Jordan’s Exit to Pats Gets Jucier

So, former Raiders running back LaMont Jordan got his wish — his release Friday — and signed for the Patriots. End of story, right?


It seems Raiders owner Al Davis is none too happy about his signing with New England, according to two sources — one close to the team, another within the league.

According to them, Davis told Jordan’s agent, Alvin Keels, that he would only release Jordan if he didn’t go to one of two teams.

Team No. 1: the Denver Broncos, for the obvious reasons.

Team No. 2: The New England Patriots, who Jordan signed with Saturday.

The reason? Davis felt burned by the Randy Moss trade last year, with the Patriots getting a record-setting season out of the wide receiver and the Raiders getting little-used draft pick John Bowie.

They say Davis does not want to see Jordan experience a similiar renaissance that comes back and bites the Raiders, particularly when the Patriots visit The Coliseum on Dec. 14.

Keels said there was never a deal in place regarding Jordan going to the Patriots and that, once Jordan was released, it was Jordan’s decision to go to New England.

In the end, does any of this matter? Of course not. Jordan was free to sign anywhere he wanted, and was even granted permission to shop his services with a trade in mind while still on the Raiders roster.

From the sounds of it, Jordan is going to get a serious chance to make the Patriots roster.

“I think LaMont adds some quality depth to our backfield, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “We played against him a number of times. He’s a tough guy to tackle, a hard runner, good in the passing game, good with the ball in his hands. He’s a good football player that we’ll put into that mix and give us a little more depth at that position.”

~ by Sactown Raider Boosters on July 28, 2008.

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