Saunders to stay with Raiders


Saunders to stay with Raiders

Al Saunders, who served as the Raiders' offensive coordinator last season and is the lone member of the fired Hue Jackson's staff still under contract, will return to the team for the 2012 season, the team announced late Wednesday morning.Saunders, 65, will have the nebulous title "senior offensive assistant" as Greg Knapp was hired on Feb. 1 by new coach Dennis Allen to be his new O.C. and playcaller.Saunders scouted Senior Bowl Week in Mobile, Ala. for the Raiders, before Allen was hired, and recently interviewed for Kansas City's offensive coordinator position.
Last season, Saunders devised the weekly offensive gameplans before Jackson would then pick and choose the plays to call during a game.Before coming to Oakland, Saunders spent two seasons with Baltimore as an offensive consultant in 2009 and as senior offensive assistant in 2010.

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.