The art of negotiation: Raiders style


The art of negotiation: Raiders style

By Justin Aucoin

In honor of the passing of Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, the Raiders made a trade that has fans and pundits scratching their heads at best, and running for the hills after setting everything in Oakland ablaze at worst.

The Raiders traded a first round pick and future considerations for Carson Palmer. Thats right a first rounder for a guy who has about as many career interceptions as he does TD passes. He also hasnt seen any action this season since demanding a trade. Oof.

We did some investigating and caught a sneak peek at the Raiders negotiating handbook.

Tip: Give them an offer they cannot refuse

The Cincinnati Bengals said they wouldnt trade Carson Palmer under any circumstances. Clearly the Bengals didnt expect someone to give a first rounder or two for Carson, otherwise they wouldve said We wont trade Carlson Palmer for anyone or anything, except for an absolutely ridiculous offer. Oh hai, Oakland!

Tip: Sell and sell hard

As they always say, if at first they reject your offer sell harder. If you cant sell it, hire someone who can.

Tip: Know a steal when you see it

People are constantly trying to screw you over be it your bank, a ticket scalper, or your nephew who paints rocks with Crayola crayons and pretending that theyre gold. Having a keen eye and knowing when someone is trying to screw you and when someone is offering you an absolute steal is essential to the teams success.

Tip: When negotiating a deal, always double it

Are they asking for 500 for that finger painting done by a monkey? Double it. Tell them youll give them 1000. Youll catch them off guard and thats when you have them right where you want them.

Tip: Dont be afraid to take risks

To be fair, Oakland learned this trick from Wall Street. Theyve never screwed up, right?

Brady allows himself to enjoy win: '[Bleep], you've got to be happy now'

Brady allows himself to enjoy win: '[Bleep], you've got to be happy now'

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady can be his own worst critic. That's why last week, after beating the Texans in the Divisional Round to move on to the AFC title game, he wasn't thrilled. He didn't play up to his standards. The offense struggled at points. He wore his frustration like a five o'clock shadow.

Winning is not everything for Brady, most weeks. He has an idea of how he should perform, how the Patriots offense should perform, and when those ideals aren't met, he's generally displeased. 


On Sunday, after beating up on the Steelers, 36-17, that wasn't the case. It was a sound performance, but it wasn't perfect. It was explosive at times, but it shined a light on areas where the Patriots will need to continue to improve. 

Despite its imperfections, Sunday was no time to brood about plays missed or lessons learned the hard way. Screw it, Brady seemed to say. They were going to the Super Bowl. It was OK to smile.  

"It was a good day," Brady said. "I mean, we're going to the Super Bowl, man. [Expletive], you've got to be happy now."

The Super Bowl berth is the ninth in franchise history -- more than any other club -- and the seventh with Brady and coach Bill Belichick. By throwing for 384 yards and three touchdowns on 32-of-42 passing, Brady tied Joe Montana for the most postseason games (nine) with three touchdown passes. 

Brady will also claim the record for Super Bowls played when he and the Patriots head to Houston. And if they win, he'll tie Charles Haley for most Super Bowl wins for a player (five).

Those are lofty numbers made even more significant, perhaps, due to the fact that Brady wasn't allowed to start this season as his team's quarterback. He was asked during Sunday's postgame press conference if it was personally satisfying to get back to the Super Bowl despite having to serve a four-game suspension due to Deflategate.

"Well, that's because of the hard work of a lot of people from my coaches to my teammates to our families that support us," he said. "It takes a lot of people, a lot of hard work and a lot of effort over the course of many months. This didn't start at 6:40 tonight.

"This thing started in April. It really started before that in free-agency when we were picking up guys like [Chris] Hogan and drafting guys like Malcolm Mitchell and guy who were in rehab like [LeGarrette Blount] and [Dion Lewis] and [James Develin] and Nate [Solder]. It's a lot of hard work. There are only two teams left standing, and I'm happy we're one of them."

They're going to the Super Bowl. He has to be happy now.