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If Antonio Brown isn't 'all-in,' Raiders are left with very few options

If Antonio Brown isn't 'all-in,' Raiders are left with very few options

The Raiders appeared to reach their breaking point with Antonio Brown on Sunday.

After the star receiver missed practice again upon getting more bad news on the helmet front, general manager Mike Mayock delivered a public ultimatum to the Raiders' prized offseason acquisition. Either he's "all-in or all-out."

Brown remains upset that the NFL won't allow him to wear the Schutt Air Advantage helmet he's worn for his entire career, a model that reportedly now finds itself on the banned list altogether, regardless of the year it was manufactured.

With the Raiders at their wits end with Brown, the question naturally arises: What options do head coach Jon Gruden and Mayock have? 

The options, according to ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio, are limited.

If Brown continues to stay away from camp over a helmet issue that isn't going to go his way, the Raiders obviously could cut him. They would owe him the $30 million in guaranteed money over the next two years, that cost would be reduced based on how much Brown signs with his next team for.

The Raiders also could send Brown a five-day letter, which demands he show up to the team within five days or else he will be placed on the reserve/left list and the Raiders can shut him down for the season. If Brown is placed on the reserve/left squad list, he won't be allowed to play for the Raiders or anyone else this season, and the Raiders would not have to pay him.

If Brown comes back to the team and continues to be a thorn in the Raiders' side, they can always discipline him via fines and suspensions. That course of action, obviously, might create even more issues with a receiver who has shown to be sensitive at times.

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The Raiders aren't going to cut Brown, he's too central to their plans to turn the ship around. The five-day letter is a last-ditch option that might alienate Brown and lead to an even bigger headache for a team working to build chemistry as the season quickly approaches.

Since #HelmetGate began almost two weeks ago, I've maintained that Brown will play. He's not going to walk away from $30 million in guaranteed money or the other $20 million that will come should he start to play the good soldier again.

Smart money is on Brown finding a helmet that works for him, and returning to the Raiders soon. But with AB, you never know.

Source: Raiders moving training camp from Napa to new Nevada facility

Source: Raiders moving training camp from Napa to new Nevada facility

The Raiders were set to conduct their offseason and training camp in the Bay Area before leaving permanently for Las Vegas. The coronavirus pandemic wiped out all football business at the team’s Alameda training complex, including most of a 2020 offseason program now conducted virtually with players, coaches and team officials staying home.

The team still had plans to hold training camp in Napa, but it seemed less likely in recent weeks with the team considering other options. Now that’s out of the question with the NFL mandating teams conduct training camp at their home facilities due to the ongoing public health crisis.

The Raiders will conduct their camp at their new facility currently under construction in Henderson, Nev. The complex is scheduled for completion by the end of this month, leaving plenty of time to be ready when camps start later in July.

A league source confirmed news on Tuesday afternoon that was first reported by ESPN.

Commissioner Roger Goodell explained the edict in a Tuesday memo to all 32 teams, stating that the league and the NFLPA wanted to limit travel and the need to maintain two facilities during the summer. The NFL and NFLPA have also banned joint practices this preseason, an increasingly popular trend the Raiders had joined the last two preseasons with the Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams, respectively.

This is a one-year mandate to train at home, not a permanent policy switch that impacts 10 teams who go away for camp. That means the Raiders could return to the Napa training camp facility, and owner Mark Davis loved during the team’s 25 summers spent in Wine Country. Davis didn’t rule out training in Napa even after moving to Las Vegas in an interview last summer, though that’s ultimately uncertain at this stage. The team does not have a contract to return to Napa in 2021.

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While it’s extremely hot in Nevada during summer months when training camps are held, the Raiders have an indoor practice bubble as part of their facility. They could also conduct intense workouts early in the morning before temperatures rise. 

The Raiders will be fully entrenched in Nevada soon. Some moving trucks have already transported property from Alameda to Henderson, where the Silver and Black are building a gorgeous training facility. Allegiant Stadium is nearing completion just off the Las Vegas Strip, with July 31 as a scheduled completion date.

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Several Raiders players, including quarterback Derek Carr, have already moved to the Las Vegas area and are training in small groups at local gathering spots in the region.

The NFL is planning to start training camps on time, with government mandated shelter-in-place restrictions loosening as the economy begins to re-open. The full squad typically reports just over two weeks prior to the first preseason, which the Raiders are scheduled to play on Aug. 13 at Seattle.

Raiders' Mark Davis sweating Allegiant Stadium construction timeline

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Raiders' Mark Davis sweating Allegiant Stadium construction timeline

Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis said construction crews are working against the clock as they mount a final push to complete Allegiant Stadium ahead of a July 31 deadline.

Speaking Monday morning on ESPN Radio 1100’s “The Press Box,” co-hosted by Las Vegas Review-Journal sports columnist Ed Graney, Davis touched on how crews have worked around the constraints created by the coronavirus pandemic.

“You think everything is going great and everything is on time and all of a sudden real life steps in the way,” Davis said. “You have to be prepared for those types of issues.”

Mortenson-McCarthy reported last week that 15 trade workers on the project are currently home with the coronavirus.

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