Three days into training camp, nearly $50,000 in fines, still there is no sign of Derrick Burgess.
In a contract year and after having already been paid a roster bonus in the neighborhood of $1.5 million, Burgess is attempting to force the hand of Al Davis.
Maybe he’s unhappy with how the Raiders went about attempting to trade him this off-season. Perhaps Burgess was put off by Tom Cable’s four consecutive two-a-days to open camp. It could be that the years of losing in Oakland have taken their toll on Derrick.
Whatever the case, Burgess wants out and he’s prepared to pay back his roster bonus in fines if that’s what it takes.
Couldn’t he just have taken a page from the DeAngelo Hall book? Why didn’t Burgess just show up to camp, loaf around with some sort of an injury, then dog it once the regular season started? He would have been paid his game checks and eventually would have been shown the door once Tom Cable had enough.
Then Burgess could have gone where every aging, veteran, defensive player with nagging injuries eventually ends up – New England. One of the trade rumors suggested that the Pats and Raiders were in talks but nothing came of the conversations.
So, this is where we are; every player that is physically able to perform and is on the Raider roster is at camp in Napa except for Derrick Burgess.
During the first days of camp, Coach Cable wore a shirt that read: “Wanted: 53 Men Committed to One Purpose”. Apparently, Derrick Burgess is not one of Cable’s guys.
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