Huff speculates Raiders won't use franchise tag

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Huff speculates Raiders won't use franchise tag

Feb. 23, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVERAIDERS PAGE RAIDERSVIDEOPaul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.com

With the deadline for teams to apply franchise tags on players Thursday at 1 p.m. PT, Raiders second-team All-Pro free safety Michael Huff is not so sure Oakland will utilize a tag.In a Twitter conversation Wednesday evening, Huff asked me who I thought the Raiders might tag. I Tweeted, perhaps left guard Robert Gallery, maybe Huff himself and also possibly tight end Zach Miller. Or, no one. I then asked Huff his thoughts?
I'm thinking no one, Huff replied. Zach and (Michael) Bush should be restricted (free agents) and they'll let me and gallery test the market with talks still open to return.
TWITTER: Huff tweets thoughts to Paul Gutierrez
Huff is a fifth-year player, and depending upon the language in a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, he could be an unrestricted free agent. Miller and Bush are both fourth-year players. Gallery, meanwhile, was the No. 2 overall pick of the 2004 draft.Follow Paul on Twitter @PGutierrezCSN

After eating her food as kid, Lynch purchasing restaurant from 79-year-old

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After eating her food as kid, Lynch purchasing restaurant from 79-year-old

Marshawn Lynch first tasted Cassie Nickelson's food when he was nine years old while she catered out of her Oakland apartment.

"When he was 9-years-old, he came across the street to get a hamburger and French fries. 25-cent French fries and a 75-cent hamburger," Nickelson said to KTVU.

Lynch, 31, is now set to take over Nickelson's popular soul-food restaurant, Scend's Restaurant and Bar, in Emeryville. Nickelson, 79, will be retiring in August. 

"I'm comfortable with him and I like him," Nickelson said.

Lynch will not become the official owner until the liquor license changes hands. Scend's, an acronym for Nickelson's children and grandchildren, is known for its seafood, fried chicken and red beans. 

Father of Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie passes away

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Father of Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie passes away

Raider Nation is grieving on Monday.

The father of general manager Reggie McKenzie passed away recently, and the franchise issued the following statement:

"The Raiders family is saddened by the passing of Sam McKenzie Jr., father of Reggie and Raleigh McKenzie. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Raider Nation are with the McKenzie family."

No additional information is known at this time.