Summary -- Crowds numbering 1,000 fans each for three weekend practices were gone and the Raiders got back to the business of practicing in front of each other. Referees worked the scrimmages for the second day in a row and right off the bat, the defense was called for jumping offsides as Lamarr Houston, Dominique Hamilton and Travis Goethel were all flagged. Cornerback Ron Bartell, meanwhile, got closer to returning to full practice status after missing most of camp with a hamstring issue. He lined up at left corner for drills in helmets and shorts but once hitting began, he had to leave the field.Offensive play of the day -- Rookie receiver Juron Criner, going from right to left about 15 yards downfield, went horizontal for a Terrelle Pryor pass, and scooped the ball in with one hand. Criner rolled over and lost a shoe, but he held onto the ball for the highlight reel reception.Defensive play of the day -- Michael Huff closed in quick on Rod Streater on the right sideline and arrived just as Carson Palmer's pass did to break up the play. It resembled a tip-drill, though, in that fellow safety Matt Giordano, trailing the play, dived for the ball and scooped it out of the air before it hit the ground for an interception.Injury report -- Defensive tackle Richard Seymour (knee), linebacker Aaron Curry (knee), punter Shane Lechler (left knee), running back Taiwan Jones (hamstring) and receivers Eddie McGee (hamstring) and Denarius Moore (hamstring) all sat out practice. Defensive end Matt Shaughnessy, meanwhile, appeared to roll his left ankle and did not finish practice.Notable -- Interesting to note that with Bartell on the field, fellow cornerback Shawntae Spencer, who has been victimized at times in camp, had what appeared to be his best practice of camp.Quotable -- "Reggie Roby, baby. That's what I'm talking about. Go and get yourself a job. Just not here." -- Tommy Kelly, to rookie African-American punter Marquette King, after a particularly booming punt.Eye on reps -- Under-the-radar offensive lineman Kevin Haslam, who signed with the Raiders after a pair of injury-marred seasons in Jacksonville, was the left tackle with the second-team offense on Monday.Extra work -- With Lechler and Jones out, the respective work loads for undrafted rookie punter King and offseason acquisition Mike Goodson have gone up dramatically. King, in particular has been putting in a lot of extra work as the only healthy punter in camp. "He's a young dude, man," coach Dennis Allen said with a grin. "He'll be all right."Coaching moment -- For the first time this camp, the Raiders went with live, to-the-ground tackling. "That was the plan all along," Allen said. "It was a short-yardage session where we wanted to see who would come off the ball and knock people back and who was going to play physical." While the offense won the short-yardage drills, the defense dominated in the third-down session.Next practice -- The Raiders return Tuesday with a 2:20 p.m. practice..
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
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.
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.
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“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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