NAPA — Nnamdi Asomugha said he sought out the advice of people he respected before deciding to come to training camp and signing his exclusive free agent tender.
That included former teammate Charles Woodson, the Green Bay cornerback who in the same situation sat out an entire training camp in Napa and showed up the week before the regular season began in 2004.
"I'm not going to tell you what he said, but you can probably figure it out," Asomugha said.
The cornerback signed the nearly $9.8 million deal when he arrived just before midnight Wednesday, guaranteeing his salary for the season. He cannot sign a long-term deal until after the season.
If he were to be franchised again next year, the Raiders would be obligated to increase his salary 20 percent, giving him a chance to make $22 million over two seasons. Of course, if he were to be hurt, Asomugha could lose millions.
With that in mind, he would have preferred a larger sum of guaranteed money to sign a long-term deal.
"When I was talking to players, they were surprised that I came," Asomugha said. "At the same time, they weren't, because they know it's not about money for me. I really want to win games. That's a big part of why I'm here."
Running back LaMont Jordan was released with two years remaining on his contract, saving the Raiders $3.3 million against the salary cap.
Kiffin had said at the mandatory minicamp the team was trying to trade Jordan, who no longer fit into the Raiders' plans after the ascension of Justin Fargas to starter, the drafting of Darren McFadden with the No. 4 overall pick and the development of Michael Bush, a fourth-round pick in 2007.
Jordan was scheduled to make $4.7 million this season and $5 million in 2009. Prorated bonus money of $1.4 million will be charged to the team in each of the next two seasons.
Wilson lowering boom
Strong safety Gibril Wilson is making an impact in early training camp sessions and has the full endorsement of his coach to continue doing so.
"He's extremely physical out here, and it's good to see," Kiffin said. "It borders right now on the safety of our other players, but our defense needs to see that, so it's something I don't want him to back off right now."
Bush enjoying contact
Bush hadn't worn pads since a brief window last season when he was able to practice but ultimately wasn't activated off the physically-unable-to-perform list as he rehabbed from a broken leg.
He is finding training camp to be a little different.
"It was like Week 13 last year, so things had kind of slowed down, a lot of guys were probably tired," Bush said. "This year everybody is fresh."
Probably none fresher than Bush, a 250-pounder out of Louisville whom Oakland picked in the fourth round of the 2007 draft despite a serious fracture during the first game of his junior season. "It feels good to ... take a couple of shots, but I'm still waiting for that game — there's nothing like a game," Bush said.
The Raiders re-signed quarterback Jeff Otis, whom they released Wednesday. ... Quarterback Andrew Walter missed the evening practice session because of a wrist injury incurred in the day's first practice. The injury is not believed to be serious. ... Safety Greg Wesley, signed Tuesday after being waived by the Chiefs, missed the morning practice with back spasms. Defensive end Greg Spires was out with a hamstring pull for the second straight day. Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly sat out the morning session and worked out on cardiovascular machines. Undrafted free agent Marcel Reece missed practice with a hamstring pull. ... The Raiders fumbled six times in the morning, three on center-quarterback exchanges, two between center Jesse Boone and quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo.
— Jerry McDonald