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July 23, 2008
Nnamdi personality shows

No reporter likes to have his Myspace, Facebook or email time interupted with work (well, no one does, right?).

But the news Nnamdi Asomugha decided to sign the one-year franchise tender is only shocking in that he didn't do it sooner.

Asomugha isn't the kind of guy that likes to be a distraction. He isn't big on speaking to the media, even when he's doing well.

All of the charity work he does? You have to pry and plead to find out about it. And even then, he won't take credit for the work he does.

When I first found out about Asomugha taking some youngsters on a fishing trip, he insisted I speak with everyone except him.

That's just the way he is.

So when word came that he didn't plan to report to camp on time, I was surprised.

I understand the business of football. Franchise players holding out is their way of punishing the team for franchising them.

But the Raiders are lucky to have someone like Asomugha.

In the end, he decided not to miss camp, but get to work now.

He did so without the team promising not to franchise him next year.

If the Raiders do right be Asomugha at the end of the season, this won't be an issue because the team will take care of Asomugha at the end of the season.

He cannot sign a long-term deal until the end of the season, but his agent, Steve Baker, and the Raiders can continue to talk.

--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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