McFadden, Ford absent at practice


McFadden, Ford absent at practice

The two most talked-about feet in Silver and Blackdom were physically absent Monday but metaphorically front and center when it came to the Raiders' injury report.Running back Darren McFadden, who has not practiced, let alone played, since suffering a right mid-foot sprain in Oakland's opening series against Kansas City on Oct. 23, was out of his walking boot Monday morning.However, receiverreturner Jacoby Ford, who suffered a sprained left foot Thursday in the Raiders' 24-17 primetime defeat of San Diego, was still utilizing his walking boot."I have a team to coach and I can't worry about all the injuries and those things," coach Hue Jackson said when asked if he monitors injuries on his own, or is he prefers to just be told when a player is ready to play.The Raiders play at Minnesota on Sunday."We have a team of doctors that handle that," Jackson added. "They're normally going to tell me when a guy can play and I trust their judgment and what they do. That's their job. I'm not a doctor. There are times when I want to know right away because as you start to build a gameplan you need to know."But we're early in the week -- it's Monday. By tomorrow when we really start laying all the foundation for a gameplan, I have to know who has a possibility of playing, at least. Nobody's been ruled out as of now, so we'll go through the week and see where we're at."On Friday, Ford spoke to reporters while on crutches and in his boot."It's feeling a little better than it did last night," Ford said at the time, "so that's a positive."It happens. You have to keep your head up and keep pushing forward."Ford was injured after catching a 41-yard pass from Carson Palmer in the first quarter and trying to spin away from the tackle of Dante Hughes. It appeared as though his foot was caught in the grass and underneath Hughes.Helped off the field, Ford was carted into the Raiders locker room but returned after halftime on crutches.He was also asked if his injury was similar to McFadden's."Nah, I don't think it's like his," Ford said. "I think it's something different. Hopefully it's not severe."In Ford's absence, rookie Denarius Moore had another breakout game with five catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns. And rookie Taiwan Jones returned kickoffs.Michael Bush, meanwhile, has wracked up 99-, 96- and 157-yard rushing games with McFadden sidelined. Plus, his 242 total yards from scrimmage against San Diego on Thursday was the most since Bo Jackson had 235 against Seattle in 1987 and the most by a Raiders player since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger.Jackson said McFadden is "getting closer" to returning."When I saw him he wasn't (wearing the boot)," Jackson said. "That doesn't mean that he's not using it, but when I saw him he was not in the boot at that time. I know we're getting closer to getting him back out here. I know he's working his tail off."When I saw him this morning he looked good. Until we get closer later on in the week and we know exactly where he is, I don't want to speculate."And Ford?"We're going to know more as we move through the week," Jackson said. "I don't know exactly what it iswe're going to just evaluate as we move through the week and see where he is."

Raiders offensive lineman next in line for extension with Carr's deal done

Raiders offensive lineman next in line for extension with Carr's deal done

The Raiders locked up Derek Carr last week, signing their franchise quarterback to a five-year, $125 million contract extension.

He isn’t the only member of the 2014 draft class worthy of a raise. Edge rusher Khalil Mack will get a big one, likely at some point next offseason. The Raiders have some time with Mack after exercising a fifth-year contract option available for first-round picks.

General manager Reggie McKenzie didn’t have that luxury with Carr, and his 2014 second-round pick cashed in before formally entering a contract year.

Right guard Gabe Jackson could do the exact same thing. McKenzie prefers to draft, develop and reward homegrown talent, and the 2014 third-round pick should be next in line to do so.

McKenzie has said back in March that he’d like to extend Jackson’s contract, though there isn’t a deadline to do so.

“There’s no timetable,” general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “But, I alluded to earlier in the offseason that Gabe is one of the guys I want to get locked up.”

That could happen later this offseason, or further into training camp. Despite paying Carr an NFL-record $25 million in 2017, his contract is structured in such a way that there’s room for another offseason extension. That was important for Carr, that the Raiders can sign other members of this young core.

“We figured out a way to do it,” Carr said, “so that we have the opportunity to sign the other guys that I think are important to this organization.”

The Raiders have roughly $18 million in salary cap space after the Carr deal. Some of that is earmarked for the team’s top three draft picks, which remain unsigned to this point. A large sum could go to Jackson as incentive to sign up early, well before he’s eligible to hit the unrestricted free agency.

The offensive guard market is booming, with bigger deals going to a position group generally lower than other spots on the offensive line. The Raiders contributed to that inflation in 2016, signing left guard Kelechi Osemele to a five-year, $58.5 deal with $25.4 million in guarantees.

Osemele is one of eight guards with contracts worth $40 million or more, a list that includes two right guards. Jackson played left guard – the more valued position – until Osemele showed up. He moved to the right without complaint.

Jackson thrived there as well. He didn’t allow a sack in 2016, according to analytics site Pro Football Focus, with 27 quarterback pressures in 735 pass-blocking snaps. Jackson has been a strong run blocker as a pro, where he has started 44 games in three NFL seasons.

Finding proper value to entice Jackson to sign while remaining on budget is McKenzie’s next task, trying to keep a valuable offensive lineman in place for years to come.

Carr plans to spread new wealth after Raiders contract extension

Carr plans to spread new wealth after Raiders contract extension

ALAMEDA – Derek Carr isn’t one for extravagance. The low-key Raiders quarterback already has some nice cars, a house and some luxury items to his name, but signing a $125 million contract extension Friday morning won't prompt a spending spree.

Cornerback Sean Smith suggested he get a Bugatti. That’s a $1 million car.

“Yeah,” Carr said with a smirk. “That’s not going to happen.”

That isn’t the 26-year old’s style. Carr had a his own plan after signing on the dotted line.

“I’ve been eating clean,” Carr said. “I’ll probably get Chick-fil-A.”

That makes sense. This is a guy who celebrated his first NFL victory with a trip through a Carl’s Jr. drive-in.

There will be other purchases. His wife Heather will get something nice in the near future. His family, especially Heather and sons Dallas and Deker, will be taken care of for life.

After all that, Carr plans to spread the wealth.

“The exciting thing for me moneywise, honestly, is this money is going to help a lot of people,” Carr said. “I’m very thankful to have it, that it’s in our hands because it’s going to help people. Not only in this country, but in a lot of countries around the world. That’s what’s exciting to me.”

Carr and former Raiders running back Latavius Murray took a missionary trip to Haiti, an impoverished nation had a profound impact on the star quarterback.

“I’ve been down to Haiti and I’ve seen some of those struggles that they have and the kids there, and my heart just… I cry sometimes thinking about it,” Carr said. “So, just knowing that we can go down there and make a difference and help, those are the kind of things that the money makes me kind of like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ Because now we can really do some things to help a lot of people.”

He plans to support those in that area, in addition to global and domestic charities he has been involved with over the years. Don’t expect a press release accompanying every donation. Carr would rather keep those decisions private.

“I’m going to do my best to make sure no one knows what we do with it,” Carr said. “I’ll just say this, I can assure you that it’s going to help a lot of people. I’m not stingy. My business manager will probably be on me saying, ‘Hey man, that’s enough.’ I won’t get into when, how or why. It’s not all about that for me. It’s about making a difference. That’s what’s exciting for me is that we’ll be able to do that.”