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.