Raiders notes: Ford more scared than anything after tweaking knee


Raiders notes: Ford more scared than anything after tweaking knee

NAPA -- With the way Jacoby Ford went down in a heap midway through Monday's opening non-contact practice of training camp, and how long the speedy receiver stayed down while grasping at his left knee, it was easy to think the worst.All he had done was attempt to plant and cut upfield when the sod and his knee both gave.But after walking off under his own power and talking with a trainer, Ford hustled back on the field and started fielding punts with Denarius Moore and finished practiced."I am fine," Ford said after practice. "I was scared more than anything. But I finished practice fine."RELATED: Jacoby Fords stats splits game logs
A year ago, Ford was slowed in camp by a broken hand. Then hamstring and foot injuries limited him to TK games last year. So going down on the first day of camp was cause for worry.Still, the electric-as-he-is-diminutive kick returner -- he has four career kickoff returns for touchdowns -- plans at seeing time returning punts, along with Moore."Its definitely something that is going to help us out a lot, having either both of us back there or alternating it in case he wants to go and then if I want to go," Ford said. "It gives us two explosive options back there. Were definitely both excited about it looking to whenever we have a chance to go out and prove ourselves."Ron Bartell was signed to help shore up the Raiders' questions at cornerback. So to have to sit out the first day with a hamstring issue might have hurt more than any injury."Its frustrating, its frustrating," Bartell said. "But it could be a lot more frustrating if I pull it and Im in and out of the lineup. I just appreciate them being patient with me and allowing me to get healthy. Its frustrating, but its one of those things that Ive got to kind of monitor and just take it from there."Bartell said he tweaked the hamstring, "doing some one-on-ones, some running and kind of tugged it" last week.Remember, this is a guy coming back from a broken neck."This is very minor," he said of the hamstring. "After dealing with what I had to go through last year, this is no big deal for me. Were going to keep treating it. When Im healthy enough to be out there, Ill be out there."Mike Mitchell, on the vibe at camp without the late Al Davis: "Its a little sad for me because obviously he meant so much to me. He changed me and my entire familys life forever so theres a lot of loyalty. To me, Im a very loyal guy so theres a lot of sadness with that but Mr Davis is still here in a way. Mark took over, thats his son, I still got the same loyalty for him. Hes still here, hes still in our hearts."The new regime, they havent forgotten about Mr. Davis. We still talk about the commitment to excellence, just winning, you know. Those things still carry over. His legacy will not be forgotten and like I said we got a lot of players that have been here with him so were all carrying him in our hearts as well."Mitchell, who was nagged by a knee injury all of last season but says he is now 100 percent healthy, also has a new role on special teams, replacing Rock Cartwright as the punter's personal protector.Adam Caplan of reported the Raiders placing Bartell and punter Shane Lechler (knee) on the activeNon-Football Injury list. The team has yet to announce anything regarding the two.The Raiders practice Tuesday at 2:20 p.m.

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 might 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 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 him.

“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.”