Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

July 3, 2008
Three weeks and counting

The first practice of 2008 training camp is three weeks away.

Players will report on July 23 with the first practice being in the afternoon of July 24. The team was initially due to report on July 25.

I was planning to answer some reader questions but almost all of them centered on Javon Walker.

One question is can the Raiders recoup money or void the contract of Walker if he weren't able to play this season.

First, the team says Walker will be able to play. But if he couldn't, the most recent case to look at would be that of former San Diego linebacker Steve Foley.

Foley was shot by an off-duty police officer in 2006 prior to the Chargers' season-opener against the Raiders. He was placed on the non-football injured reserve list and was not paid his base salary and he was later released.

Foley hasn't played football since, but recently reached a settlement in a civil suit.

*Many are wondering about the Raiders' options at receiver if Walker is slow to return to the field.

The team could pursue Koren Robinson who definitely fits the teams profile: talented player that has had trouble but could be an impact player. But with Ronald Curry looking healthy, Drew Carter having a good rapport with JaMarcus Russell and several young receivers, Robinson might not be needed immediately.

But Lane Kiffin loves competition. Adding Robinson would definitely make the competition for roster spots intense.

*I'm often asked are the Raiders really going to use Kwame Harris at left tackle. The answer is yes. It will be up to offensive line coach Tom Cable to tap into Harris' talent.

Harris showed good athleticism at Stanford. If that can be molded into solid play, Cable will be the coaching staff MVP for a second year in a row.

*Nnamdi Asomugha has until July 15 to negotiate a long-term deal with the Raiders. If not, he can only play for the franchise tender of $9.765 million for the 2008 season once he signs it.

From what I've heard most of the offseason, don't expect a deal to get done. But who knows?

*Starting next week, I'll check in with position previews, probably focusing on one or two players at each spot. Until then, enjoy the holiday weekend.

--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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