Letting go of Nnamdi Asomugha was just the beginning. Ok, so it is a little too early to give Aso the “Aloha means goodbye” speech. Given the way Al Davis has discussed Nnamdi’s salary and based on how much cash has been committed to Stanford Routt, you can pretty much read between the lines.
The really tough decisions are yet to come.
There is no telling what the terms of the new CBA will dictate. Most assume that there will be a drastic shift in the inner workings of the salary cap meaning free-spending teams like Oakland could be in for a salary dump party.
Mr. Davis has always been a player’s owner. His sensibilities dictate that those who risk the most should be rewarded the most. Therefore long snappers like Jon Condo can collect millions for doing one job. Mind you Condo does his job as well as anybody in the NFL. None the less $1.6-million for a long snapper is a luxury most teams are unwilling to afford.
This is not to say that Condo’s job is on the line. There’s no way of knowing how the axe will drop when it comes time to cut this team down to 53. Fact of the matter is much of what the roster looks like in 2011 could be based on what the new law of the land states.
We already know there are a few untouchables in Al’s cabinet. Pretty much anybody that inked a new deal prior to the lockout you’d assume is safe. Thus Routt, Richard Seymour, Kamerion Wimbley and the inexplicable Hiram Eugene should be in the safe zone. Beyond that the likes of Jason Campbell, Tommy Kelly and Darren McFadden – to name a few – should also rest easy.
Anyone else not currently under contract or sitting on a phat contract but not producing (looking at you DHB) could be in for a rude awakening once the lockout is lifted.
Of course this is nothing more than loquacious lockout chatter. No telling what might really go down. I’d just be prepared to expect the unexpected. But since when was that not the case with Mr. Davis?