Raiders relocation on agenda for NFL owners meetings, vote possible

Raiders relocation on agenda for NFL owners meetings, vote possible

Raiders relocation is on the agenda for next week’s NFL owners meetings, an NFL official told CSN California. The team’s application to move to Las Vegas was submitted in January, and the winter has been spent bolstering a $1.9 billion stadium proposal that includes $750 million in public funds and will be financed by Bank of America.

The league official said the discussion should start on Monday. If remaining issues are resolved, NFL owners could vote to approve relocation that day, or later in the March 26-29 meetings.

The Raiders need 24 of 32 votes to approve relocation to Las Vegas. It’s uncertain how a vote will go, though reports suggest the Raiders are in good shape to gain approval for a Las Vegas move.

There are a few outstanding issues, including the fact the Raiders haven’t formally completed a stadium lease with the Las Vegas Stadium Authority, but none are considering major roadblocks to approval either next week or in time.

The NFL’s stadium and finance committees are expected to make a recommendation on the Raiders’ relocation application at the league meetings, which could help sway undecided votes.

The NFL wasn’t moved by a recent update from Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf, who presented a plan a few weeks back that reportedly failed to excite the stadium and finance committees.

It is possible the league will discuss Raiders relocation without a vote. That could happen if issues remain outstanding, though a vote could occur at a league meeting in May or at any time by conference call when questions are answered.

If the Raiders are approved for relocation, they would start constructing a stadium expected to be completed in 2020. The team has team options to play at Oakland Coliseum in 2017 and 2018, and have said they plan to exercise them if relocation in approved. It remains uncertain where they would play in 2019. That might be addressed next week.

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.