Well so much for owners being cheap skates who won’t spend any money on their players. How about Mr. Al Davis? Coughing up chunks of coin on the players he wants to keep. This has GOT to piss off the rest of the NFL owners. While they are scraping and clawing to cling to every last nickle that they’ve can squeeze out of their product and their players, Davis is saying, “Hey. Stanford Routt. Here’s 30 million dollahs. Hey. Richard Seymour. Here’s 30 million dollahs. Hey, Kamerion Wimbley, the NFL says that 4 million dollahs is too high of a raise, so here’s a franchise tag and you know what you get? TEN MILLION DOLLAHS!”
Holy shnickeys that is a lot of bread to be spending, especially when we’re not even sure that there is going to be an NFL season next year. But I love it. It’s not my money. And I liked all those players and wanted to keep them. Who cares what he had to spend?
I also don’t understand how this recent spending spree somehow makes it “impossible” to re-sign Nnamdi Asomugha. If Davis is willing to spend 30 million on Routt, what will he be willing to spend on Nnamdi?
And, keep in mind, when the Raiders had Nnamdi, they went 2-14, 5-11, 4-12..all sorts of crappy records. So it’s not like having him makes them exponentially a better team. Nnamdi may put a contender like the Jets, Pats or Green Bay over the top, but he really isn’t going to help or hurt the Raiders all that much. The reason? Nobody throws at him!
If the 2010 NFL playoffs taught me one thing, it’s this: turnovers are paramount. If the Packers don’t get that fumble recovery, they may not win the Super Bowl. If they don’t get that Vick INT, they may not even make it to the Super Bowl. What good is a cornerback who doesn’t get any turnovers? Remember, Nnamdi is only a free agent because of incentives that HE failed to accomplish. If he got ONE INT, he stays. ONE fumble recovery and he stays.
Nnamdi is great, but keeping him or losing him won’t make the Raiders a great team.
(See how easy it is to rationalize losing your team’s best player?)