Oakland Raiders

Al Davis Punches Mike Brown in the Nuts

ALAMEDA, CA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis speaks during a press conference to announce the firing of head coach Lane Kiffin of the Oakland Raiders at thier training facility on Septemer 30, 2008 in Alameda, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
OneManCrimeWaveContributor IAugust 8, 2009

OK, so the headline is a metaphor, but the real thing is probably worse than the best low jab Al Davis could land in the jewels.

By drafting Darrius Heyward-Bey too high at the seventh pick and signing him for too much the Raiders set the floor much higher for the sixth pick's contract. Which is exactly where the Bengals and Andre Smith have a problem.

According to Profootballtalk.com, the Bengals offer of $33 million is $5.25 million less than the deal Heyward-Bey got from the Raiders a pick later.

So now we have a virtual Wall of China between Andre and the field made of Mike Brown's exceedingly cheap ways, Al Davis' moronic, sporadic, geriatric wasting of money and a greedy agent looking for left tackle money out of a right tackle.

Get comfortable, kids. This is going to be a longgggg holdout.

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