Raiders outlast Broncos, keep playoff hopes alive

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Raiders outlast Broncos, keep playoff hopes alive

Dec. 19, 2010
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OAKLAND (AP) After watching his team commit three turnovers, allow twobig play touchdowns to Tim Tebow and commit a penalty that wiped out ascore in the first half, coach Tom Cable didn't hold back at halftime."There's no reason to be calm or rational at that point," Cable said.The Raiders responded to thetongue-lashing, getting a 73-yard touchdown pass from Jason Campbell toMarcel Reece to keep their playoff hopes alive and spoil Tebow's firstNFL start with a 39-23 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday."That's the most animated I've everseen him," defensive tackle Tommy Kelly said. "From the time we came inhere, he was going off. From the time we came in here pretty much untilwe left, nobody really talked except Cabes."Jacoby Ford scored on a 71-yard runon Oakland's first play from scrimmage and Michael Bush added two shorttouchdown runs to keep the Raiders (7-7) in the hunt for a playoffberth after last week's wrenching 38-31 loss at Jacksonville.
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Oakland trails Kansas City by twogames in the AFC West and will need to win the final two games and gethelp in order to win the division.
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"I wish we were in a better position,but to still be in the fight, still be in the hunt, we've grown a longways," Campbell said. "The loss last week is not going to do any goodfor us to dwell on it. It's not going to help us this week. What wehave to do is control what's in front of us from here out."
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The Broncos (3-11) have long beeneliminated from the playoff chase, having lost nine of 10 games to tiethe franchise record for losses in a season. That, along with KyleOrton's bruised ribs, made the decision to give Tebow his first careerstart an easy one.For a player who became famous incollege for his exploits at the Swamp, Tebow must have felt at home ona wet day at the Oakland Coliseum.He managed to come up with some ofthe big plays that helped him win a Heisman Trophy and two nationaltitles at Florida, becoming the third player to throw a TD pass atleast 30 yards and run for a score of at least 40 yards in the samegame.But he also did not look smooththrowing the ball, a big reason why many questioned former Denver coachJosh McDaniels for trading up to take Tebow in the first round of thedraft. He finished 8 for 16 for 138 yards and ran for 78 more."You're playing against the biggest,strongest, fastest, but at the end of the day it's still playingfootball and so it wasn't extremely different," Tebow said.The key play for the Raiders wasCampbell's short pass to Reece that turned into a game-breaker. Reececaught the ball near the line of scrimmage with open space in front ofhim. He juked David Bruton near midfield and raced the rest of the wayto make it 30-20.
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The Broncos responded with StevenHauschka's third field goal, but Quentin Groves tackled CorrellBuckhalter in the end zone for a safety that put the Raiders back incontrol in their third straight win over Denver.The Raiders took a 23-20 lead intothe fourth quarter after Sebastian Janikowski's 47-yard field goal. Theteams traded field goals earlier in the third with the Broncos settlingfor theirs after Lance Ball dropped a pass in the end zone.Tebow turned two Raiders turnoversinto touchdowns in the first half, scoring on a 40-yard quarterbackdraw on third-and-24 when he ran through the middle of Oakland'sdefense and then broke tackles from safeties Michael Huff and TyvonBranch.Tebow then threw a ball up for grabsin the end zone that went through cornerback Stanford Routt's hands andwas caught by Brandon Lloyd for a 33-yard touchdown. Lloyd wasoriginally ruled out of bounds, but the play was overturned on a replaychallenge."He did what we expected of him,"Lloyd said. "He kept his poise, he kept his composure, even when it wastough out there. He didn't have any of those situations where he calledthe wrong play. I was impressed."The Raiders got some big plays oftheir own, with Ford scoring on a 71-yard end around on Oakland's firstplay from scrimmage and a 36-yard run by Darren McFadden setting upanother touchdown.Oakland tied the game at 17 late inthe half after Syd'Quan Thompson muffed a punt by Janikowski, fillingin for the injured Shane Lechler. Janikowski's 49-yard field goal tiedthe game.
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Notes: Kordell Stewart in 2000 andMichael Vick in 2002 are the only other players to have running andthrowing TDs like Tebow's. ... Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno left in thefirst half with a side injury. ... McFadden ran for 119 yards to reach1,112 for the season, becoming the first Raiders back to top 1,000since Justin Fargas in 2007. ... Raiders DT Richard Seymour left in thesecond half with a strained hamstring.

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 won't 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, especially Heather and sons Dallas and Deker, 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 the star quarterback.

“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.”