Derrick Burgess is Not a Cable Guy

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.

Big mistake!

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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  • jake

    Burgess, the longer you stay away the less money is owed you (which the Raiders like, but your agent doesn’t), and if you continue all year you have to return next year, and it all begins again. NO show no cut, not trade, but your time without pay doesn’t hurt the Raiders it only enhances their position. Continue to stay out of camp until the 10th gams but it only hurts you. Your age is on the wrong side of time, so you better think real good about how you are trying to press up Al, because it has been tried before, and it won’t work. I guess staying home and watching Barney with the kids is your out. Good Luck.

  • Big RAid

    The longer Burgess stays away the better Richardson and Scott Will be come.. The will get extended practice time, and a great mentor in Ellis


    I like Cable’s Mentality & approach with the players this season, and I dig that T-Shirt he wore to camp.. Wanted..53 Men Committed to one purpose..Oakland has no room for malcontents..Primadonnas or Locker room cancers..Show Burgess the door period. He can go get paid elsewhere ! We don’t need him ! I hope Coach Cable rules with an iron fist and rids Oakland of players not wanting to commit to a team concept. They can all get the fuck outta Dodge! The time to win is NOW ! Derrick Burgess playing games with Al is ill advised..but you know what I don’t them and expect your ticket to be punched out of Oakland..bon voyage! have a great trip ..maybe you and Jerry Porter could go into busines together! Raider Nation has no use for you any longer! I’m looking forward to 53 man Roster that will fight and show pride to the end.. lay it on the line week in and week out win or lose..Once the swagger is back the rest of it will take care of it self..GO RAIDERS ! GO RAIDER NATION!