Nov 28, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith (77) dives to recover a fumble in the second quarter against Oakland Raiders linebacker Kevin Burnett (94) during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Burnett continues absence at Raiders OTA’s


The Oakland Raiders first day of “Organized Team Activities” are of course voluntary, but when the only absence is one player it is bound to become a story. Especially when that player could potentially be unhappy with his current situation, which is exactly the case at Oakland OTA’s as Kevin Burnett remained absent on Wednesday as the only player who was signed by the Raiders this offseason who isn’t in attendance at the voluntary sessions.

Burnett’s status with the Raiders is set to change as fifth overall selection Khalil Mack as well as second year linebacker Sio Moore are going to be commanding snaps at outside linebacker, something that is likely going to affect the veteran’s role by the way of playing time. While there is no knowledge of Burnett’s reasoning for not being at OTA’s head coach Dennis Allen has told the media he is in communication with his one absentee and that he is not concerned at this point in time.

Dennis Allen’s response to the media during his presser after the first OTA sessions as to why Burnett was not in attendance was “Because it’s voluntary.”

Allen said Burnett was healthy and “He’s just not here.”

“I’ve had communication with Kevin this whole time,” Allen continued. “This is a voluntary camp. Players can make their own decisions and they have families and things in their personal lives that they have to make sure they take care of.  I’m not concerned about that at all.

Burnett’s agent, speaking to Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area, has said that Burnett is continuing to prepare for the season even if he is not with the team. (Wednesday’s sessions were unavailable to the media.)

Kevin Burnett’s agent, Ricky Lefft, declined comment on why his client was absent.

“He’s working out from home,” Lefft said Wednesday.

Regardless of the situation it would be wise for Burnett to get to the Raiders facility to join his team sooner rather than later, especially if he is sticking with the team in 2014 and wants as much playing time as possible. “No showing” when there are no other absences is just drawing more attention to the storyline involving Burnett and his role next season, if the linebacker joined his teammates this story would likely die down. The longer Burnett keeps to himself, the more likely this is going to turn into an issue and a true concern for the team.

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  • Bryant Lyles

    we do not need to start the season of this type of bullshit. Come on kevin let’s get it together we need your veteran leadership out there don’t get mad at the kid for getting drafted that your position you’re still the man

  • Mac Attack

    Everyone in the NFL has a kid drafted sooner or later at their position. Man up and do what is right for your team, Raider’s shouldn’t pout.

  • bigninaross

    This is a none issue right now. If it continues, then maybe it’s a story.

  • Raider Grant

    Burnett is in communication with the team/ head coach, enough said! Go Raiders

  • Grammar NotZee

    No one knows what could be going on in his personal life. He didn’t no-show. He spoke to the coach. As far as I’m concerned it’s a non-story and dead issue. He’s a vet not a rookie.

  • GreeneWolfe

    Who cares….Personally, I would cut him. He is slow, fat, and old. If he is going to play Mr. Bitter, that will only affect Mack negatively…Guess what Kevin, enjoy special teams and being a backup. Be happy you have a job at 32 in this league. If that isn’t good enough for him then get rid of his ass.

  • B Christopher

    Look guys, he’s a seasoned veteran and this is a VOLUNTARY camp. If he was a rookie, I’d understand it. This is Kevin Burnett. A GREAT OLB. I can’t stand when the media does this. They have absolutely NO reason, proof, evidence if you must, that he isn’t showing up because the Raiders picked Khalil Mack as their #1 pick this year. THAT IS AN IDIOTIC STATEMENT. The Raiders fell apart because of lack of depth last year. The Raiders now, have, arguably, the best line backing corp in the NFL. Burnett is a major reason why too. LETS STOP THE BS.
    Maybe his kid has tonsillitis! or maybe, he’s a vet, and didn’t wanna go. Who cares! He’s not missing a mandatory practice!

  • James Schroeder

    YAWN!!!

  • Jaime Olguin

    With the media it goes hand and hand, there’s time that they give us great report and they you get this kind
    of crap.please don’t mess with it , its voluntary man let the take care of his family he will be back focus on who’s
    in camp. Go Raiders!!!!!!!!

  • Mark from Section 122

    Wow, when I read this I thought it must have been written by a Denver Donkey fan. The whole “….when that player could potentially be unhappy with his current situation, which is exactly the case at Oakland OTA’s as Kevin Burnett remained absent…” and then, “…Burnett’s status with the Raiders is set to change as …….(blah, blah, blah) something that is likely going to affect the veteran’s role by the way of playing time.” Well there are some pretty harsh insinuations and aspersions being cast by someone portraying himself as an editor on a Raider fan site. Mr. Chase Rutting, it is bad enough when the NFL media pundits and all the other haters start sowing seeds of discontent, but as someone who is supposed to be a fan to throw out a bunch of unsupported drivel like this just to publish an article, thus fanning the flames of the hater crowd, shame on you.

  • chase ruttig

    Editor’s Note: I report the news and give my take on it. If you don’t like it that is fine, but if you are going to expect a “homer” take on everything because this is an Oakland Raiders fan site you are going to be disappointed. In fact if you go look at other Raiders outlets online you will find far more negativity than you do here.

  • KloverJane

    He’s fine and happy. He needed the extra time with family.