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Old 02-21-2009, 02:36 PM   #1
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Default NFL Execs Taken Aback by Asomugha, Lechler Deals

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Thu Feb 19, 2009

Indianapolis – Reaction was swift and ugly Thursday to the deals the Oakland Raiders gave CB Nnamdi Asomugha and punter Shane Lechler over the past two days.

"How many different ways can you say, 'What were they thinking?'" a team executive who declined to be identified said after being told the terms of Asomugha's three-year, $45 million contract.

"Insanity, stupidity, whatever you want to attach to it. Yeah, the kid is the best cornerback in the league. They paid for quality. I'll give them that. But that deal wrecks the league. Absolutely wrecks it. … I'm sure Al doesn't care, but it's deals like that that change the league for the worse."

Asomugha is guaranteed $28.5 million over the first two years of the deal and the Raiders will have to decide by the fifth day of the league year in 2011 whether to pick up the third season of the deal. If they do, the final year is guaranteed. If not, Asomugha can't be franchised (nor can the Raiders franchise him even if he plays out all three years on the contract), making him an unrestricted free agent at either age 29 or 30. Combined with the $9.7 million Asomugha made last season as a franchise player for Oakland, he stands to make approximately $55 million in a four-year stretch.

"And still hit free agency at the right time for one more big contract, assuming he's healthy," a second team executive said, shaking his head.

The fear among the executives is that the Asomugha deal will have a ripple effect on the rest of the league. Specifically, Tennessee DT Albert Haynesworth is likely to get a contract that exceeds previous deals for defensive linemen such as Jared Allen and Dwight Freeney.

"You can argue that Haynesworth is a defensive tackle or that he's a bad guy," said a third team executive. "But if a cornerback gets what the Raiders just paid, a defensive tackle like Haynesworth is going to get a serious pay day as well."

Similarly, Lechler's deal more than doubled the previous high average for a punter. His four-year, $16 million deal includes $9 million guaranteed, according to sources close to the negotiations. The $4 million average per season exceeds the previous high of $1.8 million.
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Al Davis is a joke.
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Hell they cut last years big signing Gibril Wilson. Thats 2 big additions from last year gone. Hall being the other one. The Raiders are a joke.
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Agreed someone shoot davis and put not only the black hole out of its misery, but the rest of the league! The Asomugha deal is for certain a nail in the coffin for us to resign Bmac. Im just wondering if the crypt keeper isnt trying to @#$% up the league before he dies.
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Al Davis is a complete idiotic joke. The game has passed him by....
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Al Davis is a complete idiotic joke. The game has passed him by....
He can continue to run his own team into the ground all he wishes, I don't care about that. But when he continues to make such a drastic and negative impact on the salary structure of NFL players as a whole with insane deals like these (besides giving Asomugha a king's ransom he also effectively doubled the going rate for quality punters), which affects OUR team as well (and we don't exactly have the wealthiest owners in the league to begin with), then it pisses me off.
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Asomugha is good.. he is real good... but in no way in hell is any player good enough 2 have a 3 yr deal worth at least of 45 mill.. that could reach 50 mill.. that is just outragous...

and the fact u gave a punter, A PUNTER, a 4 yr 16 mill contract...

damn u al
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more proof that al davis should be ruled mentally incompetent, and the team and checkbook should be taken away .....the other 31 owners should have him assassinated....
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You mean Al Davis isn't dead yet?
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You mean Al Davis isn't dead yet?
yeah he died about 7 yrs ago......he bribes the grim reaper ...
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