Raiders' Veldheer among NFL's best bargains


Raiders' Veldheer among NFL's best bargains

This Freakonomics feature on can be a little tough to chew through, but if you can navigate through the experience, youll be rewarded with a couple of familiar faces on the list of the biggest bargains in the NFL from this past season.

The Raiders had left tackle Jared Veldheer on the best bargains list. Veldheer took in 405,000 in base salary this past season, while his cap hit was 628,750. The site describes Veldheer as a better run blocker than pass protector at this point but still only surrendered four sacks in 2011.

Meanwhile, from the 49ers perspective, its linebacker NaVorro Bowman. The site notes that Bowman earned 580,000 in base salary in 2011, with a cap hit of 756,062. For that price, the Niners were rewarded with an All-Pro season from the second-year linebacker, who finished with 143 tackles and two sacks.

Do you agree with these choices as the best bargains on the Bay Area teams? If not, who do you think would have been a better choice? Also, any thoughts on the rest of the list, which included big names like Aaron Rodgers, LeSean McCoy, Victor Cruz and Rob Gronkowski?

Raiders sign second-rounder Melifonwu, leaving one draft pick unsigned

Raiders sign second-rounder Melifonwu, leaving one draft pick unsigned

Obi Melifonwu entered Wednesday as the only second-round draft pick without a signed rookie contract. Later that afternoon, he joined the group.

The safety from UConn put pen to paper on a four-year deal at the Napa Valley Marriott, allowing him to join pre-training camp activities. Veterans report on Friday and camp’s first full-squad practice starts Saturday morning.

The pact took longer than the Raiders or Melifonwu had hoped. There's little room for fiscal movement in the rookie wage scale, but some contract language had to be hashed out before shaking hands.

Melifonwu is slotted to make $4,509,376 over the life of the contract, with a $1,419,544 signing bonus and a $819,886 base salary in 2017, per

The Raiders have one draft pick left unsigned. First-round cornerback Gareon Conley hasn’t agreed on a deal, though it’s still likely that happens before the first full practice.

The Ohio State alum’s situation could be complicated by an ongoing investigation into a sexual assault allegation stemming from an April 9 incident in Cleveland.

Head coach Jack Del Rio said in a Tuesday radio interview he expected unsigned rookie contract issues to be resolved soon.

The next Primetime? Carr receives compliment after imitating Neon Deion


The next Primetime? Carr receives compliment after imitating Neon Deion

Watch out Jalen Richard. You have some competition for your punt returning job.

Okay, not really.

But quarterback Derek Carr got in on the action Tuesday. In a video posted by the Raiders on Twitter, Carr fielded a punt and ran it back to the endzone for a touchdown.

He proceeded to do Deion Sanders' touchdown dance and that elicited a response from the Pro Football Hall of Famer.

"That's 1 of the many reasons why I gots mad love for @derekcarrqb he is the #Truth," Sanders wrote in a quote tweet.

Carr has yet to respond.