Most NFL players apparently want nothing to do with the Silver and Black.
ESPN polled 82 current NFLers on which team they would least like to play for, posing the question as: “The only way I’d play for (team name) is if they doubled my salary.”
The Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills each pulled in more than 15 percent of the vote, but the team receiving more thumbs down (23 percent) than any other was the Oakland Raiders — a fact that isn’t particularly surprising.
The once-dominant Raiders have been AFC West doormats for more than a decade now, going without a playoff appearance or winning record since losing the Super Bowl after the 2002 season. It also doesn’t help that they play in what’s widely regarded as one of the worst stadiums in American professional sports, or that they’ve had 16 different quarterbacks start at least one game over the last 10 seasons — a number that will grow to 17 when new acquisition Matt Schaub makes his regular-season Raiders debut.
Current Oakland players don’t necessarily agree with the rest of the league’s assessment, though.
“I’ve never heard anybody that said they didn’t want to play for the Raiders, so that’s pretty shocking,” cornerback Charles Woodson said. “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.”
The Bills ranked second in the poll with 19 percent of the vote, followed by the Browns (16 percent), Jacksonville Jaguars (9 percent) and Green Bay Packers (6 percent).
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