Raiders sign third-round pick DT Eddie Vanderdoes

Raiders sign third-round pick DT Eddie Vanderdoes

Eddie Vanderdoes hasn’t been in the Bay Area has much as he’d like. This year’s third-round pick missed most of the Raiders offseason program due to UCLA’s academic calendar. An NFL rule prevented Vanderdoes from practicing while his school was in session, even if he wasn’t enrolled in spring classes.

Vanderdoes, who was training in Los Angeles this summer, came back for off-field work and orientation, but the East Bay will now become home.

He can find a nice one after signing his first professional contract on Wednesday morning. The No. 88 overall pick is the seventh member of the 2017 draft class to ink a deal. Only first-round cornerback Gareon Conley and second-round safety Obi Melifonwu remain unsigned.

The NFL’s rookie wage scale is largely fixed, making negotiations easy. Vanderdoes is slotted to make $3,161,212 over the life of his four-year contract, per overthecap.com. The deal in includes a $761,212 signing bonus and a $655,303 base salary in 2017.

Vanderdoes believes he’ll hit the ground running in training camp despite missing OTAs and a mandatory minicamp. He’ll compete for significant snaps as a rookie, both as an inside pass rusher and run stuffing defensive tackle in the base defense.

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. 

Father of Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie passes away

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Father of Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie passes away

Raider Nation is grieving on Monday.

The father of general manager Reggie McKenzie passed away recently, and the franchise issued the following statement:

"The Raiders family is saddened by the passing of Sam McKenzie Jr., father of Reggie and Raleigh McKenzie. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Raider Nation are with the McKenzie family."

No additional information is known at this time.