Player News - Raiders

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Derek Carr said he structured his deal so the Raiders would have flexibility to sign other players.

"I told (my agent), if we can structure it in a way to help the Raiders get the other guys, give them an opportunity to come in, that that would be really important to me too," said Carr. "I just wanted to get mine done and, like we talked about, make sure the team had the flexibility to make sure my friends stay around." Carr's deal is backloaded, which should give the Raiders enough cap room to pursue contract extensions with RG Gabe Jackson and OLB Khalil Mack.
Jun 23 - 2:59 PM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports Derek Carr's five-year, $125 million extension contains $40 million fully guaranteed.

According to Pelissero, the deal includes $70 million in total guarantees. Those numbers put Carr below Andrew Luck, but he did edge out Luck in average annual value. More interestingly, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the deal "features a delayed cash flow" which will both help the Raiders re-sign players like Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper and allow Carr to earn more money after the Raiders move to Nevada, which has no state income tax.
Jun 22 - 11:48 AM

Raiders signed QB Derek Carr to a five-year, $125 million extension through 2022.

The $25-million average makes Carr the highest-paid player in NFL history, but the structure of the deal could be interesting with the Raiders moving to Nevada, which does not have a state income tax, and the current CBA set to expire during the course of the deal. Either way, Carr's future with the Raiders is now secure. With this deal wrapped up, Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins could be the next dominoes to fall.
Jun 22 - 10:12 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports Derek Carr's extension is a five-year contract.

Carr is expected to land $25 million annually. He'll make $69 million over the first three years. The Raiders are still working out the language, but are expected to finalize a deal soon.
Jun 21 - 7:36 PM

The Las Vegas Review-Journal expects the Raiders to extend contract-year RG Gabe Jackson.

Jackson is next in line after the Raiders extend Derek Carr. A starter his first three years, Jackson is one of the top pass-blocking guards in the league. He should command more than the four-year, $29 million deal Brian Winters got from the Jets this offseason.
Jun 21 - 5:14 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Raiders and contract-year QB Derek Carr are finalizing a long-term contract extension.

Schefter reports the two sides are still working on the language, but the new deal could make Carr the league's highest-paid quarterback in terms of annual average. At $24.6 million per year, Andrew Luck currently holds that title, but Carr's deal is said to be close to $25 million per. Once he sets that bar, Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins will then be pushing to top that number.
Jun 21 - 2:45 PM

Derek Carr said "that dog" is "coming out" of Amari Cooper this offseason.

"That thing you saw at Alabama where he’d just take games over," Carr continued. "(Defensive backs) better know that he’s really taking it serious, that he’s trying to go attack them this year. He’s not going to let them come to him this year." Cooper has had blowup games through two years, but he has been maddeningly inconsistent and shown a tendency to fade down the stretch. Still only 23 (in three days), Cooper has plenty of time to work on those issues, however. Cooper is a back-end WR1 with the upside for more.
Jun 15 - 11:10 AM

Raiders OC Todd Downing said he's "looking for ways to get (Cordarrelle Patterson) involved in the offense."

Seth Roberts was one of the NFL's least efficient third receivers last year, and Patterson could cut into his snaps. Patterson caught three touchdowns at Wednesday's minicamp practice. "He's a fun tool," said Downing. "He's a big, strong, physical, dynamic-with-the-ball-in-his-hands-type player, and we're excited to see what he can do for us." Patterson's primary role in Oakland is likely to remain on kickoff returns.
Jun 14 - 10:54 PM

Raiders RT Austin Howard (shoulder) is questionable for training camp.

Howard is recovering from January surgery to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff. There was hope he would get in some minicamp work, but he'll miss the entire offseason. Marshall Newhouse, Vadal Alexander, and rookie David Sharpe have been splitting right tackle reps.
Jun 14 - 6:49 PM

Raiders backup QB E.J. Manuel is getting second-team reps at minicamp.

He's ahead of Connor Cook. Manuel looks to have the early edge as Derek Carr's backup. The Raiders will likely carry three quarterbacks.
Source: ESPN
Jun 14 - 5:04 PM

First-round pick Gareon Conley is working at slot corner at minicamp.

The Raiders are making Conley "earn it" by running him with the twos, but it appears they're prepping Conley to cover the slot whenever he officially wins a first-team job. Oakland's likeliest three-cornerback package will have David Amerson at left corner, Sean Smith at right corner, and Conley inside. Conley should be a big upgrade on 2016 slot corner D.J. Hayden.
Jun 14 - 12:52 PM

Raiders RCB Sean Smith (shoulder) said he is "healthy."

Smith underwent shoulder surgery in January to fix an issue which bothered him over the second half of the season, but he is good to go now. Signed to a four-year, $40-million deal last offseason, Smith started his Raiders career by literally being benched in Week 1, but he turned in a reasonably effective season despite the inauspicious start. Now healthy, Smith promises to be "the Sean of old."
Jun 12 - 12:44 PM

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports "it’s very possible" contract-year QB Derek Carr will get $25 million annually.

Andrew Luck is currently the highest paid quarterback at $24.6 million per year. Carr is fully expected to reset the market, but there’s been some concern over the slow pace of talks. With one of the league's best cap situations, the Raiders shouldn't have trouble getting a deal for Carr before training camp.
Jun 9 - 5:41 PM

Contract-year QB Derek Carr says he will cut off extension negotiations once training camp begins.

"I wouldn't answer my phone," Carr said, claiming he didn't want the distraction. In reality, it's Carr exercising one of the only pieces of leverage he has. If he can convince the Raiders he's even half-serious, it would be a good thing, adding urgency to the talks. Carr says he's confident a deal will be struck before the Raiders report.
May 30 - 5:02 PM

Raiders signed fourth-round OT David Sharpe to a four-year contract.

Sharpe is an enormous human being at 6'6/343 but is stiff as a board and graded out as a fourth-percentile athlete at the Combine. He's a major NFL project.
May 26 - 4:23 PM


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