Raiders' Huff remains without contract

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Raiders' Huff remains without contract

March 17, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVERAIDERS PAGE RAIDERS VIDEOPaul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.com

Second-team All-Pro free safety Michael Huff confirmed to CSN California today that he did not sign a contract extension with the Raiders before the CBA expired, despite rumors to the contrary.Asked on Twitter if he had indeed signed, Huffs response was succinct on the social media Web Site: nope, he typed.TWITTER: Michael Huff responds
Last month, before the Raiders slapped the franchise tag on linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, Huff theorized he would be left untendered to test the free agent market. The No. 7 overall selection in the 2006 draft, Huff is a fifth-year player who might be an unrestricted free agent, depending upon the language in a new CBA, if and when that is ever agreed upon.With Huffs contract status now known, that means 19 of the Raiders expiring 31 contracts are accounted for. An updated look at the Raiders expiring contracts and where they purportedly stand in the middle of the work stoppage:PLAYERS WITH SIX-OR-MORE YEARS SERVICE TIME
CB Nnamdi Asomugha Will be unrestricted free agent upon agreement of a new CBA with his contract voiding by his not meeting certain playing incentives.
OL Khalif Barnes Unknown. Locker room cutup and pass-catching threat who could presumably challenge for starting right tackle position.
RB Michael Bennett Re-signed as insurance to one-year, 865,000 deal.
QB Kyle Boller Re-signed to one-year, 1.25-million deal to back up Jason Campbell.
RB Rock Cartwright Re-signed to one-year deal worth the veterans minimum, believed to be 760,000 for a nine-year pro.
QB Charlie Frye Unknown. But seems to be on coaching path.
LG Robert Gallery He gone, to quote baseballs Hawk Harrelson. Said it was a mutual decision; Raiders say he wanted 8 million, were offering 2.5 million.
DT John Henderson Re-signed to two-year, 8-million deal.
OL Daniel Loper Re-signed to two-year, 3.9-million deal.
QB J.T. OSullivan Unknown. The Pride of UC Davis is probably too long in the tooth to be considered a project for the Raiders future.
CB Stanford Routt Re-signed to three-year, 31.5-million deal.
DT Richard Seymour Re-signed to two-year, 30-million deal.
OL Langston Walker Unknown. But he is a favorite of owner Al Davis so not hard to imagine him coming back to challenge for his job at right tackle.
LB Sam Williams Unknown. But he is another favorite of Davis who would gladly come back at, really, any price.PLAYERS WITH FIVE YEARS SERVICE
LB Ricky Brown Slapped with a second-round tender.
LS Jon Condo Slapped with a second-round tender.
FS Hiram Eugene Re-signed to four-year, 10.25-million deal.
QB Bruce Gradkowski Not offered a tender or a contract, seemingly signaling an end to his time in Oakland.
LB Thomas Howard Unknown. Though hard to imagine the proud one-time starter returning.
FS Michael Huff Not offered a contract or a tender, though the second-team All-Pro wants to return.
LB Kamerion Wimbley Slapped with franchise tag worth whopping 11.3 million after NFL did not allow Raiders to use 3.5-million buyback option on him.
PLAYERS WITH FOUR YEARS SERVICE TIME
RB Michael Bush Slapped with first- and third-round tenders.
OT Mario Henderson Unknown. Another favorite of Davis who presumably could challenge for starting right tackle gig.
WR Johnnie Lee Higgins Unknown. As his punt return qualities have diminished, his expendability has grown.
TE Zach Miller Slapped with first- and third-round tenders.
DE Jarvis Moss Unknown. But impressed coaches after being picked up off Denvers curb late in the season.
C Samson Satele Slapped with an original-round tender, second round.
PLAYERS WITH THREE YEARS-OR-LESS SERVICE TIME
DT Desmond Bryant Unknown. Still, Davis likes the undrafted Ivy Leaguer. A lot.
LB Bruce Davis Unknown. The Raiders legacy his father Bruce Sr. has a pair of Super Bowl rings with the Raiders added special teams depth.
WR Nick Miller Re-signed to undisclosed deal. Undrafted punt returner is seen by many as a poor mans Wes Welker.
FB Marcel Reece Unknown. Yes, the undrafted converted receiver is another player on the owners radar.

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.”

Carr didn't want to 'take every single dime,' handcuff Raiders long-term

Carr didn't want to 'take every single dime,' handcuff Raiders long-term

ALAMEDA – Raiders quarterback Derek Carr signed a five-year contract extension Friday morning that will pay him $25 million in 2017 and $125 million over the life of the deal.

That’s a lot of scratch. Could’ve been more.

Carr received life-changing money. He didn’t want to handcuff the Raiders front office in the process.

“I just wanted to be a Raider,” Carr said Friday in a press conference. “It’s more than just a team to me. It’s family. The way it went down, it was easy. Both sides wanted it to get done, and it was about family members figuring out to get along. We figured out a way to do it so that we have the opportunity to sign other guys who are important to this organization. That was really important to me, not to just take every single dime that we could”

That list is long but it starts with homegrown talents Gabe Jackson and Khalil Mack. Jackson is up next, and could get locked up before the regular season starts. The Raiders have some time on Mack – his contract doesn’t expire until after 2018 – and Amari Cooper should be a keeper on down the road.

“The bottom line is we’re able to continue to move forward with it, keep all the players that we need to keep in the correct timing,” Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “This affords us to do that. We’re going to start on that ASAP.”

Carr got the deal he wanted. The 26-year old found market value and upped the ante for NFL quarterbacks a smidge while deferring some cash payouts – his big-time bonuses are broken up over two years -- to create windows of financial flexibility to sign other players. Carr’s percentage of the salary cap should decrease over time and won’t become an insurmountable burden to his employers. His deal won’t prevent the Raiders from keeping Jackson, Mack, Amari Cooper in time, or other vital veterans in house.

With Carr locked up, the McKenzie can work deals and the timing of them around his centerpiece.

Carr understands the NFL business and his role in the market, but he wants to maintain a competitive window as best he can and understands other guys will draw huge paychecks in the near future.

He’s scheduled to draw the NFL’s largest sum next season. A record $25 million is headed his way, though that total will decrease a bit in time and will certainly he surpassed by Matthew Stafford and possibly Kirk Cousins in the near future.

“I don’t care if they all do. We got our contract done, that’s all that matters to me,” Carr said. “The other thing that was important to me is that we didn’t worry about what other people were going to do or doing. I just wanted to get mine done and make sure that the team had, again like we talked about, flexibility to make sure my friends stay around.”

Carr was intimately involved in the negotiation process. Both sides said it was easy, wrapped up well before Carr’s training-camp contract deadline. Common ground was found in short shrift once talks warmed up – preliminary talks started months ago -- and a deal was ironed out that produced smiles on both sides once the deal was formally done.

Even after taking a relatively soft-line stance on dollars and the timing of payments – Carr could’ve been difficult all year and eventually forced a franchise tag – he’s still the league’s highest-paid player. His salary will now be compared with his stats. He was a second-round draft steal before. Now he’s a big-money player. In short, expectations will rise.

Carr insists it won’t add pressure to next year’s proceedings.

“You could give me a dollar, you could give me $25 million, it doesn’t matter,” Carr said. “To me, my No. 1 goal is to make sure that I give everything that I have to this organization. There’s no pressure. There’s no we’ll be on the 1-yard line and I won’t give it to Marshawn (Lynch), I’ll throw it. None of that stuff. I don’t care about the stats. That’s not my No. 1 objective. I don’t care if I throw 10 touchdowns next year. If we win every game, that’s all I care about.”