We may never fully know what went down in Oakland yesterday that led to the Raiders pulling the plug on the Rodger Saffold signing, but in my mind there's not one possible scenario that is good for Raider fans. The way I see it, one of the following happened:
#1: Reggie and Mark Davis wanted Saffold but Oakland's doctor said no. If Oakland's team doctor legitimately thought Saffold was not physically capable, then Reggie was foolish to take a chance on him while also letting Veldheer walk in a thin OT market. Reggie seems obsessed with taking chances on guys with known medical problems (Hayden anyone?) and this is just one more example.
#2: Reggie wanted to finish the deal but Mark Davis killed it. This means Mark and Reggie are not only not on the same page, but that Mark feels comfortable interfering with Reggie's GM duties. Sure it's his team and his money, but Mark has gone to great lengths to tell us how much he is not involved with day-to-day football operations and how this is McKenzie's show. If we now have Al Junior on our hands, this franchise is doomed.
#3. Reggie wanted Saffold at first but got cold feet and was the one who killed the deal. Sure, it's better to end things now than after we've paid millions, but it shows that Reggie doesn't even trust his own judgment and has gotten little better at evaluating players. This is a bad sign, almost worse than if Mark Davis was interfering.
So basically, what this Saffold mess tells me is that either Mark and Reggie are already tangling in a way that never ends well, or that Mark Davis is more like his old man than we thought. Either way, there truly is no end in sight to the dysfunction in Raiderland and there won't be as long as a Davis is in charge.