Pacific holds Hue Jackson Appreciation Night

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Pacific holds Hue Jackson Appreciation Night

March 3, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVERAIDERS PAGE RAIDERSVIDEOPaulGutierrez
CSNCalifornia.com

STOCKTON With an hour-long line of Raiders fans extending out the door, he was the most popular person on the south concourse of the Spanos Center. More likely, the most popular person in the entire arena.He signed everything placed in front of him. From footballs to helmets to pictures of himself. To, what, no babies to kiss?In the middle of an autograph one fan asked him to PLEASE! re-sign Zach Miller. We will, he said with a bright, reassuring smile.Shortly thereafter, a Sharpie exploded in his hand. And if that was the worst thing to happen to Hue Jackson on Hue Jackson Appreciation Night at a Pacific mens basketball game against Cal State Fullerton, it was a good night. Especially with labor unrest between the NFLs owners and its players threatening to impede Jacksons start as the new Raiders coach.
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Honestly, I dont even, the labor thing, its going to take care of itself so Im not even concerned about that, Jackson told CSN California. Tonight is about being here amongst the fans, the Raider Nation and also the people here at the University of the Pacific and watching a great basketball team play tonight.So being at the alma mater, where he played quarterback in 1985 and 1986, throwing for 2,544 yards and 19 touchdowns, where he played one year of hoops, in 1986, where he earned his degree in P.E. and got his start in the coaching fraternity in 1987 as the Tigers running backs coach, must also serve as a nice distraction, right? Even with the 24-hour extension agreed upon by the owners and players to avoid for the time being a lockout.It does, but honestly, I havent even thought about it, Jackson said. I know everybodys talking about it (but) I just feel like, thats going to take care of itself. I have total faith in the process on how theyre going about doing it. And whether we get to start when we need to start, or whether we have to start later on, its going to all take care of itself.Forgive Jackson if he sounds as if hes merely whistling past the graveyard. Because really, who honestly believes there will not be a season in 2011? The real threat is in any hindering of Jacksons growth as a head coach for the first time in his careerat any level.Thats why a trio of Raiders season ticket holders from the area made sure they were among the first in the building. Just to get a glimpse of Jackson. And, of course, to get his signature and press the flesh.Were diehards, said Fernando Gomez, 35, of Sacramento. Weve been through the two-win seasons and the playoffs. That offense Hue had last year, it made it fun to be a fan again. His ability to put the ball in the end zone; put up points. Thats where we were getting celebrating mediocrity. The Nation needs this.In his first season as Oaklands offensive coordinator, the Raiders more than doubled their scoring output, going from 197 points in 2009 to 410 points last season and improving from the No. 31-ranked total offense to No. 10, on the strength of the NFLs second-leading rushing attack.
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It gives you hope, added Ollie Churchill, 24, also from Sacramento. Its fun to met the coach who gave life to the offense.Josh King, 33, and from Stockton, concurred.Its unbelievable, King said. Its a chance of a lifetime to meet the current head coach of your favorite team. Awesome.Jackson was interviewed by UOP hype lady Amanda King for the crowd at the 12-minute media timeout of the first half and he said his biggest thrill was catching up with professors he knew.This is home, he said.And at halftime, Jackson was escorted to midcourt by Tigers athletic director Lynn King and feted with a plaque, a jersey and accolades.Wow, a choked up Jackson said after. Thats all I can say. What a tremendous honor. And I havent done anything. To be presented with those things, what a challenge. Truly, I should be honoring them and hopefully I can by getting the Raiders back to the Super Bowl.Still, even with the labor strife delayed for at least another 24 hours, there were other matters of importance in the streets of Silver and Blackdom. Like the departure of left guard Robert Gallery.
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Gallery told ESPN he and the Raiders came to a mutual agreement for him to leave The Raiders said Gallery wanted 8 million to return while they were willing to pay him 2.5 million.Thats part of the business, Jackson said of losing Gallery. Its a tough deal anytime you lose guys whove been here for a long time. And Roberts been part of the process when things were good and then all of a sudden didnt go as good and now all of a sudden hes leaving with a better taste in his mouth because he did such a good job and he was a huge cog in what we did this past year.But this is a business and we know things, sometimes, decisions get made for different reasons. Hes going to go on and do great things and were going to keep going forward also.Then theres that matter of the Raiders still not listing a defensive coordinator and Jackson joking at the Combine last week that he was the DC.Im not going to call the defensive plays, Jackson howled. But Im going to make sure that we are very sound in what we do and how we go about attacking people. Thats my goal and thats my job.That process is going to get wrapped up pretty soon but we are still in a holding pattern.Jackson was talking about the purportedly vacant defensive coordinator position. He might as well have been referring to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement staving off a work stoppage.

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.”

Carr didn't want to 'take every single dime,' handcuff Raiders long-term

Carr didn't want to 'take every single dime,' handcuff Raiders long-term

ALAMEDA – Raiders quarterback Derek Carr signed a five-year contract extension Friday morning that will pay him $25 million in 2017 and $125 million over the life of the deal.

That’s a lot of scratch. Could’ve been more.

Carr received life-changing money. He didn’t want to handcuff the Raiders front office in the process.

“I just wanted to be a Raider,” Carr said Friday in a press conference. “It’s more than just a team to me. It’s family. The way it went down, it was easy. Both sides wanted it to get done, and it was about family members figuring out to get along. We figured out a way to do it so that we have the opportunity to sign other guys who are important to this organization. That was really important to me, not to just take every single dime that we could”

That list is long but it starts with homegrown talents Gabe Jackson and Khalil Mack. Jackson is up next, and could get locked up before the regular season starts. The Raiders have some time on Mack – his contract doesn’t expire until after 2018 – and Amari Cooper should be a keeper on down the road.

“The bottom line is we’re able to continue to move forward with it, keep all the players that we need to keep in the correct timing,” Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “This affords us to do that. We’re going to start on that ASAP.”

Carr got the deal he wanted. The 26-year old found market value and upped the ante for NFL quarterbacks a smidge while deferring some cash payouts – his big-time bonuses are broken up over two years -- to create windows of financial flexibility to sign other players. Carr’s percentage of the salary cap should decrease over time and won’t become an insurmountable burden to his employers. His deal won’t prevent the Raiders from keeping Jackson, Mack, Amari Cooper in time, or other vital veterans in house.

With Carr locked up, the McKenzie can work deals and the timing of them around his centerpiece.

Carr understands the NFL business and his role in the market, but he wants to maintain a competitive window as best he can and understands other guys will draw huge paychecks in the near future.

He’s scheduled to draw the NFL’s largest sum next season. A record $25 million is headed his way, though that total will decrease a bit in time and will certainly he surpassed by Matthew Stafford and possibly Kirk Cousins in the near future.

“I don’t care if they all do. We got our contract done, that’s all that matters to me,” Carr said. “The other thing that was important to me is that we didn’t worry about what other people were going to do or doing. I just wanted to get mine done and make sure that the team had, again like we talked about, flexibility to make sure my friends stay around.”

Carr was intimately involved in the negotiation process. Both sides said it was easy, wrapped up well before Carr’s training-camp contract deadline. Common ground was found in short shrift once talks warmed up – preliminary talks started months ago -- and a deal was ironed out that produced smiles on both sides once the deal was formally done.

Even after taking a relatively soft-line stance on dollars and the timing of payments – Carr could’ve been difficult all year and eventually forced a franchise tag – he’s still the league’s highest-paid player. His salary will now be compared with his stats. He was a second-round draft steal before. Now he’s a big-money player. In short, expectations will rise.

Carr insists it won’t add pressure to next year’s proceedings.

“You could give me a dollar, you could give me $25 million, it doesn’t matter,” Carr said. “To me, my No. 1 goal is to make sure that I give everything that I have to this organization. There’s no pressure. There’s no we’ll be on the 1-yard line and I won’t give it to Marshawn (Lynch), I’ll throw it. None of that stuff. I don’t care about the stats. That’s not my No. 1 objective. I don’t care if I throw 10 touchdowns next year. If we win every game, that’s all I care about.”