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Brown a Hall of Fame semifinalist again

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Brown a Hall of Fame semifinalist again

Tim Brown, Roger Craig and Ron Wolf were the only ones with ties to the Raiders to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 26-person semifinalist list, which was announced Tuesday afternoon."Thanks for all the love and support!" Brown Tweeted after the announcement. "Hopefully I'll make it this year! If not, still gotta keep moving forward!"Brown played with the Raiders from 1988 through 2003 and was a nine-time Pro Bowler and two-time All Pro. He played one season, 2004, in Tampa Bay and retired with 1,094 receptions (which was third-most in league history when he retired) for 14,934 yards (No. 2 when he retired) and 100 touchdowns (tied for third when he retired).He is a two-time finalist for Hall consideration.

Craig, meanwhile, spent only one season with the Raiders, 1991, when the franchise was in Los Angeles.Wolf, being considered as a contributor to the game, had two stints in the Raiders' front office, 1963-1974 and 1978-1990.The 15 finalists for the 2012 class will be announced in January and the Hall of Fame Class will be announced on Feb. 4 in Indianapolis, the day before Super Bowl XLVI.
The complete list of 26 modern-era semifinalists is as follows:

Steve Atwater, S 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets
Jerome Bettis, RB 1993-95 Los AngelesSt. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers
Tim Brown, WRKR 1988-2003 Los AngelesOakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Cris Carter, WR 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins
Don Coryell, Coach 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers
Roger Craig, RB 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings
Terrell Davis, RB 1995-2001 Denver Broncos
Dermontti Dawson, C 1988-2000 Pittsburgh Steelers
Edward DeBartolo Jr., Owner 1979-2000 San Francisco 49ers
Chris Doleman, DELB 1985-1993, 1999 Minnesota Vikings, 1994-95 Atlanta Falcons, 1996-98 San Francisco 49ers
Kevin Greene, LBDE 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers
Charles Haley, DELB 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys
Cortez Kennedy, DT 1990-2000 Seattle Seahawks
Curtis Martin, RB 1995-97 New England Patriots, 1998-2005 New York Jets
Clay Matthews, LB 1978-1993 Cleveland Browns, 1994-96 Atlanta Falcons
Karl Mecklenburg, LB 1983-1994 Denver Broncos
Bill Parcells, Coach 1983-1990 New York Giants, 1993-96 New England Patriots, 1997-99 New York Jets, 2003-06 Dallas Cowboys
Andre Reed, WR 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins
Willie Roaf, T 1993-2001 New Orleans Saints, 2002-05 Kansas City Chiefs
Donnie Shell, S 1974-1987 Pittsburgh Steelers
Will Shields, G 1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs
Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner 1989-2006 National Football League
Steve Tasker, STWR 1985-86 Houston Oilers, 1986-1997 Buffalo Bills
Aeneas Williams, CBS 1991-2000 PhoenixArizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams
Ron Wolf, Contributor 1963-1974, 1978-1990 OaklandLos Angeles Raiders, 1975-77 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1990 New York Jets, 1991 -2001 Green Bay Packers
George Young, Contributor 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts, 1975-78 Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 National Football League

Raiders sign second-rounder Melifonwu, leaving one draft pick unsigned

Raiders sign second-rounder Melifonwu, leaving one draft pick unsigned

Obi Melifonwu entered Wednesday as the only second-round draft pick without a signed rookie contract. Later that afternoon, he joined the group.

The safety from UConn put pen to paper on a four-year deal at the Napa Valley Marriott, allowing him to join pre-training camp activities. Veterans report on Friday and camp’s first full-squad practice starts Saturday morning.

The pact took longer than the Raiders or Melifonwu had hoped. There's little room for fiscal movement in the rookie wage scale, but some contract language had to be hashed out before shaking hands.

Melifonwu is slotted to make $4,509,376 over the life of the contract, with a $1,419,544 signing bonus and a $819,886 base salary in 2017, per overthecap.com.

The Raiders have one draft pick left unsigned. First-round cornerback Gareon Conley hasn’t agreed on a deal, though it’s still likely that happens before the first full practice.

The Ohio State alum’s situation could be complicated by an ongoing investigation into a sexual assault allegation stemming from an April 9 incident in Cleveland.

Head coach Jack Del Rio said in a Tuesday radio interview he expected unsigned rookie contract issues to be resolved soon.

The next Primetime? Carr receives compliment after imitating Neon Deion

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The next Primetime? Carr receives compliment after imitating Neon Deion

Watch out Jalen Richard. You have some competition for your punt returning job.

Okay, not really.

But quarterback Derek Carr got in on the action Tuesday. In a video posted by the Raiders on Twitter, Carr fielded a punt and ran it back to the endzone for a touchdown.

He proceeded to do Deion Sanders' touchdown dance and that elicited a response from the Pro Football Hall of Famer.

"That's 1 of the many reasons why I gots mad love for @derekcarrqb he is the #Truth," Sanders wrote in a quote tweet.

Carr has yet to respond.