NFL -- 2012 franchise players by team


NFL -- 2012 franchise players by team

NEW YORK (AP) Contracts for players designated by teams as franchise players for 2012:

Arizona, DE Calais Campbell, five years, 55 million

Baltimore, RB Ray Rice, five years, 40 million

Chicago, RB Matt Forte, four years, 32 million

Cincinnati, K Mike Nugent, one year, 2.654 million

Cleveland, K Phil Dawson, one year, 3.8 million

Denver, K Matt Prater, four years, 13 million

Indianapolis, DE Robert Mathis, four years, 36 million

Jacksonville, K Josh Scobee, four years, 13.8 million

New England, WR Wes Welker, one year, 9.5 million

New Orleans, QB Drew Brees, five years, 100 million

New York Giants, P Steve Weatherford, five years, 12.75 million

Philadelphia, WR DeSean Jackson, five years, 51 million

RAIDERS, S Tyvon Branch, four years, 26 million

Tampa Bay, K Connor Barth, four years 13.2 million

Tennessee, S Michael Griffin, five years, 36 million

Washington, TE Fred Davis, one year, 5.446 million


Atlanta, CB Brent Grimes, 10.2 million

Dallas, LB Anthony Spencer, 8.8 million

Detroit, DE Cliff Avril, 10.6 million

Kansas City, WR Dwayne Bowe, 9.5 million

49ERS, S Dashon Goldson, 6.2 million

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Derek Carr is on the mend. The Raiders franchise quarterback had surgery to repair his fibula shortly after he broke it in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, and is recovering well during the offseason.

Carr insisted on intense rehab this winter in an attempt – however unlikely it may have been – to return should the Raiders have played in the Super Bowl. It slowed to a normal pace after the Raiders' loss at Houston in the postseason’s opening round, but those in contact with him say he’s making strides.

Left tackle Donald Penn was recently in contact with Carr, and provided an update on Monday during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network.

“I texted Derek (a few) days ago checking in,” Penn said, “and he said he’s almost 100 percent.”

Surgically-repaired broken filbulas take significant time to heal, and the Raiders plan to be conservative with their MVP candidate during the offseason. Derek Carr’s brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr, who was on set with Penn on Monday, said Derek could be back for offseason work.

“He’s doing good,” David Carr said. “He’s walking around already, stretching it out. You can’t do a lot for the bone, right? But he’s going to be back. He’s going to get a whole full offseason in. That’s going to be the best part.”

Del Rio’s anxiety level up with trio of Raiders going extreme in New Zealand


Del Rio’s anxiety level up with trio of Raiders going extreme in New Zealand

Raiders Pro Bowl left guard Kelechi Osemele, running back Taiwan Jones and safety Brynden Trawick are currently enjoying their offseason in New Zealand. 

But a few videos they posted going white-water rafting and bungee jumping left head coach Jack Del Rio a bit anxious. 

"Anxiety level went up a bit thinking of my BIG pro bowl LG on the rapids!!" Del Rio tweeted Monday. "Can't leave out Brynden or Taiwan either ... have fun and be safe"

Osemele has posted a handful of photos and videos from the trip, including one of a raft capsizing with the caption: "It got real out there!!! Category 4 Rapids #NewZealand." Another showed the 6-foot-5, 333-pounder doing a backflip off a bungee platform with the caption: "Just did a backflip off the highest swing in the WORLD!!!!!!! Crazy!!! #LivingLife"