Well, apparently the time has come for all of this to stop. The Raiders are on the verge of supposedly letting a whole slew of players go, and they started it by cutting cornerback DeAngelo Hall. And guess who's been in charge of it all?
Incredibly, Davis's list of players to potentially cut reportedly numbered more than 12. In other words, More than 20% of the Raiders roster may get cut really, really soon.
Aside from Hall, who's was paid $8 million through only 8 games and cost the Raiders a second round draft pick, word is that huge offseason signing Javon Walker is reportedly also likely to get canned. Let me just make this clear; the Raiders signed Walker to $50+ million contract in the offseason. Walker has already received an $11 million signing bonus and is in the midst of a $1 million base salary this year, but he has only 13 catches in his first seven games.
Good lord, if the Raiders want to cut costs, I'd be more than happy to do nothing for only $500,000 a game.
At least two other Raiders players in the doghouse include benched wide receiver Ronald Curry and safety Michael Huff. The rest of the team that could face the axe is unknown.
I think the amazing thing about this is that I've never heard of anything like this before. Hall and Walker signed contracts totaling more than $120 million, and yet one is gone in the blink of an eye and the other guy may soon be too. Plus having nearly a quarter of your roster disappear is ridiculous. It's too bad the Raiders have 2 wins this year, otherwise this team would be headed straight for 0-16.
In another situation, I'd maybe say this nutty move may actually help in the long run, but then I remember Al Davis is still in charge of this rudderless ship. So in other words, the Raiders remain screwed no matter what they do.
Oh, and on top of all this, experts are already starting to declare both JaMarcus Russell and Darren McFadden busts.
Splendid. Wonder if they're on the cut list as well.
So anyway, to Lions and Bengals fans, trust me, it could always be worse. I swear by the 2009 season we may have a high school team playing as the Raiders.
Raiders waive Hall, lose $8 million [SF Chronicle]