Raiders notes: Ford more scared than anything after tweaking knee

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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 thesidelineview.com 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.

Report: Fortress group submits Oakland stadium plan to NFL

Report: Fortress group submits Oakland stadium plan to NFL

OAKLAND -- The investment group seeking to build a new stadium to keep the Raiders in Oakland has submitted a formal plan to the NFL for the first time.

A person familiar with the deal said Tuesday that the plan was submitted by the Fortress Investment Group within the past 10 days. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the submission was not made public. Sports Business Daily first reported the submission.

Fortress is working with NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott on a plan to build a stadium in Oakland to replace the outdated Coliseum. Oakland city officials gave Fortress the right to develop a plan for a stadium and new development at the current Coliseum site.

The NFL dismissed the initial plan that was made public in December but Fortress has been in discussions with the league the past two months to try to answer their concerns. The person said the plan recently submitted is "fundamentally" the same as the one previously made public but does clarify some questions raised by the league.

Fortress and Oakland officials are hopeful of having a viable option to present to owners before they meet in late March for a possible vote on whether to allow the Raiders to move to Las Vegas, where the team has struck a deal for a 65,000-seat domed stadium.

The team also needs to find a funding replacement for casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who withdrew a $650 million pledge for the $1.9 billion Las Vegas project. The Raiders recently told the stadium authority board in Las Vegas that financing will not be an issue.

The state of Nevada has committed $750 million to the project, while the Raiders and NFL would pay the remaining $500 million if three-quarters of the league's owners approve a move.

 

Carr on possible Raiders extension: 'I don't want to play anywhere else'

Carr on possible Raiders extension: 'I don't want to play anywhere else'

The Raiders hope to extend franchise quarterback Derek Carr’s contract this offseason. That sits well with No. 4.

He doesn’t want to play anywhere else.

A long-term contract extension is a surefire way to make that happen.

“They know how I feel,” Carr said Tuesday in an interview with Sirius XM Mad Dog Radio’s Adam Schein. “I’m a Raider. I’m a Raider for life. I don’t want to play anywhere else. When I got drafted, this is where I wanted to be anyway. I don’t want to go anywhere, ever. They told me they don’t want me to go anywhere, ever. Now it’s about two people who want to be together, and how do we make that happen? We’ll see.”

Extending a quarterback can be complicated with huge numbers in total dollars and guaranteed funds. The player wants fair market value. For a young talent like Carr, that’s a lot. The team wants a happy quarterback without handicapping the team long-term. That’s especially true of a Raiders club planning a big-money extension for Khalil Mack at some point, while retaining other key members of their young foundation.

Carr will be the first key extension in a cluster of them. It’s something the Raiders have planned for a while now, and expressed to Carr’s camp.

“I think they’ve been talking even since through the season, keeping a line of communication together and keeping in touch,” Carr said. “Now that it’s getting on down the line and getting serious, I think that they’re trying to fugure out a way to (get) it done. If we can do that, great. If not, I can assure you I’m just going to be out there playing football.”

Outsiders have pegged Andrew Luck’s six-year, $122 million contract with Indianapolis that contained $47 million fully guaranteed at signing – much more is guaranteed for injury -- as a benchmark.

Carr is ready to enter a contract year, but said he didn’t have a deadline for when a deal had to get done. It might help the Raiders to have it complete by the start of free agency on March 9, which would give the team greater clarity regarding this offseason’s salary cap space. That doesn’t mean it will happen then, but an extension at some point seems like a slam dunk.

"If it happens, that’ll be cool. That money’s going to help a lot of people. I’m not going to change my attire or outfits. I’m still going to wear the same clothes I’ve had since college. I’m still going to wear UGG slippers out and my wife will shake her head at me.

“…The biggest thing for me is that I don’t want it to distract my teammates. They know me, that I really don’t care. I just like to play ball, but I don’t want people asking them questions. I would want it done so they don’t have to deal with it, but I’m always going to do what’s best for my family and what’s best for the team all in one. If we can all look at each other and say we feel good about something, then we can walk away and focus on football. …I want to play ball, and I want to do it in a silver and black jersey.”