Asomugha's Raiders contract voids


Asomugha's Raiders contract voids


The offseason market for shutdown cornerbacks in the NFL just got more intriguing. And expensive. Nnamdi Asomughas massive contract option for 2011 has voided as the four-time Pro Bowler will be a free agent and the Raiders will not be able to use their franchise tag on him.In short, neither Asomugha nor Raiders owner Al Davis voided the contract; it essentially voided itself due to the player not meeting certain incentives.The contract is voided, but we have to wait on the (new) CBA to know the exact ramifications, Raiders senior executive John Herrera told lack of a new CBA threatens a lockout by owners next season as well as potentially defining free agents.ESPN reported the contract voiding Sunday morning.Since Asomugha signed that record (for a defensive back) three-year, 45.3-million contract, with 28.5 million guaranteed, in 2009, it had been reported that the third-year option, if picked up by the Raiders, guaranteed him 16.875-million or the average salary of the top-five paid quarterbacks in the NFL, whichever figure was higher.But the ESPN report, citing an NFL Players Association document, quoted a clause in the contract voiding it if Asomugha did not achieve certain incentives in 2010 -- which he did not. As such, there was a corresponding stipulation by Oakland it would then not designate him as its franchise player.According to the document, Asomugha had to play in more defensive plays this past season than he did in 2009. A badly sprained ankle on Halloween forced him to miss two games and he was used sparingly down the stretch.
Also, incentives could have been reached had he had more interceptions, fumble recoveries or sacks in 2010. Of the three categories, he had only one interception in 2009. Asomugha was shut out across the board this season.Less than a week after the Raiders season finale 31-10 victory at AFC West division champion Kansas City, fans are up in arms.NEWS: Ravens knock Kansas City from playoffs 30-7
Many were already upset at Davis for his decision Tuesday to not pick up the two-year, 5-million option on Tom Cables contract to return as coach after leading the Raiders to an 8-8 season, their first finish with fewer than 11 losses since 2002.Davis was not pleased with going .500, though, and told CSN California, If thats the world you live in, when asked if 8-8 was a good finish following the win at Kansas City.With Asomugha now set to become a free agent, he joins other Raiders mainstays such as fellow DBs Michael Huff and Stanford Routt, offensive linemen Robert Gallery, Langston Walker and Mario Henderson, defensive linemen Richard Seymour and John Henderson, tight end Zach Miller, linebacker Thomas Howard, wide receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins and running back Michael Bush on the free-agent market, per a new CBA.
Looks like nnamdi is hittin the he's a free agent, I'm a free agent, and routt is a free agent. This is gonna be interesting, Huff Tweeted.Of course I wanna be back....I love the raidernation.
It is hard to imagine the Raiders paying up to 17 million for Asomugha when they have so many other concerns and with a relative lack of on-field success since they used their first-round pick, No. 31 overall, on him out of Cal in 2003.And it is hard to imagine Asomugha settling for a significant hometown discount to return to Oakland, given where Davis has already set the salary bar.Still, Asomugha is considered, along with the New York Jets Darrelle Revis, the top cover corner in the game, what with teams often shying away from his side of the field.After a rough start to his career, and learning at the knee of Hall of Famer Rod Woodson, Asomugha blossomed with eight interceptions in 2006, including a 24-yard touchdown return against Pittsburghs Ben Roethlisberger.Since then, Asomugha had one interception in 2007, 2008 and 2009, respectively.Emails to Asomugha and his agent, Tom Condon, have not been answered.

LB Smith praises Raiders' turnover ratio, but wants much more

LB Smith praises Raiders' turnover ratio, but wants much more

SARASOTA, Fla. – The Raiders defense gave up 344 yards Sunday while beating the Jacksonville Jaguars.

That sum’s a season low, still way too many for Malcolm Smith. The Raiders weakside linebacker has higher standards, even after one of two solid defensive efforts in seven games.

“That’s still a lot of yards,” Smith said. “We’re not where we want to be.”

Just because Sunday was better doesn’t mean it’s good enough. The Raiders defense ranks last in yards allowed and 22nd in scoring defense at 25.6 points per game.

There’s a main reason why the Raiders aren’t dead last in both categories. Takeaways.

The Raiders have plundered the opposition this season 13 times in seven games. Special teams got one Sunday on a muffed punt, but the defense has been incredibly active stealing possession.

Reggie Nelson has a nose for the ball, with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Sean Smith and David Amerson have two picks each and Bruce Irvin leads the league with four forced fumbles.

Turnovers make all those yards allowed easy to stomach, and has kept the Raiders in several close games. The force big mistakes and don’t make many, proven with a plus-eight turnover ratio ranked No. 3 overall.

“It’s given us a chance to win some games, where you could just look at other statistics and say we wouldn’t have a chance.” Smith said. “That’s what the game is about, and us finding ways to compete. Hopefully we stay after it that way.”

The Raiders have stayed after it in the red zone, allowing touchdowns on just 50 percent of opponent trips inside their 20-yard line.

While big plays have brought wins and positivity to the defense, the season’s first half has been difficult for Raiders expecting more.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” Smith said. “You come into the year with all these aspirations and things you want to do. When it doesn’t go your way you have to stay after it, keep putting the work in and know it’s not going to be wasted. Hopefully we’re making strides and those improvements will show on Sundays.”

The Raiders believe the defense is close to being good, and has done a solid job masking issues with takeaways and timely production.

“Our team has done a great job of competing to win games,” Smith said. “If we keep doing that, everything will be fine.”

Del Rio pleased with Raiders' mature attitude towards 5-2 start

Del Rio pleased with Raiders' mature attitude towards 5-2 start

SARASOTA, Fla. – The Raiders were certainly happy they beat the Jacksonville Jaguars into submission. They jumped out to a strong halftime lead, played smart complimentary football and, at 33-16, ended up with a large margin of victory.

All, however, was not right with the world.

Derek Carr lamented settling for too many field goals. Latavius Murray wanted more efficiency from his runs. Defensive players saw progress in several deficient areas, still seeking greater cohesion and consistency.

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Sunday’s big victory over lowly Jacksonville was not a sign they've arrived. It was proof these Raiders remain a work in progress.

Records normally suffer with much to correct. These Raiders are 5-2, and feel better football’s ahead.

“That’s what is great about this team is that we haven’t played our best yet,” Murray said. “That’s a good feeling moving forward, knowing there are things you can get better at and you’re still 5-2.”

Winning while fixing things; that’s a coach’s dream. It’s also easier when players know it, that egos don’t expand and confidence doesn’t become arrogance.

“I like that part. I like the fact that we recognize it,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “I’m certainly going to point it out. There are things that we have to do better. I think it’s healthy.

“You should enjoy the wins. You should feel good about the success. Take pride in it. We worked hard for it, but to have a healthy respect for what’s coming and the need to play better and the need to continue to grow as a football team as we go throughout the year. That’s a mature way to look at it, and I’m very pleased about that with a younger team.”

The Raiders are a confident bunch and have survived several games on guts, guile and turnovers -- a recipe for success with inconsistent production.

The Raiders defense believes it made strides in the Jaguars win, though there’s significant work remaining to be a decent defense. With the offense rolling, that’s all the Raiders need to be a top team. Defenders aren’t striving for decent. They want more, and believe that realizing potential could put them in position for a playoff push.

“This team has so much talent, with good coaches and good players,” cornerback David Amerson said. “The sky’s the limit. Once we all start clicking, we can go out there and beat teams 30-0. Once we get to that point, that’s when we can look towards the playoffs and things like that. We have just as much talent as any team in the league.”