The Oakland Raiders: Always Screwing Things Up For Everyone Else

July 29, 2010 – 11:36 pm by Ryan Phillips

The Oakland Raiders have done it again. For the second straight draft, the Raiders grabbed a player far higher than he was supposed to go, and have paid that player far more than his slot value.

In 2009, the Raiders took receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey with the No. 7 pick in the draft, roughly 20 spots higher than he was supposed to go. Then they paid him more than the No. 7 pick was supposed to receive. That threw off the negotiations for No. 6 pick Andre Smith and the Bengals, and No. 10 pick Michael Crabtree and the 49ers.

So why the history lesson? Because the freaking Raiders did it again. They drafted linebacker Rolando McClain with the No. 8 overall pick when he was expected to go at least three spots lower (and that was considered a reach).

Then on Thursday Oakland announced they had come to terms with McClain on a five-year, $40 million contract with $23 million guaranteed. Last year’s No. 8 pick, Jaguars tackle Eugene Monroe, got a five-year deal worth $35.4 million, with $19.2 million guaranteed.

According to Bryan McIntyre of Mac’s Football blog, that’s a 13 percent increase in total money and a 19.7 percent increase in guaranteed money.

So it’s a pretty good bet that the Browns’ negotiations with No. 7 overall pick Joe Haden will be screwed up because of the Raiders, while No. 9 pick C.J. Spiller and the Bills don’t appear close to figuring out a deal. McClain’s contract can’t help that situation.

Meanwhile No. 5 pick Eric Berry (Kansas City) and No. 6 pick Russell Okung (Seattle) have yet to sign and they will surely look to McClain’s deal to get themselves more money.

So if you’ve ever wondered why other teams in the NFL hate the Oakland Raiders and Al Davis, there is your answer.

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  1. 7 Responses to “The Oakland Raiders: Always Screwing Things Up For Everyone Else”

  2. and the Raiders have all draft picks in camp the day they start…lol, got a problem with it???

    Raiders needed a MLB and got one…so what if they pay him abit more…he is in camp and will be a contributor on D…

    oh and the best MLB in the draft is considered a reach??? get a clue…

    By ddrayder on Jul 30, 2010

  3. You must be a hater like the other losers!! Always finding something negative to say about the Raiders. Let YOUR team and the others deal with it!!!

    By Raiderfan_88 on Jul 30, 2010

  4. The experts that consider McClain a reach, predicted they would take Bruce Campbell with their 1st pick,Big Al got McClain,Houston,Veldheer then took Campbell, and these guys are draft experts,what a joke. Oh and all 4 are signed and in camp, sucks to be a hater.

    By autumn wind on Jul 30, 2010

  5. Blaming the rookie salary cap problem on the Raiders?! Now I’ve heard it all! The Raiders had a need, they drafted for it and then paid him. Were they supposed to draft according to the rankings 1-10? Get f-in clue moron! Nobody drafts that way. You draft according to need not whats best available. Do you think that if the Saints or Colts were up and the next best was a QB they would draft him? C’mon man!

    By FUQ on Jul 31, 2010

  6. This is exactly why I love being a RAIDER. This guy is an idiot. What’s next, is the state of the economy also Al Davis’ fault? Get bent you damned fool!!! Raiders make the playoffs in 2010.

    By RAIDER-4-LIFE on Aug 5, 2010

  7. As a long time Raiders fan i hope every season that the Raiders will turn it around. I was somewhat encouraged last season to watch the Raiders play much better football. At least their competitive now! Hopefully more wins in 2011!

    By Dave on Mar 2, 2011

  8. I mean I know a lot of Raiders fans are optimistic about the upcoming season, but you guys on here clearly prove that every single toothless moron in “The Black Hole in the Wall” are meth abusing tweekers just like your owner, Al “The Cryptkeeper” Davis.. Playoffs in the future for Oakland?? OJ Simpson has a better chance marrying another white woman. Get real.

    By Is This a Joke? on Apr 28, 2011

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