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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Former OaklandRaiders coach Tom Cable has filed a grievance to recover 120,000 thatthe team fined him during the final year of his contract.A person familiar with the finesspoke to The Associated Press on Sunday on condition of anonymitybecause of the sensitivity of the situation. The story was firstreported by ESPN.
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The person did not say why theRaiders withheld the money from Cable's paychecks. ESPN reported ownerAl Davis was upset that the Raiders lost two days of organized teamactivities in June for violating NFL rules.The grievance eventually will be heard by an arbitrator appointed by commissioner Roger Goodell.Raiders senior executive John Herrera and NFL spokesman Greg Aiello declined comment.The Raiders recently won a grievancefiled by Kiffin, who was seeking more than 300,000 in lost wages afterhe was fired for cause in September 2008. Kiffin was fired in hissecond season because of what Davis described as acts ofinsubordination and lying by the coach.The Raiders announced on Jan. 4 thatthey would not exercise a 5 million, two-year option to keep Cable ascoach. He went 17-27 in two-plus seasons after replacing the fired LaneKiffin early in the 2008 season.
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Cable did not keep his job despiteleading the Raiders to an 8-8 finish in 2010. That marked the firsttime Oakland did not lose at least 11 games in a season since winningthe 2002 AFC championship.
The Raiders have begin the search forCable's replacement, with offensive coordinator Hue Jackson the leadingcontender to get the job.
The Raiders were pretty darn good last season. A 12-4 record proved that point. There was plenty of talent on a team with a penchant for high-wire acts in victory that masked the fact there were holes on the roster.
They need to be filled for the Raiders to improve in 2017, and new players will be imported through free agency and the draft.
Left tackle Donald Penn is excited to see who gets added, but said there’s no doubt talent is coming to Oakland. He speaks for Raiders players, who have faith that general manager Reggie McKenzie will make the right moves.
“Things that Reggie has done in past drafts have been great, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he brings back towards us,” Penn said recently during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network. “We can’t wait to get back out there healthy. We’re ready to hit the football world with a storm.”
While new guys are coming, a few might head out. The Raiders have several unrestricted free agents. Penn wants to keep his guys around – he mentioned running back Latavius Murray by name -- though he has some ideas for McKenzie’s checklist.
The Raiders don’t need much with most key players under contract – the Raiders should be less active in free agency over past offseasons – but a few key components could put this team over the top.
“If we stick to Reggie’s plan, we’ll be great,” Penn said. “I know he’s going to have a great draft, add a couple little pieces here and there – maybe somebody in the secondary to help out a little bit.
"On offense, you could always use a weapon. Maybe we get another receiver to take (pressure off Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper), but we have a good nucleus right now.”
Derek Carr is on the mend. The Raiders franchise quarterback had surgery to repair his fibula shortly after he broke it in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, and is recovering well during the offseason.
Carr insisted on intense rehab this winter in an attempt – however unlikely it may have been – to return should the Raiders have played in the Super Bowl. It slowed to a normal pace after the Raiders' loss at Houston in the postseason’s opening round, but those in contact with him say he’s making strides.
Left tackle Donald Penn was recently in contact with Carr, and provided an update on Monday during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network.
“I texted Derek (a few) days ago checking in,” Penn said, “and he said he’s almost 100 percent.”
Surgically-repaired broken filbulas take significant time to heal, and the Raiders plan to be conservative with their MVP candidate during the offseason. Derek Carr’s brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr, who was on set with Penn on Monday, said Derek could be back for offseason work.
“He’s doing good,” David Carr said. “He’s walking around already, stretching it out. You can’t do a lot for the bone, right? But he’s going to be back. He’s going to get a whole full offseason in. That’s going to be the best part.”