Welcome to the start of another lockout week in the world of the NFL. And while this is just another locked out Monday for most of us it is the end of being locked up for Plaxico Burress. That's right; Plax is a free man and a free agent. Do teams care? His agent says so.
There is not a lot of Raider news today. However, we do have the rolling conversation of worst Raider moments since 1987, and some obligatory reports on Nnamdi. Jump over....
We talked about these horrible moments yesterday. And we have ProFootballTalk to thank for getting started down this path—the path of worst Raider moments since the last NFL work stoppage in 1987. Well, Jerry McDonald weighed in on the topic, too. Below is his explanation for his worst moment since '87.
Chiming in with a `10 worst’ - Inside the Oakland Raiders
Wayward center Barret Robbins got the landslide rolling when he went AWOL in a haze of alcohol and mental illness, but this was all about Jon Gruden Traded by Al Davis to Tampa Bay for two first-round draft picks, two second-round draft picks and $8 million, Gruden was in his full Chucky glory, mimicking quarterback Rich Gannon in practice and having his team prepared to dismantle the organization that gave him his chance to be a head coach.
Raiders Roster Ramblings
Bill Williamson of ESPN was asked if he thought the Raiders would pursue a corner in free agency if Nnamdi doesn't return:
AFC West mailbag - AFC West Blog - ESPN
I think if the Raiders don’t pursue Asomugha, they may go with what they have at cornerback. That may be why they took two cornerbacks in the first four rounds of the draft. The Raiders spent big money on Stanford Routt and I’m not sure they can afford to sign another high-dollar cornerback. Perhaps if one of the top cornerbacks lasts on the market longer than expected and he becomes a bargain, Oakland could pounce. But that may be a long shot.
I completely agree with Williamson on this one. As it is now they have too many other areas to address in free agency, and they may be looking at cutting one of the corners drafted from last year, or putting one of this year's on the practice squad. My dark horse prediction on this is that they move Jeremy Ware to safety.
As for Nnamdi, whatever team he does play for next year will have the second best corner in the NFL—according to the USA Today.
NFL's best series: The top 10 cornerbacks of 2011 - USATODAY.com
Free agent Nnamdi Asomugha is often mentioned with Revis when the top cornerbacks are discussed. Asomugha ranks second in USA TODAY's voting and was a near-unanimous No. 2 to Revis. Asomugha, who spent eight years with the Oakland Raiders before his hefty contract (it would have carried at least a $16.8 million price tag in 2011) was voided in January, will have plenty of suitors when the NFL's labor situation is settled. His ability to seal off one side of the field could make him one of the league's wealthiest men.
Nnam was second to Revis by a mile.
Plax's Big Day
Somewhere along the line the daily Nnamdi rumors have gotten surpassed by the daily Plax rumors. I would rate the chances of Plax coming to the Raiders at about 2.5 percent.
Veteran wide receiver Plaxico Burress could be an Oakland Raider | Online Sportsbooks | Sports Betting | Picks and Odds
Reportedly, one of the many teams that have some interest in acquiring Burress’s services next season is the Oakland Raiders. Last season was a breath of fresh air for the struggling storied franchise as they finished the season at 8-8 and became one of the best running teams in the league with running back Darren McFadden leading the way.
Speaking of Plax, you may go onto have a great Monday, but chances are it is not going to be as awesome as his:
Ex-NFL player Plaxico Burress expected to leave prison - CNN.com
Former NFL wide receiver Plaxico Burress is expected to leave a New York prison Monday after serving 20 months on a weapons charge stemming from a shooting incident at a nightclub.
So, will teams be lining up to sign the aging receiver who hasn't played in an NFL game since 2008? Not surprisingly, his agent thinks so:
Drew Rosenhaus certain Plaxico Burress will be in high demand - ESPN New York
Drew Rosenhaus, Burress' agent, said in an email to The Associated Press. "Many teams want him. He will be a top free agent. He is healthy and ready to go. He will be signed shortly after the lockout ends."
Previously on Silver and Black Pride
Spotlighting Raider Legend: Ted Hendricks Edition - Silver And Black Pride
An on and off the field look at college and NFL Hall of Famer Ted Hendricks.
Around the AFC West
Tim Tebow picked the perfect offseason to release a book. The guy is everywhere—even the No Spin Zone.
Tim Tebow Discusses Faith and Football in the No Spin Zone - Interviews - The O' Reilly Factor - FoxNews.com
O'REILLY: Do you pray for victory?
TEBOW: You know, I think He honestly does care about how we play on the field, more than anything more than win or lose our hearts on the field. On the field I'm trying to play for the glory of God but then also I'm trying to give everything I have and win and compete. And so I think more than just winning or losing, I think He cares about where our hearts are when we're playing.
O'REILLY: So you don't say before the game with the Dallas Cowboys, "Hey, God, let me win by at least 10 points here to..."
TEBOW: To cover the spread. [Laughs]
Kansas City Chiefs
In Saturday's Pirate Booty we highlighted Todd Haley's comments that he planned on reducing Thomas Jones carries in 2011. SB Nation expands on the plan:
Carried Out: Chiefs Jamaal Charles, Thomas Jones To Switch Workloads In 2011 - SB Nation Kansas City
Perhaps the wild card that should also be addressed is that Dexter McCluster is also expected to run more, according to Haley. This brings in one more wildcard that not only defenses will have to pay attention to, but Charles and Jones must both make way for. It's on McCluster to stay healthy, but like Charles, there's too much talent there to keep out of the gameplan if he is healthy.
San Diego Chargers
Let this be a cautionary tale of the madness that ensues after donning a San Diego Charger helmet:
World's most mortifying dad: The father who dressed in costume to wave goodbye to his son's school bus... for 170 days! | Mail Online
Sixteen-year-old Rain Price, of American Fork, thought he was in the clear when his dad stepped out on the front lawn for his first day of school, dressed quite normally. Soon, that all changed.
Heads turned as he donned a San Diego Chargers helmet to wave goodbye on day two, sparking the beginning of a wild trend that has turned him into a local celebrity. Mr Price has since emerged as a mermaid, a Mariachi, a bride, a clown, and even Little Red Riding Hood - just a few of the 170 costumes he donned during his son's school year.
The gags became so over-the-top at one point he even dragged a toilet onto the porch and sat on it with his pants down reading a newspaper as the bus passed by.
Around the Lockout
The clock is ticking on the L.A. stadium deal. And for some crazy reason there is a bit of mistrust on both sides. People need look no further that the Raiders to find the roots of this distrust.
NFL in Los Angeles: AEG chief says problems with NFL stadium deal in L.A. stem from years of mistrust - Los Angeles Times
AEG's Tim Leiweke said a big part of the problem in persuading Los Angeles to make a deal for a new football stadium is the rampant mistrust between the city and the NFL — largely created by so many false starts on stadium concepts.
Another story, and another person realizing that when it comes to the offseason workouts that Raiders was the best of the best.
NFL.com news: Players miss precious little things about offseason training
At least the Raiders had personal trainers from Competitive Edge Sports run their sessions. Staffers filmed positional workouts. They provided ice and water bottles and lugged dummies, balls and other training gear in trailers. Other players might not even know where to go to buy cones to run through since they probably haven't had to in years. That leads to another subject: cost.
It just keeps getting worse and wore for the coaches union.
15 coaching staffs don’t endorse NFLCA brief | ProFootballTalk
"If there were a whole bunch of teams [protesting], I’d be concerned. I’m not concerned about one," Kennan said.
Well, there are 15 now Mr. Kennan.