Raiders take Terrelle Pryor in Supplemental Draft

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Raiders take Terrelle Pryor in Supplemental Draft

Aug. 22, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVE
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Paul Gutierrez
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Predictably, the Raiders selected former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the third round of the NFL's supplemental draft Monday.Pryor, who would have been suspended the first five games of the Buckeyes' season had he returned to college for his role in a cash-and-tattoos-for-memorabilia scandal, will instead sit out the first five weeks of the Raiders' campaign for "decisions that undermine the integrity of the eligibility rules for the NFL draft."He cannot practice or attend meetings during his suspension but can come to the final days of training camp, and according to NFL.com, Pryor will be on a plane to the Bay Area from his Pittsburgh-area home this afternoon. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he anticipates signing a contract by the end of the day.RELATED: Pryor by the numbers
"I'll be there, and I'll be ready," Pryor told Raiders coach Hue Jackson in a phone conversation, according to NFL.com. "I can't wait."
According to Mac's Football Blog, Pryor should receive 586,000 to sign, with a rookie contract worth at least 2.62 million, based on the 2011 rookie pool and contracts for previous supplemental picks.The Raiders have made no announcements, other than confirming the pick came with the No. 18 selection of the third round. Oakland is scheduled to practice at 3:30 p.m. in Napa and Jackson speaks to the media after practice.Pryor was initially ruled ineligible by the NFL to take part in the supplemental draft before being green-lighted on Thursday. He held his personal Pro Day on Friday and 17 teams scouted him, including the 49ers, Chargers, Chiefs, Colts, Cowboys, Eagles, Patriots, Saints and Steelers.Obviously, the Raiders were struck by his athleticism and infatuated with his measurables -- he stood just under 6-foot-5 and weighed just over 232 pounds and was clocked as fast as 4.36 seconds in the 40-yard dash, on artificial turf.Still, there have been perhaps just as many questions about Pryor's character as to which position he'd play as a pro as he readied for the draft."I would like the opportunity to play quarterback," Pryor told reporters after his workout, "but I'll do anything that a team needs me to do to win."The Raiders have an established starter in Jason Campbell, but the 29-year-old is in the final year of his contract and he was just knocked out of the 49ers exhibition game after taking a knee to the helmet and experiencing concussion-like symptoms. Oakland also has two former starters backing up Campbell with Kyle Boller, 30, and Trent Edwards, 27.But Jackson has long made it known he would like a developmental quarterback as well.Pryor, 22, fits that bill, even as he was 8-1 as a freshman, won the Rose Bowl as a sophomore and threw for 2,722 yards with 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while running for 754 yards and four TD's as a junior and winning the Sugar Bowl.Many scouts see Pryor as a wide receiver, and the Raiders have a history with converting an ultra-athletic QB with accuracy issues into a serviceable pass catcher. Or have you forgotten Ronald Curry?Pryor has a familiar face already in Napa in rookie cornerback and Ohio State product Chimdi Chekwa."Congrats to the homie T.P.," Chekwa Tweeted. "Welcome to the Bay homie. Lets do work!!"Many of Pryor's critics, though, see him as the second coming of JaMarcus Russell.In surrendering their third-round pick in next April's draft for Pryor, the Raiders were already without selections in the second and fourth rounds.Oakland traded its second-round pick in 2012, as well as its seventh-rounder in 2011, to New England in exchange for the Patriots' third- and fourth-round picks in 2011, selections that resulted in offensive lineman Joe Barksdale and running back Taiwan Jones. The fourth-round pick in 2012 was dealt to Washington in 2010 as part of the Campbell deal.The Raiders, though, figure to receive handsome compensatory picks in the 2012 draft -- perhaps as high as a third-rounder -- after losing free agents Nnamdi Asomugha, Zach Miller and Robert Gallery this offseason, even after signing Kevin Boss.

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.”