Raiders re-sign four free agents

Raiders re-sign four free agents

The Raiders are being four free agents back into the fold.

Defensive lineman Denico Autry has signed his restricted free agent tender.

Wide receiver Seth Roberts, tight end Gabe Holmes and guard Denver Kirkland all signed their exclusive rights free agent tenders.

The team made the deals official on Monday afternoon.

Autry returns for his fourth season after making the squad as an undrafted free agent in 2014…Played in all 16 games with seven starts in 2016, posting 37 tackles (22 solo), 2.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries, while adding a blocked PAT…In 2015, led the NFL with three blocked kicks on special teams (two PATs and one FG), posting the most blocks by a single player in a season since 2011…Career totals include 40 games played with 15 starts, 79 tackles (49 solo), 5.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and seven passes defensed.

Holmes enters his third season in Oakland…Suffered an injury in the preseason opener in 2016 and was placed on the Reserve/Injured List on Aug. 29…Did not appear in a game in 2015, spending nine weeks on the active roster and seven weeks on the practice squad…Originally signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Purdue, where he played in 49 games and caught 65 passes for 685 yards and six TDs.

Kirkland begins his second season with the Silver and Black after appearing in six games with four starts as a rookie in 2016…Played primarily as an extra offensive lineman…Signed with the team as an undrafted free agent in May 2016 out of Arkansas, where he appeared in 38 games with 34 starts.

Roberts enters his fourth season after originally signing with the team as an undrafted free agent in 2014…Set a career high with 38 receptions in 2016, and added 397 receiving yards and five TDs…Raiders are 9-0 when he catches a TD pass, and he has recorded four game-winning TD receptions over his career…Career totals include 32 games played with 11 starts, 70 receptions for 877 yards and 10 TDs.

The Oakland Raiders media services contributed to this report.

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

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.

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

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.