Theories have no pulse

There's been some speculation that the Raiders' release of long snapper Adam Treu was a sign that first-year head coach Lane Kiffin was trying to rid the team of players near his age or older so as to not have anyone to undermine his authority. That's not only laughable, it's downright ludicrous.

For starters, Treu had been nursing a quad injury in his right leg, the same one that prematurely ended his season last year. Treu still has not fully recovered and did not pass the team physical earlier this week.

Other players near the age of the 32-year-old Kiffin include fullback Zack Crockett (34), center Jeremy Newberry (31), left tackle Barry Sims (32), cornerback Duane Starks (33) and wide receiver Alvis Whitted (32. With the exception of Sims, who has been essentially handed the starting left tackle job, all are fighting for roster positions based on talent, not age.

That's not to mention 30-year-old punter Shane Lechler, who isn't going anywhere. Neither is 31-year-old safety Donovan Darius, whom the team just signed last week.

And while one writer covering the NFL for a Bay Area newspaper suggested that even 34-year-old Warren Sapp would be wasting his time coming to camp because of Kiffin's alleged age-assault, nothing could be further from the truth. Sapp is the centerpiece of the Raiders defensive line and is coming off one of the best seasons of his career.

Cutting Sapp would be, once again, ludicrous.

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