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Old 04-25-2007   #1
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There's a potentially intriguing story developing at the top end of the draft. On Tuesday, we reported that the Raiders are negotiating with quarterback JaMarcus Russell, receiver Calvin Johnson, and quarterback Brady Quinn at the top of the draft.

As we reported roughly an hour ago on an unexpected (but much appreciated) appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, a league source tells us that the Raiders have made a "lowball" offer to Quinn.

The question, from Quinn's perspective, is whether the "lowball" is more than the "highball" he'd get at a lower draft position. In the NFL, the players are paid based on the slot in which they are drafted. At the top of round one, the drop from No. 1 to, say, No. 7 is steep.

The second problem is that, if Quinn doesn't go No. 1, the key spot for him will be No. 3, where the Browns are believed to be debating whether to take Quinn or running back Adrian Peterson. So if Quinn turns down a "lowball" offer at No. 1, he'll be counting on landing at No. 3, where he'd possibly get paid almost as much via the slotting process as he would get under a "lowball" offer from the Raiders.

But Condon's firm, CAA, also represents Peterson. We've previously commented on the potential conflict of interest resulting from this arrangement; if Quinn isn't the guy at No. 1, the conflict at No. 3 comes into much sharper focus.
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PFT are rumormongers but this has all sorts of interesting twists and it is the Raiders. They have been rumored to be more interested in Quinn than Russell--not too far fetched for Davis to make a play like this. The reality is even a lowball offer probably would be as much as going #3 and certainly more than #7. Interesting conflict between Peterson and Quinn's representation as well--get a deal done for Quinn at #1 then Peterson probably goes #3 and you have two of the top three. Quinn refuses and one drops.
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Interesting to say the least. The Raiders were assumed to be selecting Russell for some time now, with a long shot to take Calvin Johnson. Taking Quinn would certainly change the entire complexion of the top part of the first round.

I would think the Browns would take a very hard look at Russell. The conflict there would be between Crennel, who needs to win now to save his job, and Phil Savage who might like the incredible upside that Russell posesses. That in itself would be interesting to see how it plays out.
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I wonder what kind of effect, if any, Quinn taking a low ball contract would have on the rest of the first rounders' contract negotiations.
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This is similar to the '99 draft, where the Browns gave Akili Smith a lowball offer. When he accepted, the Browns turned to Tim Couch and made him deal off of the terms Smith agreed to. So just because the Raiders gave Quinn the offer, doesn't mean they still won't eventually draft Russell (or Calvin Johnson).
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I believe the Cowboys did the same thing with Russell Maryland except they actually signed him to the lowball.
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I was listening to the Dan Patrick Show, and he said that Mortenson is reporting that the Raiders have not lowballed Quinn...He did'nt get into detail...
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Am I the only one now wondering why that wasn't tried with Mario? Never mind, I know why.
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Default Raiders to take Quinn over Russell?

There is a rumor floating that the Raiders have already reached an agreement with Brady Quinn and that he will be there #1 pick. Speculation is that this had to do with Quinn's acceptance of a lower offer than Russell was willing to take. Sound familiar? Stay tuned...
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If that is true, then JaMarcus falls to at least the 20th pick.
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If that is true, then JaMarcus falls to at least the 3rd pick.
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If that is true, then JaMarcus falls to at least the 20th pick.
I'll take the over on that.
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The Browns might take Russell. Does'nt the GM know him or something?
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If that is true, then JaMarcus falls to at least the 20th pick.
??? he could go 3,7,9 and in the unlikely event he does fall that far (late top 10) some1 will pull the trigger and trade up
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There is no way Russell falls past #7 I guarentee it!
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