ALAMEDA -- If Hue Jackson was Nino Brown in the courtroom scene of "New Jack City," taking just about everyone associated with him down with him following Sunday's playoff-extinguishing loss to San Diego, he was a more cool, calm, collected and, yes, calculated customer the day after.Jackson's rage had slowed to a simmer as he spoke for 35 minutes in his season-ended media conference.Oh, be sure, he was still seething, but Jackson was not throwing players or coordinators under the bus and then driving over them himself on Monday. And he had not relieved defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan of his dutiesyet."The year is over now," Jackson said, "now I can tell you what I really feel, and what's really on my mind."Meaning everything he said to reporters and, by extension, the paying fans, all season long was hogwash?Maybe not, but you get the drift. Because of course Jackson's message to his team has a different face than the one he wears in public. It should.And since we're being honest now, I asked Jackson if he would be involved in the search for a new general manager, and if it would be awkward, considering he would essentially be helping in the hiring of his new boss."I don't know that," Jackson said. "But I don't think it would be awkward. I'm pretty comfortable with who I am and what I am. I'm not going to get caught up in who we hire and who we bring in here. I know how that works. I know when people mention that, 'Well, if they hire a G.M., then he's going to want to bring in his own head coach.'"And hey, if that's what Mark (Davis) decided to do, that's his right. I don't think that that's the case, but that is his right. But at the end of the day, whoever comes here, I think it's going to be somebody who wants to share the same vision as a I do, which is winning a championship, which is getting the organization back to being better than average. Because we should be, and we can be."Asked then if he's already been a part of the conversation, Jackson said there has been some talk."But we haven't said exactly who, what, when, where and how," Jackson said. "But I do know that there's going to be somebody that we do bring in here and talk to and do those things with. But we haven't just nailed it down or anything like that."Asked again if he's part of the process, Jackson answered, "I think I will be. But how involved, I don't know that. I mean, I think (Mark Davis will) let me know that as we move forward."It might be a dicey proposition, though, with Jackson already expressing that he will have an even bigger role in the entire organization next year, and a new G.M. probably wanting to put his own stamp on things. The two personalities must mesh. At least in the beginning.Meh...just another day in the new "HueJack City."
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
Through the office of mayor Libby Schaaf, the City of Oakland issued the following statement on Friday, revealing a letter they sent to the NFL a day earlier highlighting the viability and appeal of keeping the Raiders in Oakland.
OAKLAND, CA — Today, the City of Oakland, Alameda County, the Lott Group and Fortress, who have been working in concert to develop a fully-financed local stadium proposal for the Oakland Raiders, shared publicly documents detailing the strength of the Oakland plan.
Specifically, they made public for the first time, their most recent correspondence to the NFL. The letters and accompanying documents were sent in follow-up to a March 6, 2017 presentation Mayor Libby Schaaf and former NFL player and real estate investor Ronnie Lott made to the NFL’s Joint Stadium and Finance Committee that outlined the economic advantages to the league and the team of staying in Oakland.
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“We’re not giving up in the fourth quarter,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “Since I took office two years ago, I have been focused on taking a team-centered approach that is responsible to the Raiders, the NFL, the fans and the taxpayers of Oakland. We’ve been successful in doing the environmental clearance, aligning the City and the County which jointly own the land, engaging the league and bringing partners to the table in the Lott Group and Fortress who have the financial backing, compassion for this community and intimate knowledge of the game -- on and off the field -- to get a deal done. All that’s missing is the Raiders.”
“I know how passionate the Bay Area is about the Raiders,” said NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. “To rip this team away from Oakland for a second time would be heartbreaking and entirely unnecessary given that we have a viable option on the table that keeps them here and helps this community and the team grow. We have a sophisticated financial partner in Fortress. We have done the due diligence, and it is clear that the only fully-financed, ready-to-roll option for the Raiders is in Oakland.”
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Council President Larry Reid, whose district is home to the existing Coliseum and the proposed new stadium site, Lott Group partner and former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete and Fortress Managing Director Drew McKnight plan to gather with fans, local business leaders, nearby residents and other community members to demonstrate support for the Oakland stadium plan at events planned for Saturday, March 25. This is the day before NFL owners begin a series of meetings during which they are expected to discuss, and possibly vote on Raiders’ owner Mark Davis’ request to move the team to Las Vegas.
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