Feb. 23, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVERAIDERS PAGE RAIDERSVIDEOPaul Gutierrez
Raiders senior executive John Herrera would not confirm a Thursday morning NFL.com report that had Oakland agreeing to terms on a contract extension with cornerback Stanford Routt.Even with numbers floating around as fact that had Routt receiving 31.5 million over three years, with 20 million in the first two.Stanford Routt is a 27-year-old player and a six-year veteran in his prime who is one of the fastest cornerbacks in the league and has really come into his own here, Herrera told CSNCalifornia.com. Hes certainly a player we want to continue to work with. We think hes got his best years ahead of him.Last spring, Routt was given a first- and third-round tender, and responded with two interceptions, returning one 22 yards for a touchdown, and a career-high 55 tackles, 49 solo.And according to Stats Inc., Routt was tied with Nnamdi Asomugha for third in the NFL in burn percentage rates (39.4 percent) on a minimum of 20 passes thrown at them. Playing opposite Asomugha, Routt was targeted 99 times and allowed 39 receptions while Asomuga gave up 13 catches on 33 targets.New cornerbacks coach Rod Woodson was Asomughas mentor as a player and might be looked at to do the same with Routt.Because with relatively massive contracts given to Routt and defensive tackle Richard Seymour and an unconfirmed-by-the-Raiders report that they had put the franchise tag on linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, it would seem to put an end to Asomughas time in Oakland. Unless of course, he returns with a hearty hometown discount.REPORT: Raiders place franchise tag on Wimbley
Raiders general Reggie McKenzie plans to extend quarterback Derek Carr’s contract this offseason. That isn’t a new thing, something that has been in the works for some time. He re-affirmed that fact last week, citing his team’s commitment to work out a long-term deal likely the biggest in franchise history.
Carr was reportedly frustrated with the pace of contract talks after the NFL draft – they’re supposed to heat up this spring and summer – but said he believes a deal will get worked out before training camp begins.
That’s his deadline for an offseason deal, the point where he wants focus honed on football.
“I have an agent who is in charge of that and I am confident that he and Mr. (Reggie) McKenzie will work it out,” Carr, a Fresno State alum, told the Fresno Bee. “I am only focused on becoming a better football player and helping my teammates become better players.
“I have complete faith it will get done before training camp. These things take time. The Raiders know I want to be here; this is my family, and I know they want me to be their quarterback.”
The sides have discussed parameters of a long-term deal, with greater specifics to be ironed out in the future. Carr has long said he wants to be a Raider his entire career. The Raiders want him as the public face of their franchise. A new deal is expected by all parties, a sentiment that has never wavered on either side.
Carr is scheduled to make a $977,519 in base salary in 2017, the final year of his rookie contract.
The Raiders offseason program is five weeks old. Players have lifted weights. They’ve improved cardiovascular shape. They’ve done drills in position groups and discussed schematics. They’ve added rookies to a group now 90 strong.
On Monday, they can finally put on helmets. They still can’t wear pads or have full contact, but the Raiders can play 11-on-11. Receivers will be covered. Quarterback Derek Carr will throw into traffic. Generally speaking, the competition cranks up a bit.
The NFL collective bargaining agreement has strict mandates regarding offseason activity, and a period formally called “Phase III” allows for more realistic on-field football work.
The Raiders will conduct 10 OTA sessions over the next three weeks. The media can watch three of them. Tuesday is the first, with another in each of the next two weeks. These sessions are technically voluntary, though the Raiders generally hover around perfect attendance. Head coach Jack Del Rio prefers his team be unified in the offseason. Players know it and show up.
There is a mandatory minicamp from June 13-15 which wraps the offseason program and starts a quiet period that extends until training camp begins in late July.
These OTAs offer an opportunity for new players to learn the system, for adjustments to be made and for chemistry to be built heading into a 2017 season where expectations are high.