Paul G's 53-man Raiders roster projection


Paul G's 53-man Raiders roster projection

SEATTLE -- Final 53-man rosters are due by 6 p.m. PT Friday and with the Raiders, there does not figure to be a lot of surprise cuts as new general manager Reggie McKenzie and rookie coach Dennis Allen pare it down from 75 players. So after an offseason of activities, four weeks of training camp in Napa and four mostly exhibition games, here's one man's guess at the Raiders' 53-man rosterQuarterbacks (3)
Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Terrelle Pryor
The thinking: Really, no thinking needed here.Running backs (5)
Darren McFadden, Marcel Reece, Taiwan Jones, Mike Goodson, Owen SchmittThe thinking: The Raiders might be scanning waiver wires, though, and Goodson might be nervous.Offensive line (8)
Jared Veldheer, Cooper Carlisle, Stefen Wisniewski, Mike Brisiel, Khalif Barnes, Joseph Barksdale, Alex Parsons, Tony Bergstrom

The thinking: A little light on tackles, might the Raiders consider keeping nine O-linemen?Tight ends (3)
Brandon Myers, Richard Gordon, David Ausberry

The thinking: A roster spot could be found here if the Raiders only keep two tight ends.Wide receivers (6)
Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore, Jacoby Ford, Rod Streater, Juron Criner, Travionte Session.

The thinking: Roscoe Parrish might have fumbled away his roster spot with his two punt-return fumbles against Seattle and Session came out of nowhere to get a lot of second-team reps. But keeping two UDFA WRs along with the injury-prone Moore and Ford might be asking too much.Defensive line (9)
Lamarr Houston, Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly, Matt Shaughnessy, Desmond Bryant, Dave Tollefson, Christo Bilukidi, Jack Crawford, Jamie Cumbie
The thinking: Cumbie's height and kick-blocking prowess gives him the sight edge over Dominique Hamilton, who is practice squad material. Unless, of course, Oakland thinks it needs 10 D-linemen?Linebackers (6)
Miles Burris, Rolando McClain, Philip Wheeler, Travis Goethel, Nate Stupar, Carl Ihenacho (Aaron Curry-PUP)
The thinking: The Raiders' decision on Curry -- if he goes on the PUP list they'd need another linebacker -- could open a door for a pass-rusher in Ihenacho.Cornerbacks (5)
Ron Bartell, Shawntae Spencer, Pat Lee, DeMarcus Van Dyke, Chimdi Chekwa

The thinking: Lee came on strong at the end of the preseason while Van Dyke and Chekwa, in particular, held on for dear life, or better than Coye Francies did when he fumbled his lone kickoff return in Seattle.Safeties (5)
Michael Huff, Tyvon Branch, Matt Giordano, Mike Mitchell, Brandon Underwood
The thinking: Tough call for Underwood over Curtis Taylor, who excelled on special teams Thursday. Then again, why was Mitchell playing essentially the entire second half with guys that will be cut? Might he be on the block again?Specialists (3)
PK Sebastian Janikowski, P Shane Lechler, LS Jon Condo
The thinking: Heresy in these parts, I know but the Raiders would save 9.4 million against the salary cap for 2012 by cutting Janikowski and Lechler, in favor of Eddy Carmona and Marquette King. Not going to happen. Still, with King suddenly having an injured left foot and wearing a boot, the Raiders may have found a way to keep the backup punter around. Conspiracy theorists unite.

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.”