Player News - Raiders

Date: Team: Pos:

Pro Football Talk reports the Raiders and first-round CB Gareon Conley are discussing a contract.

Conley is one of six first-round picks who remain unsigned, but unlike the others, his contract situation is complicated by a still pending legal investigation into sexual assault allegations which surfaced the week of the draft. The Raiders would certainly like that case cleared before they sign Conley to a deal, but with training camp quickly approaching they may be willing to offer a contract with provisions which protect them if Conley is charged.
Jul 20 - 9:29 AM

Raiders OLB Shilique Calhoun added 20 pounds this offseason.

Calhoun looked "noticeably bigger" at OTAs. He had an injury-shortened rookie year, but will be fully healthy for training camp. Calhoun should compete for a starting role on the weak side.
Source: raiders.com
Jul 15 - 11:44 AM

Raiders second-year LB Tyrell Adams is in the mix for the starting MIKE job.

Adams is part of an open competition with Cory James, Ben Heeney, and potentially WLB Jelani Jenkins. He was limited to special teams in his six game call-up last year, but "saw a lot more time on defense" during the offseason program. The Raiders' linebacking depth is a 2017 concern.
Source: raiders.com
Jul 15 - 11:39 AM

Raiders signed RB John Crockett, OL Kareem Are and LB Brady Sheldon.

Are and Sheldon are both undrafted rookies. Crockett, a 25-year-old out of North Dakota, spent last year on injured reserve after making two appearances for the Packers in 2015. All three face long odds of cracking the Raiders' 53-man roster.
Jul 14 - 2:47 PM

Raiders DL Jihad Ward is recovering from "minor" left foot surgery.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Ward will be ready for camp, but then says perhaps "mid-August on a cautious timetable." There was speculation about Ward's health after he posted a picture of himself in a scooter. It's hardly good news, as Ward had surgery on the same foot in 2015. He also had a knee operation in 2016, though he did appear in all 16 games, making 13 starts. Ward was not effective as a rookie.
Jul 6 - 4:24 PM

Raiders DL Jihad Ward is dealing with a left leg injury.

Ward posted a photo of himself in a cast on Snapchat. It's likely related to the foot issue that sidelined him at OTAs. Ward's training camp status is up in the air.
Jul 5 - 8:00 PM

Raiders signed third-round DT Eddie Vanderdoes to a four-year contract.

It's pretty unbelievable there are still draft picks unsigned at this point. Vanderdoes missed all of OTAs due to the NFL's ridiculous rule for rookies from colleges whose semesters were still not over. Vanderdoes tested really well at the Combine but rarely lived up to his potential while at UCLA.
Jul 5 - 2:27 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Raiders OLB Khalil Mack's contract will not be extended this year.

Per Schefter, the Raiders couldn't fit a new Mack deal under the cap after extending Derek Carr and RG Gabe Jackson over the past week. Mack is under team control for two more years, and essentially three since the Raiders can franchise tag him in 2019. Nevertheless, it's usually a matter of "the sooner, the better" with these sorts of mega-deals. Coming off another monster season, Mack is headed into his age-26 campaign.
Jun 29 - 7:32 PM

Raiders signed RG Gabe Jackson to a five-year, $56 million extension through 2022.

He got $26 million guaranteed. Including Jackson's 2017 salary, his new contract is worth $56.705 million, and locks up the No. 81 overall pick of the 2014 draft through 2022. Aside from extending Derek Carr, Jackson was the Raiders' offseason priority. Headed into his age-26 season, Jackson has been one of the league's better guards since his rookie year. He's a road paver in the passing game, and an integral part of the Raiders' elite blocking. Jackson has never missed a game with injury.
Jun 29 - 6:46 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the Raiders and RG Gabe Jackson are "very, very early" in contract negotiations.

Anderson was told a "deal will likely get done." Set to be a free agent after the season, Jackson is next in line after the Raiders extended Derek Carr last week. Anderson reports that Jackson is looking to exceed the $10 million per year in new money Joel Bitonio got from the Browns in March. Kevin Zeitler is currently the NFL's highest paid guard at $12 million a year with Jackson's teammate Kelechi Osemele next up at $11.7 million.
Jun 29 - 12:48 PM

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


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