Seymour, Campbell among 5 Raiders captains

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Seymour, Campbell among 5 Raiders captains

Sept. 9, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVE
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CSNCalifornia.comALAMEDA -- Linebacker Tully Banta-Cain was in the Raiders' house Thursday but left without signing a contract.Defensive tackle Richard Seymour, a teammate of Banta-Cain's in New England from 2003 through 2006 and then again in the 2009 preseason, recalled the type of player he was.
"I remember he was extremely fast off the edge," Seymour said of Banta-Cain. "He's a pass-rushing guy."Seymour then chuckled."He doesn't want to be in coverage," Seymour added. "I know he was a good rusher and I hadn't seen him in a while. But that was three years ago, so, who knows."Seymour said he did not see Banta-Cain at the Raiders' compound but did talk with him.Asked what he might bring to the Raiders, Seymour shrugged."I have no idea at this point," he said. "I hadn't seen him. But like I said, I just thought he was quick off the edge and a smart football player."Said coach Hue Jackson: "As I told you, we will always keep looking, searching, trying, whatever that is," said coach Hue Jackson. "Yeah, we did take a look at him but, obviously, there's no decisions made. We'll continue to look at players. Anyone who we think can help us, we'll continue to take a peek at him."Team captains chosen: The Raiders voted on team captains and the five are Seymour, quarterback Jason Campbell, running backs Darren McFadden and Rock Cartwright and punter Shane Lechler."They are guys who exemplify exactly what a Raider is and what a Raider should be," Jackson said. "Like I told them, I kind of pass the baton toy them. This is their football team. I just get to be the conductor. They got to go lead this team to where we want to take this football team and this organization."Beware the injury report: Jackson abhors sharing injury information but with the regular season about to kickoff, the rookie coach has to submit an injury report and practice participation chart. Enjoy."(Derek) Hagan, he's full," Jackson said. "Is that how I do this? Good. He's full, ready to go. Not full of (mess). He's ready to go. (Louis) Murphy did not participate. (Chaz) Schilens, limited. Taiwan Jones, limited. (Kevin) Boss, DNP, did not participate, correct? You guys want to teach me this. (Darryl) Blackstock, full. (Richard) Seymour, full. (Chris) Johnson, full. (Mike) Mitchell, DNP. (DeMarcus) Van Dyke, full."Asked if he had to divulge parts of the body injured, Jackson blanched."No, I don't do body parts," he said. "You know me better than that. I keep the body parts to myself."An educated guess, then, at said injured body parts: Hagan (leg), Murphy (sports hernia), Schilens (knee), Jones (hamstring), Boss (knee), Blackstock (stinger), Seymour (hamstring), Johnson (knee), Mitchell (knee), Van Dyke (leg).Boss might not have been on the field at the start of practice, but he was at the facility as he was seen leaving.

Peterson blasts report over salary demands, outlines main objectives

Peterson blasts report over salary demands, outlines main objectives

Adrian Peterson played defense on Friday night.

Hours after a report suggesting that the four-time All-Pro running back was still a free agent due to salary demands, the former Viking posted a lengthy statement on Instagram along with a video of his running an agility drill.

"YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD"

Early in the free agency period, the Raiders were linked to Peterson, but nothing came of those rumors.

The Raiders, in need of a feature back after Latavius Murray signed with the Vikings, are reportedly pursuing the possibility of luring Oakland-native Marshawn Lynch out of retirement.

Peterson was scheduled to make $18 million in 2017, but the Vikings declined to exercise his contract, making him a free agent. The 2012 NFL MVP turned 32 on March 21 and played in just three games in 2016 due to a major knee injury.

According to the ESPN report, Peterson was looking for a contract that paid him over $8 million in the first year of the deal.

YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD

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Oakland, Lott Group pen letter to NFL in last-ditch effort to keep Raiders

Oakland, Lott Group pen letter to NFL in last-ditch effort to keep Raiders

Through the office of mayor Libby Schaaf, the City of Oakland issued the following statement on Friday, revealing a letter they sent to the NFL a day earlier highlighting the viability and appeal of keeping the Raiders in Oakland.

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OAKLAND, CA — Today, the City of Oakland, Alameda County, the Lott Group and Fortress, who have been working in concert to develop a fully-financed local stadium proposal for the Oakland Raiders, shared publicly documents detailing the strength of the Oakland plan.

Specifically, they made public for the first time, their most recent correspondence to the NFL. The letters and accompanying documents were sent in follow-up to a March 6, 2017 presentation Mayor Libby Schaaf and former NFL player and real estate investor Ronnie Lott made to the NFL’s Joint Stadium and Finance Committee that outlined the economic advantages to the league and the team of staying in Oakland.

[RELATED: Letter to NFL from Libby Schaaf, Lott Group]

“We’re not giving up in the fourth quarter,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “Since I took office two years ago, I have been focused on taking a team-centered approach that is responsible to the Raiders, the NFL, the fans and the taxpayers of Oakland. We’ve been successful in doing the environmental clearance, aligning the City and the County which jointly own the land, engaging the league and bringing partners to the table in the Lott Group and Fortress who have the financial backing, compassion for this community and intimate knowledge of the game -- on and off the field -- to get a deal done. All that’s missing is the Raiders.”

“I know how passionate the Bay Area is about the Raiders,” said NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. “To rip this team away from Oakland for a second time would be heartbreaking and entirely unnecessary given that we have a viable option on the table that keeps them here and helps this community and the team grow. We have a sophisticated financial partner in Fortress. We have done the due diligence, and it is clear that the only fully-financed, ready-to-roll option for the Raiders is in Oakland.”

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Council President Larry Reid, whose district is home to the existing Coliseum and the proposed new stadium site, Lott Group partner and former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete and Fortress Managing Director Drew McKnight plan to gather with fans, local business leaders, nearby residents and other community members to demonstrate support for the Oakland stadium plan at events planned for Saturday, March 25. This is the day before NFL owners begin a series of meetings during which they are expected to discuss, and possibly vote on Raiders’ owner Mark Davis’ request to move the team to Las Vegas.

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