Raiders Blog and Q&A

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June 2, 2008
LaMont's still a Raider ...

It's June 2.

And LaMont Jordan is still on the Raiders roster.

Wasn't June 1 supposed to be the day the Raiders said goodbye to Jordan and save on the hit on the salary cap for 2008?

This could change any moment. But it's hard to fathom why the union between two parties that seem to want no part of each other hasn't been dissolved.

Are the Raiders trying to trade Jordan? What general manager is going to take on Jordan's contract ($4.7 million this season) when the Raiders probably have to cut him at some point.

Jordan wants out. And as of now, he's probably the fourth running back. I have no proof, but I'm sure that would make him the highest-paid fourth string running back in NFL history.

I didn't understand the thinking last season of not releasing Jordan last fall when he asked to be let go. It was noted the team didn't want to see him go to Denver or Kansas City and help them beat the Raiders.

Then again, the Raiders weren't going to miss the playoffs because of Jordan, so I remain confused on that thinking. Who holds on to their fourth tailback like this?

If Jordan shows up at minicamp tomorrow and has to stand on the sidelines watching the whole time, it will be a distraction young players like Darren McFadden don't need.

But if the Raiders didn't deal Jordan during the draft for a late pick and haven't made a move yet, I wouldn't be surprised to see Jordan around tomorrow and in training camp.

That means by time you read this, Jordan will have been released, robbing me of a WWE fan from the locker room.

***
Stuart Schweigert has found employment, signing with the Washington Redskins.

And like most players that have left Oakland in recent years, he's happy to be on a new team.

"It feels like a thousand-pound bear's been lifted off my chest. It's time for a fresh start," Schweigert told reporters in Washington. "In Oakland, I felt as if my time was up there. It was a deal where I wasn't in their future. I feel like I'm in the Redskins' future."

The Redskins were one of the teams that inquired about trading for Schweigert but knew the Raiders would eventually release him.

The Redskins believe Schweigert can play free or strong safety. The Raiders didn't believe Schweigert could play strong safety.

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I'll be checking in following morning and afternoon practices Tuesday and Wednesday and following with a report on Thursday's lone midday practice.

Football in shells...ooh the fun.

--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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