Just over24 hours ago Juron Criner was on his way to becoming an enemy of Raider Nation. When it was reported that the 5th round pick out of Arizona was haggling over $14,000 in bonus money the knee-jerk reaction was that the rookie receiver was more diva than he was determined to prove his worth.
What a difference a day makes.
Today Criner reported to camp on time and under contract. The Raiders confirmed the news via Twitter.
The specifics of Criner’s rookie deal are irrelevant. Whatever it was that ultimately took this deal right up to the training camp deadline to get done is now in the past and will soon be forgotten. Right here and now Juron Criner is a Raider and he’s already got expectations.
Reggie McKenzie’s decision to trade Louis Murphy might have been motivated by financial concerns but Criner is the man that ultimately made that move possible. So you’d better believe expectations are high considering how well Murphy performed as a rookie. Of course Criner’s got a lot more talent in front of him than Murphy did so his road is even tougher.