What would Curry bring to the Raiders defense?

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What would Curry bring to the Raiders defense?

ALAMEDA -- Just because Aaron Curry was activated to the Raiders' 53-man roster on Tuesday does not guarantee the linebacker will be activated to play for the Raiders on Sunday in Baltimore.But it's a safe bet."I anticipate him playing," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said on Wednesday. "I anticipate him filling the role as a linebacker and playing a little bit of linebacker and also playing on special teams. At the end of the day, it had to do with getting another experienced linebacker that can get out there and help us and potentially even spell some guys so everybody doesnt have to play quite so many plays all the time. I think, as good players as you can have, as many experienced players as you can have, the better off youre going to be."REWIND: Raiders activate Aaron Curry off PUP list
Sore knees kept him sidelined through training camp, where he talked to CSNCalifornia.com about his undergoing stem-cell treatments using bone marrow from his hips, and he had been on the PUP list since Aug. 31.In his absence, rookie Miles Burris has been starting at weakside linebacker and Curry, the No. 4 overall pick of the 2009 draft by Seattle, has been working at all three linebacker spots since returning to practice three weeks ago.So what does he plan on bringing to a Raiders defense that gave up more than 500 yards of total offense last weekend if he does play Sunday?"I just want to be a bottle of energy and passion," Curry said. "Thats what football is about. Playing defense is about energy, and its about bringing passion to the game, its about bringing passion to the team, its about being able to be relied on, be reliable to your teammates that youll always have something full of energy, whether its words, whether its plays, whether its encouragement. I just want to be a positive person."Ive been studying all positions across the D-line, across the linebackers, knowing the secondary. Ive had nothing else to do but study football, which has been good. Which I think was the purpose of all this, was for me to learn football more in depth, to give myself an advantage, that when its time to go, Ill be a step ahead of everybody."RELATED: Raiders injury report -- Seymour sits out Wednesday practice
The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Curry was acquired in a trade with the Seahawks last October and played in 11 games, nine starts, for the Raiders. He recovered two fumbles, including one for a touchdown. In his career, he has five and-a-half sacks, four forced fumbles, recovered two fumbles and defensed 12 passes.Curry insisted he never doubted he would play this season, and said he would. Not even with how far behind physically he was with the knees."I was at a point where I couldnt walk up and down stairs," he said. "But now I could drop my hips and hit you as hard as I want to hit you."I always kept the faith because I knew that, based on Romans 8:28, thatsomething good would come out of this storm, out of this circumstance," he said. "I just stood fast, trusted the Lord and just kept pushingif theres a football on the field and somebody needs a breather, Im out there."

Carr plans to spread new wealth after Raiders contract extension

Carr plans to spread new wealth after Raiders contract extension

ALAMEDA – Derek Carr isn’t one for extravagance. The low-key Raiders quarterback already has some nice cars, a house and some luxury items to his name, but signing a $125 million contract extension Friday morning won't prompt a spending spree.

Cornerback Sean Smith suggested he get a Bugatti. That’s a $1 million car.

“Yeah,” Carr said with a smirk. “That’s not going to happen.”

That isn’t the 26-year old’s style. Carr had a his own plan after signing on the dotted line.

“I’ve been eating clean,” Carr said. “I’ll probably get Chick-fil-A.”

That makes sense. This is a guy who celebrated his first NFL victory with a trip through a Carl’s Jr. drive-in.

There will be other purchases. His wife Heather will get something nice in the near future. His family, especially Heather and sons Dallas and Deker, will be taken care of for life.

After all that, Carr plans to spread the wealth.

“The exciting thing for me moneywise, honestly, is this money is going to help a lot of people,” Carr said. “I’m very thankful to have it, that it’s in our hands because it’s going to help people. Not only in this country, but in a lot of countries around the world. That’s what’s exciting to me.”

Carr and former Raiders running back Latavius Murray took a missionary trip to Haiti, an impoverished nation had a profound impact on the star quarterback.

“I’ve been down to Haiti and I’ve seen some of those struggles that they have and the kids there, and my heart just… I cry sometimes thinking about it,” Carr said. “So, just knowing that we can go down there and make a difference and help, those are the kind of things that the money makes me kind of like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ Because now we can really do some things to help a lot of people.”

He plans to support those in that area, in addition to global and domestic charities he has been involved with over the years. Don’t expect a press release accompanying every donation. Carr would rather keep those decisions private.

“I’m going to do my best to make sure no one knows what we do with it,” Carr said. “I’ll just say this, I can assure you that it’s going to help a lot of people. I’m not stingy. My business manager will probably be on me saying, ‘Hey man, that’s enough.’ I won’t get into when, how or why. It’s not all about that for me. It’s about making a difference. That’s what’s exciting for me is that we’ll be able to do that.”

Carr didn't want to 'take every single dime,' handcuff Raiders long-term

Carr didn't want to 'take every single dime,' handcuff Raiders long-term

ALAMEDA – Raiders quarterback Derek Carr signed a five-year contract extension Friday morning that will pay him $25 million in 2017 and $125 million over the life of the deal.

That’s a lot of scratch. Could’ve been more.

Carr received life-changing money. He didn’t want to handcuff the Raiders front office in the process.

“I just wanted to be a Raider,” Carr said Friday in a press conference. “It’s more than just a team to me. It’s family. The way it went down, it was easy. Both sides wanted it to get done, and it was about family members figuring out to get along. We figured out a way to do it so that we have the opportunity to sign other guys who are important to this organization. That was really important to me, not to just take every single dime that we could”

That list is long but it starts with homegrown talents Gabe Jackson and Khalil Mack. Jackson is up next, and could get locked up before the regular season starts. The Raiders have some time on Mack – his contract doesn’t expire until after 2018 – and Amari Cooper should be a keeper on down the road.

“The bottom line is we’re able to continue to move forward with it, keep all the players that we need to keep in the correct timing,” Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “This affords us to do that. We’re going to start on that ASAP.”

Carr got the deal he wanted. The 26-year old found market value and upped the ante for NFL quarterbacks a smidge while deferring some cash payouts – his big-time bonuses are broken up over two years -- to create windows of financial flexibility to sign other players. Carr’s percentage of the salary cap should decrease over time and won’t become an insurmountable burden to his employers. His deal won’t prevent the Raiders from keeping Jackson, Mack, Amari Cooper in time, or other vital veterans in house.

With Carr locked up, the McKenzie can work deals and the timing of them around his centerpiece.

Carr understands the NFL business and his role in the market, but he wants to maintain a competitive window as best he can and understands other guys will draw huge paychecks in the near future.

He’s scheduled to draw the NFL’s largest sum next season. A record $25 million is headed his way, though that total will decrease a bit in time and will certainly he surpassed by Matthew Stafford and possibly Kirk Cousins in the near future.

“I don’t care if they all do. We got our contract done, that’s all that matters to me,” Carr said. “The other thing that was important to me is that we didn’t worry about what other people were going to do or doing. I just wanted to get mine done and make sure that the team had, again like we talked about, flexibility to make sure my friends stay around.”

Carr was intimately involved in the negotiation process. Both sides said it was easy, wrapped up well before Carr’s training-camp contract deadline. Common ground was found in short shrift once talks warmed up – preliminary talks started months ago -- and a deal was ironed out that produced smiles on both sides once the deal was formally done.

Even after taking a relatively soft-line stance on dollars and the timing of payments – Carr could’ve been difficult all year and eventually forced a franchise tag – he’s still the league’s highest-paid player. His salary will now be compared with his stats. He was a second-round draft steal before. Now he’s a big-money player. In short, expectations will rise.

Carr insists it won’t add pressure to next year’s proceedings.

“You could give me a dollar, you could give me $25 million, it doesn’t matter,” Carr said. “To me, my No. 1 goal is to make sure that I give everything that I have to this organization. There’s no pressure. There’s no we’ll be on the 1-yard line and I won’t give it to Marshawn (Lynch), I’ll throw it. None of that stuff. I don’t care about the stats. That’s not my No. 1 objective. I don’t care if I throw 10 touchdowns next year. If we win every game, that’s all I care about.”