Brown speaks on Saints BountyGate

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Brown speaks on Saints BountyGate

Tim Brown chuckled a bit. The former Raiders receiver and three-time Hall of Fame finalist was asked his opinion of the Bounty controversy surrounding the New Orleans Saints."My answer," Brown said after stifling his laugh, "may surprise you a little bit because, I don't want to say that it's part of the game but I think it was sort of done a different way back in the day. If you got a guy out the game, that was a big deal."Maybe (the Saints) just took it too far."Brown, in town for the Raiders' Commitment to Excellence Award dinner at the Oakland Airport Hilton honoring recipient Rock Cartwright, spoke of the sport's nature in explaining his feelings."Football is a dirty, hard game," he said. "I mean, it's a hard game; it shouldn't be a dirty game. And if they can show any plays that were dirty, illegal (by the Saints), then I think (critics) got a point. But if somebody hits somebody a little harder, it's still football.NEWS: Another contract restructured -- Curry the latest
"Look, there were times where I made deals with guys on the field -- 'Look, brother, if you want to save your knees, you better not take my head off when I come across the middle.' Some guys went for it, some guys didn't Rodney Harrison never went for itthat's just how the game was played."Brown also spoke of such plays that went down in his playing days."It's like what the Denver Broncos did to Chester McGlockton when they ruined his career here -- they took him out and it was dirty," Brown said. "There wasn't anything legal about what they were doing. It was illegal playsthey broke his ankle. They were diving on the back of his ankle."That kind of stuff, and what we cried about back then is, that needs to be punished. And they did, they got 50,000 fine. So what. The team probably paid it, Chester didn't play the next week, they came back here for a the playoff game, we still beat them but they didn't have to deal with Big Boy that week."You show me some dirty plays that New Orleans has and I'll tell you how bad they should be punished."So how fine is that line between being dirty and just playing hard?"That line is a lot thicker than you think," Brown said. "You can tell very quickly who is being dirty, and who is playing hard. Rodney Harrison was not a dirty player. He was just a dog. He was a dog, and you knew if he got his hands on you he was going to slam you to the ground. That's not dirty, that's part of the game. There's nothing illegal about thatit is now. You can't slam now. Rodney would have been out the league a long time ago if he played now."Brown said, though, that former longtime Kansas City cornerback Dale Carter was in the other category."He'd say, 'I almost got you,' like he was trying to take you knees out," Brown claimed.

Raiders LT Donald Penn, WR Amari Cooper to skip Pro Bowl

Raiders LT Donald Penn, WR Amari Cooper to skip Pro Bowl

The Raiders had an NFL-best seven players on the initial Pro Bowl roster. The number planning to play in the league’s all-star game continues to dwindle.

That total's down to three after left tackle Donald Penn and receiver Amari Cooper bowed out. Penn won’t be ready after suffering a knee injury in the regular-season finale, an ailment that kept him out of a playoff loss at Houston. Cincinnati’s Andrew Whitworth will take Penn’s place.

Cooper battled a shoulder injury late last season, though it's uncertain exactly what is keeping him from the game. 

In addition to Penn and Cooper, Quarterback Derek Carr obviously can't play while recovering from surgery to repair a broken fibula. Edge rusher Khalil Mack also bowed out recently with what is believed to be a minor back injury.

There’s a possibility a fifth Raider will also excuse himself. Center Rodney Hudson suffered an ankle injury in the playoffs. It remains uncertain whether he’ll play in the Pro Bowl.

Safety Reggie Nelson and left guard Kelechi Osemele remain firmly in the fray at this stage. 

Source: Raiders, OL coach Mike Tice agree on new deal

Source: Raiders, OL coach Mike Tice agree on new deal

Mike Tice’s contract expired shortly after this season’s end, but there was strong belief he would retain his post with a new deal.

A league source confirmed Wednesday that a new deal was in place for Tice to remain with the Raiders. The exact length of the contract was not disclosed. Assistant coach contracts are typically set for two years, though they can be three in some cases.

Tice was the first assistant Jack Del Rio hired after being named Raiders head coach. The two are long-time friends, dating back to days playing for the Minnesota Vikings in the 1990s.

Tice was Del Rio’s assistant head coach for three seasons in Jacksonville, which made him a natural fit for a new project in Oakland. It was a smart hire. Tice has been excellent as Raiders offensive line coach, managing and scheming for one of the NFL’s best position groups.

ESPN first reported the Tice agreement.

While offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave was allowed to leave on an expired contract and is now Denver quarterbacks coach, the rest of the Raiders offensive staff remains intact.

Quarterbacks coach Todd Downing was promoted to offensive coordinator and his assistant Jake Peetz assumes his old post.

The Raiders still have a vacancy on the defensive side, with Marcus Robertson out and on to the Broncos staff.