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Las Vegas publication reports Raiders stadium site has become 'homeless camp' of 2

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:07:46 UT

The future Las Vegas home of the Raiders has temporarily become home to a number of the Nevada city's homeless population.




Raiders reportedly have to pay $385 million to relocate to Vegas

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 23:40:59 UT

Compare that to the $645 million that ESPN is reporting the Rams and Chargers are having to fork over to move to Los Angeles. In January 2016, when all three teams were expected to file going-to-Los Angeles papers, the NFL Network said the fees for such a move would be $550 million. In March, the NFL approved the Raiders’ move from Oakland to Las Vegas with a 31-1 vote from the league’s owners. The Raiders will get one-31st of each of the Rams’ and Chargers’ relocation fees starting in 2019. Including the Raiders, Rams and Chargers, there have been nine relocations since the AFL-NFL merger in 1966 — and three of them involve the Raiders.



Marshawn Lynch, in flip-flops, red-carded in charity soccer match after picking up the ball

Mon, 3 Jul 2017 17:15:51 UT

NFL running back Marshawn Lynch doesn't need football practice to prepare for his upcoming debut with the Oakland Raiders — he has charity soccer games for that.




Raiders sign guard Jackson to 5-year extension

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 04:29:07 UT

Jackson was the team’s third-round pick in the 2014 draft, which turned the franchise around, with general manager Reggie McKenzie taking defensive end Khalil Mack in the first round and Carr in the second. [...] he allowed only 27 quarterback pressures in 735 pass-blocking snaps. When you include Hudson’s $44.6 million deal two years ago, the Raiders have allocated $159 million on the interior of the offensive line — surely an NFL record. Mack, who had 11 sacks last season with very little interior help, will likely surpass Broncos pass rusher Von Miller’s six-year, $114.5 million deal signed in 2016, but he will have to wait until next summer. Because he was a first-round pick, unlike Carr and Jackson, the Raiders were able to pick up his fifth-year option, meaning he will get $3 million this season and his contract doesn’t expire until after the 2018 season,



Raiders punter airs grievances after apparent Southwest Airlines mix-up

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:02:10 UT

You might imagine all professional athletes fly around in private jets, but many of them are suffering through budget airline headaches just like the rest of us.




Derek Carr takes shot at Seahawks with Marshawn Lynch comment

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:33:53 UT

The Oakland Raiders starting quarterback, fresh off of a $125 million contract, says he would hand the ball off to Marshawn Lynch if they were on the 1-yard-line.




Plans of the Raiders’ $125 million man, Derek Carr

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 01:31:54 UT

Has Raiders quarterback Derek Carr grasped just how much money that is, after just signing a five-year contract extension that made him the highest-paid player in the NFL. Didn’t want to talk about that, but I’ve been down to Haiti and I’ve seen some of those struggles that they have and the kids there, and my heart just ... [...] just knowing that we can go down there and make a difference and help, those are the kind of things that the money makes me kind of like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ Because now we can really do some things to help a lot of people. Carr is signed through 2022, and on the field, he will help the Raiders try to win a Super Bowl. The organization has spent a long time looking for a face-of-the-franchise quarterback, and realized they had one shortly after adding Carr in the second round of the 2014 draft. There were growing pains, the 0-10 start and a fired head coach, but Carr, 26, has improved every season by combining a love of game film and practice with a very strong arm, competitive nature and natural leadership ability. General manager Reggie McKenzie started off Friday’s news conference and said he was so happy he could do “some jumping jacks and back flips” on the auditorium stage. Teams don’t give $125 million to great human beings, unless they can lead fourth-quarter comebacks (12 in three years), complete 60 percent of their passes and throw for 60 touchdowns the past two seasons. [...] Carr gives the Raiders, 12-4 last year, a real chance to win the Super Bowl. “You can’t pay me a better compliment than to tell me that you trust me with the keys to this thing,” Carr said. Carr, who grew up in Bakersfield and went to college at Fresno State, owned a Raiders jacket as a kid. The deal was structured in a way, with some of the cash backloaded, that helps the team sign other players (Gabe Jackson, Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper, in that order) to contract extensions. “We figured out a way to do it so that we have the opportunity to sign the other guys that I think are important to this organization,” Carr said. Carr had set a deadline of July 28 — the start of training camp — to get the extension done so he could focus on football, but that was obviously unnecessary. McKenzie had been preparing for this salary-cap hit for a couple of years, and Carr doesn’t have much of a poker face. Vic Tafur is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Highest paid NFL players



Derek Carr, Raiders agree to 5-year, $125 million extension

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:19:35 UT

Derek Carr said he wanted to be a Raider for life, and took a huge step in that direction Thursday morning by agreeing to the richest contract in NFL history. The quarterback will make an average of $25 million a season after he and the Raiders agreed to a five-year contract extension for $125 million, league sources said. The details of the contract were not known yet, but Carr wanted to make sure that the Raiders would be able to extend players such as guard Gabe Jackson and defensive end Khalil Mack in the near future. Carr, 26, is the only quarterback to throw more than 80 touchdown passes and fewer than 40 interceptions in his first three seasons. Carr was picked for the Pro Bowl for a second time last season, throwing for 3,937 yards and 28 touchdowns with six interceptions before breaking his leg and missing the last regular-season game and the team’s first playoff game in 14 years. Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing, who was the team’s quarterbacks coach the past two years before getting promoted, tweeted his congratulations. The former second-round pick out of Fresno State has come a long way since an 0-10 start to his rookie season, when he averaged 5.5 yards per attempt.



Raiders, Derek Carr close in on $25-million-a-year deal

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 02:33:46 UT

The Raiders’ quarterback and the team are finalizing the language of a five-year contract extension that is expected to pay him $25 million a season, league sources said. “Nothing done yet ... trust me you will hear it here first,” Carr tweeted in response to an ESPN report. Carr had set a July 28 deadline — the start of training camp — and Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie was always confident it would get done before that. Carr, 26, was picked for the Pro Bowl for a second time last season, throwing for 3,937 yards and 28 touchdowns with six interceptions before breaking his leg and missing the last regular-season game and the team’s first playoff game in 14 years. Former Raiders and now Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is next at $24.35 million, Drew Brees takes home an average of $24.25 mil a year, and Washington’s Kirk Cousins has been forced to take $23.94 million because of the franchise tag designation. McKenzie has been planning for this day, as well as extending defensive end Khalil Mack, last year’s NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and guard Gabe Jackson — along with Carr, part of the franchise-changing 2014 draft.



Marshawn's Beast Mode store offering free haircuts to kids making good grades

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 21:12:27 UT

Kids around Oakland who are getting good grades in school have earned themselves a free haircut, thanks to incoming Raiders running back and East Bay local Marshawn Lynch.




Raiders will have plenty of chances to use Cordarrelle Patterson

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 06:30:40 UT

Everyone knew he was fast, but he turned heads this week at the Raiders’ mandatory three-day minicamp at their Alameda facility. With the addition of Patterson, running back Marshawn Lynch and tight end Jared Cook, not improving on last season’s No. 6 offensive ranking would be almost shocking. Pattterson said he could feel the coaches’ excitement when they recruited him, and he signed a two-year deal this spring. The 2013 first-round pick was a Pro Bowl kick returner with the Vikings, with five touchdowns, but didn’t exceed 500 receiving yards in any of his four seasons with Minnesota. Patterson has been a standout at the offseason workouts and was mobbed by teammates after he high-pointed a catch in the back corner of the end zone Wednesday. “He’s a fun tool,” offensive coordinator Todd Downing said. “He works hard,” said Richard, who might return punts with Patterson taking kickoffs. Patterson averaged 31.7 yards on 25 kickoff returns to lead the league last year. “I really believe that we’ve added some weapons with C.P. and Cook, a couple of guys that will be really good players for us,” Del Rio said. Cook, meanwhile, has also made a lot of nice catches against the Raiders’ defense at the minicamp, which concluded Thursday. “There have been a couple of plays in practice where I’m lined up on him and he’ll take off and I’ll be like, ‘Damn, I didn’t know he was that fast,’” safety Karl Joseph said.



Raiders’ Sebastian Janikowski thriving at age 39

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 05:38:36 UT

Raiders’ Sebastian Janikowski thriving at age 39 The 39-year-old Raiders kicker said Wednesday that he plans on kicking off when the Oakland team has packed its weights and opens the 2020 season in Las Vegas. How long does he plan to keep on kicking, anyway? An admittedly much smarter man than he was at 24, Janikowski hits the weight room instead of the bars and started studying game video last year. After 17 years with the Raiders, the 2000 first-round pick has an NFL-record 55 field goals of 50 yards or longer. Seely got Janikowski to start watching himself kick. (He was 3-for-8 from longer distances.) Pretty good, but Janikowski is the highest-paid kicker in the league. “I’m just here so I won’t get fined,” Janikowski said, unable to fight back a smile. Janikowski and the former Seattle running back often can be seen laughing before or after stretching at practice, and Janikowski is as geeked about Lynch’s arrival as Raiders fans are. Last season, the Raiders made the playoffs for the first time in 14 years, and with Lynch’s help, Janikowski thinks they can get through some more teams this season. “We can make the playoffs, but the goal is to win the whole thing,” Janikowski said.



Raiders QB Derek Carr inspired by Warriors’ championship

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 05:36:25 UT

Raiders QB Derek Carr inspired by Warriors’ championship Derek Carr grew up a Lakers fan, but he thoroughly enjoyed watching the Warriors win the NBA title on television Monday night. [...] the Raiders’ quarterback couldn’t help but get lost in thought a little bit. “Just to watch that, it makes you hungry every time you see another team or somebody celebrate a championship,” Carr said after Tuesday’s minicamp session. Just makes you dream those dreams you had as a kid standing on the stage, holding the trophies. Carr did his childhood dreaming in Bakersfield, and he was Kobe Bryant when he was shooting jumpers as a kid. Carr also enjoyed the look he saw in the Warriors’ players eyes, and he thinks it is one that he and his teammates have developed in his three years. To do it with that crowd — the crowd was spectacular last night, full of energy, and a lot of happy people going home last night — it was great to be a part of that. The next step for Del Rio’s team would be to host a playoff game.



Marshawn Lynch's Oakland Raiders jersey is a new top seller

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 20:49:13 UT

Marshawn Lynch's return to the NFL is already going well -- financially, at least. The former Seahawks running back, traded to his hometown Oakland Raiders in April, had the No. 1 selling jersey in May, according to nflshop.com, which released the top 25 bestselling jersey's that month.




Raiders final OTA canceled as team races go-karts

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 03:23:02 UT

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and his teammates skipped their final organized team activity on Friday, June 9. Instead, Oakland's field general made good on his surname and beat his fellow Raiders in go-kart racing.