Raiders sign Jamize Olawale to three-year extension

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Raiders sign Jamize Olawale to three-year extension

ALAMEDA – The new Raiders coaching staff likes Jamize Olawale’s skill set, and believed he could handle a bigger, more prominent role than years past.

The fullback has become a secondary rusher this season, flashing a combination of power and somewhat surprising speed with the ball in his hands. Those opportunities have become more frequent as the season’s grown old, now totaling 116 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.

That’s 4.6-yards per carry, not too bad for someone with five professional carries entering the season.

He remains a quality special teams player and a solid teammate, leaving little reason why the Raiders wouldn’t want to keep him around after his contract expires following this league year.

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He was set to be a restricted free agent in 2016 – the team could’ve given him a one-year tender and matched any outside offer -- but the Raiders chose to lock him up with a three-year contract signed on Tuesday afternoon.

“(Signing an extension) feels great,” Olawale said in a video posted by the team. “I love what we’re building and I’m happy to be a part of it. Let’s go out and stack these wins together.”

Olawale signed a deal that should keep him with the team through the 2018 season. Terms of the contract were not immediately disclosed.

The Raiders signed Olawale off the Dallas practice squad late in 2012, and he’s been on the 53-man roster ever since. The San Francisco native went to North Texas and entered the league as an undrafted free agent.

The Raiders hope to sign several of their own upcoming free agents, though most of that action will take place during the offseason.

Derek Carr approves of Tiger Woods' new pool table

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Derek Carr approves of Tiger Woods' new pool table

Tiger Woods' re-felted pool table is for all of Raider Nation.

To no surprise, quarterback Derek Carr approves of the new look. 

The golf legend tweeted a picture of his new table where he went with silver felt and a Raiders logo right in the middle. Woods' table also has silver and black balls with the Raiders logo on them. 

Woods grew up in Southern California and attended Stanford in 1994, the Raiders' last year in Los Angeles. That same year, Woods helped the Cardinal become the NCAA Division I golf champions before turning pro.

After eating her food as kid, Lynch purchasing restaurant from 79-year-old

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After eating her food as kid, Lynch purchasing restaurant from 79-year-old

Marshawn Lynch first tasted Cassie Nickelson's food when he was nine years old while she catered out of her Oakland apartment.

"When he was 9-years-old, he came across the street to get a hamburger and French fries. 25-cent French fries and a 75-cent hamburger," Nickelson said to KTVU.

Lynch, 31, is now set to take over Nickelson's popular soul-food restaurant, Scend's Restaurant and Bar, in Emeryville. Nickelson, 79, will be retiring in August. 

"I'm comfortable with him and I like him," Nickelson said.

Lynch will not become the official owner until the liquor license changes hands. Scend's, an acronym for Nickelson's children and grandchildren, is known for its seafood, fried chicken and red beans.