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Oakland Raiders WR Juron Criner to Holdout for $14,000

ALAMEDA, CA - MAY 12:  Juron Criner #84 of the Oakland Raiders catches a pass during the Raiders Rookie Minicamp on May 12, 2012 at the Oakland Raiders Training Facility in Alameda, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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big ROC Stockton, CAAnalyst IIIJuly 28, 2012

It has been reported by Bill Williamson of ESPN that the Oakland Raiders and fifth-round pick Juron Criner are at odds over the bonus on the rookie's contract.  

The Raiders, according to NFL contract guidelines, are offering exactly what a compensatory fifth-round pick is slated to earn.  Criner and his agent are demanding around $158,000, which is just slightly less than what the 32nd pick of the fifth round received.  

In my opinion, Juron Criner should either fire his agent or just sign and get in camp.  

This is a bad start to his NFL career.  He needs to get in camp and work on the chemistry between himself and QB Carson Palmer.  He looked good at the Raiders' mini-camp and should be getting a lot of reps if he gets in camp on time.  

If he misses the start of camp he is risking getting buried on the depth chart behind the other WRs.  The Raiders have another rookie in Rod Streater who also looked good at mini-camp and even got some reps with the first-team offense.  

If he ends up fourth or fifth on the depth chart, he won't get a chance to prove what he can do.  He needs to realize that.  He is jeopardizing potentially millions of dollars by holding out over $14,000.

Hey, Juron, fire your agent, sign your deal and get to work!

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