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    Oakland paying j.russel $20 mil bonus? and hall?

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    Al Davis likes to talk about the Raiders' commitment to excellence. This offseason, the world is wondering if he's committed to debt.
    The pending DeAngelo Hall trade, which won't be completed until Hall agrees to an Asante Samuel-like contract, is Davis' latest venture into a wild spending spree. He gave safety Gibril Wilson a six-year, $39 million contract. Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly received a seven-year, $52.5 million deal. Offensive tackle Kwame Harris moved across the bay from the 49ers for a three-year, $14 million deal. Wide receiver Javon Walker caught a six-year, $55 million pass.

    With quarterback JaMarcus Russell receiving a $19.9 million option bonus this year, the Raiders' payroll has soared to $137 million -- $21 million over the salary cap -- and Davis isn't done yet. His plan is to keep CB Nnamdi Asomugha, whose franchise tag will count $9.465 million against the cap. Davis also plans to keep the No. 4 pick in the draft, which will net a contract worth between $5 million and $9 million a year. Davis, impatient about the team's football fortunes (only 19 victories over the past five seasons), is going against the financial bottom line to improve the team's football bottom line.
    In 2005, he tried to give the franchise a jolt by trading for wide receiver Randy Moss and making free-agent moves such as the signings of RB LaMont Jordan, DE Derrick Burgess and others. It didn't work, and Moss became so disinterested in football in Oakland that he was traded to New England for the fourth-round pick.
    Those moves seem modest compared to 2008, and the interesting part about it is that Davis is the one pulling the trigger. After a disappointing 4-12 season, Davis removed head coach Lane Kiffin from the personnel decision-making process. It's Davis himself working the deals with the help of selected front-office employees.
    Unlike the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and other cost-conscious teams, Davis isn't looking for bargains. He didn't blink about coughing up $107.5 million in contracts for Kelly, coming off ACL surgery, and Walker, who is coming off a knee injury that limited him to eight games in Denver last season. Last weekend, Davis instructed negotiators within the organization to make the Hall deal a priority after agreeing to trade terms with the Falcons.
    Recently, Davis sold non-voting shares in the Raiders, which gave him the money to go on this spending spree and invest in so many players.

    Still, the timing of these moves is unusual because of the uncertainty of the head coaching position. Kiffin comes to work each day not knowing for sure if he's going to be the head coach by the start of the 2008 season.
    Reports surfaced in January that Kiffin was asked to resign. He didn't, and even though the Raiders have denied the resignation story, numerous sources have backed up the tenuous relationship between the coach and owner. One sign of the discord was Davis' hiring of James Lofton as wide receivers coach without getting Kiffin's blessing.
    Of course, Davis has always believed in getting the best players to win, and he's showing an aggressiveness reminiscent of the Al Davis of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
    Davis believes in man-to-man cornerback play. Putting Hall at cornerback with Asomugha gives the Raiders their best man-to-man cornerback tandem since Charles Woodson and Eric Allen. In many ways, Davis is flashing back to the Mike Haynes-Lester Hayes days in making this trade. It probably means former first-round choice Fabian Washington will be traded.
    Davis believes in big-play passing ability. With strong-armed Russell at quarterback, the Raiders added some deep speed with Walker and Drew Carter, who signed a one-year deal for around $2 million. Ronald Curry will be the possession receiver.
    Kelly received his big payday to make the conversion from defensive end to defensive tackle, replacing the retiring Warren Sapp. Davis is hoping Kelly's athletic ability will replace the inside pass rush lost with Sapp's departure.

    The Wilson signing was one of the most debatable. The Raiders' defensive schemes require their safeties to play more man coverage. Two years ago, the Raiders drafted Michael Huff in the first round because of his coverage ability at safety, but he has been up and down. Safety is a tough job with the Raiders, but Davis didn't mind making Wilson the third highest paid safety in football.
    Not everything has gone right for the Raiders. While the team was wrapping up the Kelly contract, it lost defensive end Chris Clemons, an eight-sack pass-rusher on the rise. He signed for less than $3 million a year with the Eagles.
    Once the Hall trade is completed, it creates problems in trying to keep Asomugha. He's on the one-year franchise tender, and he's not going to sign for much less than the six-year, $57 million deal given to Samuel. To keep him as a franchise player next year, the price goes to $11.35 million.
    But Davis isn't thinking about the green. He's thinking about the silver and black. He's just trying to win, baby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkHillbilly View Post
    You know as well as I that as a fan of a certain team, you have some idea of what your team is going to be like in a given season. IMO, this is what fans do. They wonder why they aren't better each year. If you don't win the Big One that is!! How many years is a fan of a team that hasn't been to the Superbowl or conference championship in forever suppose to sit idley by and say nothing?
    I didn't say people shouldn't say anything, but can you honestly say that there is anything positive being said about the team at all? Is there no upside to the team whatsoever. You rarely hear that....I keep hearing the ever so popular "CP had his run and it is time to go" or "Herm will find a way to screw it up" posts. How about the Brodie will probablly look better next season with some protection, or Bowe is a great WR threat, Tony G should have another Pro Bowl season, our defense is gonna kick some *** this season. There is hardly anything positive ever said on here and if it does get said then you are obviously just a homer and you are unrealistic. I spent the entire offseason last year saying the same thing, but people would prefer to be able to bring up their posts from last year and say I told you they suck. There is a fine line between being realistic and being downright negative for the sake of being negative. Too bad the Chiefs don't have any commitment to winning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canada View Post
    I didn't say people shouldn't say anything, but can you honestly say that there is anything positive being said about the team at all? Is there no upside to the team whatsoever. You rarely hear that....I keep hearing the ever so popular "CP had his run and it is time to go" or "Herm will find a way to screw it up" posts. How about the Brodie will probablly look better next season with some protection, or Bowe is a great WR threat, Tony G should have another Pro Bowl season, our defense is gonna kick some *** this season. There is hardly anything positive ever said on here and if it does get said then you are obviously just a homer and you are unrealistic. I spent the entire offseason last year saying the same thing, but people would prefer to be able to bring up their posts from last year and say I told you they suck. There is a fine line between being realistic and being downright negative for the sake of being negative. Too bad the Chiefs don't have any commitment to winning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canada View Post
    I didn't say people shouldn't say anything, but can you honestly say that there is anything positive being said about the team at all? Is there no upside to the team whatsoever. You rarely hear that....I keep hearing the ever so popular "CP had his run and it is time to go" or "Herm will find a way to screw it up" posts. How about the Brodie will probablly look better next season with some protection, or Bowe is a great WR threat, Tony G should have another Pro Bowl season, our defense is gonna kick some *** this season. There is hardly anything positive ever said on here and if it does get said then you are obviously just a homer and you are unrealistic. I spent the entire offseason last year saying the same thing, but people would prefer to be able to bring up their posts from last year and say I told you they suck. There is a fine line between being realistic and being downright negative for the sake of being negative. Too bad the Chiefs don't have any commitment to winning.
    These things are being said, many of them being said by me. I am the first to say that we don't know how good Croyle is going to be and I for one would like to see the kid behind a good offensive line.

    We all know Gonzales is good, and we want to see all of Gonzos hard work pay off for him at some point with a superbowl ring. Dewayne Bowe had a great season, much better than Edwards would have thought since he was really not slated to play at all before Kennison got hurt.

    We all know these things, but the team cannot win on the backs of one good defensive end and two good receivers. There has to be more to the puzzle and the leadership of this team does not seem to be looking for the pieces. Maybe they are and they have some remarkable moves in store for us.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hayvern View Post
    These things are being said, many of them being said by me. I am the first to say that we don't know how good Croyle is going to be and I for one would like to see the kid behind a good offensive line.

    We all know Gonzales is good, and we want to see all of Gonzos hard work pay off for him at some point with a superbowl ring. Dewayne Bowe had a great season, much better than Edwards would have thought since he was really not slated to play at all before Kennison got hurt.

    We all know these things, but the team cannot win on the backs of one good defensive end and two good receivers. There has to be more to the puzzle and the leadership of this team does not seem to be looking for the pieces. Maybe they are and they have some remarkable moves in store for us.
    We all know the O line stinks, but I hear a ton of posts talking about it, we all would have liked a little more out of Free Agency and I hear a ton of posts about it. but we had to get to this point for you to acknowledge the upside of the team.

    Do you truly believe that the leadership is not looking to win? Maybe the pieces you are looking for can't be found over one offseason.
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    We all know the O line stinks, but I hear a ton of posts talking about it, we all would have liked a little more out of Free Agency and I hear a ton of posts about it. but we had to get to this point for you to acknowledge the upside of the team.

    Do you truly believe that the leadership is not looking to win? Maybe the pieces you are looking for can't be found over one offseason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbedgood View Post
    5'11"...
    210lb, not the fastest guy, but great hands.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Canada View Post
    We all know the O line stinks, but I hear a ton of posts talking about it, we all would have liked a little more out of Free Agency and I hear a ton of posts about it. but we had to get to this point for you to acknowledge the upside of the team.

    Do you truly believe that the leadership is not looking to win? Maybe the pieces you are looking for can't be found over one offseason.
    I don't expect it to be found over 1 season.....but....How about 20????? CP's tenure with the Chiefs! Is that too much to ask for? Bowe had a good season, Tony had another Pro Bowl season, Croyle still sucks.... Where did that get us? Say what you want, I don't believe the team is as committed to winning as they should be!! No other team in ANY sport has had a GM for this long!! Period! Who's job is it to improve this team? We've had several coaches during CP's time. 31 believes the coach has as much or more say than the GM as to who plays for us. Well, none of those coaches got us anywhere. Only staple CP!! At some point, a change HAS to occur. What happens if we continue to not make it to the playoffs every year and we don't get to a Superbowl for the next 10 years? Should we keep CP on until he gets one? Obviously there is a problem here!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkHillbilly View Post
    I don't expect it to be found over 1 season.....but....How about 20????? CP's tenure with the Chiefs! Is that too much to ask for? Bowe had a good season, Tony had another Pro Bowl season, Croyle still sucks.... Where did that get us? Say what you want, I don't believe the team is as committed to winning as they should be!! No other team in ANY sport has had a GM for this long!! Period! Who's job is it to improve this team? We've had several coaches during CP's time. 31 believes the coach has as much or more say than the GM as to who plays for us. Well, none of those coaches got us anywhere. Only staple CP!! At some point, a change HAS to occur. What happens if we continue to not make it to the playoffs every year and we don't get to a Superbowl for the next 10 years? Should we keep CP on until he gets one? Obviously there is a problem here!!!
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    I have to... ahem, admit I actually root for Brodie. I have a lot of family in Alabama.



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