Raiders' Huff remains without contract


Raiders' Huff remains without contract


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.
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.
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.

Relocation approval 'offers more clarity' when Raiders recruit future free agents

Relocation approval 'offers more clarity' when Raiders recruit future free agents

PHOENIX -- The Raiders are entering a limbo period, with just a few seasons in Oakland before relocating to Las Vegas. NFL owners formally approved a move on Monday, though the Raiders don’t want to leave the East Bay until a new stadium is ready in 2020.

While there are contingencies to leave the market early based upon how fans react to the Raiders remaining in Oakland after committing to Las Vegas, that isn’t what the Raiders want. After years of stadium uncertainty, they leave the NFL owners meetings with clarity regarding their long-term future.

General manager Reggie McKenzie believes that should help free agents considering silver and black. The uncertainty prompted questions in recent years that McKenzie can answer when recruiting veteran talent now that relocation has been approved.

“By Mark saying that the plan is for us to be in Oakland for two more years (at least), but we will be in Vegas, I think it offers more clarity,” McKenzie said. “It lets the players know. It’s better than two months ago, when everyone had questions. When you were talking to a free agent, they know we want to move but weren’t sure if it was going to pass. They didn’t know. Now they know a decision has been made by the league to let us move.”

That will help McKenzie more in the future than present. Roster turnover is high these days, meaning most currently employed by the Raiders won’t play for the home team in Las Vegas. Only David Amerson, Kelechi Osemele and Marquette King are would be under contract when the team wants to move.

The Raiders are working on extensions for Derek Carr, Gabe Jackson and Khalil Mack, with others possibly locked up down the line.

In addition to playing with Carr and Mack and for head coach Jack Del Rio, there’s another attraction to signing with the Raiders. There’s no state income tax in Nevada, meaning a contract there is worth more than the same deal in California. The Golden State generally takes 13.3 percent of significant income earned there.

There will be other issues about playing in Las Vegas, where gambling is legal, a drink can be had 24 hours per day and vices abound in a place called Sin City.

The Raiders will construct a support system to keep players focused, and are ready to handle any questions players and their families may have about an upcoming move.

“Now there are questions from the drafted guys about when they become free agents, because they might be in Vegas. That’s going to be different. There are questions that way, but it’s not going to alter the way we go after players. Some of the guys, parents and agents may have questions, but I don’t think it’s anything out of whack.”


NFL centralizes replay reviews, Del Rio wants more freedom in challenges

NFL centralizes replay reviews, Del Rio wants more freedom in challenges

PHOENIX – Fans won’t see special teams players leaping over the long snapper in an attempt to block a field goal or extra point. Seattle’s Kam Chancellor made some big plays with that technique, but won’t have the chance anymore.

The NFL outlawed that option on Tuesday as one several rule changes enacted at the league meetings.

“There are some safety concerns,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “that are legitimate.”

The NFL also centralized replay reviews, taking that power away from officials on the field. NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino and associates at the NFL’s command center will handle reviews in an effort to add consistency to important calls.

Del Rio hoped replay challenges would be expanded further, but a proposal by Seattle and Buffalo allowing coaches to challenge any play save scoring plays and turnovers, which are automatically reviewed, did not pass.

“I think there are a number of coaches who feel like, if there’s an obvious error, we should have a mechanism to correct it,” Del Rio said. “We catch most of them, so you’re talking about a small percentage. It’s hard to move the needle for such a small percentage. That’s the problem. The fact is, if it’s important enough that we’re willing to use that challenge, we’d like that right and ability. Things happen, and you don’t want to lose a big game, a game that decides whether you advance in the playoffs or make the playoffs and it’s something you could overturn, that you could challenge or change. Why not?”

Here's a list of new rules and bylaws adopted by the league on Tuesday.