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Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract voids, heading to free agency

Nnamdi Asomugha, Golden Tate

If you thought firing Tom Cable annoyed Raiders fans, wait until they hear about this.

Adam Schefter of ESPN dropped a bombshell Sunday morning: Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract has voided because of a previously unknown option in his contract.   Asomugha is headed for free agency.

Even the Raiders appear surprised by the development.  They had a team option to keep Asomugha for the 2012 season at $16.8 million or the quarterback franchise tag number, whichever was higher.  But Asomugha had a “little known” clause that said his deal would void if he didn’t achieve his not-likely-to-be-earned incentives in 2010.

Asomugha played fewer snaps in 2010 than 2009, and made fewer big plays.  That voided the deal.  So Asomugha’s quieter season works against the Raiders in a few ways.

The Raiders can’t stop Asomugha from leaving if he wants to go.  The contract also says they can’t use the franchise or transition tag on him.

Only 30 and arguably the league’s best overall cornerback the last five years, Asomugha figures to become one of the highest paid defensive players in history whenever free agency starts up again.

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  1. geniusesq says: Jan 9, 2011 11:33 AM

    Tell Daniel Snyder to relax.

  2. steeltownpride says: Jan 9, 2011 11:34 AM

    He would look great in Steeler black n gold . And another time the Raiders can hate Steelernation .

  3. lennydpocketqb says: Jan 9, 2011 11:37 AM

    How much dumber can the Raiders get? Wait don’t answer. We will see next season.

  4. southtexasraider says: Jan 9, 2011 11:37 AM

    lol, Al Davis will pay him. the media loves to hate….. raiders never get any respect

  5. huejackson says: Jan 9, 2011 11:37 AM

    Horrible news but I want to know whats the deal with The Raiders trading for peynton Manning?
    Its all over the web and this site hasnt said anything about it.
    Asomough was supposed to be involved in the trade?
    Twitter.com/NFLTrades

  6. carlsbaded says: Jan 9, 2011 11:39 AM

    Al Davis has definitely lost it. Little known clause? Who negotiated and signed the contract, Revis?

  7. cup1981 says: Jan 9, 2011 11:41 AM

    Hey Rooney’s, take notice… We need a good cover corner… Just sayin’.

  8. SpartaChris says: Jan 9, 2011 11:44 AM

    Look for Revis to start another hold out in 3, 2, …

  9. pittsburghsteelerz says: Jan 9, 2011 11:44 AM

    Pittsburgh?

    The number #1 rush defense with the shutdown corner that’s eluded them for years (and years)

  10. raiderjack says: Jan 9, 2011 11:45 AM

    There is a chance we could resign him but we have to worry about zach miller seymour wimbley bush gallery huff amongst others… lookin forward to goin 4 12 next year

  11. kingjaffejoffer says: Jan 9, 2011 11:45 AM

    I hope Andy Reid sees this!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. RaiderMight says: Jan 9, 2011 11:48 AM

    Bye bye Nnamdi! I am 90% certain you wont come back this time.

    While I am at it…

    Bye Cable!

    Bye Shane Lechler!
    Bye Mike Bush?
    Bye Zach Miller?
    Bye Richard Seymour?
    Bye Mike Huff?

    With only 1 franchise tag, 1 transition tag, some are bound to leave.

  13. quentincosta says: Jan 9, 2011 11:48 AM

    Will someone please shoot the Crypt Keeper…

  14. paulieorkid says: Jan 9, 2011 11:49 AM

    If we thought Al Davis had gone insane nearly a decade ago, this will push him over the brink into madness.

  15. raiderjack says: Jan 9, 2011 11:50 AM

    At least heyward-bey is still under contract…smh

  16. dfeltz says: Jan 9, 2011 11:50 AM

    Only the Raiders would lose their best player for nothing

  17. RaiderMight says: Jan 9, 2011 11:51 AM

    Forgot…

    Bye Gallery?

  18. nceagle004 says: Jan 9, 2011 11:52 AM

    Welcome to Philly, Nnamdi.

  19. jaywhitelending says: Jan 9, 2011 11:52 AM

    Best corner in football….Jerry Jones….if you ever do anything right….SIGN HIM!!!

  20. sarrowsmith1 says: Jan 9, 2011 11:55 AM

    Is there no clause available for the NFL to step in and take ownership of a team? Firing Cable and then losing your franchise player. This franchise is a joke

  21. kegpack says: Jan 9, 2011 11:57 AM

    Whatever, cya Nam… Say hello to the next Nate Clements.

  22. emmac13 says: Jan 9, 2011 11:59 AM

    Boy would he be awesome at any team. Personally I would like the Browns to get him. Sheldon Brown is old. Joe Hayden looks promising. Eric Wright showed he is in consistant. That said it will not happen.

  23. coonsqualler says: Jan 9, 2011 12:00 PM

    Send this link to Mr. Holmgren PLEASE!!!

  24. huejackson says: Jan 9, 2011 12:01 PM

    Asomough agent just talked to Comcast Sports Net asmough is staying with the raiders and a deal will be done by tonight

  25. jbaxt says: Jan 9, 2011 12:02 PM

    Michael Bush will be playing for the Chiefs next year…

    KC’s going places!

  26. raidernation53 says: Jan 9, 2011 12:03 PM

    Wow that would be devastating to lose him… looks like we are going to be taking 2 or 3 steps back firing Cable as it seems that team moral just went from a real high point to just making everyone want to get out of town… on a side note I will be throwing a party to end all parties when Al Davis is no longer running the team

  27. ampats says: Jan 9, 2011 12:06 PM

    Oops. Anyway thanks for the 17th pick in the NFL Draft for a player that the Patriots had no intention of resigning and would have become a FA in 2010.

    Hopefully we will draft another McCourty, Gronkowski, Hernandez with the pick or slide back for future picks.

    Who was the genius who negotiated his contract to allow the out clause ???

  28. touchdownroddywhite says: Jan 9, 2011 12:06 PM

    Thomas Dimitroff just started smiling real big… Watch it happen.

  29. 54bear55 says: Jan 9, 2011 12:08 PM

    Asomugha is a better overall cb than Revis. He’ll collect a huge paycheck soon.

  30. tdk24 says: Jan 9, 2011 12:12 PM

    This is a good thing.
    1. There will be a lockout.
    2. Frees up cap space just in case.
    3. He never makes “big plays” because other teams don’t throw at him.
    4. Adam Schefter is a tool.

  31. thenewwisewoo says: Jan 9, 2011 12:12 PM

    CAROLINA PANTHERS

  32. twang621 says: Jan 9, 2011 12:12 PM

    Well, the Pats do have the 3rd lowest payroll. Imagine Asomagha paired with McCourty, along with a very solid Leigh Bodden? That would put this defense to elite status next year with all the draft picks and young players on that defense. I doubt they do it after getting burned by that waste Adalius Thomas, but a fan can dream.

  33. 8man says: Jan 9, 2011 12:16 PM

    Relax Raider fan, that was a pretty big number for your team to hit for a DB. He may be the best, but that’s crazy money for anyone who isn’t “leading” your team.

    It may not be too long before you look back at this say, “Hmm. Maybe it was a good thing.”

    Remember, you don’t have a first round pick this year. You’ll need to build through free agency if you want to challenge in 2011 or whenever they play football again. Seventeen mill will go a long way helping you get there.

    Get your coach first.

  34. mkepackfan says: Jan 9, 2011 12:16 PM

    Just gotta say, don’t get too excited. He didn’t have as good of a year as those past. A lot of the teams who have been successful have done so w/o really utilizing FA. Washington is an example of not having success using FA.

    Not saying he will be a bad signing, just remember there seems to be fewer “great” FA signings than bad.

  35. waccoforflacco says: Jan 9, 2011 12:16 PM

    All you Stooler fans ..FORGET IT…the Rooney’s would NEVER pay the kind of money Asomugha will be offered by a Dan Snyder or a Jerry Jones. That’s why Joey Porter, Faneca, and others who wanted new contracts were kicked in the a$$.

    I can just see Rooney paying Asomugha a Haynesworth contract….NOT.

  36. cytofed says: Jan 9, 2011 12:25 PM

    Look like the raiders is making a big push at Andrew Luck!! Hello to another 2-14 season! Or better yet, take year of it’s on coach Davis!

  37. steelers6pack says: Jan 9, 2011 12:26 PM

    Porter and Fanaca did nothing when they left the Steelers! Neither did Kevin Greene, grege Lloyd, D.J.Johnson, Niel Odonnell! The only Steeler that did anything was Woodson! Get Asomugha and Lechler come to Pitt and watch them then!

  38. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 9, 2011 12:26 PM

    And the next Patriot is…

    I know we won’t go in that direction, but it would be nice.

  39. dafixisin says: Jan 9, 2011 12:28 PM

    Wow… an escape clause in a contract that kicks in if the player involved UNDERPERFORMS? Only in Raiderland could the Nation get screwed over by something like this. Looks like my Raiderkarma prophecies are shaping up better than my worst fears.

    Somebody put that “Hire A GM” website back up. It’s time to start taking donations again.

    Raiderkarma… thank you Undead Al.

  40. dienavinjohnson says: Jan 9, 2011 12:29 PM

    So Al Davis negotiated a contract that rewards a player for UNDERperforming. I can’t believe i’m saying this, but, I feel sorry for Raiders fans.

  41. bodybaggame says: Jan 9, 2011 12:29 PM

    ‘little known clause’…..Seriously? What it wasn’t written in braille? Ho

  42. bwisnasky says: Jan 9, 2011 12:30 PM

    The problem you guys are jumping to a conclusion that Nnamdi wants to leave Oakland… now I don’t know how he felt about the Cable decision.. but with Hue Jackson taking over, I doubt that the players that were “disgruntled” will stay disgruntled. That said, he’s a hometown Cali boy, that is just seeing his team turn around… and I’m willing to bet that nobody will offer him more money than Al will to stick around… why would they write this in there? so they could get out of the ridiculous part where they have to pay the average of the top 5 QB’s… Have no fear nation.. Nnamdi will be in Silver and Black.. I’d bet my house on it.

  43. djeg07 says: Jan 9, 2011 12:34 PM

    hello randy lerner, youve paid coaches to go away please pay a player of this caliber to play for us, let wright go he sucks, haden can learn from asomugha and become that much better, you wanted celements but it didnt work out, so here’s your chance to get a stud cb to help get brown to safety and get our defencse stronger, hell trade rogers and a pick if raiders want to sign and trade.

  44. pervyharvin says: Jan 9, 2011 12:44 PM

    Give up hope you other teams, we all know Ziggy is getting his checkbook out to sign a glaring need for the Vikings.Welcome to Minnesota Nnamdi!

  45. Wisconsin77 says: Jan 9, 2011 12:44 PM

    haha, Al DAvis the dumbest GM in history.

  46. moochzilla says: Jan 9, 2011 12:49 PM

    This is what happens when you have a REAL AGENCY – as opposed to Masta P or Fletcher Smith.

  47. dempsey63 says: Jan 9, 2011 12:50 PM

    Al Davis looked a lot like Martin Short’s “Ed Grimley” character on SNL. Except that one was very eccentric…

  48. MTArider says: Jan 9, 2011 12:54 PM

    Jerry Reese needs to call Asomugha’s agent.

  49. bigperm33 says: Jan 9, 2011 12:55 PM

    I can’t wait for Asomugha to sign a huge contract which leads to Revis holding out again.

  50. bucsballer says: Jan 9, 2011 12:58 PM

    lets go morris, work ur magic and get him!!! plz dont let biggers start. get him!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. randywhite54 says: Jan 9, 2011 12:58 PM

    Hello Dallas!

  52. bucforever says: Jan 9, 2011 12:59 PM

    The Bucs have plenty of salary cap to offer . The need is there. But will the Glazers get off the stick and even make an offer? Probably not.

  53. Slackmo says: Jan 9, 2011 1:03 PM

    What makes everyone think NFL teams want to drop $20m/yr on a cornerback, no matter how good he is? This could backfire on ‘Naga.

  54. thingamajig says: Jan 9, 2011 1:10 PM

    Asomugha has a smart agent.

    Attention Jim Harbaugh: thats what you get with one smart agent versus two average ones.

  55. ninerdynasty says: Jan 9, 2011 1:11 PM

    Welcome to across the bay!! :)

  56. Grulks says: Jan 9, 2011 1:14 PM

    I don’t know where Nnamdi will be playing next year, but I can tell you where he won’t:

    Pittsburgh (known for not paying top contracts)

    Patriots (also known for not paying top contracts, see exhibit A. Samuel)

    Dallas (too many good DB’s for Dallas to make a move, which is a shame, bc they should sign Nnamdi and trade Newman).

    Jets (I don’t see how they can swing this under the cap, with Brad Smith, Santonio, and Edwards all coming up for contract.)

    My guess is maybe Saints, or possibly Green Bay.

  57. blacktoothgrinn says: Jan 9, 2011 1:16 PM

    really glad I got an Asomugh jersey for christmas, d’oh

  58. zackd2 says: Jan 9, 2011 1:19 PM

    “why would they write this in there? so they could get out of the ridiculous part where they have to pay the average of the top 5 QB’s”

    Correct. The new contract will pay him the average of the top 2 QBs ;)

  59. richieab says: Jan 9, 2011 1:33 PM

    Al Davis just when I thought Ross was dumberer you go and totally redeem yourself

  60. kylos13 says: Jan 9, 2011 1:34 PM

    He would look great in the powder blue, his number is avialable and he would get to beat down on the raiders twice a year… Might as well.

  61. JakeDSnake says: Jan 9, 2011 1:37 PM

    Steelers fans are right – Pittsburgh had no problem backing up the Brinks truck for FA’s Cedric Wilson or Randel-El so they definately should be considered frontrunners.
    Raiders fans are also correct that FA’s want to play for Oakland because of tradition: like Seymour, who was like 4 years old when the Raiders won the SB, and even though the Raiders had to tag him at $12.4 million, I am sure he will sign a long term deal for less than a second franchise tag would cost ($14.8 million) for one year.
    Long live Al! Just Be Irrelevant Baby!

  62. jajibokum says: Jan 9, 2011 1:46 PM

    He’s a good player but his contract will be poison to a team. His price tag will mean too many sacrifices in other positions.

    No way Steelers pay this much for one player. If this was basketball, one player makes a lot of difference but not so in football where you have 22 starters.

  63. marcsasharc says: Jan 9, 2011 1:50 PM

    i would be very surprised if Asomugha returned to Oakland.

    Raider fans- the media loves to hate because your franchise loves that persona. so instead of getting upset that nobody respects your lousy franchise, revel in the Raider glory your owner has designed.

    im sorry but if Asomugha walks away, this team is back to being a bottom 5 team. we are talking about 1 of the few real difference makers that plays CB in the NFL. the last 5 years are amongst the greatest years that any DB has ever had in this league. its ridiculous how little of throws go this guy’s way. Asomugha > Revis

    i dont see Oakland voiding his deal to turn around and sign him long term.

  64. justwinmaybe says: Jan 9, 2011 1:51 PM

    First to be clear, I think Nnamdi is the best corner in football. But he is the best CORNERback not QUARTERback.

    So, Nnamdi has to be pizzed….who else is going to pay him the average of the top 5 QB’s???? He’s in line for a paycut unless Davis steps up again.

    Plus how is Davis the dumb one here? He puts a clause in the contract that if you don’t acheive what most people would consider extremely conservative objectives, you don’t get 16 million dollars next year.

    Baseball should write some similar contracts…..

    That said – if Al wants him back…he’ll be back. If not, combine that salary save with the dollars saved from not paying a 1st round pick – and he can go FA shopping at will.

  65. babyjesus69 says: Jan 9, 2011 1:52 PM

    Offseason plan for Jed ‘money is no object’ York

    Step 1) fire the preacher (check)
    Step 2) hire a new gm (kinda a check)
    Step 3) hire a big time coach (major check) and after reavaluting step 2 ( check)
    Step 4) shore up only glaring hole on roster other than QB which is CB by signing Nnamdi (crossing fingers)
    Step 5) Sign, trade or draft at QB (and crossing toes as well as eyes)

    Again. My apologies to Jed York. Won’t repeat what I said about him after hiring Balki as GM cause my mother would be embarrassed… again. Major kudos to landing Harbaugh with a discounted rate over Stanford and Miami.

  66. marcsasharc says: Jan 9, 2011 1:54 PM

    just when NFL pundits were calling the 49ers the more dysfunctional franchise in the Bay Area, the 9ers get Harbaugh(who took less $ to coach that team) and the Raiders let go of Cable, Asomugha’s contract, and Lechler calls AL Davis an idiot.

    i like Hue Jackson, but he is not going to win with that defense minus Nnamdi.

  67. fireeyes111 says: Jan 9, 2011 2:12 PM

    How long until Dan Snyder signs him after the FA period opens?

    I’m not kidding, Asomugha will be a Redskin almost for sure.

  68. raiders4life says: Jan 9, 2011 2:13 PM

    How could the Raiders have allowed this “little known clause” to be put into Asomugha’s contract? This is unbelievable news!

    If this doesn’t convince Al Davis he must give up his stranglehold on this once great franchise and hire a G.M. to run this team properly then nothing truly ever will. I sincerely hope Nnamdi returns but I highly doubt it. Dude’s a winner, a true team player & leader, and his departure, when it occurs, will be the diffinitive statement to prove my latter point regarding the Al Davis.

    The Raiders lack of direction will be the tipping point for Nnamdi Asomugha to leave and have a real chance at winning a championship before it is too late for him. Why else would he have his reps place this out-clause in his contract? It oblviously doesn’t appear to be in cards for the Raiders in the next few years contenders, realistically. I’m optimistic things can turn out good for the Raiders but recent history has said otherwise.

  69. fireeyes111 says: Jan 9, 2011 2:14 PM

    Also one thing to keep in mind – if the Owners get what they want (and they will), the cap will be lower, and possibly significantly so, before the next season.

    That’s going to make it difficult for teams like the Skins, Cowboys, and Jets to take on any more massive contracts. Though I still think Snyder will find a way to swing it.

  70. stanklepoot says: Jan 9, 2011 2:16 PM

    #
    tdk24 says: Jan 9, 2011 12:12 PM

    This is a good thing.
    1. There will be a lockout.
    2. Frees up cap space just in case.
    3. He never makes “big plays” because other teams don’t throw at him.
    4. Adam Schefter is a tool.
    ____________________
    1. Anyone who thinks a lockout is a good thing really isn’t a football fan.
    2. Will definitely free up space for a cap that will return.
    3. If you think shutting down the pass on a large chunk of the field isn’t a big deal, then you don’t know much about football.
    4. Why, because he gets the scoops before crazy old Al wants to announce them? Al tends to call Schefter a rumormongerer right before he proves him right.

  71. jeremyb91 says: Jan 9, 2011 2:19 PM

    With or without Nnamdi the Raiders will be fine next season. If they don’t have him, they have an extra $17 million to spend on other players. Besides, I don’t believe Nnamdi is going anywhere with Hue Jackson coming back regardless as OC or even head coach and several other players who will remain with the team because the team is a few players away from being a very good team.

    Firing Tom Cable isn’t going to be a problem for the Raiders as most people believe they are headed for a locker room meltdown because he’s gone. The Raiders changed their physicality this year because of Hue Jackson, not Cable. As soon as Hue Jackson names a OC to replace him and call plays, the fact Cable was fired will no longer be a big issue at Raiders headquarters anymore. People tend to forget although the Raiders won 8 games this year, they should’ve won 11 against the weak schedule. Cable isn’t head coach material and struggles in key areas. Jackson should be much better in these areas. If not Jackson, Al might hire some other head coach who allows Jackson to continue his offense since he’s still under contract as OC.

  72. kam187 says: Jan 9, 2011 2:20 PM

    Patriots GM Nick Casserio already has confirmed interest in Nnamdi Asomugha on WEEI Radio out of Boston. His quote was ” We would have to due our due diligence and look into it as any team would, and Nnamdi is certainly a player that would make any team better including the Patriots so of course we would be interested ”

    Welcome to the McCourty-Nnamdi shut down connection for years to come!!

  73. stanklepoot says: Jan 9, 2011 2:30 PM

    #
    jajibokum says: Jan 9, 2011 1:46 PM

    He’s a good player but his contract will be poison to a team. His price tag will mean too many sacrifices in other positions.

    No way Steelers pay this much for one player. If this was basketball, one player makes a lot of difference but not so in football where you have 22 starters.
    ________________________
    If Nnamdi opted out, it means that he has no contract right now. While I’m sure he’ll get a huge FA contract, it most likely won’t be like the one he’s leaving behind. This one came about because the Raiders had to keep franchising him because the two sides could never come to an agreement. So, they cut to the chase and gave him a contract based on the accelerated franchise tag. So, basically, this contract has been a series of franchise tags, except that it left the real franchise tag available for other players.

    If the opt out was automatic, then Nnamdi might be back. If Nnamdi had to exercise the clause, then he’s gone. The move wouldn’t have been made to make more money. No new contract will pay him what the final year of his current one would have. Nnamdi is an elite player who is now 30. He’s made quite a bit of money already. While I’m sure he still wants to get paid big, I’d guess that the opportunity to play on a team with a real chance to compete for a championship will play a big part in his decision.

  74. tooz56 says: Jan 9, 2011 2:33 PM

    He will be a Jet

  75. fellorio says: Jan 9, 2011 2:35 PM

    54bear55 says: Jan 9, 2011 12:08 PM

    Asomugha is a better overall cb than Revis. He’ll collect a huge paycheck soon.
    ————————————————————–
    Asomough is even better, better even than Peynton.

  76. spartan313919 says: Jan 9, 2011 2:52 PM

    Come on Detroit Lions! Last year we fixed the defensive line (drafting Suh, trading for Corey Williams and signing Kyle Vanden Bosch). This year lets fix the conerback’s with the signing of Nnamdi Asomugha and the drafting (would have to move up possibly) of Prince Amukamara. That would be…WOW! Also get 2 starting Linebackers to go with Levy and a another starting safety to play along side Louis Delmas. Let’s not just be satisfied with winning 4 games in a row to end the season feeling like we’ve arrived. Let’s keep on building and being aggressive so we can FINALLY have a winner.

  77. fireeyes111 says: Jan 9, 2011 3:02 PM

    Patriots GM Nick Casserio already has confirmed interest in Nnamdi Asomugha on WEEI Radio out of Boston. His quote was ” We would have to due our due diligence and look into it as any team would, and Nnamdi is certainly a player that would make any team better including the Patriots so of course we would be interested ”

    Welcome to the McCourty-Nnamdi shut down connection for years to come!!
    __________________________

    In NFL Front-Office speak, this is sort of the opposite of saying you’re interested.

  78. smarterthana5thgrader says: Jan 9, 2011 3:09 PM

    And now a fan from every NFL team will say he’s going to their team… Tools!

  79. pervyharvin says: Jan 9, 2011 3:17 PM

    @ smarterthana5thgrader…Did you just call me a tool ? Didn’t think so..

  80. fireeyes111 says: Jan 9, 2011 3:20 PM

    And now a fan from every NFL team will say he’s going to their team… Tools!
    ___________________________

    False. No Bills fan would ever predict Asomugha to Buffalo.

  81. docredskin says: Jan 9, 2011 3:23 PM

    That’s going to make it difficult for teams like the Skins, Cowboys, and Jets to take on any more massive contracts. Though I still think Snyder will find a way to swing it.

    The only thing the Redskins did well in the last calendar year was fix any lingering cap issues. They could make a run at him if they wanted.

    Of course, every time a big-time free agent comes available, the Dan Snyder jokes start. Nothing original there.

  82. chapnastier says: Jan 9, 2011 3:25 PM

    “He would look great in Steeler black n gold”

    What is it with color blind Steeler and Redskin fans. There is nothing on the Steelers uniform that is gold. Moron.

  83. eastcoastconnection says: Jan 9, 2011 3:35 PM

    Would be a terrific fit for the Jags or Texans! Having to play Indy twice a year and having horrendous secondaries either team would greatly benefit. I’m hoping Weaver actually will open up the checkbook to make up for keeping Del Rio as head coach for another year.

    Then maybe JDR can’t keep saying BS like “rebuilding” or “we’ve done the best with what we have to work with”…what head coach actually says crap like that?

    Not at all likely to happen however since Jags don’t seem to care about signing big name quality free agents.

  84. ajksweetness says: Jan 9, 2011 3:58 PM

    tdk24 says:
    Jan 9, 2011 12:12 PM
    This is a good thing.
    1. There will be a lockout.
    2. Frees up cap space just in case.
    3. He never makes “big plays” because other teams don’t throw at him.
    4. Adam Schefter is a tool.

    #1: Maybe there will be, but not worth the risk of losing him now. If there is a lockout, and he was to remain under contract, Raiders would not need to pay him, anyway. And they would maintain exclusive post-lockout negotiating rights (until the next round of free agency).
    #2: They have plenty of cap space, considering all of their expiring contracts.
    #3: A CB who “doesn’t make big plays” because other teams don’t throw at him is even more valuable to a team defense. Ask any player/coach if they would take an occasional int over having the other team’s best playmaker eliminated from the gameplan. And he tackles.
    #4: Agreed

  85. raiderrob21 says: Jan 9, 2011 4:00 PM

    At $16 mill? I love him as a player and he is great in the community. BUT for $16+ mill? No Way! Use the $$16 mill and more to sure up that roster. We made big strides this year, keep making all the right moves Raiders! and hate on haters, your the same morons that said we’d win 2-4 games this year!
    HAHAHAHAHA

  86. raiderapologist says: Jan 9, 2011 4:40 PM

    jbaxt says: Jan 9, 2011 12:02 PM

    Michael Bush will be playing for the Chiefs next year…

    KC’s going places!

    Right now they’re all going home.

  87. guyraider48 says: Jan 9, 2011 4:46 PM

    I am shocked at the news as most, but with no CBA every one’s free agents are in limbo until the new aggreement. As Mike huff stated in his twitter acc’t “it will be an interesting offseason!” All the scenario’s have been previously stated. Al’s history is he keeps players he wants but Aso may not!! He let Moss walk(No Loss)
    This offseason will finally show if AD is genious or senile!

  88. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Jan 9, 2011 4:54 PM

    To be a Redskin you only need to like the idea of being overpaid and losing a lot of games in a drama filled environment..

  89. bronco4lyfe says: Jan 9, 2011 5:04 PM

    Broncos should sign him….resgin Champ…..Draft Defensive Front 7 with first pick. Go from there. Sign Jim Fassel, and work our way back to respectable…In 3 years….look to sign a big name coach possibly only , when we are done with Shanny & McDaniel contracts……………….Actually they should hire me to run things. I will be back in the Superbowl with the Donks in 6 years…back in the playoffs in 2 years…….Just do what I say, and its gravy.

  90. philwauke says: Jan 9, 2011 5:09 PM

    pervyharvin says:
    Jan 9, 2011 3:17 PM
    @ smarterthana5thgrader…Did you just call me a tool ? Didn’t think so..
    —————————————————-

    If he didn’t he should have.

  91. smarterthana5thgrader says: Jan 9, 2011 6:28 PM

    pervyharvin says:
    Jan 9, 2011 3:17 PM
    @ smarterthana5thgrader…Did you just call me a tool ? Didn’t think so..
    — — — —
    Sure did! No chance Nnamdi ends up in Minnesota, so keep dreamin’ tool…

  92. steeltownpride says: Jan 9, 2011 6:32 PM

    LOL everyone thinks that he is going for the big pay day . Who says he wouldnt take a discount to play for a team that has a chance to win superbowls ? Give me 6 years and 60 mill with 35 guarenteed . Thats how you do it .

  93. pervyharvin says: Jan 9, 2011 6:41 PM

    philwauke, you may now kiss the bride, smarterthana5thgrader

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