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Rhodes Restructures, Green Returns

Rhodes (Photo Credit: www.nflplayers.com)Dominic Rhodes helped to clear cap space for the 2008 season by restructuring his contract from $3 million to $1.75 million.  I did not see Rhodes returning for next season, but this definitely changes things.  All the uncertainty that comes with the Oakland Raider running backs (Fargas-injuries, Rhodes-inconsistent and a little overrated, Michael Bush-injury) leaves me to still believe the Raiders can select Darren McFadden if he’s the best player available at the #4 spot. 

Cornell Green did not make it past Week 11, but played well before suffering a season ending knee injury.  Green gives the Raiders insurance at right tackle if there are none of the already few zone-blocking offensive linemen left when the Raiders make any of their first day selections; leaving Kwame Harris as the left tackle.  This is not the scenario that I’m looking for, but it might end up being what happens. 

Cornell Green (Photo Credit: sports.aol.com)Green signed a 2-year contract with no financial terms yet available, but with Harris only receiving $3 million for 08′, I see Green getting no more than $1.75 million a year.  Hardly a dent in the NFL’s $116 million dollar salary cap, and like I mentioned earlier today, the Raiders came into free-agency $30 million under that number.  ESPN analysts want to rip on the Raiders spending spree, but don’t they realize how huge the cap is?  Don’t they realize it’s going to get bigger every year?  Don’t they realize that if you bring in the talent and start winning then more players will follow?  Don’t they realize that the Raiders can restructure any players contract at any time?  Rhodes and Robert Gallery’s restructured contracts tell me the Raiders are actually planning. 

This team needs an influx of talent more than anything else; even if it means over paying a couple players.

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  • Dave

    Don’t kill me here – I am a Chiefs fan – again don’t kill me….I was just curious why you still see McFadden as a possibility….What I got out of this move today is that you guys might have already worked out a trade to move down….I want the Chiefs to have DMAC fall to them so they can trade down, but as always it is now appearing to me that the Raiders will screw the Chiefs and beat them to the punch……You have fixed your RB situation…..somewhat fixed your DT situation (would you still draft a Dorsey/Ellis)……You don’t need a QB (ryan)…..I don’t see any humanly way possible that Jake Long falls to you or the Chiefs…..would you take Gholston?……what are your thoughts on the #4 pick if you don’t mind sharing with the enemy?

  • Christopher Perales

    Dave,

    Dominic Rhodes was suspended for the first 4 games of last season, and came into Week 5 not in game shape, and when he got into shape Justin Fargas was running like a beast (you remember when he ran for over 150 yards in Arrowhead last year), and the Raiders were 4th in the NFL in rushing. Then Rhodes started complaining about not getting enough reps. He’s more worried about his own production instead of how well the team is doing. Towards the end of the year (after Fargas got injured) he redeemed himself by running very well against the Chargers and Jaguars (two playoff teams). He makes his complaining even less relevant by saving the Raiders $1.25 mill by restructuring. But he’s still inconsistent and really not a featured back. Fargas will never survive without help, and Michael Bush’s health is still in great doubt. That’s why I think the Raiders can take McFadden with the 4th pick, but I don’t think that’s what’s going to happen.

    You asked my thoughts on the 4th pick, but instead of writing anything here, your question prompts me to post a new mock draft in response. So I’ll post that up in the next hour or so. Feel free to comment then, because I think many people are going to disagree.

  • Dave

    Thanks for the response (and since I came to you, thanks for the lovely flash back to the 150 at Arrowhead)…..I am really looking forward to your thoughts because I thought you guys were in a perfect spot to fix some holes….now I am just confused where you will go if you don’t trade down