Report: Aldon Smith detained after car accident in San Francisco

Report: Aldon Smith detained after car accident in San Francisco

Raiders edge rusher Aldon Smith was reportedly involved in another run-in with the law Thursday morning.

Smith was detained by police in San Francisco for public intoxication, according to KTVU, and is expected to released when he is sober. No charges are expected. 

The suspended Raiders edge rusher was alledgedly one of two male passengers in a vehicle that crashed into an undercover police car near police headquarters around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday morning. Three police officers were in the car, and two were taken to the hospital for treatment. 

The driver, a female, was detained on suspicion of DUI. 

Smith denied invovlement in the incident when confronted by reporters after being released onto the San Francisco streets. 

"I didn't do anything," Smith told reporters. "I had to go handle something and talk to somebody, a friend who is locked up in there. That's what I went to go do."

Later in the interview Smith said his girlfriend was driving the SUV invovled in the incident. 

Smith has been banished by the NFL on Nov. 15, 2015 as a repeat offender of the league's substance abuse policy. He was eligible to return a calendar year later, but his reinstatement application was tabled despite a meeting between Smith, commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL officials. The NFL Network reported last month that Smith's case would be re-evaluated on March 15, and the pass rusher had a real shot to return if he followed a correct path. 

This latest incident and subsequent interview certainly won't help his case. Goodell is not required to rule on Smith's application on any set date. His banishement is technically indefinite. 

Smith repeatedly said he didn't do anything wrong. 

"If you guys want to talk about me, let's make these stories a little better and put me in a better spotlight," Smith said. "Let's stop making me seem like a (criminal). That's not who am. I'm a good person."

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Raiders general Reggie McKenzie plans to extend quarterback Derek Carr’s contract this offseason. That isn’t a new thing, something that has been in the works for some time. He re-affirmed that fact last week, citing his team’s commitment to work out a long-term deal likely the biggest in franchise history.

Carr was reportedly frustrated with the pace of contract talks after the NFL draft – they’re supposed to heat up this spring and summer – but said he believes a deal will get worked out before training camp begins.

That’s his deadline for an offseason deal, the point where he wants focus honed on football.

“I have an agent who is in charge of that and I am confident that he and Mr. (Reggie) McKenzie will work it out,” Carr, a Fresno State alum, told the Fresno Bee. “I am only focused on becoming a better football player and helping my teammates become better players.

“I have complete faith it will get done before training camp. These things take time. The Raiders know I want to be here; this is my family, and I know they want me to be their quarterback.”

The sides have discussed parameters of a long-term deal, with greater specifics to be ironed out in the future. Carr has long said he wants to be a Raider his entire career. The Raiders want him as the public face of their franchise. A new deal is expected by all parties, a sentiment that has never wavered on either side.

Carr is scheduled to make a $977,519 in base salary in 2017, the final year of his rookie contract.

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

The Raiders offseason program is five weeks old. Players have lifted weights. They’ve improved cardiovascular shape. They’ve done drills in position groups and discussed schematics. They’ve added rookies to a group now 90 strong.

On Monday, they can finally put on helmets. They still can’t wear pads or have full contact, but the Raiders can play 11-on-11. Receivers will be covered. Quarterback Derek Carr will throw into traffic. Generally speaking, the competition cranks up a bit.

The NFL collective bargaining agreement has strict mandates regarding offseason activity, and a period formally called “Phase III” allows for more realistic on-field football work.

The Raiders will conduct 10 OTA sessions over the next three weeks. The media can watch three of them. Tuesday is the first, with another in each of the next two weeks. These sessions are technically voluntary, though the Raiders generally hover around perfect attendance. Head coach Jack Del Rio prefers his team be unified in the offseason. Players know it and show up.

There is a mandatory minicamp from June 13-15 which wraps the offseason program and starts a quiet period that extends until training camp begins in late July.

These OTAs offer an opportunity for new players to learn the system, for adjustments to be made and for chemistry to be built heading into a 2017 season where expectations are high.