Sept. 12, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVE
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CSNCalifornia.comThe Raiders inactives have been announced and joining the injured trio of tight end Kevin Boss (knee), receiver Louis Murphy (sports hernia) and safety Mike Mitchell (knee) are receiver Derek Hagan, linebacker Bruce Davis, guard Bruce Campbell, tight end David Ausberry.
Even though Hagan was "nicked" up with a calf issue last week, he insisted he was fine. He was also the Raiders' leading receiver in the preseason with 12 catches for 224 yards and a touchdown. He practiced fully this week and was officially listed as probably.
Davis and Campbell seem to have been caught in a numbers game as neither were on the injury report. And neither was Ausberry, who seems to have been kept out in favor of fellow rookie tight end Richard Gordon, who is a better run blocker. Ausberry is the better pass catcher.
Obi Melifonwu entered Wednesday as the only second-round draft pick without a signed rookie contract. Later that afternoon, he joined the group.
The safety from UConn put pen to paper on a four-year deal at the Napa Valley Marriott, allowing him to join pre-training camp activities. Veterans report on Friday and camp’s first full-squad practice starts Saturday morning.
The pact took longer than the Raiders or Melifonwu had hoped. There's little room for fiscal movement in the rookie wage scale, but some contract language had to be hashed out before shaking hands.
Melifonwu is slotted to make $4,509,376 over the life of the contract, with a $1,419,544 signing bonus and a $819,886 base salary in 2017, per overthecap.com.
The Raiders have one draft pick left unsigned. First-round cornerback Gareon Conley hasn’t agreed on a deal, though it’s still likely that happens before the first full practice.
The Ohio State alum’s situation could be complicated by an ongoing investigation into a sexual assault allegation stemming from an April 9 incident in Cleveland.
Head coach Jack Del Rio said in a Tuesday radio interview he expected unsigned rookie contract issues to be resolved soon.
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.