McClain says he's done with interviews


McClain says he's done with interviews

ALAMEDA -- Rolando McClain has been anything but cooperative with the media in his young Raiders career, even if it's actually a required part of his job.So with the proclamation by the second-year middle linebacker's was done talking to the media on Thursday, in the wake of his arrest on four misdemeanor charges in his native Alabama last week, it was a tad comical."Nope," McClain said, when asked by reporters if he had a minute to talk. "I'm done for the rest of the year. Rest of my career. It was fun while it lasted."RELATED: McClain arrested in Alabama hometown after alleged gun incidentLast season, the then-rookie McClain took a shot at Raiders fans for low home attendance, saying he would only speak to the media when fans "sell out a damn game."This season, with the Raiders having already sold out all six home games, McClain has talked at least three times in the regular season, once in training camp.McClain, 22, could potentially be fined by the NFL for refusing to speak to the media.The eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft was charged last week with with assault, menacing, reckless endangerment and firing a gun inside the city limits. According to a police report, McClain held a gun to a man's head then fired it beside his ear.McClain's arraignment in Alabama is set for Jan. 24.

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Raiders general Reggie McKenzie plans to extend quarterback Derek Carr’s contract this offseason. That isn’t a new thing, something that has been in the works for some time. He re-affirmed that fact last week, citing his team’s commitment to work out a long-term deal likely the biggest in franchise history.

Carr was reportedly frustrated with the pace of contract talks after the NFL draft – they’re supposed to heat up this spring and summer – but said he believes a deal will get worked out before training camp begins.

That’s his deadline for an offseason deal, the point where he wants focus honed on football.

“I have an agent who is in charge of that and I am confident that he and Mr. (Reggie) McKenzie will work it out,” Carr, a Fresno State alum, told the Fresno Bee. “I am only focused on becoming a better football player and helping my teammates become better players.

“I have complete faith it will get done before training camp. These things take time. The Raiders know I want to be here; this is my family, and I know they want me to be their quarterback.”

The sides have discussed parameters of a long-term deal, with greater specifics to be ironed out in the future. Carr has long said he wants to be a Raider his entire career. The Raiders want him as the public face of their franchise. A new deal is expected by all parties, a sentiment that has never wavered on either side.

Carr is scheduled to make a $977,519 in base salary in 2017, the final year of his rookie contract.

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

The Raiders offseason program is five weeks old. Players have lifted weights. They’ve improved cardiovascular shape. They’ve done drills in position groups and discussed schematics. They’ve added rookies to a group now 90 strong.

On Monday, they can finally put on helmets. They still can’t wear pads or have full contact, but the Raiders can play 11-on-11. Receivers will be covered. Quarterback Derek Carr will throw into traffic. Generally speaking, the competition cranks up a bit.

The NFL collective bargaining agreement has strict mandates regarding offseason activity, and a period formally called “Phase III” allows for more realistic on-field football work.

The Raiders will conduct 10 OTA sessions over the next three weeks. The media can watch three of them. Tuesday is the first, with another in each of the next two weeks. These sessions are technically voluntary, though the Raiders generally hover around perfect attendance. Head coach Jack Del Rio prefers his team be unified in the offseason. Players know it and show up.

There is a mandatory minicamp from June 13-15 which wraps the offseason program and starts a quiet period that extends until training camp begins in late July.

These OTAs offer an opportunity for new players to learn the system, for adjustments to be made and for chemistry to be built heading into a 2017 season where expectations are high.