Pryor remains an intriguing QB prospect


Pryor remains an intriguing QB prospect

It's a question that will not go away for Terrelle Pryor. At least, not until he solidifies himself as an NFL quarterback. Or, as an NFL tight end. Or, as an NFL receiver.Catch my drift?Pryor still fancies himself a quarterback. Which is not news.What is newsworthy, though, is Pryor going into detail with a Pittsburgh newspaper about plans for him being under center last year at home against Kansas City on Oct. 23.RELATED: Terrelle Pryor stats News
"I had a whole package for that game," Pryor told the Tribune-Review at a signing appearance over the weekend. "I was going to make a bunch of throws, but we ended up getting smashed and I was yanked. Who knows where it would have gone? I'm confident I would have been successful during that time. We were down 21-0, and we didn't run any plays."Actually, it was on the Raiders' first offensive series of the game, and with Kyle Boller in the shotgun formation on 3rd-and-1 from the Chiefs' 43-yard line, Pryor went in motion from the slot on the left. He stopped under center, took the snap and dived forward for no gain.But a flag flew and Pryor was called for a false start. Pryor returned to the sidelines, Boller threw an interception that was returned 59 yards for a touchdown and the Chiefs were on their way to a 28-0 blowout of the Raiders. Carson Palmer took over in the second half, when the score was 21-0, and Pryor never got on the field again.Semantics, right? WellThe questions as to Pryor's ultimate NFL position have dogged him since his days at Ohio State, where his involvement in a cash-and-tattoos-for-memorabilia scandal contributed to his having to serve a five-game suspension to start his career with the Raiders.And even though then-coach Hue Jackson insisted all along Pryor was a quarterback, no questions asked, there was always the feeling Pryor was Al Davis' pick in the supplemental draft, not Jackson's."The suspension put me way behind," Pryor told the paper. "But the future is bright, and I'm living in the future."I'm getting a fresh start with the new staff coming in. I'm going to learn the new system just like all the other quarterbacks. All I'm looking for is a fair shot."Of course, Palmer is the unquestioned starter.But is Pryor ready to be a full-time backup, one tweaked knee away from running the team?Rhett Bomar is the only other quarterback on the roster at the moment and there are rumblings the Raiders, who will gather as a team for the first time April 2 and will begin their first mini-camp April 17, would rather bring in a more established veteran to back up Palmer and allow Pryor to remain the third-string developmental QB.Matt Leinart, anyone?Leinart backed up Palmer in college at USC and was with incomingreturning Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knaap in Houston last year. So Leinart would already be familiar with the system. Plus, he's already working out in Southern California with Palmer.Still, there's no doubt Pryor, who said he's been working out with Darren McFadden, Jacoby Ford and Taiwan Jones, is the most intriguing of quarterback prospectseven if so many have him excelling at another position.

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.”