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Raiders don’t use franchise-tag designation

The Raiders opted against using the franchise tag on any of their prospective unrestricted free agents before the window closed Monday afternoon.

Last season, the Raiders placed the franchise-tag designation on strong safety Tyvon Branch as a means of protecting themselves from losing one of their key starters.

Ultimately, Branch signed a long-term contract that superseded the one-year tender as the Raiders franchise player. Players who are franchise-tagged are guaranteed the average salary of the five-highest-paid players at their position from the previous season.

Not applying the franchise tag on any of their 17 prospective unrestricted free agents doesn’t mean the Raiders aren’t interested in bringing back some or all of those players.

They have until March 12 to hammer out contracts with key players such as linebacker Philip Wheeler, tight end Brandon Myers and defensive lineman Desmond Bryant before other teams are allowed to make offers.

Also, the Raiders were only $1.45 million under the salary cap limit as of Monday morning, while still needing to account for the salaries of five more players before free agency starts Mar. 12.

Using the franchise tag would have made reaching cap compliance even more difficult. The Raiders can use up less cap room for 2013 by signing some or all of the aforementioned players to long-term deals.

Several top-notch players such as wide receiver Wes Welker, cornerback Aqib Talib, free safety Dashon Goldson and tight end Jared Cook also weren’t franchise-tagged by their respective teams.

Players such as those are intriguing prospects for the Raiders to consider if those players remain unsigned once free agency starts.

For now, though, the Raiders primary focus is freeing up enough money so that they can re-sign some of their own players before they are eligible for free agency.

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  • elraidmanhattan

    The only reason palmer stays is for our owner to save face, trade was mind numbing disaster

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Our Kicker is top 2 or 3 at his position. Maybe even the best at this point in his carreer.

  • elraidmanhattan

    Breisel saves reggie some time and yes a admitted mistake

  • 1960AutumnWind

    So they think Briesel can play in a PBS scheme. I hope some of that resturcture was reduction because he is not an above average guard at this point.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Raiders should be making some moves this week

  • ohioraider

    Gotta trade down.

  • elraidmanhattan

    Nation anyone here get the fact that we are plotting for 2014? Please retort

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Terrelle Pryor ‏@TerrellePryor
    #MyWordsRT @alliseeisstates: @TerrellePryor “I don’t want anything given to me, i want to work for everything and i want to earn it..”

  • 1960AutumnWind

    ohioraider Says:
    March 4th, 2013 at 2:23 pm
    Gotta trade down.
    **************************
    Hope they can.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Fart In An Elevator Says:
    P-man, I have two important questions for ya, do you remember who brought up the phrase “fart in an elevator” in this blog recently? Don’t look it up. Just if you happen to remember…
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    No. And that’s only one question.

  • Fart In An Elevator

    I’m surprised IGAG hasn’t appeared to tell us the real story behind the lack of information. There must be a conclave going on at IHOP!

  • 1960AutumnWind

    New post – they come in bunches I guess.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Everyone let me know if you want a guy like this on your football team?

    http://youtu.be/ixGedaeYz-I

  • elraidmanhattan

    Pryor starts
    Mark it down, unless coach is delusional and says we will compete and says palmer gives us best chance

    I also remember a mediocre LB a few years back when kiffin was coach and said that we would be dynamic

    I am tired of the bs, i can accept this year being a pass

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    elraidmanhattan Says:
    Nation anyone here get the fact that we are plotting for 2014? Please retort
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    Allow me to retort. I don’t.

  • Fart In An Elevator

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    March 4th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Fart In An Elevator Says:
    P-man, I have two important questions for ya, do you remember who brought up the phrase “fart in an elevator” in this blog recently? Don’t look it up. Just if you happen to remember…
    ======================================================

    No. And that’s only one question.
    =================================
    Thanks. Oh yeah, right….the second question…..

    How’s the market for llama sh*t these days?! :-D

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Fart In An Elevator Says:
    March 4th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    M1>no they would not need to face the exact same condition yet learned behaviors and coping mechanisms are taught to the next generation and are thereby inherited.

    F>Isn’t this backwards? (Not trying to nitpick.) If they are learned behaviors and mechanisms, can they not be unlearned or reframed?

    SNIP

    M1>…. ni**as.

    They in turn called our youth this name and we have kept it alive to this day.

    F>I’m a little lost here. If the affliction is hereditary and thereby unintentional, why intentionally keep an affliction like this “alive”? Please clue me in.

    M1>However a person that [snip] wears his pants below the waste should also consider seeking help.

    As they [those people wearing their pants below the waist] may be undiagnosed, but all the while suffering form mental illness.

    F> Mystic1, I;m more than a tad confused here. How would the Black psychologists you’re referring to differentiate in the diagnosis between a fashion style (or fad) and a mental disorder? And I ask this concerning Black therapists diagnosing Black clients (and not diagnosing non-Black clients who wear their pants the same way).
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    excellent questions

    This seems like im speaking to a cross poster, but at least it is constructive.

    1. Your first question can be answered by the fact that we have not adopted many systems amongst our own or a unified code to counter these behaviors or reform ourselves. many people in my community will not agree that these are issues, or on how to address them. a result of thinking within the vacuum that is the current system we are dominated by. The current systems that we subscribe to will need to be completely eradicated from our thought process and replaced with our own in order to truly reform ourselves. Holidays like the 4th of you-lie (july)fall into this category for instance. No different than how brothers in prison were remade by the noi (malcolm x), or brothas from the street oakland were reformed by black panthers (bobby seale) for example.

    2. the answer to your second question is the same as the first. many of our people have no clue about the origin of the rituals we practice. many are in disagreement about the negative affects of practicing these rituals. This includes the use of the word ni**a.

    this quote from our great freedom fighter revolutionary and warrior queen says it all;

    “I freed hundreds of slaves, and i could have freed thousands more , if only they had known they were slaves”- Harriet Tubman

    3. the origin of the so called fashion must be examined them acknowledged, it is prison culture. i will not go into what it means here, but will say that when men came home from prison the culture of saggin pants came with them. The youth assimilated and adopted the so called style, many uninformed about what it really is. by the way spell the word saggin backwards and it reveals an interesting code.

    The mental health experts that i have hinted at are in the minority in their field and even amongst black mental health specialist. we simply dont have many mental health experts looking int researching or documenting the unique profile of our people as it relates to our unique existence.

    secondly most black people dont seek examination from experts that specialize in treating black people with consideration to our unique amerikkkan experience.

    harry carson belcher and darryl russel may have benefited from working with one of these specialist.

  • Fart In An Elevator

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    March 4th, 2013 at 2:29 pm
    [snip]
    M1>excellent questions

    This seems like im speaking to a cross poster, but at least it is constructive.

    F>Mistic1, thank you very much for your very interesting responses. This is Scourge trying out a new name. Don’t think I’ll be cross-posting. It takes too much energy.[snip]
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    M1>3. the origin of the so called fashion must be examined them acknowledged, it is prison culture. i will not go into what it means here, but will say that when men came home from prison the culture of saggin pants came with them. The youth assimilated and adopted the so called style, many uninformed about what it really is. by the way spell the word saggin backwards and it reveals an interesting code.
    F> Ya got me yet again, you Supavillian, you! I’ve always been curious as to the origin of the saggy pants. Please explain this prison fashion statement.
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    [snip]
    M1>secondly most black people dont seek examination from experts that specialize in treating black people with consideration to our unique amerikkkan experience.
    [snip]
    F>I’ll have to keep this in mind. I’m considering going back to grduate school to get my doctorate in counseling psychology.

    BTW, have you ever heard of Dr. William Cross the Africam American who developed the theory of Black identity development. I believe he called it Theory of Nigrescence.
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  • Fart In An Elevator

    *graduate

  • Fart In An Elevator

    *African

    Mebbe I better reconsider the grad school thing?!