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Bergstrom had no intention of being late

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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  • TxRaider210

    Reg is trying to build a team to where almost any player is expendable, which equates to depth.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    RaiderDuck Says:
    July 28th, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Marks Hair Says:
    July 28th, 2012 at 3:09 pm
    43. True. But thats not the scenario for criner..

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    Yes, it is. He’s being offered less than the regular 5th-round picks, and more than the top 6th-round picks. Simple.
    =================================

    Exactly.

  • Marks hair

    47. Nope he’s a comp pick. So he gets the hose again.. When you line up the pay scale next to the draft picks, criner gets cut short on 14k.. Its not an arbitrary number.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Does anybody have a link to the actual pay scale, so we can settle this?

  • realtruraider

    I think Criner will tell his agent to sign the fking contract before the days over. What else can he do? Hold out? LMFAO! He would get killed in the media and by Raider Nation, a 5th/6th rounder holding out with this new slot system, Pluuuueeeeaaaazzzz!!!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Grumpy Old Man,

    Maybe you need to stop making ignorant statements in a blog, and go read a book.
    Plenty of people challenged unfair laws/ rules and won especially in this country. Go read a history book, and maybe you can learn something.

  • Marks hair

    50. Exactly! And since its just beer money for mark d. Reg should just do the right thing.. This makes us look cheap. Nobody looks like a diva asking for a measly 14k..

  • lefty12

    It was explained in Williamson’s article.Some just won’t accept it,just like Criner’s agent.However,it is what it is and I doubt Reggie will be the one to weaken it.

  • Marks hair

    55. He wont hold out.. But reg should still pay..

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    We’ll know tomorrow if he’s holding out or not.

  • TxRaider210

    Ok, since the new CBA is in place, Reg doesn’t want to overpay by Guidelines and standards. Bottom line, he wins this battle.

  • realtruraider

    Some people obviously don’t understand theres a new slot system, Reg is sticking with the system, like everybody else.

  • Just Fire Baby

    The 1st pick of the 6th round is Greg Zuerlein, a kicker, and rotoworld says his signing bonus was 128K.

    Both Asa Jackson and Vick Ballard, the two other 5th round comp picks selected after Criner, got 144K on their signing bonus. And George Iloka, taken with the last pick of the regular 5th round, got 160K.

    So basically, Criner is completely off his rocker.

  • Marks hair

    Read the last paragraph of williamsons article, its pretty clear..

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Criner is a 6th round pick.
    People should accept the laws/ rules even if they are unfair, and they can’t challenge them.

    PRICELESS!!!
    LOL
    Later Gents and Monkeys.

  • REALLIONAIREB

    “CantWait”

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    July 28th, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    The 1st pick of the 6th round is Greg Zuerlein, a kicker, and rotoworld says his signing bonus was 128K.

    Both Asa Jackson and Vick Ballard, the two other 5th round comp picks selected after Criner, got 144K on their signing bonus. And George Iloka, taken with the last pick of the regular 5th round, got 160K.

    So basically, Criner is completely off his rocker.
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    That’s what we are saying. But somehow Idiot Raider HO thinks Criner is the new Cesar Chavez.

  • Just Fire Baby

    People should accept the laws/ rules even if they are unfair, and they can’t challenge them.

    ***************************

    Dude, this isn’t some civil rights issue.

    This arrangement in place, was collectively bargained LAST YEAR.

    Criner has nary a leg to stand on.

  • TxRaider210

    So Reggie should go against protocol and reach out to Criner, please ..he’s the Boss and Juron is the employee.

  • Marks hair

    61. Yup. But we all lose because the raiders come out looking cheaper than the A’s. And come contract time guess who we’ll have to use the franchise tag on? You guessed it Cry-ner…

  • lefty12

    Raider O Says:
    July 28th, 2012 at 3:25 pm
    Later Gents and Monkeys.
    ===============================

    Dr. Phil or Oprah must be on.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Whether he signs tonight or Monday, when he gets in the lockerrom, somone on the team should throw a few grand of cash right in his face for being an azz and missing things, like this bus ride EVERY OTHER rookie had to take.

  • TxRaider210

    No, Criner hired a dirt-bag agent, another reason Reg won’t budge. He has to deal with Reg until that next contract FYI

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Lefty12 Says:
    July 28th, 2012 at 2:59 pm
    22-the rule may be BS,but it is the rule-like it or not.Society has many rules that many would disagree with but they are the rules.You can’t go into a courtroom and use the defense that the rule is BS so you don’t have to follow it.This is an obvious attempt by the NFLPA to weaken and circumvent the rule.Reggie is correct in standing his ground.If he doesn’t others will attempt the same thing and chaos will once again reign.
    $$$$$$$$$$)

    Chico,
    I was responding to this ignorant statement.
    LOL

  • Just Fire Baby

    Highly doubt Criner would get the franchise, they would tender him first when his rookie deal is up if he does as well as some in here believe he will.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Lefty12 Says:
    July 28th, 2012 at 3:31 pm
    Raider O Says:
    July 28th, 2012 at 3:25 pm
    Later Gents and Monkeys.
    ===============================

    Dr. Phil or Oprah must be on.
    $$$$$$$$$
    Thats all you know, talk shows? Pathetic!
    Read a book, maybe you can learn something.
    LOL

  • TxRaider210

    End of the day, all Criner has to lose is 14k and some jersey sales.lol

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Old Grumpy Monkey,

    Try to read books sober, it helps!

  • Marks hair

    NO! He missed the bus ride!! NOOOOoooo!!!

  • Marks hair

    They’re not even making criner jerseys..

  • lefty12

    Hothead,go into court after getting arrested for a dui with a .09 reading and tell the judge that the .08 limit is BS so you don’t have to follow the rules.What is hilarious is when you call others ignorant it is a perfect example of the pot calling the kettle black.

  • Just Fire Baby

    NO! He missed the bus ride!! NOOOOoooo!!!

    ********************

    Well compare that the time when Seymour took the rookie bus ride, and in here he was deemed the greatest human on the planet for doing so.

    One huge overreaction deserves another, lol

  • TxRaider210

    Breaking News:
    Lodger Goodell

    Criner is lucky he didn’t catch the bus, since fellow team-mates had planned to shrink-wrap him to the goal-post, for fussing over 14k.

  • Marks hair

    The last pick of the 5th rd got 160k. Criner wants 158k instead of 144;. Seems in line. Its not his fault he’s a compensatory pick. Or that the nfl is socialist.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Wonder how Chaz is digging the Tebow spectacle?

  • lefty12

    BTW,I’d tell you to read a book,but I realize you can’t read and comprehend the words at the same time.Having to look every word up in your dictionary(you do know what one of those are,don’t you) it must take you forever to read Jack and Jill.

  • TxRaider210

    Is the NFL socialist or more like Robin Hood?

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    LMAO.
    Talk shows and DUI (drinking).
    Like I said, go read a book, and try to do it sober, it helps.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Or that the nfl is socialist.

    ***********************

    The NFL, or the NFLPA, which agreed to this arrangement?

    This was all collectively bargained, ABOUT ONE YEAR AGO.

    This is just plain stupid that 33 supplemental picks were taken, and 32 signed the deal as the Union agreed to.

    Only one dumbazz is holding out, for no reason because he isn’t getting the money anyways.

  • realtruraider

    Steve Corkran‏@CorkOnTheNFL

    For those asking, here’s a sneak peek at the 2012 #Raiders media guide. Feedback? http://pic.twitter.com/YYIZ8jKA
    ——————————————————

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Old Grumpy Monkey getting angry? Must have drinking issues.

  • lefty12

    Or is Jack and Jill too advanced for you.

  • Just Fire Baby

    “A new era of Excellence”.

    Interesting. Still a bone to the old days by using the word “excellence” like Commitment to, but “New Era” screams Mark Davis all over it.

  • Marks hair

    87. More like socialist.. Does the nfl live in the forest wiping with leaves, while giving their money to the poor?

  • TxRaider210

    Maybe he wants the 14k since he knows Bartell’s going to T-off on him..lol

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Lefty12 Says:
    July 28th, 2012 at 3:31 pm
    Raider O Says:
    July 28th, 2012 at 3:25 pm
    Later Gents and Monkeys.
    ===============================

    Dr. Phil or Oprah must be on.
    ===============================

    Or maybe a new car wash is hiring one of those guys to towel off the water spots. For minimum wage. But he probably can’t even do that right.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Marks Hair Says:
    July 28th, 2012 at 3:42 pm
    The last pick of the 5th rd got 160k. Criner wants 158k instead of 144;. Seems in line. Its not his fault he’s a compensatory pick. Or that the nfl is socialist.

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

    Then Criner should yell at DeMaurice Smith for not negotiating such a bonus for compensatory picks.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Jack & Jill
    Talk shows

    Let me guess, you are a HS dropout.

  • Marks hair

    89. How do you know that criner wants it for no reason? Maybe his girls tatas are a complete mess, and his kid needs braces…

  • TxRaider210

    If he bites Reggie’s hand, he will sock him.