Just one year after making history by signing Nnamdi Asomugha to a record deal, Al Davis is attempting to make his best player history.
At least that is what Adam Schefter has gone on the record with.
Raiders been shopping much of their roster, including CB Nnamdi Asomugha. But his contract makes him untradeable.
Asomugha’s mega contract calls for him to be paid either the franchise number for quarterbacks or $16.875 million, whichever is higher. While Nnamdi is well worth his price tag, it is hard to imagine which teams would actually be willing to take him on the payroll. As stated previously, the Raiders have nothing to gain from trading Aso. With regards to the rest of the roster, there is plenty of young talent but nothing that would garner more than a few late round draft picks in return.
Given the sparse ticket sales in ’09, Davis might be getting a little nervous about the prospects of profitability going forward.
The problem is that Davis continues to grow more and more impatient and despite the prospects of a capless year looming he badly needs to dump salaries. In the past year alone, Davis has voided or restructured more than $200-million in toxic contracts. The majority came during the purge of his 2008 free agency class.
During the 2009 season, word began to spread that Davis was shopping his roster in hopes of conducting a fire sale. No action ensued and the Raiders earned yet another top 10 pick meaning yet another multi-million dollar deal was in order for yet another unproven commodity.
There is a wealth of young talent in the East Bay. However, by trading veteran leadership for draft picks the Raiders would all but continue the slow and aimless rebuilding process that has been underway since Chucky took the collective heart of Raider Nation in Super Bowl XXXVII.
The Raiders are in a tight spot given the record deals handed out to Nnamdi, Shane Lechler and Sebastian Janikowski. Then there is the all that green committed to JaMarcus Russell, Darren McFadden and Darrius Heyward-Bey plus the money that will be owed to Richard Seymour in the near future and the considerable raises that will be due for the likes of Zach Miller and Tyvon Branch.
This all equates to the perfect storm of more roster turnover and more youth being injected into Al’s antiquated formula for success.