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Another Raiders re-signing: Big John Henderson

John Henderson, Tommy Kelly

The Raiders have been in the business of overpaying players recently, and haven’t stopped at Richard Seymour and Stanford Routt.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the team has re-signed defensive tackle John Henderson to a two-year, $8 million contract.

The financial commitment doesn’t seem like much, but it’s probably more than Henderson would’ve gotten on the open market. The declining, 10-year veteran didn’t record a sack last season and missed seven games with stress fracture in his foot. Henderson collected $1 million in 2010.

Owner Al Davis, somehow, found Henderson’s performance worthy of a raise.

Had he been allowed to reach free agency, Henderson likely would’ve only generated minimum salary-type offers with no guaranteed money.

So with Henderson, Seymour, and Routt locked up, and Kamerion Wimbley franchise tagged, the Raiders now have essentially doled out $80.6 million worth of contracts in the matter of nine days.

And none of it will go to Nnamdi Asomugha.

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  1. chc4 says: Feb 24, 2011 6:38 PM

    Who says the players aren’t getting their share? And mediocre ones (at best) no less!

  2. jefedejefes13 says: Feb 24, 2011 6:43 PM

    I knew Evan Silva wrote this piece without even looking at the authors name.

  3. keramidas21 says: Feb 24, 2011 6:45 PM

    It seems the Raiders have no interest in re-signing Nnamdi. Maybe the Pack will get him!

  4. andyr2120 says: Feb 24, 2011 6:46 PM

    The defense was a good bit more effective when Henderson got playing time, so this was a safe and reasonable re-signing. He provided stiffness against the running game.

  5. cuzz4169 says: Feb 24, 2011 6:50 PM

    The player they should be giving this money to their not…Thanks raiders.

  6. snnyjcbs says: Feb 24, 2011 6:53 PM

    And you have not seen anything yet. I think KC and the Chargers have a little different opinion on Big John then some snot noised Blogger that knows as much about Football or players as I do walking on the Moon. lol.

  7. wetpaperbag2 says: Feb 24, 2011 6:57 PM

    This leads me to believe that we are heading for an un-capped year for 2011. In that case, the $$$ signings makes sense. Funny that you Mr. Silva hasn’t recognized that. Too busy regurgitating the “Raiders over-paying again” shtick.

  8. sterilizecromartie says: Feb 24, 2011 6:58 PM

    What are you doing Al?

  9. r8rsfan says: Feb 24, 2011 7:03 PM

    Let’s not forget that Al doesn’t have a 1st round pick. That’s about $30M+ he can spread around, and he knows what he’s getting with these vets. That’s my official “glass is half full” analysis. Cue the hate.

  10. showteezybaby says: Feb 24, 2011 7:07 PM

    “the Raiders now have essentially doled out $80.6 million worth of contracts in the matter of nine days.”

    That will distributed in a 3 year time frame.

  11. alpod says: Feb 24, 2011 7:15 PM

    3 DTs:
    5.5 mill for Kelly
    15 mill for Seymour
    4 mill for Henderson

    good thing we’re paying or DEs relative peanuts:
    1.5 mill for Shaughnessy, Houston and Scott combined.

  12. raiderpeter408 says: Feb 24, 2011 7:19 PM

    he was solid when healthy, al davis may over pay at times BUT he is right MOST of the time so before u knock the godfather check your nfl’s favorite team owner or G.M and see how many bad contracts they’ve had but get no publicity BECAUSE there’s only one nation RAIDER NATION that the media and people want to hear and talk about!

  13. joetoronto says: Feb 24, 2011 7:20 PM

    I love it. :)

  14. joetoronto says: Feb 24, 2011 7:34 PM

    Rock Cartwright just signed too, great special teams player.

  15. radrntn says: Feb 24, 2011 7:39 PM

    keep em signing al…..make it happen

  16. pftareraiderhaters says: Feb 24, 2011 7:41 PM

    evan “the king of the hate” silva lmao…

    Go RAIDERS!

  17. swervinmervin says: Feb 24, 2011 7:44 PM

    More hate from Silva. Henderson was injured for part of the season, but when he was in, he was a true difference maker. This team is ready to contend. Davis knows that. He’s trying to keep it in tact and it looks like aside from Aso, the team will most likely stay the same. Dont forget the team usually has won games that Aso has missed in the past. Look it up.

  18. footballphan says: Feb 24, 2011 7:50 PM

    @r8rsfan:

    Where are you getting this ’30 million +’ figure for not having a first–round pick?

    Are you saying that New England, who holds your 1st rd pick at #17 from the Seymour trade, is going to spend 30 million dollars on that pick, lol?

    In 2008 they chose DROY Jerod Mayo at #9 overall, and paid him 5 yrs/18 million–or approx. 3 1/2 million per year. Since your team wouldn’t have picked until #17, you can figure those numbers to be a little down, or at least comparative since it’s 3 yrs later.

    So Big Al saves himself about 3 million this year by not having a 1st rd pick. But I can understand your optimism, and you’re right, ultimately it will save them about 15-18 million in the long run—of course that would be over 5 years though.

    Regardless, you’d all better hope that Al Davis knows something that we do not, because if they reach a new CBA agreement, there’s not only going to be a salary cap again, it is going to be decreased. The only way there isn’t going to be a cap is if they somehow agree to continue or extend the current uncapped year rules, and that isn’t very likely. The OAK Raiders could be in serious cap trouble. I hope he’s not losing his damn mind.

  19. snnyjcbs says: Feb 24, 2011 7:51 PM

    With the best D Line Coach in the entire NFL, Im pretty sure his weight and opinion carries just a little more then yours in the Raiders decision. lol

  20. jbaxt says: Feb 24, 2011 7:56 PM

    As a Chiefs fan the Raiders defense is damn good. But why they are seemingly sticking with Campbell is beyond me.

  21. footballphan says: Feb 24, 2011 7:57 PM

    @wetpaperbag2:

    What in the world makes you think that we’re heading for another un-capped year? So you think that the owners (who are making the big fuss) are suddenly going to ‘give in’ and decide to extend the un-capped year/no salary cap rules, lol? They are the ones who want the cap not only reinstated, but actually decreased–back into the 2008 numbers.

    Haven’t you wondered why no one but the Raiders are spending like this? It’s because they are likely to be in cap hell!!

    (no disrespect for the Raiders, just that Al Davis may have lost his mind)

  22. seankav9 says: Feb 24, 2011 8:03 PM

    Silva’s writing does sometimes have a bit of a ‘negative-nancy’ feel to it…boo that.

  23. jc1958cool says: Feb 24, 2011 8:06 PM

    jerry& jerry mut be really p!s*ed right now!
    owners have no $$$, just ask them!

  24. steelerer says: Feb 24, 2011 8:08 PM

    @footballphan

    I agree with both your post the only part i dont agree with is Al may have lost his mind part. except for the the 2010 draft, Al lost his mind over 2 years ago.

  25. raiderrob21 says: Feb 24, 2011 8:08 PM

    Same thing was said about the $ spending going into last year. And what happened? IMPROVEMENT to 8-8 and 6-0 in the Division! Now were hearing the Haters hate about spending on the same players that were responsible for that improvement? HAHA
    Hate on Haters! Playoffs next year! (Or whenever football returns!)
    RAIDER NATION!

  26. mybuttsayspft says: Feb 24, 2011 8:24 PM

    You hate the owners for wanting more money in their quest for a new CBA yet you bash an owner for shelling out that money to his players. Wake up tards. Is Al spending your money or his?

  27. whynotusecommonsense says: Feb 24, 2011 8:35 PM

    Evan Silva is easily the most biased writer for PFT. He makes it sound as if that $80 million is all being paid next year and it’s all guaranteed. Report the facts and leave your snarky remarks out of it.

    There’s a right way and a wrong way to do your business Silva and you continually choose the wrong way. Good luck to you, and on behalf of whoever in Raider Nation made you feel so insecure, I’m sorry.

  28. joetoronto says: Feb 24, 2011 8:46 PM

    For the ignorant: The Raiders were well below the cap before these signings, well below.

  29. marcsasharc says: Feb 24, 2011 9:09 PM

    they better keep Asomugha or all these re-signings are terrible.

    also, considering the raiders had a terrible run defense, they sure are making it a priority to keep the same players…but their fans will spin it all in their favor like always… then the team will win 6-7 games next year and people will laugh.

  30. acdrew22 says: Feb 24, 2011 9:45 PM

    As a raider fan I don’t mind the fact that theory signing players, not I hate that all this money is being used to do so… these players can be signed for less. Which in turn can help pay for other key free agents.

  31. tatum064 says: Feb 24, 2011 11:06 PM

    “In 2008 they chose DROY Jerod Mayo at #9 overall, and paid him 5 yrs/18 million–or approx. 3 1/2 million per year. Since your team wouldn’t have picked until #17, you can figure those numbers to be a little down, or at least comparative since it’s 3 yrs later.”

    What did it ultimately get Patriot fan? 33-14 at Foxboro vs. the Ravens

    then 28-21 at Foxboro vs. the Jets a year later….

  32. tatum064 says: Feb 24, 2011 11:07 PM

    marcsasharc says: Feb 24, 2011 9:09 PM

    they better keep Asomugha or all these re-signings are terrible.

    also, considering the raiders had a terrible run defense, they sure are making it a priority to keep the same players…but their fans will spin it all in their favor like always… then the team will win 6-7 games next year and people will laugh.
    ===============================
    People also laughed at 59-14 over the Broncos, too.
    and 28-13 over the Chargers…and 31-10 over the Chiefs…

  33. tatum064 says: Feb 24, 2011 11:10 PM

    footballphan says: Feb 24, 2011 7:57 PM

    @wetpaperbag2:

    What in the world makes you think that we’re heading for another un-capped year? So you think that the owners (who are making the big fuss) are suddenly going to ‘give in’ and decide to extend the un-capped year/no salary cap rules, lol? They are the ones who want the cap not only reinstated, but actually decreased–back into the 2008 numbers.

    Haven’t you wondered why no one but the Raiders are spending like this? It’s because they are likely to be in cap hell!!

    (no disrespect for the Raiders, just that Al Davis may have lost his mind)
    ============================
    No disrespect taken. Might I remind the entire thread….that MUCH OF THE SALARIES SPENT OUT IS BACKLOADED. It never spends out to the amount, because the player is either released or re-negotiates for less when the contract hits the accelerator clause. This depends and is unique to each contract signed. The key amount is the guaranteed money. That 80 million in total is not guaranteed. Thats why the CBA draft deal is so crucial for rookies.

  34. rraider says: Feb 24, 2011 11:27 PM

    Or maybe Al is expressing his loyalty to his players and disloyalty to the other owners by moving forward business as usual? Al has ALWAYS spent money……… he isnt taking it to the grave with him so he will spend up to the cap regardless. Say what you want about him but whatever Al makes\has he puts back into the team each year, financially.

  35. biggregg44 says: Feb 24, 2011 11:34 PM

    i think some of you guys are missing the point in regards to an uncapped year. an uncapped year may be exactly what some of the owners want. even though they can shell out as much money as they want, they also can be as cheap as they want. the uncapped year means that although there will be no ceiling on how much they can spend, there will be no floor either. so they can be as tight as they want with the money, and truly make some low ball offers.

    and yes, maybe Al did overspend. but this CBA situation has everything up in the air. only thing that is certain is the draft. nobody knows when FA will start, or training camps for that matter. so maybe, just maybe, signing your own (after a much improved season) is the best way to go about it right now

  36. cytofed says: Feb 25, 2011 12:29 AM

    Coach davis,

    Please don’t forget about nnamdi huff.

  37. slickster35 says: Feb 25, 2011 12:41 AM

    Al is on an unparalleled rampage of stupidity.

    fade fans, being stupid as well don’t recognize the mortgaging of this teams future.

    This is a desperate grab for a title before Al dies, at the expense of the future.

    I hope he lives forever, while the dumbest fanbase in all of sport continues to support the madness.

    Theres a reason why other teams don’t act like this, girls.

  38. komzybabyyy says: Feb 25, 2011 2:48 AM

    The Raiders were 2nd in the league in sacks last year, you know that right? Why are we talking about how many sacks Henderson had? Henderson was brought in to be a run-stuffer and has always been a run-stuffer. In fact, Henderson’s career high in sacks came his rookie season (6.5), and he has only surpassed 4 sacks ONCE since (in 9 seasons). I literally remember reading an entire article/interview last season on how this guy takes pride in stopping the run (FOUND IT):

    http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2010/08/09/john-henderson-hopes-to-solidify-raiders-defensive-line/

    We clearly have one of the best D-lines in football coached by the guy (Waufle) who sacked the #$%^ out of the NFL the year the Giants won the Super Bowl.

    I think “coach” knows what he’s doing keeping him around.

    Oh, one last thing: I thought when you have a D-line that got to the QB as much as the Raiders did last season, your CB’s get more interceptions and chances to make plays:

    Aso: 0 INT’s, 0 FF’s, 0 FR’s. Ummmm?

    Maybe I’m crazy, but letting Asomugha go might be the best thing for the Raiders. I’ve watched every single Raider game for years (live in Vancouver BC, travel to Oaktown for AT LEAST one home game every season, season ticket holder section 116, HOLLER), he has a knack for giving up the big play/penalty and loves to put his hands up in the air blaming the coverage, pretending he didn’t know what happened. I love the dude, he’s great, but I’d rather have C-Wood any day of the week.

    With the $80.6 million worth of contracts in the matter of nine days given out by the Raiders, maybe it’s a good thing that none of it will go to Nnamdi Asomugha.

    Evan Silva, do your homework next time.

    TROLL AWAY!!!

  39. footballphan says: Feb 25, 2011 2:51 AM

    @tatum064

    What do the playoff scores have to do with anything at all? It’s totally irrelevant to the conversation. If that is your contribution, then maybe you should re-read the conversation.

    The Jerod Mayo pick at #9, and the contract example were relative to the Raiders having given up their #17 pick this year. No ones talking about ‘scores,’ success, failures, or anything about that.

    He said that Al Davis saved 30+ million by not having a first rd pick this year. I reminded him that OAK’s pick at #17 (to New England) will not be for 30+ million, more like 3 million per year, and maybe 15-18 total. Nothing to do with playoff success, records, or the like. From a Raiders’ fans perspective, you’d think you all hit the lottery if you went to the playoffs 2 yrs in a row anyway, lol.

    I can understand why you’re bitter, considering the tuck rule game, the Randy Moss steal, and the fact that they’re STILL getting draft picks from the Moss trade even this year. Basically, New England has your 1st AND 3rd rd picks this year. That would make me wanna point out a playoff loss or two also, as absolutely irrelevant as it was to the post.

  40. footballphan says: Feb 25, 2011 3:36 AM

    also @tatum064:

    We understand the contracts, whether they’re front-loaded, or back-loaded. If they’re back-loaded, as you say then how does that not lead to cap trouble down the road? They’ll never be able to afford those high numbered contracts in a few yrs, and will have to take a cap hit even if they cut them in a few yrs.

    Let’s take a look at the GENIUS that is Al Davis :

    1. JaMarcus Russel— 61 Million
    2. Darren McFadden– 60 Million
    3. Javon Walker– 55 Million 4.Darius Heyward-Bey– 25 Million

    All horrible, underachieving, overpaid contracts. The Russel contract is the worst ever in NFL history. Javon Walker may be the 2nd worst. That’s 116 million for JaMarcus and Javon alone, lol. Many teams didn’t spend that on their entire team last year.

    Now Let’s look at his great cap moves lately:

    1. Seymour— 15 million per year
    2. Asomaugh– 15 million per yr
    3. Wimbley— 11 million per year
    4. Stanford Routt (LOL) 11 million per year
    5. Henderson (was looking at NFL minimum) 4 per
    6. Jason Campbell 5 million per
    7. Kelly—- 8 million per

    The ridiculous reaching of draft picks:

    1. Michael Huff (1st rd—7th overall pick!!)
    2. Mike Mitchell (shows promise, but 2nd rd?)
    3. Michael Bush (another 2nd rd, recent DUI)

    And finally…guys that will actually need signed soon

    1. Chaz Schillens
    2. Johnnie Lee Higgins
    3. Asomaugh

    Oh, and of course the Randy Moss debacle: Al gives him up for a 4th rd pick

    (Pats received 3 1/2 seasons of top grade WR and also got a 3rd rounder for this year in the deal)
    —————

    AND the fact that 11 months ago, they were at 132 million BEFORE all of these recent moves, projected over the cap already, and that’s in the unlikelihood that it would not decrease.

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2010/3/14/1372513/salary-cap-low-ballin

    —————

    Yeah, it sounds like Al Davis is one freaking genius. I bet every team wants him and his top notch moves.

  41. footballphan says: Feb 25, 2011 3:41 AM

    @ joetoronto:

    “For the ignorant: The Raiders were well below the cap before these signings, well below.”

    Oh really, and we’re the ‘ignorant,’ according to you?

    As of 11 months ago they were at 132 million, which would’ve been over the cap already, and that’s not mentioning any of the huge, recent moves. When the cap comes back with a new CBA, the owners want it decreased to around the 2008 numbers.

    Sure appears to be cap hell to me, but I guess we’ll find out.

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2010/3/14/1372513/salary-cap-low-ballin

  42. footballphan says: Feb 25, 2011 3:56 AM

    @ joetoronto

    If we’re all ignorant, according to you, for thinking that the Raiders are in cap trouble, and you say that ‘they’re way below the cap, well below,’ why are they 8th in spending as of last year?

    This is the most recent article from the fall, where the raiders are the 8th highest payroll in the league. And this is obviously BEFORE all of these recent signings.

    135.2 million (8th highest out of 32 total teams)

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/09/19/team-by-team-salary-cap-numbers-if-there-were-a-salary-cap/

    Where do you get your information from exactly, that you know that we’re all ignorant, and that the Raiders are ‘way below the cap, well below?’

  43. Grinds My Gear says: Feb 25, 2011 4:02 AM

    I think people forget that we don’t have any details on the contracts and how they’re paid out. For all we know these contracts are back loaded. Stanford Routt, is may be getting his $20m guaranteed over the course of 3 years. Remember, it’s UP TO $31.5 so there’s got to be some incentives base pay like all contracts. The same goes for Seymour, they might look like huge contracts, but in order for the player to make the maximum salary of the contract they need to fulfill some sort of impossible combinations of clauses.
    In addition, the Raiders are well below the cap prior to the signing. Plus without a 1st round pick, there’s no extra money tied up on a rookie.

    Some people questioned Al Davis for resigning Tommy Kelly and giving him the largest contract for a DT at the time. Well, look at how that turned out. He was 2nd in the league in sacks from the DT position. The guy was a beast last season.

    Finally, this article doesn’t make any sense. It’s UP TO $80m over the course of 3+ years. On top of that the Raiders still have enough cap space, if cap space remained the same after a new CBA, to actually make Zach Miller the highest paid TE @ an avg of $8m a year and resign Aso @ an avg of $12m a year. And above all that they can still sign 2-3 guys for $7m a year before they enter cap hell.

  44. kegpack says: Feb 25, 2011 6:41 AM

    I like how Evan Silva thinks he knows what Henderson would have drawn on the open market, more than Al Davis does…
    Unbelievable, stop typing please.

  45. marcsasharc says: Feb 25, 2011 1:42 PM

    Komzyybaby clearly doesnt know anything about his own team. Asomugha has been the least penalized CB in the league in the last 3 seasons. given up the least catches. least amount of yards. least amount of tds. he is the definition of a shutdown CB. the other secondary players are below average in their positions based on hard evidence, not some bs opinion.

    but i agree, maybe Oakland should let Aso go :)))

  46. cytofed says: Feb 25, 2011 4:59 PM

    @footballphan

    Michael Bush was drafted in the 4th round 100 overall that year not in the 2nd round. Keep up with your history smart guy.

  47. komzybabyyy says: Feb 25, 2011 5:18 PM

    marcsasharc says:
    Feb 25, 2011 1:42 PM
    Komzyybaby clearly doesnt know anything about his own team. Asomugha has been the least penalized CB in the league in the last 3 seasons. given up the least catches. least amount of yards. least amount of tds. he is the definition of a shutdown CB. the other secondary players are below average in their positions based on hard evidence, not some bs opinion.

    but i agree, maybe Oakland should let Aso go ))

    If all the other team has to do is throw to the other side of the field… Is that really worth $18+ million a season? That’s the question, bro.

    PS: Do you have a youtube account?

  48. komzybabyyy says: Feb 25, 2011 5:51 PM

    @footballphan

    How’s that Derrick Burgess guy working out for you?

  49. footballphan says: Feb 25, 2011 9:05 PM

    @komzybabyyy:

    “How’s that Derrick Burgess guy working out for you?”

    Unless you’re referring to someone I hired myself, I don’t know how he’s working out for “me?”

    You seem to think that I’m a Patriots fan, just because I used an example or two involving them?

    Apparently, the front office of the Patriots’ organization (whom I do not work for) took a chance with him for a 3rd rd pick and missed, I suppose that happens from time to time with anyone.

    That hardly detracts from all of the players that I listed, if that was your ‘point.’ The Raiders have been a fron toffice nightmare, and that is a fact, not my opinion. Bringing up a guy that Al Davis paid millions of dollars to that no longer even works in the NFL only proves my point even more. At least the Patriots didn’t take much of a risk, nor did they give him a bunch of money.

  50. footballphan says: Feb 25, 2011 9:09 PM

    @cytofed:

    My apologies for misinterpreting the Michael Bush draft numbering, apparently my google search brought up another Bush–and I stand corrected.

    It does not really matter though, as I listed about 15 other examples of poor front office manuvering, but I do stand corrected and readily admit it.

    Bottom line is that the Raiders have made a thousand poor front office moves, and we will see if history repeats itself. Apparently our opinions differ, only time will tell.

  51. jaybackinthebay says: Feb 26, 2011 1:42 PM

    I just want to point out that Evan Silva is a tool.

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