Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Raiders Are Ruining The NFL

It started with Jamarcus Russell holding out through training camp. The other teams with top 5 picks couldn't determine how much to pay their draft choice which led to massive holdouts. It continued last year with the selection of Darrius Heyward-Bey. The receiver was taken too soon and paid too much money thus creating a problem for teams trying to sign their first round pick and led to the holdout of Michael Crabtree. Then there was the signing of Nnamdi Asomugha. His $16,000,000 per year contract has a direct impact on the negotiations for Darrelle Revis, the best cover corner in football. The Raiders monopoly money approach to draft choices and contract extensions has made it difficult for other teams to negotiate with their star players. The Raiders have created an unrealistic atmosphere that has led to unrealistic expectations for many. It's easy to understand why the Raiders are doing this. They hit the panic button. They realized their once proud and storied franchise has become irrelevant in the new millennium and they will do whatever it takes to get that mystique back. Subsequently major decisions become nothing more than a knee jerk reaction to rumors and hype. The Raiders need new blood and quickly otherwise the league will continue to suffer because of their erratic behavior and mistakes. Is there an Al Davis Jr. waiting in the wings?

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