View Full Version : Calvin Johnson and Jemarcus Russell negotiating with Raiders

04-19-2007, 11:44 AM
A league source tells us that the Oakland Raiders have begun preliminary contract negotiations with quarterback JaMarcus Russell and receiver Calvin Johnson.
Because the Raiders own the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, they are free to talk to any, some, or all of the potential draft picks about a contract, and are free to strike a deal.
Last year, the Texans negotiated with defensive end Mario Williams and running back Reggie Bush, reach an agreement with Williams on the eve of the draft.
It is widely believed that the Raiders will pick either Russell or Johnson, unless they trade the selection. Some fear that the selection of Russell at No. 1 overall is a recipe for disaster, since the Raiders will be pressured to play Russell prematurely. If he is harassed in the pocket behind a bad line and loses confidence, he could end up in a funk from which he never recovers.
But it's also believed that Russell will be more likely to blink and do a bad deal, since if he's not picked No. 1 he might not be picked No. 2. Or No. 3. Or No. 4. Or No. 5. Or No. 6.

For Johnson, if he's not the No. 1 pick, he'll most likely be the No. 2.


I really hope that Johnson signs the deal first.

04-19-2007, 11:46 AM
Been waiting to hear this. Finally can put the Brady Quinn #1 pick rumors to bed...though I'd say they never really gained steam.

Tough to say what the Raiders will do. You know they'll keep that a secret right up until the commish walks to the podium.

04-19-2007, 11:50 AM
Last year Mario Williams was leaked out two days before the Draft.

04-19-2007, 11:53 AM
Last year Mario Williams was leaked out two days before the Draft.

Al Davis is not Bud Adams.

And besides, the Texans were the team that flat announced it. They weren't trying to hide it.

04-19-2007, 11:58 AM
We will know when the dotted line is signed. Im pretty sure of that and why wouldnt they announce thier first round pick, they have been trying to trade out of it.

04-19-2007, 12:10 PM
raiders will pick johnson.

04-19-2007, 12:12 PM
We sure hope the Raiders pick Johnson, it is in our best interest.