49ers, Raiders well-represented at Pro Bowl


49ers, Raiders well-represented at Pro Bowl

The 49ers and Raiders will be well-represented at the 2012 Pro Bowl. Players were announced Tuesday for the 43-man rosters for the AFC and NFC squads.

San Francisco placed eight players on the roster: Patrick Willis, Justin Smith, Joe Staley, Andy Lee, David Akers and Carlos Rogers as starters, with Frank Gore and Dashon Goldson as reserves.

Willis is the first 49ers player to make it to the Pro Bowl in each of his first five seasons. He ranks second on the team with 115 tackles, with two sacks, one interception, a career-high four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 12 passes defensed.

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Oakland will send a three players to the game, led by kicker Sebastian Janikowski. Also selected for the Raiders were Richard Seymour and Shane Lechler.

Janikowski is the Raiders' all-time leading scorer with 1,257 points. Last season he was named a Pro Bowl alternate. He tied an NFL record with a 63-yard field goal just before the halftime in the 2011 season opener at Denver. Janikowski connected on a team-record six field goals on Nov. 27.

Safety Tyvon Branch, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, running back Darren McFadden and fullback Marcel Reece have been named Pro Bowl alternates for the Raiders.

The game is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 29 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

Tom Brady, New England
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh
Philip Rivers, San Diego
Ray Rice, Baltimore
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville
Arian Foster, Houston
Vonta Leach, Baltimore
Wes Welker, New England
Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh
A.J. Green, Cincinnati
Brandon Marshall, Miami
Rob Gronkowski, New England
Antonio Gates, San Diego
Joe Thomas, Cleveland
Jake Long, Miami
D'Brickashaw Ferguson, N.Y. Jets
Logan Mankins, New England
Brian Waters, New England
Marshal Yanda, Baltimore
Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh
Nick Mangold, N.Y. Jets

Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis
Andre Carter, New England
Elvis Dumervil, Denver
Haloti Ngata, Baltimore
Vince Wilfork, New England
Richard Seymour, Oakland
Terrell Suggs, Baltimore
Von Miller, Denver
Tamba Hali, Kansas City
Ray Lewis, Baltimore
Derrick Johnson, Kansas City
Darrelle Revis, N.Y. Jets
Champ Bailey, Denver
Johnathan Joseph, Houston
Ed Reed, Baltimore
Eric Weddle, San Diego
Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh

Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh
Matthew Slater, New England

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
Drew Brees, New Orleans
Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants
LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia
Matt Forte, Chicago
Frank Gore, 49ersFULLBACK
John Kuhn, Green Bay
Calvin Johnson, Detroit
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona
Steve Smith, Carolina
Greg Jennings, Green Bay
Jimmy Graham, New Orleans
Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta
Jason Peters, Philadelphia
Joe Staley, 49ers
Jermon Bushrod, New Orleans
Jahri Evans, New Orleans
Carl Nicks, New Orleans
Davin Joseph, Tampa Bay
Ryan Kalil, Carolina
Scott Wells, Green Bay

Jared Allen, Minnesota
Jason Babin, Philadelphia
Jason Pierre-Paul, N.Y. Giants

INTERIOR LINEMAN Justin Smith, 49ers
Jay Ratliff, Dallas
B.J. Raji, Green Bay
DeMarcus Ware, Dallas
Clay Matthews, Green Bay
Lance Briggs, Chicago
Brian Urlacher, Chicago
Charles Woodson, Green Bay
Carlos Rogers, 49ers
Charles Tillman, Chicago
Earl Thomas, Seattle
Dashon Goldson, 49ers
Adrian Wilson, Arizona

Patrick Peterson, Arizona
Corey Graham, Chicago

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Raiders offensive lineman next in line for extension with Carr's deal done

Raiders offensive lineman next in line for extension with Carr's deal done

The Raiders locked up Derek Carr last week, signing their franchise quarterback to a five-year, $125 million contract extension.

He isn’t the only member of the 2014 draft class worthy of a raise. Edge rusher Khalil Mack will get a big one, likely at some point next offseason. The Raiders have some time with Mack after exercising a fifth-year contract option available for first-round picks.

General manager Reggie McKenzie didn’t have that luxury with Carr, and his 2014 second-round pick cashed in before formally entering a contract year.

Right guard Gabe Jackson could do the exact same thing. McKenzie prefers to draft, develop and reward homegrown talent, and the 2014 third-round pick should be next in line to do so.

McKenzie has said back in March that he’d like to extend Jackson’s contract, though there isn’t a deadline to do so.

“There’s no timetable,” general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “But, I alluded to earlier in the offseason that Gabe is one of the guys I want to get locked up.”

That could happen later this offseason, or further into training camp. Despite paying Carr an NFL-record $25 million in 2017, his contract is structured in such a way that there’s room for another offseason extension. That was important for Carr, that the Raiders can sign other members of this young core.

“We figured out a way to do it,” Carr said, “so that we have the opportunity to sign the other guys that I think are important to this organization.”

The Raiders have roughly $18 million in salary cap space after the Carr deal. Some of that is earmarked for the team’s top three draft picks, which remain unsigned to this point. A large sum could go to Jackson as incentive to sign up early, well before he’s eligible to hit the unrestricted free agency.

The offensive guard market is booming, with bigger deals going to a position group generally lower than other spots on the offensive line. The Raiders contributed to that inflation in 2016, signing left guard Kelechi Osemele to a five-year, $58.5 deal with $25.4 million in guarantees.

Osemele is one of eight guards with contracts worth $40 million or more, a list that includes two right guards. Jackson played left guard – the more valued position – until Osemele showed up. He moved to the right without complaint.

Jackson thrived there as well. He didn’t allow a sack in 2016, according to analytics site Pro Football Focus, with 27 quarterback pressures in 735 pass-blocking snaps. Jackson has been a strong run blocker as a pro, where he has started 44 games in three NFL seasons.

Finding proper value to entice Jackson to sign while remaining on budget is McKenzie’s next task, trying to keep a valuable offensive lineman in place for years to come.

Carr plans to spread new wealth after Raiders contract extension

Carr plans to spread new wealth after Raiders contract extension

ALAMEDA – Derek Carr isn’t one for extravagance. The low-key Raiders quarterback already has some nice cars, a house and some luxury items to his name, but signing a $125 million contract extension Friday morning won't prompt a spending spree.

Cornerback Sean Smith suggested he get a Bugatti. That’s a $1 million car.

“Yeah,” Carr said with a smirk. “That’s not going to happen.”

That isn’t the 26-year old’s style. Carr had a his own plan after signing on the dotted line.

“I’ve been eating clean,” Carr said. “I’ll probably get Chick-fil-A.”

That makes sense. This is a guy who celebrated his first NFL victory with a trip through a Carl’s Jr. drive-in.

There will be other purchases. His wife Heather will get something nice in the near future. His family, especially Heather and sons Dallas and Deker, will be taken care of for life.

After all that, Carr plans to spread the wealth.

“The exciting thing for me moneywise, honestly, is this money is going to help a lot of people,” Carr said. “I’m very thankful to have it, that it’s in our hands because it’s going to help people. Not only in this country, but in a lot of countries around the world. That’s what’s exciting to me.”

Carr and former Raiders running back Latavius Murray took a missionary trip to Haiti, an impoverished nation had a profound impact on the star quarterback.

“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… I cry sometimes thinking about it,” Carr said. “So, 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.”

He plans to support those in that area, in addition to global and domestic charities he has been involved with over the years. Don’t expect a press release accompanying every donation. Carr would rather keep those decisions private.

“I’m going to do my best to make sure no one knows what we do with it,” Carr said. “I’ll just say this, I can assure you that it’s going to help a lot of people. I’m not stingy. My business manager will probably be on me saying, ‘Hey man, that’s enough.’ I won’t get into when, how or why. It’s not all about that for me. It’s about making a difference. That’s what’s exciting for me is that we’ll be able to do that.”