Eleven years ago, Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell held out throughout training camp and into the regular season. Then-owner Al Davis wasn’t in a hurry to get the massive contract finalized because of a cash-flow issue. All the while, he had a time frame in mind, just as Mark Davis does now in regard to when
Steve has covered the Raiders in some capacity since their return to Oakland in 1995. He was the full-time beat writer from 1997-2010. for the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News and covered more than 400 NFL games, including four Super Bowls. He also is the co-author of a recently released book titled "Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield."