“We acknowledge that we received the request from Anthony’s manager for a release from his current contract and out of respect for Anthony and his family we will wait until the season is over before discussing his future at the club,” Furner said. “We always treat welfare issues of our players seriously and we will meet with Anthony and his manager at the end of the year to avoid distraction as the team prepares for their remaining games of the season and a bid for the finals.”
“We want Anthony with us here at the Raiders long term and we will be doing all we can to keep him at the club and Anthony’s welfare is of the utmost importance to us,” he said. “We have been in negotiations with Anthony to extend his deal and we will wait until the season is over to continue these negotiations.”
Until this time the Raiders have no further comment on the issue.