Trade rumors swirl, Raiders stand pat Thursday

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Trade rumors swirl, Raiders stand pat Thursday

April 28, 2011RAIDERS PAGE RAIDERS VIDEONFL DRAFT-TRACKER: RAIDERS
NFL PAGEPaul Gutierrez
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ALAMEDA - The morning began with rumors of the Raiders trading up into the first round to draft UNR's Colin Kaepernick as their quarterback of the future.The afternoon started with stories of the Raiders instead trading up into the first round to select Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith to replace Nnamdi Asomugha.Instead, Oakland stood pat.Without a first-round draft pick for the first time since 1989 - Oakland traded this year's first-rounder to New England for defensive lineman Richard Seymour on the eve of the 2009 season - the Raiders are scheduled to pick 16th on Friday, No. 48 overall. They should go on the clock at about 5 p.m. PT.That's not to say the Raiders did not entertain thoughts, or offers, of moving up."There was so much phone-calling going on in that room like you wouldn't believe," said first-year coach Hue Jackson. "There were a lot of opportunities but nothing that really fit for us, for exactly what we wanted to accomplish. Obviously, the player has to be there when you want to trade with somebody.
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"I think a lot of people wanted to get out of the first round. It's a different type of draft, obviously, because of what's been going on (with the work stoppage), so I think a lot of teams wanted to make sure that (the) value of a player was very important."The Raiders, coming off an 8-8 season, their best finish since the 2002 Super Bowl campaign, are in a situation where they can draft for need, rather than simply take the best player available.As such, the Raiders have immediate needs at offensive line and in the secondary. And they are still rumored to be interested in Kaepernick. Smith, meanwhile, was selected No. 26 overall by Baltimore.The player many draft observers have long seen the Raiders taking with their first pick is Penn State offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski, nephew of former Raiders offensive guard standout and new Raiders offensive line assistant Steve Wisniewski.
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Coincidentally, the elder Wisniewski was drafted No. 29 overall, the first pick of the second round, by Dallas in 1989. Yes, the last time Oakland did not have a first-rounder before the Raiders immediately acquired his rights.Jackson said he was confident the player, or players, the Raiders have on their radar would be available when they pick."There's still a lot of good players on that board, a lot of guys that we evaluated and are sitting there for us," he said. "This is a process. It can change. You can wake up in the morning and after our first pick, the whole board can go upside down or it can stay consistent and just keep on flowing."Tomorrow, I have a very good idea of how this is going to unfoldhopefully, there'll be five or six guys hat are there, we'll wrassle with them and figure out who the best guy is to wear Silver and Black."

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Raiders general Reggie McKenzie plans to extend quarterback Derek Carr’s contract this offseason. That isn’t a new thing, something that has been in the works for some time. He re-affirmed that fact last week, citing his team’s commitment to work out a long-term deal likely the biggest in franchise history.

Carr was reportedly frustrated with the pace of contract talks after the NFL draft – they’re supposed to heat up this spring and summer – but said he believes a deal will get worked out before training camp begins.

That’s his deadline for an offseason deal, the point where he wants focus honed on football.

“I have an agent who is in charge of that and I am confident that he and Mr. (Reggie) McKenzie will work it out,” Carr, a Fresno State alum, told the Fresno Bee. “I am only focused on becoming a better football player and helping my teammates become better players.

“I have complete faith it will get done before training camp. These things take time. The Raiders know I want to be here; this is my family, and I know they want me to be their quarterback.”

The sides have discussed parameters of a long-term deal, with greater specifics to be ironed out in the future. Carr has long said he wants to be a Raider his entire career. The Raiders want him as the public face of their franchise. A new deal is expected by all parties, a sentiment that has never wavered on either side.

Carr is scheduled to make a $977,519 in base salary in 2017, the final year of his rookie contract.

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

The Raiders offseason program is five weeks old. Players have lifted weights. They’ve improved cardiovascular shape. They’ve done drills in position groups and discussed schematics. They’ve added rookies to a group now 90 strong.

On Monday, they can finally put on helmets. They still can’t wear pads or have full contact, but the Raiders can play 11-on-11. Receivers will be covered. Quarterback Derek Carr will throw into traffic. Generally speaking, the competition cranks up a bit.

The NFL collective bargaining agreement has strict mandates regarding offseason activity, and a period formally called “Phase III” allows for more realistic on-field football work.

The Raiders will conduct 10 OTA sessions over the next three weeks. The media can watch three of them. Tuesday is the first, with another in each of the next two weeks. These sessions are technically voluntary, though the Raiders generally hover around perfect attendance. Head coach Jack Del Rio prefers his team be unified in the offseason. Players know it and show up.

There is a mandatory minicamp from June 13-15 which wraps the offseason program and starts a quiet period that extends until training camp begins in late July.

These OTAs offer an opportunity for new players to learn the system, for adjustments to be made and for chemistry to be built heading into a 2017 season where expectations are high.