Times have truly changed in the NFL. Once upon a time a 5th round pick like Juron Crinerwould have been under contract long before the equipment vans were loaded for training camp. These days, in this new NFL rookie wage scale and under the new Raider regime, Criner is the lone remaining member of Oakland’s draft class that is still unsigned.
If Al Davis were still around you know the media would be having a field day with this one. All we’d see are headlines alluding to the weird business practices in Oakland.
Truth be told, this is one situation that even a diehard Raider apologist such as myself would be hard pressed to argue.
The Raiders had a very minimal draft in 2012 with their first pick not occurring until the very end of the third round. Still, it wasn’t until yesterday that Tony Bergstrom actually agreed to terms with the Silver and Black. Bergstrom will arrive on time and so too will Criner at least that’s what Vic Tafur of the Chronicle has Tweeted.
It would be shocking – and a bit embarrassing for Reggie McKenzie – if Criner missed any portion of camp. It’s not like we’re talking about a contentious contract situation. Fifth round draft picks have nothing to negotiate. Some of the delay can be attributed to the Raiders cap constraints. Either way it would be a real surprise if the entire 2012 draft class isn’t practicing in Napa on Monday.