Raiders receive 3 compensatory draft picks

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Raiders receive 3 compensatory draft picks

As expected, the Raiders received a third-round compensatory pick in April's draft, No. 95 overall, but Oakland also received additional comp. picks in the fourth round (No. 129 overall) and fifth round (No. 168 overall).The Raiders, who lost free agents Nnamdi Asomugha, Zach Miller, Robert Gallery and Thomas Howard while signing free agent Kevin Boss last offseason, still hold their original picks in the fifth (No. 13 of the round) and sixth rounds (No. 19 of the round), respectively.It all gives new general manager Reggie McKenzie five draft picks with which to play heading into the April 26-28 draft, even as the Raiders currently have less than 3.72 million in salary cap room.RELATED: Raiders have little cap space breathing room
Comp. picks take place after a draft round is complete. But with New Orleans forfeiting its second-round selection as a "BountyGate" penalty and the Raiders having already used their third-round pick on Terrelle Pryor in last summer's supplemental draft, the draft is moved up two spots after the third round.Oakland traded away most of its 2012 draft picks, the Raiders' first-rounder going to Cincinnati for Carson Palmer, their second-rounder going to New England for selections that became Joe Barksdale and Taiwan Jones, their third-rounder used on Pryor, their fourth-rounder going to Washington two years ago for Jason Campbell and the seventh-round pick going to Seattle for Aaron Curry.So what kind of value should the Raiders expect from a No. 95 overall pick?Well, the last four No. 95 overall picks are: Pittsburgh cornerback Curtis Brown out of Texas in 2011; New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham out of Miami in 2010; Arizona safety Rashad Johnson out of Alabama in 2009 and New York Giants receiver Mario Manningham, who recently signed with the 49ers, out of Michigan in 2008.In fact, Raiders free agent linebacker Darryl Blackstock is a No. 95 overall draft pick as well, taken by Arizona out of Virginia in 2005.

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.