Paul G's 53-man Raiders roster projection

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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.

Peterson blasts report over salary demands, outlines main objectives

Peterson blasts report over salary demands, outlines main objectives

Adrian Peterson played defense on Friday night.

Hours after a report suggesting that the four-time All-Pro running back was still a free agent due to salary demands, the former Viking posted a lengthy statement on Instagram along with a video of his running an agility drill.

"YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD"

Early in the free agency period, the Raiders were linked to Peterson, but nothing came of those rumors.

The Raiders, in need of a feature back after Latavius Murray signed with the Vikings, are reportedly pursuing the possibility of luring Oakland-native Marshawn Lynch out of retirement.

Peterson was scheduled to make $18 million in 2017, but the Vikings declined to exercise his contract, making him a free agent. The 2012 NFL MVP turned 32 on March 21 and played in just three games in 2016 due to a major knee injury.

According to the ESPN report, Peterson was looking for a contract that paid him over $8 million in the first year of the deal.

YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD

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Oakland, Lott Group pen letter to NFL in last-ditch effort to keep Raiders

Oakland, Lott Group pen letter to NFL in last-ditch effort to keep Raiders

Through the office of mayor Libby Schaaf, the City of Oakland issued the following statement on Friday, revealing a letter they sent to the NFL a day earlier highlighting the viability and appeal of keeping the Raiders in Oakland.

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OAKLAND, CA — Today, the City of Oakland, Alameda County, the Lott Group and Fortress, who have been working in concert to develop a fully-financed local stadium proposal for the Oakland Raiders, shared publicly documents detailing the strength of the Oakland plan.

Specifically, they made public for the first time, their most recent correspondence to the NFL. The letters and accompanying documents were sent in follow-up to a March 6, 2017 presentation Mayor Libby Schaaf and former NFL player and real estate investor Ronnie Lott made to the NFL’s Joint Stadium and Finance Committee that outlined the economic advantages to the league and the team of staying in Oakland.

[RELATED: Letter to NFL from Libby Schaaf, Lott Group]

“We’re not giving up in the fourth quarter,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “Since I took office two years ago, I have been focused on taking a team-centered approach that is responsible to the Raiders, the NFL, the fans and the taxpayers of Oakland. We’ve been successful in doing the environmental clearance, aligning the City and the County which jointly own the land, engaging the league and bringing partners to the table in the Lott Group and Fortress who have the financial backing, compassion for this community and intimate knowledge of the game -- on and off the field -- to get a deal done. All that’s missing is the Raiders.”

“I know how passionate the Bay Area is about the Raiders,” said NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. “To rip this team away from Oakland for a second time would be heartbreaking and entirely unnecessary given that we have a viable option on the table that keeps them here and helps this community and the team grow. We have a sophisticated financial partner in Fortress. We have done the due diligence, and it is clear that the only fully-financed, ready-to-roll option for the Raiders is in Oakland.”

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Council President Larry Reid, whose district is home to the existing Coliseum and the proposed new stadium site, Lott Group partner and former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete and Fortress Managing Director Drew McKnight plan to gather with fans, local business leaders, nearby residents and other community members to demonstrate support for the Oakland stadium plan at events planned for Saturday, March 25. This is the day before NFL owners begin a series of meetings during which they are expected to discuss, and possibly vote on Raiders’ owner Mark Davis’ request to move the team to Las Vegas.

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