McCann ready for double-duty against the Bears

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McCann ready for double-duty against the Bears

ALAMEDA -- He was signed off his couch last Thursday, then was not only active on Sunday, but took on the kickoff return role when Taiwan Jones strained a hamstring.This week, with Denarius Moore's ailing right foot most likely keeping him out of the game and his punt-return duties?Bryan McCann is ready for double-duty against Chicago on Sunday at the O.co Coliseum."Really, your mindset in the NFL is you've got to be ready to go regardless," McCann said. "So even if you're preparing for a week and everybody's healthy, all it takes is one play and somebody could go down in a game. So my mentality really hasn't changed. I'm preparing the same way that I would if the people who normally play those positions were still healthy."McCann played in nine games with Dallas in 2010 and had an interception return (101 yards) and a punt return (97 yards) for scores in consecutive weeks, against the New York Giants and Detroit, respectively."That was my second and third games I ever played in," McCann said. "It was a pretty nice introduction to the NFL."But he picked up a reputation as a butterfingers, of sorts, for the Cowboys in that he fumbled six times, losing two of them."I wouldn't necessarily say it was an issue," McCann said. "Some of them were kind of -- I mean one of them, I was hit as I was catching one and just different things like that. Butif the numbers show it, the numbers don't lie. It's definitely something if people say it's an issue. I've moved on from it and gotten better from it. Haven't had any fumbles this year."McCann appeared in two games with Dallas this season before he was released on Sept. 20. He then signed with Baltimore before the Ravens waived him on Nov. 5.Then came the call from the Raiders.Three days later against the Vikings, McCann returned two kickoffs for 58 yards, with a long of 36 yards."This team is fascinating to me that way," said Raiders coach Hue Jackson. "We get a guy off the street, bring him in, run him around for a couple days and, 'Get in the game, return the kick.'

"When he was returning a kick I saw the ball being loose, 'Hey, buddy, do me a favor. Make sure you take care of that ball for me.' 'Gotcha, coach.' He was switching the ball in the game, but that's the dialogue we have.

"Who knew last week that this was going to happen, that this young man was going to be in the game returning kicks? I looked back there and seen him, which I knew we were putting him back there, I almost lost my breath for a second because I had never seen him do it out here. So here we go. It's a credit to our coaches, it's a credit to our personnel department, then it's a credit to the player that they get themselves ready because he's carrying the whole organization under his arm and his teammates and everybody. He did a great job. I look forward to him doing a great job this week."

Yes, McCann has the requisite speed to be a Raiders return man. He said he was timed as fast as 4.28 seconds in the 40-yard dash at his Pro Day at SMU in 2010. It came in handy against the Vikings.

"It was pretty cool," he said. "I didn't even really expect to play, and then we got in the game and they were just kind of asking, 'We got people going down, have you played this before? Can you step in? Can you do this?'"It's just part of the business. You've got to be ready to go at any moment."Against the Bears, he might not have any choice.

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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Oakland, Lott Group pen letter to NFL in last-ditch effort to keep Raiders

Oakland, Lott Group pen letter to NFL in last-ditch effort to keep Raiders

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.

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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.

[RELATED: Letter to NFL from Libby Schaaf, Lott Group]

“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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