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Al Davis, Ebenezer Scrooge, Timothy Geithner, and Darth Vader

ALAMEDA, CA - JANUARY 23:  Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis speaks during a news conference introducing new Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin on January 23, 2007 in Alameda, California. Kiffin, a 31 year-old offensive coordinator from the University of Southern California, was named as the new head coach to replace Art Shell who was fired after going 2-14 for the season.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Alan LupianiCorrespondent IAugust 10, 2009
Al Davis appears to be setting the gold standard for the NFL this year.

Are we watching a modern version of a "Christmas Carol" with Davis playing the part of enlightened Ebenezer Scrooge?

Super agents like Drew Rosenhaus must be pinning up their stockings above the fireplace, because it sure looks like Christmas has arrived a bit early this year.

Other NFL teams around the league are rolling their eyes (think slot machine) in disbelief, as Davis has become the new Timothy Geithner of the NFL.

Because you see folks, all of the other teams in the NFL wait for the top banana draft picks to sign, before they negotiate contracts with their incoming draft picks. 

So when the top picks are chosen by teams that have truly gone bananas, well then you have a problem.

Case in point.

Exhibit A:  Davis just signed seventh overall pick, Maryland WR Darrius Heyward-Bey to five years $38.25 million, $23.5 million guaranteed.

Now talk about a California aftershock.  

Just look at what this signing has done to create a log jam for the next draft pick at wide receiver.

Exhibit B:  Texas Tech wideout Michael Crabtree, the 10th overall pick in the 2009 draft, already miffed that he fell in the draft to No. 10, has threatened to sit out the entire 2009-10 season if he doesn't get a contract comparable to Heyward Bey's. 

The Niners, stacked at the WR position, are in no rush to accommodate Crabtree.  

It's a stand off, or more like a traffic jam on a California freeway at rush hour.

To slow things down even more, the sixth, eighth, and ninth overall draft picks, OT Andre Smith, OT tackle Eugene Monroe, and DT B.J. Raji, haven't signed either.

In fact, five of the first 11 draft picks still remain unsigned if you include the 11th pick DE Aaron Maybin who has yet to sign with Buffalo.  

There may be a glimmer of hope with the recent signing of No. 12 overall pick RB Knowshon Moreno, who signed last week with the Broncos for five years at $23 million, $13 million guaranteed. 

We all know that Al Davis possesses a huge ego, loves to be a rebel, and dominate the headlines.  That being said...


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