Campbell: 'I have to respond'

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Campbell: 'I have to respond'

Jason Campbell spoke with the media for the first time since his season-ending clavicle injury Friday, joining The Drive on 95.7 The GAME. Here is a transcript of Campbell's interview.

On the injury:

Its frustrating. Id like be out with my teammates on Sunday.

Did you have a Why me? moment?

Coming over here was a fresh start... I felt great about coming here... This year started off really good. Overcoming so many obstacles... losing Mr. Davis. Still winning... Its such a big year for me and our team... Its not a time for me to get negative or down. I have to respond... get my health right. Once I get healthy, well see what happens from that standpoint.
On the play versus Cleveland in which he was hurt:
I knew if I cant get the read I wanted that Id probably have to run for the first down... Then Cleveland LB Scott Fujita tackled me, he landed right on top of me... the only thing I felt was a bone just crack. And I knew at the time it was my collarbone... One part of the collarbone was up and the other was down... It had broken in tow... I knew I was hurt... but just wanted to know how long? Just kept asking how long?

How much did Coach Hue Jackson talk to you about the Carson Palmer trade?

I didnt really get a chance to talk to him before the trade happened. I had surgery Sunday night... so I still didnt really know what happened. Started getting text messages... theres been a trade... and thats when I saw what happened. As a player in this league, you cant worry about the things that go on from a business side of things... you know what youre worth... you know what youve done for this franchise since you got here

My goal is to get back as healthy as possible when I can... dont get caught up with all the things going on and whats being said because we all dont know. I dont want to put myself in a position where Im stressing about stuff I dont need to be worrying about.

Do you feel disenfranchised based on the chance that youll be back this season?

...It upsets you to a point, but youve been in these shoes before... You just dont ever know whats going to happen... dont get caught up in it.

What was going through your mind when you saw the Hue Jackson Carson Palmer press conference?
I was halfway still on pain medicine. It was kind of a moment of silence. My fianc looked at me to see if I was gonna say something. Theres different things that go through your mind but you dont want to fill your mind with those thoughts... My whole mindset right now is to keep things as positive as possible... I want to be as supportive as to them my teammates as they were to me... Everything will work itself out.

Can Carson Palmer come in and play this Sunday?

...Theyd have to cut down some of the playbook because we do a lot of different shifts and motions to try to keep defenses on their heels and from that standpoint, you have to try to do things thats easy for him and at the same point, he can adjust to because hes been out of football for awhile... They will definitely have to simplify a lot of the offense.
What has Coach Hue Jackson said to you about your future with the team?

He said Dont worry about any of the things out there being said... just worry about getting healthy. I still believe in you. We brought you here. Youve done everything weve asked of you. You helped turn the franchise around. Youre winning. Youre playing good. Dont get frustrated... just focus on getting back healthy and move forward.
How are you thinking about moving forward for the rest of the season?

My standpoint is that Ive built such a relationship with these guys. Im very close to a lot of the guys on the team... and its hard not to be there with them. My standpoint is I dont know what the future holds... My goal is that when Im healthy and get back on the field, and play, and play well, and then well see what happens.

How would you sum up Raider Nation to Carson Palmer?

First, I appreciate everything that Raider Nation has done since Ive been injured... as a player, you really take that to heart. My family, they really appreciate it. When you come here, to the Raiders, this is a real fan base... Im so happy for them to see a football team... to give them something to cheer about.

Raiders head to NFL owners meetings looking for Las Vegas approval

Raiders head to NFL owners meetings looking for Las Vegas approval

PHOENIX -- All signs point to the Raiders being approved for relocation to Las Vegas. It could happen as early as Monday, when the topic will be discussed at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix. It could be Tuesday. Or in May. Or at any point in a conference call.

The timing is less important than the ultimate outcome. The when is uncertain. The what seems likely, though not guaranteed, at this stage.

The Raiders need 24 of 32 approval votes to relocate and start construction on new digs.

The Raiders have presented a solid application to the NFL, centered on a stadium proposal in Las Vegas that includes $750 million in public funds for stadium construction. Bank of America, who is financing the project, is expected to loan the Raiders money to complete a financing plan that includes the public contribution and $500 million from the team and the NFL.

The Sports Business Journal reported on Sunday that the estimated stadium cost has dropped to $1.7 billion, and will receive $200 million in infrastructure improvements not included in their construction contribution.

League sources continue to say approval is expected. There is great confidence within the Raiders organization a vote will go their way.

Some issues remain, though none are significant roadblocks. A stadium lease hasn’t been finalized and a site hasn’t been formally announced – it’s reportedly set for a spot just off the Las Vegas Strip near Russell Road – so approval would likely come with conditions that could be met in time.

The Raiders worked a sweetheart deal that mines significant money from the public. They don’t have investors with direct ties to gambling. And, as important as anything else, the NFL doesn’t believe Oakland has a viable plan to keep the Raiders in an otherwise attractive, booming market.

That includes the latest proposal from the Oakland and financial partner Fortress Investments announced on Friday that makes certain concessions aimed at getting the Raiders back to the table.

The Silver and Black haven’t worked with East Bay officials in more than as year, as they’ve shifted complete focus to their Las Vegas quest.

The revised Oakland plan didn’t move the needle, a league executive said. That point was made crystal clear in a letter NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent to Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf.

“The material that we reviewed earlier today confirms certain information that had previously been communicated orally, such as a willingness to bring bank financing to a stadium project, and a proposed valuation of the land at the Coliseum site,” Goodell wrote in a letter obtained by Bay Area News Group. “It also confirms that key issues that we have identified as threshold considerations are simply not resolvable in a reasonable time. In that respect, the information sent today does not present a proposal that is clear and specific, actionable in a reasonable timeframe, and free of major contingencies.”

That virtually eliminates the prospect of Oakland planting doubt in NFL owners’ minds heading into a pivotal discussion on the topic Monday at the Arizona Biltmore hotel.

It’s possible the stadium and finance committee will make a formal recommendation on the Raiders application to relocate. That could precede a vote, and generally holds significant weight among undecided owners.

A league source said the new Oakland plan will be a talking point, though it may not be viewed in a flattering light. That’s especially true in light of Goodell’s letter.

“At this date, there remains no certainty regarding how the site will be fully developed, or the specific and contractually-defined nature of the participation by Fortress or other parties,” Goodell wrote. “In addition, the long-term nature of the commitment to the A’s remains a significant complication and the resolution of that issue remains unknown. Other significant uncertainties, which we have previously identified, remain unaddressed. We had hoped that the past two years would have allowed both of us to develop a viable project.”

Peterson blasts report over salary demands, outlines main objectives

Peterson blasts report over salary demands, outlines main objectives

Adrian Peterson played defense on Friday night.

Hours after a report suggesting that the four-time All-Pro running back was still a free agent due to salary demands, the former Viking posted a lengthy statement on Instagram along with a video of his running an agility drill.

"YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD"

Early in the free agency period, the Raiders were linked to Peterson, but nothing came of those rumors.

The Raiders, in need of a feature back after Latavius Murray signed with the Vikings, are reportedly pursuing the possibility of luring Oakland-native Marshawn Lynch out of retirement.

Peterson was scheduled to make $18 million in 2017, but the Vikings declined to exercise his contract, making him a free agent. The 2012 NFL MVP turned 32 on March 21 and played in just three games in 2016 due to a major knee injury.

According to the ESPN report, Peterson was looking for a contract that paid him over $8 million in the first year of the deal.

YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD

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