Dec. 23, 2010GUTIERREZ ARCHIVERAIDERS PAGE RAIDERS VIDEOPaul GutierrezCSNCalifornia.com
ALAMEDA The Raiders, who are mathematically still alive in the playoff hunt,did not sell out Sundays home finale against four-time NFL MVP PeytonManning and Indianapolis by Thursdays 1:05 p.m. deadline and did notrequest an extension to do so from the league.As such, the game will be blacked out on local television.It is the seventh blackout this season, the 14th in the past twoseasons and the 83rd in 128 home games (64.8) since the team returnedto Oakland from Los Angeles in 1995.Defensive tackle Richard Seymour missed practice again with a strained hamstring, as did punter Shane Lechler.And while coach Tom Cable is holding out hope for Lechler I feelgood about it right now, Cable said. How sure I am, well see here bytomorrow or Saturday, but I know hes improving and I feel good aboutit. he is not so sure about Seymour playing Sunday.Thats kind of touch and go still, Cable said.The Raiders injury report from ThursdayDid not practice: Lechler, Seymour and RT Langston Walker (concussion).Practiced limited: WRPR Johnnie Lee Higgins (ankle) CB Nnamdi Asomugha (ankle).Practiced full: WRPR Nick Miller (ankle), TE Zach Miller (foot), FSMichael Huff (shin), CB Chris Johnson (groin), SS Mike Mitchell (ribs).Cable acknowledged to local media on Wednesday he was a replacementplayer for the Colts during the 1987 strike, calling them blessedtimes for a fringe football player while saying it was a long timeago.He was a little more descriptive for the Indianapolis media, though, when asked if he ever played.Actually, I did, said Cable, who wore No. 63 and was a guard andcenter. There were only about, what, six or seven offensive linemenand one got hurt. It was a great experience, though, for three weeks.I think we won all three games. In fact, I know we won all threegamesthats why they went to the playoffs that year, he said with alaugh.It was 23 years ago, so forgive Cable is his memory if his memory is atad hazy. The Colts went 2-1, beating Buffalo and the Jets and losingto the Steelers replacements, and, according to game books, which mightbe shaky at best, Cable was dressed for two of the games but did notappear in either.Raiders defensive coordinator John Marshall was the Colts defensive line coach in 1987 and remembered Cable.He was great, Marshall said. Dominant. Big. Dominant man.
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.