Raiders Report (822): Injured players practice

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Raiders Report (822): Injured players practice

Aug. 22, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVE
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Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comPractice No. 19Summary: News, news and more news. The day began with the Raiders selecting disgraced Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the third round of the NFL's supplemental draft.
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It continued with several familiar, if injured faces (in one case, literally) practicing again. Continued with the starting quarterback, who took a knee to the helmet on Saturday, sitting out practice as a precaution. Went on with the future of the Raiders' annual exhibition game against the 49ers in serious jeopardy after last weekend's violence at Candlestick Park. And ended with coach Hue Jackson saying Pryor would be a quarterback. At least, to begin his NFL career. Oh yeah, the Raiders took to the field in helmets and shoulder pads and worked on two-minute drill offense as well as red-zone offense. Coaches seemed especially on edge. As they should be after the showing against the 49ers.Injury report: Even with some notable players returning to practice, 16 players sat out practice with various "nicks," including quarterback Jason Campbell (concussion-like symptoms) receivers Louis Murphy (hamstringgroin), Chaz Schilens (sprained right knee) and Shawn Bayes, tight ends Kevin Boss (left knee sprain) and David Ausberry, fullback James McCluskey, offensive linemen Stephon Heyer (strained right triceps), Lou Eliades and Alan Pelc, defensive backs Hiram Eugene (dislocated left hip), Chris Johnson (oil change, yes, he said oil change), Mike Mitchell (left knee) and Zac Etheridge (knee) and defensive lineman John Henderson. Offensive lineman Daniel Loper and cornerback Walter McFadden, however, both missed practice due to the births of their respective children.Offensive play of the day: It was a simple pitch play to the right side but Darren McFadden made it look easy, and like a thing of beauty. He ran just as smooth as he did hard and galloped past the defense, barely breaking stride in nine-on-nine, non-contact drills.Defensive play of the day: With his speed in the open field, a quick slant to Jacoby Ford seems a sure thing. But not this time. Not with Michael Huff shadowing the diminutive Ford. Huff broke up the pass and several onlookers held their breath as Ford was getting in his first live work since suffering his broken left hand.Returning to work: The big news, of course, were the returns of running back Darren McFadden, who suffered a fractured lower left eye orbital on Aug. 3, and receiverreturner Jacoby Ford, who broke his left hand on July 30. Perhaps just as uplifting to the Raiders were rookie running back Taiwan Jones, who has been out since the first week of camp with a hamstring issue, and defensive end Trevor Scott, who suffered a torn ACL in his left knee at Pittsburgh last Nov. 21, joining the fray. "We got some of my toys back," said coach Hue Jackson. "I'm excited about that."Personnel report: Obviously, the seismic shift in Silver and Blackdom had to do with the Raiders that third-round draft pick to select Pryor in the NFL's supplemental draft. As soon as he signs, which his agent said would be very soon, the Raiders will have the maximum 90 names on their training camp roster. Per NFL rules, rosters have to be down to a max of 80 by 1 p.m. PT on Aug. 30, and then at 53 by 1 p.m. PT on Sept. 3. Flying under the radar over the weekend was former Raiders middle linebacker Ricky Brown signing with New England as a free agent.Rookie report: OK, so technically only one of these guys is a rookie, receiver Eddie McGee. But he showed some fire in his lighting-quick fight with second-year cornerback Joe Porter on a side field during unit drills. It was over as fast as it started.Quotable: "This young man is a quarterback. That's where we're going to start and we'll go from there." -- Raiders coach Hue Jackson on Terrelle PryorNext practice: Tuesday, 3:30 p.m.

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.”