Nnamdi Asomugha could’ve gotten out of a good chunck of the Oakland Raiders training camp, and no one would’ve been surprised. Every year (i.e. Terrell Suggs this season) several franchised players wait until the last possible moment to sign; sometimes even months after the deadline to sign a taged player to a contract extension has passed. It says a lot that Asomugha came to camp on the check-in day to sign the contract in time to make today’s first practice. He wouldn’t have been under contract, so he could’ve missed a good portion of preseason without being fined for his absents. I love the fact that he wants to be in the mix early and not miss a minute of training camp.
“I think it’s a statement about who he is. Obviously he didn’t have to be here. He could have stayed out of camp, and for him to be here the first day to run the conditioning test with us today, shows what a team player he is.” – Lane Kiffin about an hour after I posted this article
Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, the team’s franchise player, reported Wednesday, according to published reports, signed a one-year contract for $9.765 million and will practice this afternoon.
“I’m going to go into camp focused and play the year out and see what happens,” Asomugha told Sportsillustrated.com via text message.
The Raiders also reached agreements with their two unsigned draft picks Wednesday.
Fourth-round pick Arman Shields, a wide receiver from Richmond, and defensive end Trevor Scott, a sixth-round selection from Buffalo, had deals in place in time for camp. – Jason Jones, Sacbee.com
Was hoping to get all of my assessment of the Raiders depth chart posted by the time camp started, but it’ll end up being a day late. I mentioned a couple days ago that I got a last minute invite to an event that I couldn’t pass up. I then spent the time I put aside to work on the depth chart on writing a couple articles on the event. The rest of my assessment will be out tomorrow.