the day in their own vehicles.

“I think everybody kind of got on with a nervous tension, then about 20 minutes into the bus ride everybody was just kind of wanting to get off the bus,’’ Bergstrom said.

The Raiders check in to their rooms and undergo preliminary physical examinations as well as meet Sunday before practicing for the first time Monday morning.

“I kind of like to just get after it. I kind of figure you learn swimming by being tossed into the water. That’s generally what happens,’’ Bergstrom said.

– Veterans are filtering in slowly. One of the first arrivals was place kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who arrived toting a set of clubs over his shoulder in a priceless Raiders Twitter photo which illustrated the life of a kicker in training camp.

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  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    If I were an NFL rookie, I couldn’t imagine being so stupid thinking 14k is worth possibly getting on the bad side of the guy who makes your contract and perhaps the HC who decides how much playing time you get. As someone stated earlier, it’s all about proving yourself and landing that monster 2nd contract. I guess Criner didn’t get the memo.

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    Plunketthead Says:
    July 28th, 2012 at 4:39 pm
    So what are the odds of DMAC making it through the preseason uninjured?

    I would say it is a tossup 50-50
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    I think DMAC will be used like Tomlinson was used in previous preseasons with the Chargers. Maybe a little more, but not much.

  • Raid uh Max

    Agent: Hey, Criner baby! What do I owe the
    Pleasure of this call?

    Criner: Hey I’ve been reading this blog online
    And they’ve been talking about how I
    Haven’t signed yet, some saying they
    Think im gonna hold out. I mean if I was
    The best receiver at camp like they say,
    Couldn’t I get more money if I did hold out?

    Agent: Your right, I could probably get your signing
    Bonus up a little, ah…………. Say about… Up
    To 158,000.

  • Plunketthead

    I am not worried about him getting hurt in a preseason game. He is more likely to tweak something minor and miss time. He is not the type to bite the bullet and play through injury. If something does not feel 100% right, he will shut it down till opening day

  • Intrepid

    People talking about middle fifth round vs. middle sixth round bonus money; wrong. Here’s the numbers. http://www.nyjetscap.com/2012_Articles/rookiecap.php

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Intrepid Says:
    July 28th, 2012 at 4:51 pm
    People talking about middle fifth round vs. middle sixth round bonus money; wrong. Here’s the numbers. http://www.nyjetscap.com/2012_Articles/rookiecap.php

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

    Thank you! We can see from this matrix that Criner is set to make a cool one mil over the next two years. Somehow I don’t think $14K is going to break him.

  • number one fan

    Cant Criner see what holding out did to Jamarcus. Maybe Jamarcus could step up and give Criner a call and let him know not to listen to the greedy agent, and holding out retards your learning curve and missing all that camp time is not good, specially since it hurt Jamarcus’ game. Holding out is not for the new era of Raider football. F that.

  • Raid uh Max

    I think the teams should band together and make a commitment to fire these players who do this and make an agreement no other teams will pick him up. Ever. Make an example out of a few players and it will NEVER happen again.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Number One Fan Says:
    July 28th, 2012 at 5:04 pm
    Maybe Jamarcus could step up…

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

    JaMarcus? Step up? To anything other than the buffet line? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Thanks for the laugh.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Raid Uh Max Says:
    July 28th, 2012 at 5:04 pm
    I think the teams should band together and make a commitment to fire these players who do this and make an agreement no other teams will pick him up. Ever. Make an example out of a few players and it will NEVER happen again.

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

    That would be collusion. Can’t do it.

  • C0RNFUCIOUS

    :x

    Cornfucious dont like to see holdout. Not good. If he hold out, he then sit around while players get better in training. He sit out too much he get hemroids.

  • C0RNFUCIOUS

    :x

    Maybe agent want more money cuz he wants to buy new truck. But Criner miss too much training while agent drive away in new truck.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Meanwhile, per Twitter, Kyle Boller has retired.

  • realtruraider

    Adam Caplan‏@caplannfl

    Three draftees remain unsigned: WR Justin Blackmon (1st rd/Jaguars); WR Kendall Wright (1st rd/Titans); WR Juron Criner (5th rd/Raiders).
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    All WR’s, fking Diva’s, Criner looks like the biggest one though… 5th/6th rounder…… C’MON MAN

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    New post.

  • C0RNFUCIOUS

    :x

    Cornfucious glad to see Reggie big man and doesnt like shake down. Criner need to tell agent where bear shіts in woods.

  • DJ Johnny

    Screw Criner. Let him sit and not make ANY money.

    5th rounder “holding out”?

    Raiders have the rights to him so make him sit the rest of his life.

  • realtruraider

    Stanford Routt‏@SRoutt26

    Red and Yellow!! #ChiefsNation
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    Fk this muthafka

    C’MON Criner sign and burn this muthafka when we play him

  • Raid uh Max

    Well In secret then.

  • alf_capone

    no biggie………..criner will get signed