The Raiders have been very bad ever since the Buccaneers blew them out in Super Bowl 37 over ten years ago. They’ve gone through quarterbacks, coaches, and draft picks at a ridiculous pace, and found little success along the way.
With that in mind, it’s no surprise to hear that NFL players consider Oakland the least-desirable place to play in the league.
ESPN polled 88 active NFL players recently on one simple prompt:
“The only way I’d play for (name a team) is if they doubled my salary.”
23% of players filled in that blank with the Oakland Raiders, making them the least desirable franchise in the NFL. 19% said the Buffalo Bills, 16% said the Browns, and 9% said the Jaguars.
When told about the poll’s results, Raiders safety Charles Woodson (no bias there) said he was surprised.
"I've never heard anybody that said they didn't want to play for the Raiders, so that's pretty shocking," he told ESPN’s Rich Cimini. "I think you've got to take the attitude that if you didn't want to come here, it doesn't matter anyway. Over the years, I've known and talked to countless players that said, 'Man, I would love to come play in the silver and black.' So I think that poll might be kind of skewed."
Probably not, Charles. Oakland has become the place where old veterans go to get paid one last time. Want proof? Matt Schaub, Maurice Jones Drew, Charles Woodson, and Justin Tuck are all doing it, and that’s just on this year’s roster. The Raiders have the longest playoff drought in the AFC, and there’s little reason to think that will change this year. What’s to like?