Al Davis Doesn’t Have a Savings Plan

If the Oakland Raiders are supposed to be a struggling NFL franchise locked away in a smaller market then nobody told Al Davis. In the last two weeks Davis has done his usual middle finger routine to his fellow NFL owners.

In a tense labor climate where billionaires are crying broke, Davis is spending like there’s no tomorrow. Then again, there might not be a tomorrow. That doomsday clock on the CBA looms large.

As we’ve come to expect, there are those around the league that are claiming Davis is destroying the very fabric of the game. Not that Davis cares. After all, it’s his money and he’ll spend it how he sees fit.

Given the price paid to acquire Richard Seymour and current labor laws prohibiting trades involving draft picks, the Raiders were destined to sit out the first round of 2011 no matter what.

Whereas most owners would take the opportunity to save a little cash instead of blowing it on the next JaMarcus Russell, Davis did the exact opposite. Raider mouthpiece and Davis flunkie John Herrera confirmed as much today to the AP when he stated the Seymour contract was, in essence, Oakland’s first-round money.

While most have been critical, Herrera defended the Raiders’ moves as an insurance policy.

“What we did is protect our football team. These are moves that protect our franchise and protect our team and put us in a position to move on.”

Hey, no complaints here. Putting your chips on a sure bet like Seymour instead of another Darrius Heyward-Bey gamble seems logical to me.

Now, letting Nnamdi Asomugha walk to save loot seemed reasonable at first – in a business sense at least. But to then turn around and commit more green to Stanford Routt and Kamerion Wimbley than what you would have paid Aso seems strange.

I think it was important to get both Wimbley and Rout back for next season but doing it at Nnamdi’s expense was harsh.

Even though Davis has committed nearly $80-million in two weeks flat, his spending spree still isn’t done. Zach Miller remains a key element yet to be brought back into the fold and the same goes for Michael Bush. Robert Gallery and Michael Huff could be left out in the cold, but with Davis you never really know.

Herrera also reminds the haters that all the money promised won’t be paid until there is a new CBA in place. As of now Al’s bank account is still intact.

“When you’re signing these players to contracts the way we signed them, these contracts are all for the future. These guys will have to come in and play and earn their money before they get paid. The Raiders have not paid out a dime at this point in time.”

Topics: Al Davis, Oakland Raiders, Raider Nation, Fans, Popular, Featured, Darrius Heyward-Bey, JaMarcus Russell, John Herrera, Kamerion Wimbley, Michael Bush, Michael Huff, Nnamdi Asomugha, Richard Seymour, Robert Gallery, Stanford Routt, Zach Miller

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  • X

    It does seem strange and harsh, but Mr. Davis isn’t done yet, & we don’t know the outcome of the tense labor climate, until the looming doomsday clock, stops ticking on the CBA.Till then we have to believe in the Davis flunky John Herrera who knows more than any of us or those who speculate over and over sounding like a Debbie downer. Till then writers should not jump to conclusions or try to predict outcomes in the war rooms.

  • Sonny

    You left out that unlike the other teams to resign their players so far having to hand out signing bonus money to get the deals done. The Oakland Raiders resigned 5 players without handing out a dime of bonus money.

    Add that if a CBA does not get done early this off season there will be no Free Agency with players staying with the current teams one more year at some kind of premium in salary. And if a deal does get done while all the other clubs are scrambling and spending their time just trying to resign their own players the Raiders will be primed to go right after any other clubs FA should they choose.

  • Chris Shellcroft

    Hey, I’m not mad at AD for dropping all this coin on his players. In fact, I have nothing but respect for an owner that pours all his cash into his team instead of getting greedy and going all short arms with deep pockets.

    My point is just don’t tell me Nnamdi’s price was too high but Routt and Wimbley are ok. Both players are good and Seymour has earned his coin for sure. But Asomugha is a shutdown corner in his prime. Check the rest of pro football and you’ll find twice as many franchise QBs as shutdown corners.

    That’s my only beef.

  • philip fitch

    The signing of Wimbley and Routt together is more important than just signing Nnamdi, no CB in the league is worth 17.5 million a year. If you think about it? the better the Raiders pass rush is, and Wimbley is a big part of that, the less a shut down corner is needed like Nnamdi. I think the Raiders pass rush will be even better this year without bringing in additional players because of players like Houston have one more year under their belts.

    Yes it would be great to keep Nnamdi but not for top QB money. Really, think about it. Any CB in the league can play with a fierce pass rush. One very good CB dose not dictate a whole defense. This is why the Seymour signing was more important than signing Nnamdi.

  • Chris Shellcroft

    I hear you Fitch and agree having a pass rush is very important. But don’t overlook how important Nnamdi is to that pass rush too. Opposing QBs know that they’ve only got 50% of the field to work with. Therefore it helps the pass rush – which as we know in Oakland is not usually done through blitzing – by giving them that little extra bit of time as recievers are coming out of their routes.

    Again, I’m glad Al got aggressive in bringing back Wimbley, Routt and Seymour. I just wish he wouldn’t act like it’s Nnamdi’s fault for making $17-mil. Al offered the deal, he knew there were going to be labor and cap issues going forward. And by the way, that clause in Aso’s contract were based on some incentives there could have easily been accomplished were it not for injury.