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SNR
07-24-2008, 08:45 AM
This is pretty funny. I'm so glad we have the Raiders in our division just to ensure we aren't in last place ever.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/07/24/SPN911TS4G.DTL

(07-23) 18:36 PDT -- The agent for Raiders running back LaMont Jordan confirmed his client was told not to report to the team's opening day of training camp in Napa, even though the seven-year veteran has two years remaining on his contact.

According to the current collective bargaining agreement, an NFL player under contract must be allowed to report and participate in all offseason and training camp meetings and workouts.

Alvin Keels, who represents the running back, said he told the Raiders on Wednesday they have just more than 24 hours to release his client, trade him or permit him to report as scheduled.

The team's first official workout is at 3 p.m today. On Friday, the Raiders are scheduled to hold two practice sessions, 9-11 a.m. and 7-9 p.m.

"We're going to give them until (today) so hopefully we'll have a resolution between now and then. If not, then we'll have to force their hand and he'll report on Friday and practice," said Keels, reiterating that the Raiders cannot lock out Jordan as long as he remains on their roster.

In 2006, Steve McNair won a grievance against the Tennessee Titans after they refused to allow him to report to their facility The Titans eventually traded McNair to the Ravens.

"(The Raiders) are trying to play it their own way. We're going to try to handle this in a civilized manner," Keels said. "If we have any problems, if they don't trade him or release him by (today), then we'll report to camp Friday morning and we will file a grievance."

Raiders coach Lane Kiffin was not made available for comment. He is scheduled to meet with the media at noon today.

At this point, Keels said it doesn't appear any trade talks are in the works.

That's because Jordan's five-year contract, signed in 2005 when he was considered the top free-agent running back on the market, is so heavily backloaded that no team is willing to take on its current 2008 cap number of $6,106,240, with a base salary of $4.7 million.

Jordan's 2009 cap number is $6.4 million.

Any team that deals for Jordan would want to renegotiate that contract before agreeing to surrender a draft pick or picks for a player who gained a combined 1,588 yards (1,025 rushing, 563 receiving) and had 11 touchdowns in '05.

So far, Keels has not been party to any negotiations with other teams. "I haven't been given a heads-up that anyone is interested in a trade," Keels said.

Jordan was given permission to shop himself to other teams in the offseason and visited the Lions earlier this month. Detroit did not pursue trade talks.

The Saints are said to be interested in acquiring Jordan - New Orleans offensive coordinator Doug Marrone worked with him when both were with the New York Jets. Saints coach Sean Payton also wants Jordan on board, but the Saints have no interest in trading for him.

The Raiders, meanwhile, know that several teams, the Saints among them, would be quick to snatch Jordan if he were granted his release. And if Jordan were to put up another 1,000-yard rushing season after he was let go with no compensation, it would be an embarrassment to the franchise, despite the addition of first-round pick Darren McFadden to an already loaded backfield.

Jordan, 29, lost his starting job last season in Week 8 to Justin Fargas despite gaining 424 yards in his first four games before sustaining a back injury at Miami on Sept. 30. Since then, Jordan has been on the outs with Raiders' coaches and management because of a history of nagging injuries and his outspoken attitude.

He asked for his release in late November when the Raiders were considering activating rookie Michael Bush from the physically unable to perform list. Instead, the Raiders kept Bush on the shelf, and Jordan was benched.

Now Jordan is locked in another contentious stalemate with the Raiders, one that figures to come to a head within the next 48 hours.

"If he isn't released or traded, he'll be there on Friday," Keels said, "and they're going to have to let him on the field. Either that, or they'll have to have the police escort him off the field."

El Jefe
07-24-2008, 09:29 AM
I love reading about the idiot Raiders and their impending debacle's.

StcChief
07-24-2008, 09:33 AM
Faiders "rock and hard place problem" their own doing. ROFL

SNR
07-24-2008, 09:36 AM
"If he isn't released or traded, he'll be there on Friday," Keels said, "and they're going to have to let him on the field. Either that, or they'll have to have the police escort him off the field."

This is my favorite part LMAO

Only the Raiders...

Deberg_1990
07-24-2008, 09:44 AM
Raiders have been in 4 Super Bowls since the Chiefs last appeared in one. I dont think we have much room to talk.

thabear04
07-24-2008, 10:10 AM
Sound like another Steve McNair what the titans did to him.

markk
07-24-2008, 10:29 AM
Raiders have been in 4 Super Bowls since the Chiefs last appeared in one. I dont think we have much room to talk.

when you have the worst record in the league over the last 5 or so years, you might catch a few people snickering at you in an at-least-we're-not-them sort of way

Fruit Ninja
07-24-2008, 11:33 AM
I love reading about the idiot Raiders and their impending debacle's.

Raiders dont need him, i dont know how its a debacle. I guess cap wise, but i think they are ok still. Also, we got our own problems with the 2nd straight year of our number 1 pick not signing. Yes, Bowe went on to have a pretty good year, but it could have been even better maybe in a rookie of the year. Never know.

King_Chief_Fan
07-24-2008, 12:04 PM
They should pull a Chiefs.......Trent Green was at pratice, but I think his job was to fetch gatorade and coffee.

SNR
07-24-2008, 01:00 PM
Raiders dont need him, i dont know how its a debacle. I guess cap wise, but i think they are ok still. Also, we got our own problems with the 2nd straight year of our number 1 pick not signing. Yes, Bowe went on to have a pretty good year, but it could have been even better maybe in a rookie of the year. Never know.This is a flub. They can't get rid of his contract and either have to take a cap hit or pay the man millions to relieve a few carries from Michael Bush and Darren McFadden. They could have seen this coming and traded the back awhile ago, but instead, they have less than 12 hours to get a shitty deal done with no takers out there. It won't happen.

It's just stupidity from the front office. Much like how they cut their 3rd round pick last year. A simple **** up. A **** up that no team BUT the Raiders ever does. It's just more of the same.

And I LOVE it. :fire:

JuicesFlowing
07-24-2008, 02:17 PM
The Raiders and Donkeys are battling for Who-The-Biggest-Mess title.