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Raiders knew about Nnamdi contract


Adam Schefter’s report regarding nuances of Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract included a suggestion that the Raiders didn’t know that the contract could void after the 2010 season.

Multiple league sources tell us that the Raiders knew.  One source with knowledge of the contract said it’s “pretty clear” that the Raiders were aware of the provision when the contract was negotiated.

In fact, it could be argued that the voiding of the contract was aimed at helping the Raiders avoid the requirement that they pay Asomugha in 2011 the equivalent of the franchise tender for quarterbacks, a number that’s expected to exceed $17 million next year.  Previous performance by Asomugha pushed the 2011 salary, fully guaranteed on the fifth day of the league year, to the greater of $16.874 million or the quarterback franchise tag, and the void arose not from Asomugha achieving certain production goals in 2010, but from Asomugha not achieving them.  For example, we’re told that even one interception from Asomugha in 2010 would have prevented the void.

Though the Raiders would have had other ways to protect themselves against the obligation of paying Asomugha franchise quarterback money, a reasonable argument can be made that the voiding of the contract benefits the team more than it benefits the player.  Really, does anyone think the Raiders would have paid Asomugha that much money for one more season of football, given that he would have been able to walk away after 2011 without restriction?

Indeed, who’s going to pay Asomugha nearly $18 million for one season of football?  If the Raiders had tried to trade Asomugha, who would have given up picks and/or players for the ability to pay Asomugha that much money on a one-year deal?

Though the Raiders have made their share of blunders (i.e., firing Tom Cable), they knew that Asomugha’s contract contained language that potentially made him a free agent in 2011, and based on the information we’ve gathered we think that the end result would have been the same, even if the contract hadn’t voided.

One way or the other, Asomugha wouldn’t have been a Raider in 2011.

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  1. jmclarkent says: Jan 9, 2011 5:07 PM

    One way or the other, Asomugha wouldn’t have been a Raider in 2011.

    …at 18 M per year. He still may be a Raider, who could pay him considerably less and yet still grossly overpay for his services.

  2. randomjim says: Jan 9, 2011 5:15 PM

    If everyone called Al Davis “Ted” for a week he’d think that was his name. He can’t remember anything now.

  3. mswravens says: Jan 9, 2011 5:16 PM

    Put him in Purple & Black!!!

  4. murraysons says: Jan 9, 2011 5:18 PM

    he will get a ton of money next year. meanwhile, the pats will get similar production from devin mccourty for pennies on the dollar. Bam!

  5. JakeDSnake says: Jan 9, 2011 5:19 PM

    Nnamdi is going to want to be a Detroit Lion, what with the team’s history as a three time NFL Champion and the fact that the Lions have improved their play year over year for the last two years…
    …yeah, that’s a stupid thought. It’s only a little less stupid thought if you replace Oakland Raiders for Detroit Lions in that sentence.

  6. jethro007 says: Jan 9, 2011 5:26 PM

    They made and offered the contract. To suggest they didn’t know all of the the ins an outs of that contract is ridiculous. Oh wait, this is the Raiders. Al Davis, lost in the 70′s.

  7. aldavisisthenfl says: Jan 9, 2011 5:26 PM

    Maybe this is Al’s first step towards making a serious play for Peyton……

    Al: ” Peyton, you’d make a great Rayda”

    Peyton: “Mr. Davis, I’ve always thought I’d look good in silver & black”

  8. tatum064 says: Jan 9, 2011 5:27 PM

    As Shane Lechler predicted, the exodus of free agents will start. But if the CBA is in place, Raiders should be able to get a nice pick for him….

  9. liontuss says: Jan 9, 2011 5:28 PM

    I realize that a lot of stars need to align here, but this dude would look good in Honolulu Blue.

  10. JakeDSnake says: Jan 9, 2011 5:34 PM

    …sorry Lions fans, I forgot 1957. You have four NFL Championships to the Raiders three. I still don’t think he would want to sign with Detroit.

  11. kuhawks2010 says: Jan 9, 2011 5:36 PM

    NO cb is worth that kind of money.. NO WAY!

  12. ninernationnut says: Jan 9, 2011 5:51 PM

    liontuss says:
    Jan 9, 2011 5:28 PM
    I realize that a lot of stars need to align here, but this dude would look good in Honolulu Blue.


    I hate to differ with you, but he would obviously look much better in Red & Gold. ;)

  13. bwisnasky says: Jan 9, 2011 5:52 PM

    uh… where does it say that he isn’t going to be a Raider in 2011? Just because he’s a free agent? Don’t teams negotiate with their own free agents all the time? And why was firing a coach that took a team that should have been at least 11-5 against a 3rd place schedule and went 8-8 a blunder? Before he was let go, who thought Tom Cable was a great coach? Geez.. either say what you are.. which is a blog.. that is full of conjecture and your own opinion, or quit trying to pretend to be a legitimate news source….

  14. huejackson says: Jan 9, 2011 6:01 PM

    Whoa this is just simply amazing.. For all those people who think Mr Davis is crazy and dumb he just schooled all of you. Other owners wish they could have the brains Mr Davis has, This is one of the greatest moves in NFL history….
    1 word GENIUS!’

    Asomough is not worth that kind of money he is extremly overated…
    Plus now they have the money to make the run at peynton manning. I think the rumors are true now. NFL TRADES are usually right so I believe Manning will be a raider very soon..

  15. silverdeer says: Jan 9, 2011 6:03 PM

    I agree that he would look good wearing the Lions uniform. However, I don’t see it happening. If he was a WR and Millen was still there then definitely. However, no way is Mayhew going to tie up that kind of money in a CB.

  16. natelan says: Jan 9, 2011 6:04 PM

    I wonder how much Nnamdi would be worth if he could play the right side of the field too.

  17. touchdownroddywhite says: Jan 9, 2011 6:09 PM

    C’mon Dimitroff… You picked up Gonzalez in his twilight years. One more player won’t mean you’re playing for right now. He can teach your young corners…

  18. raiderrob07 says: Jan 9, 2011 6:13 PM

    Every year every hater talks about the players The Raiders “can’t/won’t” sign in Oakland. The Raiders keep who they want, let go of whom they want and they usually sign who they target. He’s not going to be in Honolulu blue( whatever that is) purple, yellow and black. He’s a Raider … And he’s always gonna be a Raider, as long as Al wants him there…

  19. bsmb says: Jan 9, 2011 6:20 PM

    Bring in Rob Ryan as head coach and it’s garunteed he will stay a Raider. He loved playing for Ryan.

  20. paulnoga says: Jan 9, 2011 6:26 PM

    This article is spit. Its ridiculous to feel the Raiders would let him walk. they could have gotten a good pick for him after he negotiated a new deal with a different team.
    Al Davis has done more to ruin the franchise than can be believed. Wait until DL Richard Seymour leaves as a free agent the same time the Patriots pick Oakland’s #1 round pick they gave up for him.

  21. jamie54 says: Jan 9, 2011 7:08 PM

    Odds are he’ll re-up as a Raider, his agent and Raiders have known about this clause when it was negotiated. Either he stays put at a lower price or Danny boy in DC will shell out the money.

  22. joetoronto says: Jan 9, 2011 7:39 PM

    “a reasonable argument can be made that the voiding of the contract benefits the team more than it benefits the player”

    Wow, a moment of clarity by PFT.

  23. murraysons says: Jan 9, 2011 7:57 PM

    at least the raiders can use their first-round pick on a…..oh wait al gave that away for another guy making crazy dollars. oopss

  24. deepbacksidedig says: Jan 9, 2011 8:05 PM

    Al treated his men right, he is carrying the highest payroll in the game. He has to make some changes.

    Nnamdi? Jerry Jones or Snyder, would be the suspects.
    Unless someone can convince the Nationals he is a pitcher?

    Jones buried his team under a 1,300,000,000
    pile of debt, already has the second highest payroll.

    Snyder? What will he do?
    What time is it?

    Haircut time. His timing for once is unfortunate.

  25. marcsasharc says: Jan 9, 2011 8:08 PM

    lol Manning to Oakland? what kind of retarded logic do some of you have? you think he wants to go from Indy, a team that makes the playoffs every year, to that crap hole in Oakland? that stadium is a dump, the owner is the dumbest person in the building, and the fans are the worst in the NFL (blackouts in over half the home games anyone?)…ya sounds like he cant wait for a fresh start in Oakland haha idiots.

    odds are that he wont re-up with Oakland. Nnamdi seems like a frustrated guy who wants to win a ring, he clearly wont do that in Oakland in his career. not saying theres no chance he re-ups, but would you? from what i know about him, which is a fair amount, id bet he bounces. quit being so optimistic, Raider fans, you guys are the only people looking at this with a glass half full mentality. homers!

  26. marcsasharc says: Jan 9, 2011 8:12 PM

    lol @ raiderrob

    how much more of a homer could you be? they usually dont get their free agent targets and the guys they keep are guys that know they cant get better salaries anywhere else. you give your front office a ton more credit than you should. take off your silver and black glasses for once.

    your Punter just called your owner an idiot without using that term. Al Davis is more content to blow something up than to work off of it even though for the first time in years they had a relatively positive season. Wouldnt be surprised at all if Lechler is let go and many of your FAs leave. do raider fans still think free agents want to go there unless its because they are far overpaid?

  27. bamalion3 says: Jan 9, 2011 8:14 PM

    We would love to have you in Detroit.
    IF you sign with us, the Lions take one big step towards contending in 2011-12.
    Now, as for our OLB’s…..

  28. tdk24 says: Jan 9, 2011 8:24 PM

    The rumor about Manning to the Raiders doesn’t say which Manning. It’s probably Eli, lol.

  29. raiderapologist says: Jan 9, 2011 8:41 PM

    randomjim says: Jan 9, 2011 5:15 PM

    If everyone called Al Davis “Ted” for a week he’d think that was his name. He can’t remember anything now.

    He probably remembers drafting a safety and turning him into a player everyone now seems to covet, Jim.

  30. help me says: Jan 9, 2011 8:44 PM

    huejackson said: “so I believe Manning will be a raider very soon..”

    @huejackson: That is the most idiotic moronic stattement I have heard in a long time.

    1. Manning is never leaving the Colts.

    2. Oakland would be the LAST place he’d want to go. Oakland has ZERO stability. They don’t even have a HC as we speak.

    3. Oakland has average WR’s and only two lineman are under contract for next year. Manning would be running for his life with Oaklands line next year.

    4. See #1

  31. marcsasharc says: Jan 9, 2011 9:17 PM

    there are a list of teams Manning would never play for and i bet Oakland is in the top 3 on that list. Hue Jackson doesnt even run a similar system and the personnel doesnt fit either. talk about the dumbest rumor ive ever heard from anyone.

    and raiderapologist- every team can accidentally draft a good player here and there. for every Nnamdi the raiders have drafted, there are the Jamarcuses and heyward-beys left and right.

    another sad note for Oakland, Crabtree would be a perfect fit in Jackson’s offense.

  32. joetoronto says: Jan 10, 2011 6:58 AM

    Look, someone that actually knows what he’s talking about…

    Asomugha void makes sense

    By Jerry McDonald – NFL Writer
    Sunday, January 9th, 2011 at 10:24 pm in Oakland Raiders.

    The more I thought about it, the more I began to think the language in Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract that will make him an unrestricted free agent was an abundant show of common sense, rather than another sign of Raiders decay.

    Asomugha is a terrific player, but the contract the Raiders signed him to following the 2008 season was way out of line and the void language actually protected them against spending too much in year three.

  33. raiderredleg says: Jan 10, 2011 9:02 AM

    Asomugha void makes sense…Davis has paid nearly 50 million over the last decade to Charles Woodson and Asomugha and never fielded a winning team.

    Raiders need to do everything the can to keep Nnamdi EXCEPT over pay him like before.

    Too many other needs on the Roster.

    BTW…Cable’s firing WAS NOT a “blunder”…”Firing” Gruden (via trade) was looking back. Once Hue Jackson started getting HC interviews, Davis HAD to act quickly. Hue Jackson is more important than Cable to the Raiders going forward…Keeping both would be great, but it wasn’t going to happen.

  34. raiderapologist says: Jan 10, 2011 10:01 AM

    marcsasharc says: Jan 9, 2011 9:17 PM

    and raiderapologist- every team can accidentally draft a good player here and there. for every Nnamdi the raiders have drafted, there are the Jamarcuses and heyward-beys left and right.
    If the good picks are accidents, the bad ones must be as well. Davis is responsible for Russell, Hayward-Bey, Huff, etc., but he’s also responsible for McFadden, Lechler, Ford, etc. Davis might be an unbearable hump, but he’s not senile, as randomjim suggests.

  35. raider549 says: Jan 10, 2011 11:00 AM

    This is a message to all the Raider free agents: Run, run run away as fast as you can!!!!!! As long as Mr. Al Davis is in charge of this team, we are sunk with another losing season approaching. New coaches, new schemes year after year; where is the continuity? I hate to see the changes coming, however, I wish you all well! Thanks for all you’ve done and for your commitment.

  36. raiderredleg says: Jan 10, 2011 12:02 PM

    @raider549…RELAX…While I agree that a GM and a strong HC would be a blessing for the franchise, would you have really wanted Cable to stay and Hue Jackson to leave?

    Cable was indeed “loved” by his players, but it was Hue Jackson’s arrival what dramatically improved the offense and made DMAC blossom into a legit #1 RB.

    Al Davis has always found a way to keep top talent (especially talent he drafted/traded for) and I would be surprised if he makes Nnamdi an offer he can’t refuse in the end.

    But in the end remember EVERY team changes rosters from year to year, but I think everyone will be surprised on who/how many free agents Al Davis is able to keep.

    Besides who is going to fork over more money for folks like Bush/Gallery/Huff than Davis? None are roster difference makers for the Raiders OR any other NFL team.

    Seymour is on the backside of 30 and I doubt anyone would pay him more than the Raiders (remember Warren Sapp BEFORE he retired)?

    Sure Nnamdi might leave, but it isn’t like he was generate winning seasons with his 38 million dollars in salary…A shutdown CB is a luxury for Raiders since there are SO many needs in other areas.

  37. radrntn says: Jan 11, 2011 11:44 AM

    Wow BSPN…like te raiders didn’t know the contract…lets get it right they didnt want to pay peyton manning, phillip rivers, tom brady money to a db……really I don’t think the raiders want to have any payroll in 2011

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