Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

July 25, 2008
It's official

NAPA - Goodbye, LaMont Jordan.

The team finally released Jordan today. He showed up on the transactions list sometime while I was out taking a break from staring at the laptop.

Calling this move overdue is like saying the sky is blue.

The long unhappy tailback first asked for his release last November.

One of the reasons he was kept? Fear he'd end up with Denver or Kansas City

It was assumed he'd be released after June 1, but no one figured he'd be a Raider this long.

Jordan was kept off the field during last month's minicamp and then told not to report to training camp this week.

Jordan's agent, Alvin Keels, was given permission to seek a trade but pretty much anyone with any kind of football sense knew a trade was very unlikely.

Raiders coach Lane Kiffin called the stalemate an issue between Keels and owner Al Davis.

With the team drafting Darren McFadden, re-signing Justin Fargas and eagerly wanting to see Michael Bush on the field, there was no way the Raiders planned to keep Jordan this season.

That Jordan had to be released was the only logical solution because no team would agree to take on Jordan's $4.7 million salary.

The move frees up a roster spot that the team can use to bring in an extra quarterback.

On a side note, that means the biggest WWE fan on the roster is gone.

Who will I discuss Monday Night Raw with?

I intended to end this posting with some Youtube clips of Jordan highlights with the Raiders, but those didn't pop up right away.

This did. Enjoy.

--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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