Raiders handling of Sulak still perplexing
A week after Stryker Sulak was surprisingly waived by the Oakland Raiders, everyone involved and those who watch the comings and goings of the NFL are still trying to figure out what the heck happened.
Aside from the shoddy way he was treated—the Raiders did not contact him or his agent Bob Lattinville of the decision—is the simple question, why?
"It's just bizarre," Lattinville told the Columbia Daily Tribune. "What's really strange is I still haven't heard from the Raiders and they haven't called Stryker either."
The release came as a surprise to Lattinville, who was told by front-office people from other teams that his client had hit the waiver wire.
Sulak cleared the NFL waiver wire and is now regarded as being an undrafted free agent.
He did not attend his RHS Class of 2004 five-year reunion this weekend.
Discussion of Sulak's untimely fate has been burning up the internet and football blogs around the country.
Tribune columnist Dave Matter posed the question, "What's worse, getting drafted by the NFL's most dysfunctional organization or getting dropped by the league's most dysfunctional organization?
"The Raiders continued to work in mysterious ways as they parted with one of their draft picks before even getting to training camp."
A sixth-round pick, No. 199 overall, Sulak, according to coach Tom Cable, was initially going to be tried as a strong-side linebacker.
But when the Raiders convened at the mandatory mini camp and organized team activities, Sulak played exclusively at end.
Lattinville said Sulak hadn't been in any trouble and there had been no indications of any problems.
"That's the first thing people ask me," Lattinville said. "But this is a good kid who hunts and fishes. As you can imagine, Stryker's not too excited about this."
Lattinville had just spoken with Raiders officials two weeks ago about negotiating his contract.
Sulak was in line to receive a $94,000 signing bonus and sign a contract for $310,000 a season.
Aside from the small stipend that he received from the Raiders each month which was just enough to pay the rent, Sulak now has no way of getting paid.
As a sixth round pick, it's possible that Sulak may not have won a spot on the Raiders' 53-man roster, but that's not the issue.
Aside from the Raiders failing to notify neither Sulak's agent nor Sulak himself of the decision, by waiving Sulak, Al Davis and his dark minions denied him the momentous occasion of signing his first NFL contract with the team that drafted him.
"Granted, there's not a lot of pomp and circumstance involved when a sixth-round draft pick signs his cont rac t, but t hat moment surely has some meaning to the player, who has worked hard to reach this level," said Brian McIntyre of Northwest- Football.net.
To compound the problem, Davis has remained mum on the subject.
According to his agent Lattinv ille, several teams have expressed an interest in Sulak, but those teams are already at their roster limit. Still, Lattinville hopes to have Sulak in an NFL training camp next month.
"Stryker has gotten an early taste of the business side of the NFL, but he's up for the challenge," Lattinville said. "Some club is going to get a fine player with an enormous amount of motivation."
According to NorthwestFootball. net, teams with possible interest in Sulak include, Denver, Kansas City, San Francisco, New England and the New York Jets.
Sulak has already had previous workouts with Denver and New England so they are at least familiar with him.
The Jets would pose an interesting situation for Sulak because former Rockdale star Kerry Locklin is the defensive line coach there and would be his position coach.
"This bizarre turn of events should have a silver lining," says Matter, who covered Sulak for the Columbia Tribune for five years at Missouri. "Sulak won't have to wear the silver and black and call Davis his boss."