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.”
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