In what essentially became a swap of centers, a deal was finalized in which Samson Satele was traded from the Miami Dolphins to the Oakland Raiders for an undisclosed draft pick.
The trade actually was finalized the past Friday, but was not announced until last night.
“I’m happy,” Satele told the Warrior Beat. “It’s close to home. It’s just a hop over the ocean.”
Negotiations between the teams initiated shortly after center Jake Grove, the Raiders’ starting center last year, signed a five-year, $29.5-million contract with the Dolphins. Of that, $14 million is guaranteed. Grove had met performance clauses that triggered an option allowing him to become a free agent.
That signing meant Satele, who has two years remaining on his first NFL contract, would have to move to guard.
Now, Satele will remain at his preferred position. He is the Raiders’ No. 1 center.
“Samson is excited about the trade,” agent Leo Goeas said. “He wanted to be some place where he would be appreciated. As soon as Jake Grove signed with the Dolphins, the Raiders wanted (Satele) at center.”
Satele started every regular-season game in 2008 despite a torn labrum in his right (snapping) shoulder. During the postseason surgery, doctors discovered that there was a piece of bone that was broken off from the shoulder. A procedure was performed to correct that tear.
Goeas said the surgeries were successful, and Satele will be ready to play.
Satele will earn $460,000 in base salary this season, and $550,000 in 2010.
“When I got the call from the (Dolphins’) GM, I thanked him,” Satele said. “It’s a business. They went one way. I’m happy to go to the Raiders. It’s a fresh start.”
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Stephanie Ricketts, who pitched a no-hitter Saturday against Nevada, is the WAC’s Pitcher of the Week for softball.
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One of the most of intriguing players entering spring ball is defensive end Aaron Rink.
Rink is 6 feet 4, 210 pounds, and capable of running 40 yards in 4.6 seconds and the pro-agility shuttle in 4.21 seconds. He has a 36-inch vertical jump.
Thing is, Rink, who played at Scottsdale (Ariz) Community College in 2007, had only one year of football experience in high school.
“I always wanted to play football, but my mom wouldn’t let me until my senior year,” Rink said.
During agility drills, Rink has shown good footwork and technique.
He also has received top tutoring.
Shante Carver, who was the Dallas Cowboys’ first-round pick in 1994, coached Rink.
For part of this summer, Rink will train with Carver and NFL defensive end Simeon Rice.
“Coming out of the (Warriors’) Sugar Bowl year, I thought this would be the best place for me,” said Rink, who attended UH part-time in the fall. “Playing in the WAC, you have an opportunity to get some sacks.”
Here’s his highlight video:
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Word on the street is that a safety from Southern Oregon (who has a brother on the UH football team) is considering the possibility of transferring to Manoa.
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Another reason to thank a certain basketball coach. UH coaches today were required to attend an hour-long seminar on “Conflict Management.”
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I was asked by curveball to invite all the friends of he & Kristin to attend breakfast with him at Nancy’s Restaurant next Sunday, the 29th of March at 0900 AM. After this gathering, he will invite those who wish to join him at White Plains beach, for the final scattering of Kristin’s ashes. He is making this final loving gesture to fulfill his promise to Kristin.