Newton flashes 'Cam' and 'Scam' against Raiders

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Newton flashes 'Cam' and 'Scam' against Raiders

CHARLOTTE -- Cam Newton flashed all of his enviable traits at the Raiders in Carolina's 17-6 victory Sunday -- big arm, physical presence, fast feet.

But the Panthers' second-year quarterback and self-described icon and entertainer also showed his underbelly -- sneak peeks at his immaturity. And really, he did not pay the full price for any of his on-field "infractions," despite being caught on camera several times.

"I don't think he liked to get hit," offered Raiders safety Mike Mitchell. "He was doing a lot of complaining. This is full-speed tackle football.

"Complaining all the time gets old."

Early in the game, Newton threw jab-like punches at Mitchell and linebacker Miles Burris after being taken down. Then, midway through the second quarter, after being sacked by Desmond Bryant and Tommy Kelly, Newton kicked Kelly in the facemask as Kelly lifted himself from the pile. At the end of the scrum, and after Kelly went after Newton, Kelly was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.

"I wasn't fixing to take that from nobody," Kelly said. "I'm a grown-ass man.

"What you going to do when somebody kicks you? You going to take it? Nah."

Newton's response was just as hilarious.

"Looking at the replay, I realize it looked like I kicked him," Newton said. "But I was just trying to get up as fast as I can to get the next play."

One thing, though: that play occurred on 3rd-and-10 and it would have been 4th-and-19 had Kelly not reacted to getting kicked in the facemask.

Not that Raiders coach Dennis Allen was buying it, though.

"We're trying to change the culture and what we have to understand is we've got to keep our composure in those types of situations because nothing good comes out of it," Allen said. "We've got to keep our composure no matter what happens in the game."

Newton lost his in the fourth quarter.

After being taken down by Mitchell following a completed pass, Newton jumped up and got in referee Jerome Boger's face to complain about the lack of a flag. Newton bumped Boger and was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct while Boger announced it was for "bumping" the official, which would have meant an immediate ejection for Newton.

Instead…

"I misspoke when I said he bumped the official," Boger said. "What I was penalizing him for was disrespectfully addressing the official. There was some contact between he and I, but it wasn't of a malicious nature. It was where I was moving away and when I stopped to confirm what he was saying, we slightly brushed each other."

Newton remained in the game.

And still, the Raiders did a decent job of containing him. Sure, Newton had a game-high 60 yards rushing, but 29 of those yards came on one play. He also threw for 170 yards on 18-of-29 passing with a touchdown and an interception, but was sacked twice.

Plus, the Raiders had added incentive against the Panthers after Greg Hardy knocked Carson Palmer out of the game in the first quarter with a helmet to the back.

"It's the quarterback," Kelly said. "We tried to get their quarterback out of the game. Nothing illegal…

"You take our guy out, we're going to try to take your guy out. We're not out to hurt someone, but when that happens…"

Meh, if Newton bumping an official was not going to get him out of the game, what did the Raiders think they were going to do?

McKenzie: Serious talks on Carr extension coming after NFL Draft

McKenzie: Serious talks on Carr extension coming after NFL Draft

PHOENIX – Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will soon enter a contract year. There is zero chance he becomes a free agent.

The Raiders plan to work out a contract extension with their franchise quarterback this offseason, and have budgeted appropriately for what will assuredly be a massive deal.

Both sides want to get a deal done, and general manager Reggie McKenzie said there has been good communication toward that end. This should ramp up, however, later in the spring.

There isn’t a huge rush and Carr isn’t pressing to get a deal done.

“He knows what we’re trying to do in free agency, and he’s never saying, ‘I need to know now. It’s not like that,” McKenzie said. “More likely, the serious talks will happen after the (NFL) draft. The communication has been ongoing, just talking about the philosophy of a contract and the thought process around it. Hopefully when the serious talks start going, then it’s going to be easier.”

Carr is the first of three extensions the Raiders hope to complete with players from McKenzie’s revolutionary 2014 draft class.

Edge rusher Khalil Mack will get a huge deal in time, though the Raiders can exercise a fifth-year option in his contract for the 2018 season. McKenzie also said the Raiders would like to extend right guard Gabe Jackson, a three-year starter who has been a rock on the interior offensive line.

Those three guys won’t be cheap, which is why the Raiders were more conservative in free agency than years past.

“We’re going to try and get our quarterback signed. We want to get Khalil signed , and at the same time we’re trying to sign Gabe,” McKenzie said. “You have to allot some money for those guys. With that being said, we didn’t have the opportunity to go after guys like we did last year, at those numbers.”

Pete Carroll: Marshawn Lynch 'somewhat entertaining' a return to NFL

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Pete Carroll: Marshawn Lynch 'somewhat entertaining' a return to NFL

PHOENIX –Pete Carroll met with Marshawn Lynch roughly 10 days ago. The Seattle Seahawks head coach said his former running back did not say he was coming out of retirement.

Lynch, is however, considering the prospect.

“He’s somewhat entertaining the thought of it,” Carroll said Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings. “I can’t tell you how strongly. You’d have to talk to him about that, and that chance ain’t happening.”

Lynch rarely talks to the press, though he has been visible during his year away from the NFL. He guest-starred on television shows, travelled the world, promoted the heck out of Skittles and did significant charity work in his native Oakland.

Lynch retired after the 2015 season and has repeatedly said he’s happy in retirement. Carroll suggests a comeback has entered Lynch’s head, but that doesn’t mean he’s coming back for sure.

The 30-year old is an enigmatic, unpredictable fellow. If he does return, Lynch reportedly only wants to do so with the Raiders.

The Silver and Black need a powerful running back to join a rotation with Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington, and Lynch is versatile enough to produce in the Raiders’ diverse offensive system.

General manager Reggie McKenzie and head coach Jack Del Rio couldn’t comment on Lynch even in retirement, because his rights still belong to the Seahawks. He has two years remaining on a contract he signed before the 2015 season.

Seattle would have a decision to make if Lynch is reinstated. The bruising back would count $9 million against the Seahawks’ salary cap, a number that doesn’t fit into their budget.

They could release him or seek a trade, though Carroll didn’t state the Seahawks plans should Lynch decide to come back.

“I don’t know,” Carroll said. “We’ll talk about that if the time comes.”

The Raiders won’t give up draft picks to get him. Sources says the Silver and Black would strongly consider bringing him to Alameda if he were a free agent, though Lynch would have to work within the Raiders budget as well.

Carroll said Lynch would have to be motivated in a return to play his intense brand of football.

“It depends on how he has approached this offseason,” Carroll said. “The mentality of what it takes to play this game the way that he plays it, he really has to be invested and ready. He goes deep when he plays. Whether or not the burn is still inside him, I couldn’t tell that. I know he was kind of playing with the idea.”