Raiders ink QB Pryor to four-year deal


Raiders ink QB Pryor to four-year deal

Aug. 25, 2011


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Paul Gutierrez

Three days after being selected by Oakland with a third-round pick in the NFL supplemental draft, former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor has shown up in Napa and signed his four-year rookie contract.

"He will be on the field in Napa tomorrow morning," the Raiders announced via Twitter at 11 p.m. on Thursday.

According to Pro Football Talk, Pryor, taken with the No. 18 pick of the third round, received a 586,000 signing bonus to go with the rookie deal, which, with the new rookie pay scale, should be for some 2.36 million.

The Raiders were off on Thursday and they break camp following a Friday morning practice at 11. Saturday, they have a closed walk-through practice in Alameda.

Coach Hue Jackson said Pryor will remain a quarterback, at least to start his NFL career.

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"Obviously I need to work with him," Jackson said earlier this week. "What you see, you see on video tape. The guy had a very storied career at Ohio State. He can throw it, he can run it. He's smart, he's tough, he's played in big games.

"He's another young athlete that we'll add to the mix that will play quarterback and we'll work with him and get this guy to be a good player."

Pryor can begin practicing with team, and can play in exhibition games against New Orleans at the Coliseum on Sunday, as doubtful as that might be, but perhaps more probable in Seattle on Sept. 2.

But a five-game suspension for "decisions that undermine the integrity of the eligibility rules for the NFL draft," which will cost him a reported 110,294 in base salary, ensues that will not lift until Oct. 10.

The Raiders were already without second- and fourth-round draft picks in next April's draft so their decision to use a third-rounder on Pryor has been widely criticized.

But in losing the likes of Nnamdi Asomugha, Zach Miller and Robert Gallery to free agency, the Raiders figure to be rewarded handsomely in the form of compensatory picks next year.

"We fully expect, with the compensatory picks that we will receive," said Raiders senior executive John Herrera, "we will have a formidable draft."

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

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.

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

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.