Only Al Davis would start throwing out regret over the spending spree that his team went out BEFORE THEY EVEN PLAY A GAME in the 2008 season. Maybe it’s the recent issues with wide out Javon Walker, who the team way overpaid for, or the simple fact that the team has made strides in adding talent, but at the same time look like they are going to have their issues in the upcoming season.
Jason Cole, who we’ve talked to on the site before, from Yahoo Sports wrote the story on Davis and his feelings about his teams offseason. “Three sources who have had conversations with the Oakland Raiders general managing partner within the past two months said Davis has expressed regret over the team’s offseason spending spree on players and worries about his ability to end the longest-running slump in team history.”
It just goes to show that the way the Raiders have done business in their history, which at times has meant trying to buy their way to the top, is no longer the right and proper way to do business in the NFL. The best teams are built with few big name free agents, and more with the development of players from drafts, and even doing a better job scouting players that are taken in the later rounds of the draft that have an impact on the team in a positive sense.
Some of the head scratching moves that the Raiders made include signing safety Gibril Wilson to a six-year deal worth $39 million, with $16 mil guaranteed, problem child corner DeAngelo Hall to a 7-year, $70 mil deal, and re-signing okay, but not great DT Tommy Kelly to a deal that will pay him $50.5 mil over seven years with $18.125 ml guaraneteed.
These are the types of moves that have kept the Raiders from being the team that they can become, and moves that will keep them from winning their first Super Bowl since the 1984 season. The Raiders are 19-61 since losing to the Super Bowl in 2003 vs Tampa Bay, and now it’s time for Davis to realize that the way the team has done business has got to change, or the team will continue to get laughed at by others around the league.