ALAMEDA -- The Oakland Raiders organization was deeply saddened Friday night to learn of the tragic passing of Tyson Williams, son of defensive line coach Terrell Williams.
Tyson, who just days ago had celebrated his fourth birthday, acquired a sudden and unexpected illness earlier this month and passed away Friday at Oakland Childrens Hospital after battling more than a week for his precious life.
We were all shocked by the news we received when we arrived in Baltimore last night, said Head Coach Dennis Allen. Terrell and Tifini have been dealing with unimaginable tragedy this week, and our hearts go out to them. Were all deeply saddened by the passing of Tyson, and our deepest sympathies go out to Terrell and his entire family.
Born in West Lafayette, Ind., on the day his dads Purdue team beat Michigan in Ann Arbor, Nov. 1, 2008, Tyson in four short years had made countless friends in Indiana, Texas and California. He loved cartoons, and his family especially was proud of how caring he was to his eight-month-old brother, Tahj. In fact, before Tyson passed away, he taught his brother to clap.
The Williams family appreciates its privacy during this extremely difficult time. The family will hold a private memorial service this week.
Allen said the defensive coaching staff will share the workload in Williams absence, and Williams will have as much time as he needs to mourn with his family before returning to the team.
Those that wish to send condolences should mail them to Williams at team headquarters, 1220 Harbor Bay Parkway; Alameda, CA 94502.
Courtesy Oakland Raiders media services
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.
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.