Report: Raiders' Asomugha to ink franchise tender before camp

Updated: July 24, 2008, 10:58 AM ET
Associated Press

NAPA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders will have all of their players under contract by the start of this year's training camp.

Star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha will sign his $9.765 million tender offer and report to training camp in time for Thursday's first practice, a person with knowledge of Asomugha's plans said Wednesday night on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been signed.

Earlier in the day, the Raiders signed their final two draft picks -- fourth-rounder Arman Shields, a receiver from Richmond, and sixth-rounder Trevor Scott, a defensive end from Buffalo.

Oakland signed first-round pick Darren McFadden last month to a $60 million, six-year deal that guarantees him $26 million.

Last year, the Raiders were unable to sign their first two picks by the start of training camp. No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell did not sign his $61 million, six-year contract until three days after the season began.

Tight end Zach Miller, a second-round pick, missed the first day of training camp last summer before signing his deal.

Asomugha had not practiced with the team all offseason after being tagged as Oakland's exclusive franchise player. That designation prevented Asomugha from negotiating with any other team and guaranteed him the nearly $10 million salary for the upcoming season.

Asomugha will team with DeAngelo Hall to give Oakland one of the league's top cornerback duos next season. Hall, who got a $70 million, seven-year contract following a trade with Atlanta this offseason, does not believe Asomugha will be behind at all when practice starts Thursday.

"I think he's done everything he needs to to be in shape and ready to play," Hall said. "I don't think it's a matter of that. Obviously, being new to the scheme like myself, I'm going to need to be here just to learn plays, plays he already knows. I don't think it's going to hurt him too much."


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