ALAMEDA -- There's a sense of urgency enveloping Silver and Blackdom now that the Napa portion of training camp is done and the Raiders have moved back to their home base at 1220 Harbor Bay Parkway.Things suddenly got real, and it had little to do with the 12 players shown their walking papers in the first round of cuts Monday morning."Its nice to get back home," said Raiders rookie coach Dennis Allen. "I got a chance to sleep in my own bed a couple nights, so that was good. It's good. I thought we had a good day of work today. It's good for us to get back in this environment, get our guys used to the locker room here, the practice facility, the weight room, all of that good stuff."It also marks another rite of passage for a rebuilding team."Every time you change the surroundings, people realize there's a little something different," Allen said. "Getting back here, it's kind of, we're getting close. I think everybody feels the sense that we're getting close to the opening day of the season."In Sunday night's conference call, Allen said 12th-year veteran defensive tackle Richard Seymour had arthritis in his knee. Monday afternoon, Allen referred to it as "tendinitis" while Seymour told reporters he had nothing of the sort, just the wear and tear of 11 NFL seasons on 32-year-old knees.Allen reiterated, though, that Seymour, who has not suited up since the Raiders' exhibition game at Arizona on Aug. 17, would be a gameday decision for the preseason finale Thursday in Seattle."It's just something we'll have to manage as we go throughout the season," Allen said of Seymour. "I've been through that process before with Darren Sharper in New Orleans, a guy that was a little bit long in the tooth so we had to take care of him. We had to manage him. It's not unlike any other situation I've dealt with."Allen also said he will wait until "the very last minute," or Friday, to make a decision on whether to place weakside linebacker Aaron Curry on the Physically Unable to Perform list for the regular season. Such a move would make him ineligible for the first six weeks of the season. Curry has yet to practice.Matt Leinart, who sat out Saturday's exhibition against Detroit with stitches in his right index finger, is expected to play against the SeahawksAlex Parsons will start at center against Seattle, with Stefen Wisniewski still out, and if Parsons goes down, the next man up is right guard Mike BrisielMarcel Reece has yet to get a touch in the preseason, but the multi-threat fullback said he is not worried about it.
PHOENIX -- All signs point to the Raiders being approved for relocation to Las Vegas. It could happen as early as Monday, when the topic will be discussed at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix. It could be Tuesday. Or in May. Or at any point in a conference call.
The timing is less important than the ultimate outcome. The when is uncertain. The what seems likely, though not guaranteed, at this stage.
The Raiders need 24 of 32 approval votes to relocate and start construction on new digs.
The Raiders have presented a solid application to the NFL, centered on a stadium proposal in Las Vegas that includes $750 million in public funds for stadium construction. Bank of America, who is financing the project, is expected to loan the Raiders money to complete a financing plan that includes the public contribution and $500 million from the team and the NFL.
The Sports Business Journal reported on Sunday that the estimated stadium cost has dropped to $1.7 billion, and will receive $200 million in infrastructure improvements not included in their construction contribution.
League sources continue to say approval is expected. There is great confidence within the Raiders organization a vote will go their way.
Some issues remain, though none are significant roadblocks. A stadium lease hasn’t been finalized and a site hasn’t been formally announced – it’s reportedly set for a spot just off the Las Vegas Strip near Russell Road – so approval would likely come with conditions that could be met in time.
The Raiders worked a sweetheart deal that mines significant money from the public. They don’t have investors with direct ties to gambling. And, as important as anything else, the NFL doesn’t believe Oakland has a viable plan to keep the Raiders in an otherwise attractive, booming market.
That includes the latest proposal from the Oakland and financial partner Fortress Investments announced on Friday that makes certain concessions aimed at getting the Raiders back to the table.
The Silver and Black haven’t worked with East Bay officials in more than as year, as they’ve shifted complete focus to their Las Vegas quest.
The revised Oakland plan didn’t move the needle, a league executive said. That point was made crystal clear in a letter NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent to Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf.
“The material that we reviewed earlier today confirms certain information that had previously been communicated orally, such as a willingness to bring bank financing to a stadium project, and a proposed valuation of the land at the Coliseum site,” Goodell wrote in a letter obtained by Bay Area News Group. “It also confirms that key issues that we have identified as threshold considerations are simply not resolvable in a reasonable time. In that respect, the information sent today does not present a proposal that is clear and specific, actionable in a reasonable timeframe, and free of major contingencies.”
That virtually eliminates the prospect of Oakland planting doubt in NFL owners’ minds heading into a pivotal discussion on the topic Monday at the Arizona Biltmore hotel.
It’s possible the stadium and finance committee will make a formal recommendation on the Raiders application to relocate. That could precede a vote, and generally holds significant weight among undecided owners.
A league source said the new Oakland plan will be a talking point, though it may not be viewed in a flattering light. That’s especially true in light of Goodell’s letter.
“At this date, there remains no certainty regarding how the site will be fully developed, or the specific and contractually-defined nature of the participation by Fortress or other parties,” Goodell wrote. “In addition, the long-term nature of the commitment to the A’s remains a significant complication and the resolution of that issue remains unknown. Other significant uncertainties, which we have previously identified, remain unaddressed. We had hoped that the past two years would have allowed both of us to develop a viable project.”
Adrian Peterson played defense on Friday night.
Hours after a report suggesting that the four-time All-Pro running back was still a free agent due to salary demands, the former Viking posted a lengthy statement on Instagram along with a video of his running an agility drill.
"YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD"
Early in the free agency period, the Raiders were linked to Peterson, but nothing came of those rumors.
The Raiders, in need of a feature back after Latavius Murray signed with the Vikings, are reportedly pursuing the possibility of luring Oakland-native Marshawn Lynch out of retirement.
Peterson was scheduled to make $18 million in 2017, but the Vikings declined to exercise his contract, making him a free agent. The 2012 NFL MVP turned 32 on March 21 and played in just three games in 2016 due to a major knee injury.
According to the ESPN report, Peterson was looking for a contract that paid him over $8 million in the first year of the deal.
YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD