Raiders' dates to keep in mind through April

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Raiders' dates to keep in mind through April

Can't get enough football news in general, Raiders updates in particular, now that the Combine is over? Pull out your calendar and a pen. Some important dates for Raiders fans to keep in mind through AprilMonday, March 5 -- Deadline at 1 p.m. PT for teams to utilize the franchisetransition tag on a player (SS Tyvon Branch, which would cost the Raiders between approximately 6.22 million and 6.459 million? RB Michael Bush, estimated to be between 7.778 million and 8.088 million? No one?).Saturday, March 10 -- Commitment to Excellence Dinner at Oakland Airport Hilton, free agent RB Rock Cartwright to be honored for second consecutive year.Tuesday, March 13 -- The start of the new league year. Teams must be in compliance of the salary cap, thought to be around 121 million for 2012 (the Raiders are reportedly some 11 million over at the moment), and unrestricted free agency and trades begin at 1 p.m. PT. Also, deadline for qualifying offers to retain exclusive negotiating rights for players with less than three accrued seasons.Thursday, March 15 -- FS Michael Huff's 4-million roster bonus reportedly due.Saturday, March 17 -- LB Kamerion Wimbley's 11-million base salary reportedly becomes guaranteed. Also, deadline for qualifying offers to retain right of first refusal of restricted free agents whose contracts are expired and, as such, the restricted free agent signing period begins.RELATED: Taking stock of Raiders' free agents
Monday, March 26-Wednesday, March 28 -- NFL owners meetings.Late March -- NFL awards compensatory picks for draft based on free-agent losses the year prior, and with the Raiders having lost the likes of CB Nnamdi Asomugha, LG Robert Gallery, TE Zach Miller and LB Thomas Howard, they could wind up with as many as three selections, including a third-rounder. Currently, Oakland only has a fifth-round and a sixth-round selection at its disposal after trades.Monday, April 2 -- Date on which new coach Dennis Allen can meet with the Raiders as a complete team for the first time. Offseason workout program begins under new strength and conditioning coach Al Miller.Early-mid April -- NFL announces schedule, and with the first anniversary of Al Davis' death of Oct. 8 falling on a Monday, wouldn't it make sense for the league to put the Raiders on Monday Night Football that day?Thursday, April 26 -- First round of the NFL draft (Oakland traded away its first-round pick for QB Carson Palmer).Friday, April 27 -- Second and third rounds of the NFL draft (Oakland traded away its second- and third-rounders for picks that became OL Joe Barksdale and Taiwan Jones, and Terrelle Pryor, respectively).Saturday, April 28 -- Fourth through seventh rounds of the NFL draft (Oakland traded away its fourth-rounder for QB Jason Campbell, holds its fifth- (No. 141 overall) and sixth-round (No. 174 overall) selections and traded its seventh-rounder for LB Aaron Curry).

The next Primetime? Carr receives compliment after imitating Neon Deion

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The next Primetime? Carr receives compliment after imitating Neon Deion

Watch out Jalen Richard. You have some competition for your punt returning job.

Okay, not really.

But quarterback Derek Carr got in on the action Tuesday. In a video posted by the Raiders on Twitter, Carr fielded a punt and ran it back to the endzone for a touchdown.

He proceeded to do Deion Sanders' touchdown dance and that elicited a response from the Pro Football Hall of Famer.

"That's 1 of the many reasons why I gots mad love for @derekcarrqb he is the #Truth," Sanders wrote in a quote tweet.

Carr has yet to respond.

Raiders place two on Non-Football Injury List

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Raiders place two on Non-Football Injury List

The Raiders placed two players on the Non-Football Injury List, the team announced on Tuesday.

Linebacker Ben Heeney and tight end Cooper Helfet both count against the 90-man roster.

The Raiders' first team practice of training camp is scheduled for Saturdya.

Heeney was selected in the 5th round of the 2015 draft out of Kansas.

After appearing in 15 games a rookie, he saw action in just four games last season.

Over 23 games for the Seahawks in 2014 and 2015, Helfet caught 25 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns.

He spent time on the Raiders' practice squad last season.