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#30 : July 10, 2007, 04:18:51 PM

Raiders signed him.
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RAIDERS SIGN DARIUS

The Oakland Raiders have announced the acquisition of free-agent safety Donovin Darius.  A first round pick of the Jaguars in the 1998 draft, Darius was cut on June 14 by the team with which he spent nine seasons.

"We are extremely excited about adding Donovin to the Raiders," Raiders coach Lane Kiffin said.  "He will bring us immediate competition in our secondary.  Donovin exemplifies hard work and dedication to the game.  Working with Donovin at Jacksonville, I was able to see what a phenomenal competitor he is.  He will fit great into our team philosophy."

Darius visited the Raiders last month.  He likely will play strong safety, allowing the team to move current strong safety Michael Huff to free safety, and current free safety Stuart Schweigert to the bench.


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#31 : July 10, 2007, 04:48:07 PM

Wow.

The Raiders already have a tough defense...

It just got tougher.

But can they score? :-X


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#32 : July 10, 2007, 05:11:08 PM

Damn.  Why are Bruce and Jon sitting on their asses with all this extra cap money?  We NEED a saftey.  We could have signed Darius.  WTF?


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#33 : July 10, 2007, 06:14:13 PM

Damn. Why are Bruce and Jon sitting on their asses with all this extra cap money? We NEED a saftey. We could have signed Darius. what?

He was on sirius a lil while ago and they asked him what other teams was he in talks with, he listed the Bucs along with Carolina and the Eagles..... and Buffalo.

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#34 : July 10, 2007, 06:41:06 PM

Damn.  Why are Bruce and Jon sitting on their asses with all this extra cap money?  We NEED a saftey.  We could have signed Darius.  what?
No biggie. The team has a lot of young prospects at safety where as with players like Kevin Carter and Luke Petitgout, there is no one.

FRG is the most logical poster on this board.  You guys just don\'t like where the logical conclusions take you.

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#35 : July 10, 2007, 07:34:39 PM

Young players need time to develop.  While that occurs, you sign a vet to a backloaded deal, and release him when the young n's are ready to take over...


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#36 : July 10, 2007, 11:00:57 PM

Good move for the Raiders.

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#37 : July 12, 2007, 10:02:24 PM

Looks like he signed a "Bruce Allen special"

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DARIUS DEAL HAS LOW RISK FOR RAIDERS

A league source tells us that the contract given by the Raiders to safety Donovin Darius includes a signing bonus of (drum roll, please) nothing.  Zero dollars, zero cents.

But the deal contains $600,000 in guaranteed base salary for 2007, which means that Darius has some protection against getting cut -- and the team has some protection in the event that it needs to cut him, since a decision that Darius no longer has it means that the team will have spent (wasted) only $600,000.

Also, the absence of a signing bonus means that there will be no cap consequences in 2008 or 2009 if the team decides to move on.  (Sorry, but we're not in the mood tonight.)

In all, the deal has base salaries of $1.6 million in 2007, $2.5 million in 2008, and $3 million in 2009.  And the fact that the 2007 and 2008 compensation is entirely in the form of base salary means that the team can squat on Darius until the eve of the regular season, and drop him with no consequence.

The better approach for Darius would have been for $1 million of the base salaries in 2008 and 2009 to have been pushed into roster bonuses, due on the first day of each league year.  This would have forced the Raiders to make a quick decision each year as to his status.  And if the decision would be to move on (still not in the mood), Darius would have had plenty of time to land elsewhere.

Then again, the deal Darius signed simply might be the best one he could get, and that the Raiders refused to move any of the base salaries in 2008 or 2009 into roster bonuses.  It's not as if any other team was beating down the door to sign him.



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#38 : July 12, 2007, 10:15:23 PM

We should have beat down the door to get him...espescially for that much money.  He also stood a better chance of getting some play-time, would have been a great mentor for the youngsters (including Will Allen/JP), and he could have stayed in Florida.

But oh well...it's all dust in the wind now...



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#39 : July 12, 2007, 11:34:19 PM

Raiders have quitely found some bargain basement gems (eg Griffith)

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#40 : July 13, 2007, 05:28:32 AM

We should have beat down the door to get him...espescially for that much money. He also stood a better chance of getting some play-time, would have been a great mentor for the youngsters (including Will Allen/JP), and he could have stayed in Florida.

But oh well...it's all dust in the wind now...



True dat.   Anything to get Phillips out of the lineup.
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