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Derek Carr has date in mind to get extension done with Raiders

Derek Carr has date in mind to get extension done with Raiders

ALAMEDA – Raiders quarterback Derek Carr’s contract will get extended. There’s no doubt about that.

General manager Reggie McKenzie said serious contract talks will start after the NFL Draft. Carr has an idea when he hopes they will end. The team’s franchise signal caller would like a new deal done before training camp, when he prefers to shift focus entirely on football.

Carr said preliminary talks have been good, setting up what he believes will be an easy extension process. Carr’s agent Tim Younger will do the heavy lifting in this regard, but the quarterback said he’d like to stay involved during the process.

“The communication from both sides has been great,” Carr said Monday, the start of the Raiders offseason program. "They let me know exactly where they’re at, what they’re trying to do. We let them know where we’re at, what we’re trying to do. So, it hasn’t been hard. It’s been easy. Reggie sat down and talked to me. It’s not like some divide or anything. We’re a family, so we’re just trying to figure all of that out. We’ll let the draft happen. Reggie said he wanted to do it after the draft. They’ve been talking a little bit to build it, but I’ll let them handle that and hopefully it just gets done before training camp. Because, once football, training camp starts, I won’t even answer my phone if it has to do with that.”

Carr will start pulling some serious cash, likely with a nine-figure contract that keeps him in silver and black a long, long time. Carr is aware those figures could be high.

“It makes me just super grateful,” Carr said. “I know that that’s going to help a lot of people. I get overwhelmed by it because I know how many people that will help. Not only with my family, my wife’s family, around this country. Even in Haiti, I have a heart for those people in Haiti who I love dearly and that’s the cool thing to me is that we’ll be in a cool position to where we can help a lot of people.”

McKenzie would like to extend the top three picks from his excellent 2014 draft class. The Raiders can exercise a fifth-year option on first-round pick Khalil Mack and will do so by May, but third-round pick Gabe Jackson is also due a big payday.

Carr is first up, though there’s other money earmarked for other guys. That has limited the Raiders some in free agency, keeping them from locking down some other needs. McKenzie prefers to reward his own players over getting new guys, especially at key positions like quarterback and edge rusher. Mack knows his time will come, with a Von Miller-esque contract likely on the horizon.

Mack’s new deal won’t coincide with Carr’s, but the reigning NFL defensive player of the year isn’t stressing about it right now.

“That’s the whole point, to stay focused,” Mack said. “I’m not even really worried about that. That stuff will take care of itself. You have agents and those types of people to worry about for you. That’s the whole point with us for sure. You can talk about it here and there, the focus really comes down to winning ball games and grinding with your teammates and brothers and making this experience worth a lifetime. You have to approach this season like it’s your last.”

 

Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

Raiders cornerback Sean Smith has been charged with assault, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday.

The charge is for assault of his sister's boyfriend in Smith's hometown of Pasadena. Smith allegedly beat and stomped the boyfriend's head on the morning of July 4, 2017 in Old Town Pasadena, the district attorney said.

Smith faces formal felony counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury to the victim.

The 30-year old plans to fight the charges levied against him. 

"Sean maintains his innocence at this time," Smith's attorney, Daniel Rosenberg told NBC Sports Califorinia on Thursday evening. "We are going to be entering a plea of not guilty and fighting these charges."

A warrant was filed on Aug. 16. Smith's arriagnment is scheduled for Sept. 29. 

Smith was not present at Thursday's Raiders practice, the last session of training camp. He surrendered to Los Angeles County authorities, posted an $80,000 bond and has been released from custody.

If convicted as charged, Smith could face a maximum sentence of seven years in California prison. 

A Raiders spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The case is still under investigation by the Pasadena Police Department. 

This is another blow in a rough summer for Smith. He has struggled on the practice field during training camp and faces an off-field legal issue. Smith is guaranteed $9.5 million for the 2017 season. 

More to come...

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

NAPA – Marshawn Lynch spoke with the media Thursday for the second time as a Raider. He was quick-witted, disarming and, as always, not suitable for work.

It was five minutes of peak Marshawn, where he brought light to his charitable endeavors, called himself the “daddy” of his position group and cleverly sidestepped all things nation anthem.

He was asked four questions on other topics before elephant in the room was mentioned. It didn’t stick around long.

“I think the elephant left the room because a little mouse ran in here,” Lynch deadpanned. “Didn’t they say elephants are scared of mice or something? That [expletive] left the room, cousin.”

[RATTO: Lynch reminds media how much control he exerts over any interaction]

Two more related questions came down the pike. The first was about Del Rio letting players be themselves. He answered a different question instead.

“Yeah, because on ‘doctor-24,’ it’s a designed way that you’re supposed to run it but I have all freedom to go any way that I choose to run it,” Lynch said. “I would say, yes.”

The final anthem-esque query was deflected in a similar fashion.

“When we run ‘74’ or something like that, where I have to scan and read on both sides, that is pretty difficult. For the most part, I’m a veteran so I can make it work.”

Two things were crystal clear after speaking with Lynch.

He didn’t miss football one bit during his year in retirement. Lynch said this spring he decided to return after the Raiders were approved to relocate away from his native Oakland. He wants to represent his hometown well and give them something to cheer before the team leaves for Las Vegas.

That’s why he’s fired up even for Saturday’s exhibition against the Rams – he’s expected to make a cameo in that game – his first in Oakland wearing silver and black.

“It’s truly a blessing and just to have the opportunity to go and do that is a good [expletive] feeling,” Lynch said. “It’s a good [expletive] feeling.”

Lynch has always been active in the community, and hopes him playing here will bring more visibility to what’s being done to help kids in Oakland.

“I plan on continuing to do what I do in the community,” Lynch said. “It’ll probably be that now that I’m here, more people that are in the community might actually come out and support what it is that we’ve got going on.”