Report: Carr dissatisfied with pace of Raiders contract extension talks

Report: Carr dissatisfied with pace of Raiders contract extension talks

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said he wanted to start serious talks on a Derek Carr contract extension after the NFL draft. The franchise quarterback wants a new deal done before training camp starts in late July.

That creates a window of opportunity to lock Carr down this spring and summer, before the 25-year old starts a 2017 season where he wants focus on football.

There’s time to get that deal done but NFL Network’s Mike Silver reported Tuesday night serious discussions haven’t started. Silver reports the Raiders haven’t reached out to Carr’s camp since the NFL draft, and that Carr is dissatisfied with the lack of progress.

Carr’s agent Tim Younger doesn’t comment on contract talks.

The Raiders have spoken conceptually to Carr’s camp several times about a massive extension near the peak of the NFL quarterback market, though serious talks reportedly haven’t commenced.

McKenzie will reach out to Carr in time, and it's fully expected that a contract extension will be reached this offseason. 

While Carr has repeatedly said he plans to be a Raider his entire career, a hometown discount isn’t in the cards.

Given the training-camp deadline Carr set last month, time to work out a contract is dwindling some even with several weeks remaining in the extension window. In these instances, however, deadlines spark deals.

The Raiders have had a busy offseason that included approval to relocate to Las Vegas. Oakland native Marshawn Lynch also signed with the club in a prolonged process.

McKenzie has stated a desire to extend Carr, right guard Gabe Jackson and edge rusher Khalil Mack in the near future, though Mack’s fifth-year option gives the Raiders more time on their defensive superstar.

There’s greater urgency with Jackson and Carr. The team doesn’t want either player to get near an open market. It’s still expected both Carr and Jackson will agree on terms this offseason.

Carr is set to make $977,519 in the final year of his rookie contract.

Raiders send thoughts and prayers to Mexico after devastating earthquake


Raiders send thoughts and prayers to Mexico after devastating earthquake

A catastrophic 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit central Mexico on Tuesday. At least 139 people have died as buildings all around the affected area have collapsed.

The Raiders, who played the Texans in Mexico City last season and will face the Patriots there on Nov. 19, issued a statement regarding the earthquake.

"The Raiders have the people of Mexico City and the surrounding areas in our thoughts and prayers following today's earthquake. Mexico City is a special place for the Raider Nation and the most heartfelt sentiments of the Raiders family go out to all of our Mexican neighbors in this time of need."

The Raiders did not have an immediate comment on the status of the game against the Patriots which will be played at Estadio Azteca. According to media reports, the stadium sustained damage during the earthquake.

Expect Raiders-to-Vegas to hit snags, not roadblocks


Expect Raiders-to-Vegas to hit snags, not roadblocks

There have been whispers at the edges of the Oakland Raiders-to-Las Vegas deal that kinks are beginning to show in the ongoing negotiations between the team and the city and state.
Kinks, though. Not insurmountable problems.
Rumors in both Oakland and Las Vegas that the Raiders have been examining the possibility of extending their temporary lease with the Coliseum to include the years 2020, 2021 and 2022 have picked up steam in the last several days, but the issues that have caused this impetus are described by sources at both ends of the deal as “not yet large enough to cause a real problem.”
As one source said, “The casinos want this (Raider deal to get done), and the casinos get what they want.”
The main sticking point is negotiations between team, the city, the state and the University of Nevada Las Vegas, which just hired a new athletic director, Desiree Reed-Francois, who is an expert on facilities use and once worked for the Raiders and the NFL Management Council as a legal assistant. She has been adamant about issues of stadium use (the Raiders and Rebels are to share the stadium), and the Raiders apparently have been playing standard NFL hardball on their part.
One source said that may not be the only issue involved, but that it is a considerable one – considerable that is, if you list the issues at hand. “Everyone wants the deal done, but they don’t want UNLV to get muscled too badly,” he said.
But the issue is enough that the Raisders have inquired about 2020-2, and Scott McKibben, the executive director of the Oakland stadium authority, told the Las Vegas Sun last week that he would be willing to negotiate a lease extension “for 2019 and beyond, if necessary.”
McKibben told the newspaper that the city currently loses money when the Raiders play at home, and would want changes in the current lease provisions for negotiations on an extension to proceed. Talks have not yet progressed because construction on the Las Vegas site have not yet begun.
The reason given by most experts as to why the stadium has not yet begun its construction phase is that any work done before there is an agreement would happen on the Raiders’ dime, not the city’s or state’s, and any potential liability would be the team’s to assume as well.

Thus, according to sources, the Raiders are talking about a lease extension in Oakland as a leverage play against Las Vegas.
Thus, we have your standard game of multi-headed chicken being played out in two states by two cities and two athletic organizations that have stalled the team’s expected relocation, at least a bit.
But, as that source said at the top of this piece, “The casinos want this,” and in Las Vegas, the house always wins. It’s just one more Raideresque complication in a litany of them.