ALAMEDA -- Li'l Wiz is going stir crazy, so to speak.Moving from left guard to center, Stefen Wisiewski is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and forced to stand around while his teammates practice in OTAs. But having to watch and not participate is not as painful as the shoulder injury he played through as a rookie.Turns out Stefen Wisniewski suffered a torn labrum early in the season, perhaps even as soon as training campand played on."Made for a long year," he said Wednesday. "(But) a lot of guys play through that."Were linemen. Tape it up and go to work. We dont have to run very far or move very far, so they dont worry too much about us being hurt, as long as you can take a couple steps and grab on to somebody."Wisniewski, though, would not say which shoulder was hurt, just that he expects to be a full-go by the time the Raiders report to Napa for training camp on July 29.The Raiders have a mandatory minicamp next Tuesday through Thursday in Alameda, in the meantime.Last year Wisniewski started once in place of Samson Satele at center -- the Thursday night primetime game in San Diego. So it's not as though he is starting completely fresh."Im fine with it," he said. "Im excited about it. Its nice to kind of be the boss of the O-line in there, making calls and you get to be in charge, which is nice. Its a good position. You got to be athletic, you got to be smart, you got to be tough. I like it a lot."Last offseason I was preparing to be the center. Thats what they told me. I ended up switching to guard, which was fine. This offseason they tell me now to play center. Thats what Im getting ready for. I dont expect to change back, but you never know."For now, it's all about mental reps for Wisniewski as Alex Parsons plays center with the first-team offense for a unit that is under new management, so to speak, with coordinator Greg Knapp and a zone-blocking scheme."Its similar (with) a lot of new wrinkles," Wisniewski said. "We have a million different ways to run zone. You've got to know the little nuances of each one, but its something were working on. I expect it to really help the running game. I think its going to really work well for us."And from a rehabbing center's perspective, does Li'l Wiz like it?"Absolutely," he said. "You've got to be able to move. If you look at our O-line, thats one thing we all can do across the board. We can move, we can run, were athletic. So I think its going to work for us, especially with the speed weve got at running back."
Adrian Peterson played defense on Friday night.
Hours after a report suggesting that the four-time All-Pro running back was still a free agent due to salary demands, the former Viking posted a lengthy statement on Instagram along with a video of his running an agility drill.
"YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD"
Early in the free agency period, the Raiders were linked to Peterson, but nothing came of those rumors.
The Raiders, in need of a feature back after Latavius Murray signed with the Vikings, are reportedly pursuing the possibility of luring Oakland-native Marshawn Lynch out of retirement.
Peterson was scheduled to make $18 million in 2017, but the Vikings declined to exercise his contract, making him a free agent. The 2012 NFL MVP turned 32 on March 21 and played in just three games in 2016 due to a major knee injury.
According to the ESPN report, Peterson was looking for a contract that paid him over $8 million in the first year of the deal.
YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD
Through the office of mayor Libby Schaaf, the City of Oakland issued the following statement on Friday, revealing a letter they sent to the NFL a day earlier highlighting the viability and appeal of keeping the Raiders in Oakland.
OAKLAND, CA — Today, the City of Oakland, Alameda County, the Lott Group and Fortress, who have been working in concert to develop a fully-financed local stadium proposal for the Oakland Raiders, shared publicly documents detailing the strength of the Oakland plan.
Specifically, they made public for the first time, their most recent correspondence to the NFL. The letters and accompanying documents were sent in follow-up to a March 6, 2017 presentation Mayor Libby Schaaf and former NFL player and real estate investor Ronnie Lott made to the NFL’s Joint Stadium and Finance Committee that outlined the economic advantages to the league and the team of staying in Oakland.
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“We’re not giving up in the fourth quarter,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “Since I took office two years ago, I have been focused on taking a team-centered approach that is responsible to the Raiders, the NFL, the fans and the taxpayers of Oakland. We’ve been successful in doing the environmental clearance, aligning the City and the County which jointly own the land, engaging the league and bringing partners to the table in the Lott Group and Fortress who have the financial backing, compassion for this community and intimate knowledge of the game -- on and off the field -- to get a deal done. All that’s missing is the Raiders.”
“I know how passionate the Bay Area is about the Raiders,” said NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. “To rip this team away from Oakland for a second time would be heartbreaking and entirely unnecessary given that we have a viable option on the table that keeps them here and helps this community and the team grow. We have a sophisticated financial partner in Fortress. We have done the due diligence, and it is clear that the only fully-financed, ready-to-roll option for the Raiders is in Oakland.”
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Council President Larry Reid, whose district is home to the existing Coliseum and the proposed new stadium site, Lott Group partner and former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete and Fortress Managing Director Drew McKnight plan to gather with fans, local business leaders, nearby residents and other community members to demonstrate support for the Oakland stadium plan at events planned for Saturday, March 25. This is the day before NFL owners begin a series of meetings during which they are expected to discuss, and possibly vote on Raiders’ owner Mark Davis’ request to move the team to Las Vegas.
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