ALAMEDA -- One of Hue Jackson's first acts as coach of the Raiders was to promote defensive line coach Mike Waufle to assistant head coach.Thing was, the promotion was never made official, and never publicized as such so Waufle never received the recognition in the public eye.Now, with Jackson officially fired and much of the defensive staff Jackson "fired" attending the media conference, it all begs the question -- who stays, and who goes? And if he stays, would Waufle retain his "officially unrecognized" title?Defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan was in attendance, as were assistant coachsafeties Kevin Ross, assistant linebackers coach Ricky Hunley, Waufle, special teams coordinator John Fassel and assistant coachcornerbacks Rod Woodson was also seen at the facility.While there have been reports the purportedly "fired" coaches -- Bresnahan, Ross, Woodson and linebacker coach Greg Biekert -- are simply serving out the final two weeks of their respective contracts, new general manager Reggie McKenzie said the choice to fill out a new staff will come down to the new head coach."I'm not going to have any say-so," McKenzie said. "What I'm going to do is empower the head coach to hire his staff, the best possible staff that he can hire. We're not going to tie the guy's hands and tell him he has to hire this guy or this guy. It wouldn't be fair to the new head coach. The head coach will have the right to hire any coach that he wants."That's a departure from the past under Al Davis, who would oftentimes hire assistants for the head coach.
Obi Melifonwu entered Wednesday as the only second-round draft pick without a signed rookie contract. Later that afternoon, he joined the group.
The safety from UConn put pen to paper on a four-year deal at the Napa Valley Marriott, allowing him to join pre-training camp activities. Veterans report on Friday and camp’s first full-squad practice starts Saturday morning.
The pact took longer than the Raiders or Melifonwu had hoped. There's little room for fiscal movement in the rookie wage scale, but some contract language had to be hashed out before shaking hands.
Melifonwu is slotted to make $4,509,376 over the life of the contract, with a $1,419,544 signing bonus and a $819,886 base salary in 2017, per overthecap.com.
The Raiders have one draft pick left unsigned. First-round cornerback Gareon Conley hasn’t agreed on a deal, though it’s still likely that happens before the first full practice.
The Ohio State alum’s situation could be complicated by an ongoing investigation into a sexual assault allegation stemming from an April 9 incident in Cleveland.
Head coach Jack Del Rio said in a Tuesday radio interview he expected unsigned rookie contract issues to be resolved soon.
Watch out Jalen Richard. You have some competition for your punt returning job.
Okay, not really.
But quarterback Derek Carr got in on the action Tuesday. In a video posted by the Raiders on Twitter, Carr fielded a punt and ran it back to the endzone for a touchdown.
He proceeded to do Deion Sanders' touchdown dance and that elicited a response from the Pro Football Hall of Famer.
Carr has yet to respond.
— Deion Sanders (@DeionSanders) July 25, 2017