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Tough-guy Maiava happy to be a Raider

The signing of Kaluka Maiava comes straight out of the Reggie McKenzie-Dennis Allen handbook when it comes to personnel.

For better or worse, Maiava, at a shade under 6-foot tall, would have never got a sniff from the Al Davis Raiders based on his physical profile.

McKenzie and Allen want football players first and foremost. Guys who are big on preparation and short on drama. Maiava qualifies.

“I’m a hard-nosed guy, man. I come to work every day and I lead by example,” Maiava said on a brief conference call before departing the Raiders facility. “I’m not the rah-rah guy giving the speeches and stuff. I lead by example and I come to work every day and I’ll play hard. I’ll go to war with anybody and I’m sure my teammates will appreciate that. I’m a tough guy and I pride myself on being one of the tougher players, and I’m here to work.”

Born in Honolulu, Maiava grew up with a steady diet of watching the Raiders and 49ers on television. The Raiders were the first team to contact him for a visit. ESPN reported Maiava signed a three-year, $6 million contract.

“When my agent said the Raiders were interested, my ears definitely perked up,” Maiava said.

Maiava said a specific role wasn’t discussed. He played primarily in a 3-4 defense in Cleveland and the Raiders were predominantly a 4-3 team last season. Allen has said repeatedly scheme will be determined by the roster, and the Raiders are still in the early stages of building defensive personnel.

“I’m just we got the business part out of the way and now when we come back we can work on actual football,” Maiava said. “I’ll play anything. Whatever the coaches need me to do, whatever it takes to win, I’ll play whatever spot they need me at.”

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  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Marks hair Says:
    March 14th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Im liking the moves. We’re taking our dead money medicine. Cutting the fat. And we’re not that much worse. We had no superstars to lose. Its all about the draft for us.
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    agreed

    besides these people killed davis sr for over spending on bad free agents year after year

    now they are killing big mack for doing the opposite

    raider fans or impostor fans? you make the call

  • The_Judge37

    48. I feel the same frustration, but it doesn’t need to be said out loud.

  • NGRaiderfan

    i would rather have talib over smith, the price difference wouldnt be much.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    The Big Banana Says:
    Lol. If we can’t go by what actually happened, then what can we go on? The whole thing is speculative then, so why even bring it up in the first place?
    ========================================================

    BB, this your first time engaging Miss Tick?
    Like squeezing a water balloon, or trapping a drop of mercury under one finger.

  • http://www.safc.com/the-club/stadium/about-the-stadium-of-light neilb

    neilb Says:
    March 10th, 2013 at 8:25 am
    Round 1, Pick 31 (31) —
    Round 2, Pick 29 (61) —
    Round 3, Pick 12 (74) (From Panthers) —
    Round 3, Pick 31 (93) —
    Round 4, Pick 31 (125) —
    Round 5, Pick 24 (150) (From Colts) —
    Round 5, Pick 31 (157) —
    Round 6, Pick 12 (170) (From Dolphins) —
    Round 6, Pick 31 (189) —
    Round 7, Pick 21 (211) (From Bengals) —
    Round 7, Pick 31 (221)

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

    Niner picks (not including the pick they’ll get for Smith).All these picks won’t make the 9ers team but they would with the Raiders.

    They need a couple of studs and we need picks.

  • http://goducks.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    Raiderguy10 Says:
    March 14th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    KC got Andy Reid (who say what you will – all he does is win)

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    Andy Reid is this generation’s Chuck Knox — he can take a bad team and make them a good team, but no more than that. Just as Chuck Knox’s teams completely fizzled when they got to the playoff, so do Reid’s. KC can have him.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Yeah, why all the love for Sean Smith?

    Wasn’t he the guy that was like half a foot taller than everybody but still getting roasted?

    I don’t think he is any good at all. Rather have Newman for half the price.

  • raiderguy10

    I don’t know if Sean Smith is the answer. I do know that he is young, has a ton of potential, and is starting caliber. Fancis, Adams, and Taiwan Jones as our nickel CB on the other hand….not so much. He’s at least the type of player you want when you are rebuilding.

  • raiderguy10

    SIR RAIDERDUCK -

    At this point I’d love to settle for a good team. It’s been 10 damn years now. It wears on you after a bit.

  • Just Fire Baby

    is this the part when all of the bitter grad / palmer fans unite to try and make a debate where there is none?

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

    Nope, this is where RAider fans point at you and laugh.

  • hwnrdr

    15.DMAC Says:
    March 14th, 2013 at 10:49 am
    What up Hwnrdr
    I like what Reg is doing
    What u think?

    Sorry, stepped out for a moment! Yr 2…looking good so far!

  • hwnrdr

    Sean Smith just signed with KC!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Just curious why Sean Smith is considered to have so much potential?

    I always hear that about guys that aren’t all that good, that are tall and fast.

    Potential, potential, potential.

    What about production? Does that count anymore?

  • Gdog

    According to PFF Sean Smith started out with almost pro-bowl metrics and then face planted in game nine.

    Injured?

    He was +8 at game 8, ended up -3.1

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    LMAO
    I’ve had a few of those moments with our buddy.
    Just shake your head and laugh.
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    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    is this the part when all of the bitter grad / palmer fans unite to try and make a debate where there is none?

    predictable , hilarious, and sad
    ======================================================

    Can’t even keep his allies straight in his head.

  • NGRaiderfan

    There are a lot of better CBs out there than smith. potential only goes so far. he’s been in the league for awhile now. he should have gotten to that level sometime in his first 5 years. he is still young so anything can happen.

  • DT42

    What few Vets that are still on this team are watching these moves just like we are. Do you think that they are going to sacrifice a year of their careers becuase of salary cap issues. Watch how many of them get injured and shut it down for the season. If its a bussiness for management then its a bussiness for the players too. They have to take care of their investment. But who suffers? The fans.

    I give you the 2013 Oakland Marlins

  • hwnrdr

    I wold take Winfield on a one or two year rental!

  • dorian gray

    sorry guys . but terrance newman sucks,, jus plain sucks

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    dan connor?!?!

    dear god no

    al davis’s skeleton has more left in the tank then connor

  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    Preperation, work ethic is great…but I still want some TALENT

  • dorian gray

    whats the corners name from the dolphins? sign that guy. and greg jennings too..

  • xraided

    Sean Smith is a qu33f

  • raiderguy10

    Dolphins corner – Sean Smith :)

  • RaidingTexas

    So Nick Roach is meeting for a second day? That sounds like a good sign.

  • NGRaiderfan

    64.Gdog Says:
    March 14th, 2013 at 11:08 am
    According to PFF Sean Smith started out with almost pro-bowl metrics and then face planted in game nine.

    Injured?

    He was +8 at game 8, ended up -3.1

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    look at their schedule before week 9

    jets 2 times, AZ, oakland, houston, cincy, and st. louis. those teams aren’t exactly setting the passing world on fire.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    March 14th, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    LMAO
    I’ve had a few of those moments with our buddy.
    Just shake your head and laugh.
    ===============
    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    is this the part when all of the bitter grad / palmer fans unite to try and make a debate where there is none?

    predictable , hilarious, and sad
    ======================================================

    Can’t even keep his allies straight in his head.

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

    yep purv is the 3rd

    where are all of the other usual team mates

    broken palmer worshipers circling the wagons

    lol

  • dorian gray

    i feel like the raiders and the ravens jus wanna save money . the ravens dont care about winning next season. they like ” we gave yall asuperbowl , hell, now ozzie smith just wants to suck for like 2 seasons the draft well .

  • raiderguy10

    Which gives them Smith, Flowers, Robinson. That’s a good secondary to have IMHO>

  • DT42
  • xraided

    NGRaiderfan Says:
    March 14th, 2013 at 11:09 am
    There are a lot of better CBs out there than smith. potential only goes so far. he’s been in the league for awhile now. he should have gotten to that level sometime in his first 5 years. he is still young so anything can happen.

    ________________

    yea he’s not all that good. still, we need someone solid at CB. Newman is not the answer. if he gets signed and will be the starter with rookies behind him, then god help us.

  • DT42

    78.dorian gray Says:
    March 14th, 2013 at 11:11 am
    i feel like the raiders and the ravens jus wanna save money . the ravens dont care about winning next season. they like ” we gave yall asuperbowl , hell, now ozzie smith just wants to suck for like 2 seasons the draft well .
    —————————
    And we are assuming that Reggie can draft as well as Ozzie?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    hwnrdr Says:
    March 14th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    I wold take Winfield on a one or two year rental!
    ============

    he has nothing left

    he was demoted in minni, and was going to be relegated to the bench this year

    you would do better in coverage

  • dorian gray

    all the raiders keep signing is above average guys. B &B+ dudes . we need sum damn A`s . or … we can suck for Clowney . jus start t pryor all season and purposely suck to draft clowney .

  • Just Fire Baby

    …but I still want some TALENT

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

    But isn’t having a great work ethic a talent?

    Some people are fast, some people are tall, some people can get up at 4am on 4 hours sleep and work.

    Talent gets misconstrued as big, tall and fast too much. Being a great thinker or preparer is a talent, working harder than EVERYONE is a talent, knowing how to setup your opponent is a talent.

    Give me those talents.

  • NGRaiderfan

    70.Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    March 14th, 2013 at 11:10 am
    dan connor?!?!

    dear god no

    al davis’s skeleton has more left in the tank then connor

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    dan connor is only 27. that’s relatively young by nfl standards. maybe u are refering to injuries, or just have a mix up.

  • dorian gray

    we are hoping that fat neck reggie can draft as well as ozzie. who knows?

  • NGRaiderfan

    85.Just Fire Baby Says:
    March 14th, 2013 at 11:14 am
    …but I still want some TALENT

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

    But isn’t having a great work ethic a talent?

    Some people are fast, some people are tall, some people can get up at 4am on 4 hours sleep and work.

    Talent gets misconstrued as big, tall and fast too much. Being a great thinker or preparer is a talent, working harder than EVERYONE is a talent, knowing how to setup your opponent is a talent.

    Give me those talents.

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

    i agree. Ed Reed wasn’t the biggest or fastest guy, but he was the smartest, and had the most football instincts. thats talent. i’d take that all day.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Ravens have Joe Flacco and a great HC, everything is replaceable in the NFL except those two positions.

    They will be fine for the next 8 years as long as he is healthy.

  • inonewordraider

    let’s see how good ozzie looks without ray

  • DMAC

    Sir RaiderDuck, OMS Says:
    March 14th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    DMAC Says:
    March 14th, 2013 at 11:00 am
    I read on a few schit stain blogs that Maiva has played both MLB and OLB in a 3-4. Seems like an energetic LB who is versatile enough to play a few positions.

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    If we can sign Dan Conner and Nick Roach and re-up Gaither, it would give us a linebacking corps of Roach-Conner-Maiava-Burris, with Gaither and whoever else backing up. Trade down a few spots, pick up a second rounder, and get a pass-rushing LB and a NT with those first two picks, and our front seven might be set.
    =============
    I believe Garay is still available.
    I would bring him in and plug him in as our NT.
    I don’t approve of his gay ass haircuts and cars, but I think he’s pretty solid.

  • Gdog

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    March 14th, 2013 at 11:13 am

    hwnrdr Says:
    March 14th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    I wold take Winfield on a one or two year rental!
    ============

    he has nothing left

    he was demoted in minni, and was going to be relegated to the bench this year

    you would do better in coverage

    >>>>

    He was only PFF’s highest rated CB.

    +25

    And he got demoted when? Do you even watch football, or are you just making it all up as you go? Nothing you say ever makes any sense.

  • boss01

    And Greg Jennings having dinner with the Vikings, likely to sign with them.

  • raiderguy10

    So JFB – You want a team full of DHB’s? Do you really think that would get us far? You need to find the guys that possess both aspects. Enough greedy selfish people. Great work ethic is great – but we aren’t going anywhere if that’s all we have.

    But isn’t having a great work ethic a talent?

    Some people are fast, some people are tall, some people can get up at 4am on 4 hours sleep and work.

    Talent gets misconstrued as big, tall and fast too much. Being a great thinker or preparer is a talent, working harder than EVERYONE is a talent, knowing how to setup your opponent is a talent.

    Give me those talents.

  • DMAC

    36 yr old Winfield > Smith
    Sign em’ Reg!!

  • dorian gray

    1 things for sure. us raider fans want to see some sort of direction. like ,, what kinda team are they building? the nations gettin restless.

  • DMAC

    I’m calling DHB in Pitts to replace Wallace.

  • Gdog

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    March 14th, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Ravens have Joe Flacco and a great HC, everything is replaceable in the NFL except those two positions.

    >>>>

    Wow.. something we agree on!

  • DJ Johnny

    I don’t have the desire to dig into the nuts and bolts of each contract and the minute details of them but how does KC, SF, and Denver just keep being in play for every single highly touted free agent that comes up?

    Big names don’t mean big production necessarily…but they sure are grabbing ‘em.

    They may be one or two yr. contracts for the most part but there are some really talented guys going to teams who already loaded.

  • NGRaiderfan

    81.xraided Says:
    March 14th, 2013 at 11:12 am
    NGRaiderfan Says:
    March 14th, 2013 at 11:09 am
    There are a lot of better CBs out there than smith. potential only goes so far. he’s been in the league for awhile now. he should have gotten to that level sometime in his first 5 years. he is still young so anything can happen.

    ________________

    yea he’s not all that good. still, we need someone solid at CB. Newman is not the answer. if he gets signed and will be the starter with rookies behind him, then god help us.

    ==========

    i think newman could be serviceable. that said i still hope we go out and get someone better than him also. I agree he isn’t the answer. a solid nfl vet that stayed healthy last year and played for a pretty solid defense i will take over anyone on our current roster, especially if he plays for anything close to what he played for last year, which was less than 1 mil.