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Source: Raiders give DL Denico Autry original round tender

Source: Raiders give DL Denico Autry original round tender

The Raiders only have one restricted free agent heading into this offseason’s signing period.

Defensive lineman Denico Autry is in that spot after playing 742 defensive snaps despite dealing with a wrist injury most of the year. The Raiders hope to keep the versatile defensive lineman around, but they’ve left themselves vulnerable to losing him on the open market.

They gave Autry an original-round contract tender, a league source confirmed on Wednesday morning. That tender gives the Raiders the right to match an offer sheet accepted by Autry, or receive a draft pick commiserate with the defensive lineman’s draft slot if they don’t. Since Autry went undrafted, the Raiders wouldn’t get anything back if Autry left.

A market should develop for Autry, who can play anywhere on the defensive line, and has 5.5 sacks over the past two seasons. He is also adept at batting passes and field goal attempts at the line of scrimmage. Solid rotational pieces are important at defensive tackle, and while the Raiders will certainly supplement that position group this offseason, losing Autry could be a setback on the interior.

According to ESPN, the original round tender is worth $1.797 million. First-round or second-round tenders are more expensive but virtually secure that player’s services.

The Raiders lost a restricted free agent last season, when they declined to match Benson Mayowa’s offer sheet from Dallas. He was also an undrafted player who received an original round tender, meaning the Raiders didn’t get anything in return. He had 25 tackles, six sacks and a forced fumble for the Cowboys last season while the Raiders struggled to find reliable reserve edge rushers behind Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin.

Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

Raiders cornerback Sean Smith has been charged with assault, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday.

The charge is for assault of his sister's boyfriend in Smith's hometown of Pasadena. Smith allegedly beat and stomped the boyfriend's head on the morning of July 4, 2017 in Old Town Pasadena, the district attorney said.

Smith faces formal felony counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury to the victim.

The 30-year old plans to fight the charges levied against him. 

"Sean maintains his innocence at this time," Smith's attorney, Daniel Rosenberg told NBC Sports Califorinia on Thursday evening. "We are going to be entering a plea of not guilty and fighting these charges."

A warrant was filed on Aug. 16. Smith's arriagnment is scheduled for Sept. 29. 

Smith was not present at Thursday's Raiders practice, the last session of training camp. He surrendered to Los Angeles County authorities, posted an $80,000 bond and has been released from custody.

If convicted as charged, Smith could face a maximum sentence of seven years in California prison. 

A Raiders spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The case is still under investigation by the Pasadena Police Department. 

This is another blow in a rough summer for Smith. He has struggled on the practice field during training camp and faces an off-field legal issue. Smith is guaranteed $9.5 million for the 2017 season. 

More to come...

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

NAPA – Marshawn Lynch spoke with the media Thursday for the second time as a Raider. He was quick-witted, disarming and, as always, not suitable for work.

It was five minutes of peak Marshawn, where he brought light to his charitable endeavors, called himself the “daddy” of his position group and cleverly sidestepped all things nation anthem.

He was asked four questions on other topics before elephant in the room was mentioned. It didn’t stick around long.

“I think the elephant left the room because a little mouse ran in here,” Lynch deadpanned. “Didn’t they say elephants are scared of mice or something? That [expletive] left the room, cousin.”

[RATTO: Lynch reminds media how much control he exerts over any interaction]

Two more related questions came down the pike. The first was about Del Rio letting players be themselves. He answered a different question instead.

“Yeah, because on ‘doctor-24,’ it’s a designed way that you’re supposed to run it but I have all freedom to go any way that I choose to run it,” Lynch said. “I would say, yes.”

The final anthem-esque query was deflected in a similar fashion.

“When we run ‘74’ or something like that, where I have to scan and read on both sides, that is pretty difficult. For the most part, I’m a veteran so I can make it work.”

Two things were crystal clear after speaking with Lynch.

He didn’t miss football one bit during his year in retirement. Lynch said this spring he decided to return after the Raiders were approved to relocate away from his native Oakland. He wants to represent his hometown well and give them something to cheer before the team leaves for Las Vegas.

That’s why he’s fired up even for Saturday’s exhibition against the Rams – he’s expected to make a cameo in that game – his first in Oakland wearing silver and black.

“It’s truly a blessing and just to have the opportunity to go and do that is a good [expletive] feeling,” Lynch said. “It’s a good [expletive] feeling.”

Lynch has always been active in the community, and hopes him playing here will bring more visibility to what’s being done to help kids in Oakland.

“I plan on continuing to do what I do in the community,” Lynch said. “It’ll probably be that now that I’m here, more people that are in the community might actually come out and support what it is that we’ve got going on.”