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April 27, 2008
Is it too early to talk contract?

ALAMEDA – Darren McFadden just finished up is introductory news conference.

But I was also able to chat with his agent, Ian Greengross, for a few minutes.

After the saga that was JaMarcus Russell’s contract negotiations, it’s necessary to at least have an introduction before the sides go into contract mode and stop talking to the media.

Greengross said he’s never had a player in late, unless Amobi Okoye missing a meeting while the paperwork was completed with the Houston Texans last year constitutes a holdout.

“That’s a time where you have two-a-days,” Greengross said of training camp. “And go through all the specific stuff that need to learn for your position. At the same time, we’ll try to work something out with the Raiders that’s fair. Fortunately for me and my history, all my guys have made it in on time. So I hope to keep that going. But it’s a two-way street and hopefully we’ll work it together so that he doesn’t.”

Missing part of camp would be as tough on McFadden because he's a running back.

But with so many backs on the roster and Lane Kiffin's sometime unpredictable running back rotation, the sooner he's in, the better.

--Jason Jones

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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