Could Al Davis create a contract so large that not even he could move it?

Al Davis attempts to move the immovable

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.

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  • damon

    Never believe anything Espn says about the raiders

  • matt

    another bad move by the Gayders…cant trade him and ill laugh my ass off wen he starts playin like shit and they hav to cut him after wasting so much money on him…oakland should quit signing these players like him and sebass to record deals wen they should spend money on other players that they need…like maybe a QB!! KC could teach them a thing or two…we hav a QB!!!! hahahaha!!! wer gonna beat the hell outa you!

  • Chris Shellcroft


    Since it is clear that you don’t actually watch football, I’ll fill you in on a few things.

    1) Nnamdi Asomugha is the best in the biz. He’s not going to start “playing like shit” after 3+ of dominance.

    2) Matt Cassell is not a franchise QB. In case you haven’t noticed, the Chiefs are in deep with his phat contract and could eat it if he doesn’t improve next season.

    3) Maybe all you do is get drunk on Sundays so I’ll help you out. The Chiefs have won 6 games in two years and are dead last in the AFC West. Exactly what could any team learn from you bottom dwellers? Maybe the Lions could teach you a thing or two.

  • Slam

    The fact is Al Davis’ wretched personnel decisions ( Javon Walker, DHB, Jamarcus, Tommy Kelly, etc ) has put this team in the worst financial position in their entire history.

    He HAS to start slashing payroll or they could be in deep trouble.

    The dirty little secret is, Davis has to sell the Raiders. He has no other choice.

  • WolfMan Joe

    The only thing that sounds more stupid then the word’s of a stupid person is the guy repeating him! Aso’s going Nowhere.GO RAIDERS!

  • Slam

    Hey Wolfman Joe –

    It should be “than” not “then”; also “Words” doesn’t have an apostrophe.

    The only thing easier than ripping Al Davis’ atomic destruction of the Raiders is correcting the spelling and grammar of black hole imbiciles.

    You make it too easy. Like shooting fish in a barrell.