Raiders can’t be happy with Greg Papa’s running back remarks

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Raiders broadcaster Greg Papa unleashed a Trump-tax-returns-level tease on Thursday, claiming on his weekday radio show that the Raiders “are talking to a certain running back” but that “I’ll have to hold this for tomorrow.”

It didn’t hold.

“He did not even play in the NFL last year,” Papa added. “I’ll leave it there. Chew on that.”

People did more than chew. They acted. ESPN uncovered that the unnamed running back was/is Marshawn Lynch. Which now gives the Seahawks a position of strength.

If Lynch had simply unretired with no hint that he has a team in mind, the Seahawks may have simply released him. Instead, they now have reason to try to get something from the Raiders.

The Seahawks also have reason to squeeze the Raiders, since the admission that the team is “talking to” Lynch means that, absence advance permission from the Seahawks, the Raiders are tampering with Lynch. And that fact that Papa is employed by the Raiders would make it very easy for the league to require that he disclose what he knows within the confines of a tampering investigation. (If Papa had no connection to the team, the NFL would have no authority over him.)

So, basically, Papa’s report has created a complication that the Raiders surely didn’t want. And it could keep them from getting the player they apparently need — without having to give something up for him.

41 responses to “Raiders can’t be happy with Greg Papa’s running back remarks

  1. Raiders can’t be happy….you could’ve just stopped there.

    Of course they aren’t happy, they’re Raiders. The will have no chance at happiness until they move to Las Vegas.

  2. If he got it from someone inside the Raider’s organization, they should be mad at themselves. He’s a broadcaster, that’s what broadcasters do.

  3. ‘If Lynch had simply unretired with no hint that he has a team in mind, the Seahawks may have simply released him.’
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    Had Lynch ‘simply un-retired’ there wouldn’t have been much doubt he had a team in mind. Schneider isn’t Loomis he wouldn’t just let him walk.

  4. I thought Seattle was up against the cap. If Lynch does come out of retirement, does that go against Seattle’s cap right away? If so, wouldn’t they almost be forced to release him?

  5. and I wonder what Greg Papa feels about Greg Paper’s running back remarks?

    “Raiders can’t be happy with Greg Paper’s running back remarks”

  6. Sounds like too mich trouble for a 30yr old RB.

    Stick with the two you have and draft a clydesdale.

    And why did they sign EJ Manuel?

    How about Reggie making that defense a little more stout.

    Just a thought.

    RAIDER NATION

  7. truninerfan49 says:
    Mar 17, 2017 10:57 AM
    I thought Seattle was up against the cap. If Lynch does come out of retirement, does that go against Seattle’s cap right away? If so, wouldn’t they almost be forced to release him?

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    That would have been way too much research to do before posting this story.

  8. I wonder if he was sober when he said that? I met him once right after a Giants game in a bar outside of AT&T park. Cool dude but he was druuuuuuunk! Like barely standing up and slurring his words drunnnnk. If I was Mark or Reggie, I’d blame it on that to CYA.

  9. Yeah, like the Raiders were going to sneak Lynch by the Seahawks. Give me a break! As soon as Lynch applied to be reinstated, the Seahawks would have known he was talking to the Raiders. It was no big secret that Lynch was interested in playing in his hometown for the Raiders.

  10. So much ignorance here from posters. Another Rachel Mancow style nothingburger. Papa is the greatest radio play by play man in sports. Plus the Raider Nation loves him.

  11. Many of these “journalists” have this irrational obsession with being first with news or gossip. They are worse than teenage girls giddy with glee upon hearing a piece of juicy gossip.

    They just can’t help or control themselves now with Twitter or other social media. The public doesn’t care who “broke the story”. Only media and bloggers care, and the days of double checking or being wrong are gone. All these fools care about is being first, right or wrong. The weeks leading up to the draft are rife with falsehoods and being used for gossip.

  12. badmoonrison says:
    Mar 17, 2017 11:45 AM
    So much ignorance here from posters. Another Rachel Mancow style nothingburger. Papa is the greatest radio play by play man in sports. Plus the Raider Nation loves him.
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    If this is the guys with the obnoxious “touchdown raaaaaaaaaiders” call, then please keep him on a local basis. In fact, keep him in a room with JT the brick. Those two deserve each other.

  13. Hmmm. If there actually was tampering, it would be followed with a pretty serious punishment. Raiders may lose a three and a six, plus $300K in fines. Considering that the tampering was with a player who retired but didn’t file his retirement paperwork, that could be viewed by the league as collusion, so the punishment may be significantly worse than what the Chiefs got last year.

    Unless, of course, the Raiders get on the phone and offer the Seahawks a deal they can’t refuse. Like, by 10am PDT.

    But seriously, has a team ever given up a one and a two for a “retired” player who finished his final season injured, and has been out of football for a whole year? Not only that, but for a running back over 30 years of age who’s going to want to be paid most of that $9M?

    Raiders are in a pickle, yessireebob.

  14. “Schneider isn’t Loomis” Wth are you talking about? Saints haven’t had any thing close to that situation arise since Loomis has been around. Shut your spew-hole, you’re ignorant.

  15. Just get a big back from the draft to compliment Richards and Whashington and you’ll get more upside than signing a veteran back, no issue here , concentrate on defense issues this is like a Trump smoke screen Tweet.

  16. truninerfan49 says:

    I thought Seattle was up against the cap. If Lynch does come out of retirement, does that go against Seattle’s cap right away? If so, wouldn’t they almost be forced to release him?
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    Um yeah, not so much. I’ve been hearing for 5 years the Seahawks we’re going to be in “cap hell” because of Russell Wilson’s contract. It’s never happened, and it never will.

    Seattle has still $15 million in cap space for 2017, more than twice what they need to absorb Lynch’s salary if he un-retires. In addition, they could easily create $10-$15 million more if they do extensions with say, Jimmy Graham and Kam Chancellor. They can create even more with simple restructurings of Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman, if they want to. But they don’t have to.

    For 2018, they have $45 million in cap space, every top player under contract, and zero dead money.

    ZERO.

    In addition, their top 12 2018 players by cap number would result in a net cap SAVINGS if they were released for some reason in 2018. This list includeS Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Doug Baldwin, KJ Wright, Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett. They have only a handful of significant free agents to re-sign should they choose to. Oh, and they have 5 of the first 105 picks in this years draft.

    In short, not only are the Seahawks not “up against the cap,” they are the very definition of how to properly manage the salary cap while maintaining a roster full of superstars.

    Expect to see the Seahawks winning the NFC West and competing to win Super Bowls for the next several years. Have a nice day.

  17. Ah, Palmer was signed by the Raiders in 2011, when Hue Jackson was there. McKenzie started with the Raiders in 2012 and promptly fired Hue, so he had no part in giving draft picks away for Carson.

  18. mygirlhassuperhairymanarms says:

    Mar 17, 2017 12:21 PM

    Didn’t McKenzie give up 2 first rounders for a retired Carson Palmer? Brilliant. Load the boat, Seattle.

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    Perhaps your Google machine is broken. The Carson trade happened in 2011. Reggie was hired as GM in early 2012. So the answer to your question is obvious.

  19. I just have to laugh here. The freakin Raiders organization look about as dumb as Mark Davis’s haircut.

  20. for all I care Gregg Papa was referring to Trent Richardson..(or any other UFA)..why would that be considered tampering..after all this guy is just an announcer for the raiders, along with Comcast who does the Warriors, Giants, etc… games in the bay……or does BSPN think they can read Gregg Pappa mind and can state what he was thinking.

  21. “truninerfan49 says:
    Mar 17, 2017 10:57 AM
    I thought Seattle was up against the cap. If Lynch does come out of retirement, does that go against Seattle’s cap right away? If so, wouldn’t they almost be forced to release him?”

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    galcotfan says:
    Mar 17, 2017 11:14 AM
    “That would have been way too much research to do before posting this story.”

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    Precisely! And who’s to say that Reggie McKenzie didn’t obtain permission to speak with Marshawn Lynch from Seattle, especially considering the fact that RM and Schneider are long-standing & mutually-respected friends? Hardly seems like the sort of conditions under which Reggie would feel compelled to undermine Seattle’s front office! Sounds more like a well-positioned “leak” to me than anything else!

    Not the most exhaustive example of investigative reporting!

  22. Reggie wasnt the GM when they gave up all those picks for Palmer. I believe that would’ve been Hue Jackson. If I’m not mistaken, it happened shortly after the death of Mr. Davis. Hue thought he was going to run the ship. But he was shown the door by the younger Davis with his Moe haircut. But as I’m sure everyone knows that Hue was hired by the as the OCvery team he traded all those picks to. I was actually shocked by some “fans” who actually wanted this character back as our head coach prior to Del Rio being hired. Fyi, this upcoming draft has a very deep running back class. But I’m giving Reggie a “D” grade for not addressing our many holes that needs to be filled. Unless his plan is for “O” putting up 50 points every game.

  23. Here’s my take… Marshawn’s been playin’ us! Here’s how:

    1. He waited for the Seahawks to sign a multi-million dollar RB to complement Rawls and Prosise. All 267 lbs of Eddie “Feast Mode” Lacy at $4.25 mill, plus a $1.5 signing bonus! The Seahawks have even added bonus incentives for him to drop weight between now and fall kick-off, to the tune of $55K for every 5 lbs. The goal is to get Lacy down to 240 lbs by September!

    2. Seahawks have $14.7 mill in cap space. That isn’t a whole lotta money… Not quite sure how salary cap space monies work with rookies they pick up in April’s draft, but you figure they can’t blow their total wad on free agency.

    3. People think the Seahawks are in the driver’s seat, as this article suggests. People think the Seahawks are gonna milk this deal (a trade, or a draft pick) if the Raiders really want Beast Mode to don the Silver and Black.

    4. So, the Seahawks are NOT in the driver’s seat, Marshawn is! Rumor has it that he met with Seahawks brass (HC Carroll & GM Schneider) but it wasn’t to discuss what it would take to release him. My guess is that, Lynch met with them to state the obvious: the Seahawks have no choice but to release him! My guess is that the reality of the Seahawks inability to make good on his $9 mill contract was discussed.

    5. In short, it wouldn’t surprise me if this was all part of Marshawn’s crafted plan. He may not be the proverbial dumb jock many have made him out to be. From his Skittle-fetish to Scotland biking, Marshawn may have more going on upstairs than we think.

    Prediction: Seahawks release Lynch because they can’t afford not to. Marshawn signs with the Raiders.

  24. @ppaul2004

    That’s great analysis! I’ll add to it with some info on the impact of the draft on Seattle’s cap situation.

    If Seattle has $14M available, you’re right that it would be tough to absorb Lynch’s $9M and sign their entire draft class. However, Seattle doesn’t have to have that available the day of the draft. The cap will only hit once rosters are cut down from 90 players.

    If Lynch wants his release there’s a good chance he can play the waiting game, however the Raiders might not want to wait until rosters are cut to get their backfield in order.

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