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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

    Marks hair Says:
    July 28th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    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…
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    Easily taken care of with 144k..thanks.

  • Twocents

    If the other five picks were signed according to the NFL guidelines, why should an exception be made for Criner?
    I do not understand the logic.

  • lefty12

    LMAO,hothead.You know nothing about me and it shall stay that way.And I could care less what you believe.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I hope Criner doesn’t have any kids old enough for braces, LOL.

    Don’t you wait on braces until your like 8-9 years old?

  • lefty12

    Twocents,you probably hit the nail on the head earlier.His agent is trying to weaken and circumvent the new agreement.That is the only reason that makes any sense.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Lefty12 Says:
    July 28th, 2012 at 3:53 pm
    LMAO,hothead.You know nothing about me and it shall stay that way.And I could care less what you believe.
    $$$$$$$$

    ROFLMAO
    I was right, you are a HS dropout.
    Allow me to correct you, you Couldn’t care less.
    Still LMAO

  • TxRaider210

    If you want to talk perspective, Criner’s bonus could get braces for all 14 of Octomom’s kids.lol

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Lefty12 Says:
    July 28th, 2012 at 3:57 pm
    Twocents,you probably hit the nail on the head earlier.His agent is trying to weaken and circumvent the new agreement.That is the only reason that makes any sense.

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    I doubt that’s the case but if it is, Criner should fire the agent immediately. Criner’s paying the agent to represent HIM, not be some kind of tenth-rate Moses (“Let My Wideouts Go!”).

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    My bad Duck. You’re absolutely correct….Criner and his agent are being jerks. Anyway…I’m hoping it all ends well because we are surely weak in the WRs position. No doubt about it…Criner does not need to start out in the NFL being a diva. I also hope… Reggie is not a cheap paying GM and doesn’t want to pay the players especially if they have proven themselves..

  • Marks hair

    97. he’s not going to yell at anybody. he’s gonna wait until the last minute hoping reggie will do him right. and when reggie doesent, criner will sign.. And we come out heros to cheapskates everywhere..

  • lefty12

    Take an English class,hothead.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Goldie7 Says:
    July 28th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I also hope… Reggie is not a cheap paying GM and doesn’t want to pay the players especially if they have proven themselves..

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    Given that we signed Wheeler, Brisiel and others to market-level deals, I don’t anticipate any issues on that front.

  • lefty12

    How do we look like cheapskate when all we are doing is following the guidelines set by the CBA and was followed by every other team in the league?

  • Marks hair

    You can burn alotta cash on tlttles & teeth…

  • TxRaider210

    No Reg is supposed to bend the rules and pay more for Criner guys, and open himself up to criticism.

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    RaiderDuck Says:
    July 28th, 2012 at 4:02 pm
    Goldie7 Says:
    July 28th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I also hope… Reggie is not a cheap paying GM and doesn’t want to pay the players especially if they have proven themselves..

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    Given that we signed Wheeler, Brisiel and others to market-level deals, I don’t anticipate any issues on that front.
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    good.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Go care less!
    LOL

  • lefty12

    So long Raider fans.You too hothead.It is a shame all those years of education was such a waste of time and money.LMFAO
    Criner will sign and be in camp but it’s been fun discussing his situation.

  • Marks hair

    113. Because the new cba is unfair to the comp picks.. He’s asking reg to pay him as #168. Instead of *168 comp pick.. The difference is only 14k. Nothing to us. A lot to the kid…

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    If you can care less, it means you care.
    It’s simple unless you are a HS dropout.
    Later Grumpy.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck
  • TxRaider210

    Reggie wins, a lot to the kid? A used Kia Rio maybe….it’s a fair offer.

  • Marks hair

    Whats next!? On criners 2nd deal he holds out for 100k?!! What a prima donna fu¢k!

  • Plunketthead

    The wheels are back on track for a freeway series
    LA vs LA

    Barry Zito looked awesome today

  • Marks hair

    Rabble rabble rabble!!! Lets all bocot criner!! He missed the Bus! And he want enough money to buy his own CAR!! FU¢K THAT!! lol

  • TxRaider210

    Way to sign a WR and make a statement Reg!

  • Plunketthead

    Maybe Athletics – Dodgers :smile:

  • TxRaider210

    As good as Criner may perform, Team comes before that.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Marks Hair Says:
    July 28th, 2012 at 4:14 pm
    Rabble rabble rabble!!! Lets all bocot criner!! He missed the Bus! And he want enough money to buy his own CAR!! FU¢K THAT!! lol

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    You think a $144,000 signing bonus is not enough to buy a car with?

  • Marks hair

    127. That would be cool

  • Marks hair

    129. Should he rent a 1bdrm apt in the hood?

  • TxRaider210

    Reg hasn’t stumbled signing any other player, so who’s the problem here?

  • TxRaider210

    And RM signed a WR the same day…classic.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Marks Hair Says:
    July 28th, 2012 at 4:18 pm
    129. Should he rent a 1bdrm apt in the hood?

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    LOL. A $144,000 signing bonus on top of whatever else he’s making, and you think he’ll be on food stamps.

  • Marks hair

    132. There is no problem. Players report sunday.

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

    JerryMac’s comment regarding signing Bergstrom and Criner:

    For anyone who thought either wouldn’t be there for Day 1 . . . you worry too much.
    ———————
    Could Jerry eat crow for this comment?

  • TxRaider210

    Yeah like the bonus is his entire income, please. If he holds out the D’s will just hit him harder.

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

    Criner is not srarting his Raider career on the right foot. what a punk. Get to camp already!

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

    *starting

  • Marks hair

    These kids dont know how to save.. Im sure he already promissed that 14k to some snagle toothed girl with no tlts… Gotta fix her shlt, and buy mom a house..

  • Plunketthead

    When does Jerry take back his rightful title as blog pimp?

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

    some snagle toothed girl with no tlts
    ———————
    lol

  • Marks hair

    141. When he starts reseaching the raiders half as hard as some of our own blog weirdos do…

  • TxRaider210

    Anyone else think Burris may land a starting role over Curry or McMayor?

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

    Marks hair Says:
    July 28th, 2012 at 4:30 pm
    141. When he starts reseaching the raiders half as hard as some of our own blog weirdos do…
    ———————
    so true! We do have some well informed whack jobs on this blog! lol

  • Marks hair

    Dont worry baby ill fix your face up. Pick 168 should get 158k.. Oh no! Since im a comp pick I get the hose again? 14k short? But her face man! Butterface!

  • Plunketthead

    My point is Jerry>Steve

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

    It’s really quite simple-

    Until you have proven to be an elite NFL player (not college) you have NO right to even consider holding out imo.

  • Plunketthead

    So what are the odds of DMAC making it through the preseason uninjured?

    I would say it is a tossup 50-50

  • TxRaider210

    Should be a simple concept. I’m out Raider on fellas!