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.