The National Football League's restricted free agency period began at the beginning of this weekend on March 1, but before it began something else exciting happened. The great football dynasty that is the Oakland Raiders signed Tommy Kelly, defensive tackle/ defensive end, to a seven year $50 million contract last week. Yes, you aren't seeing things, that is the right number - $50 million, $18 million of it guaranteed, making Kelly the recipient of the biggest NFL contract ever given to a defensive tackle. Tommy Kelly, a Mississippi State product, is in his fifth season in the league and had 30 tackles in 7 games in the 2007 season before getting hurt. His best season was in 2006 with 68 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Kelly is expected to play at defensive tackle for the Raiders in the 2008 season.
Now, come on Al Davis, this is just a ridiculous and unnecessary risk on a defensive guy that is coming off a serious torn ACL injury. I am utterly and completely ashamed to have the same last name as you, Mr. Davis. My prediction is that by the end of the month the Oakland Raiders will have a trade for Jerry Rice wrapped up.