Favre: Playing with injured finger will help Carr become elite NFL QB

Favre: Playing with injured finger will help Carr become elite NFL QB

Brett Favre knows Derek Carr's pain.

In 2003, the then-Packers quarterback broke the thumb on his throwing hand during a game against St. Louis but continued to play.

This past Sunday, Carr dislocated the pinky on his right hand. After retreating to the locker room for a few minutes, he returned to the game with a glove on his hand and finished the game.

On Tuesday, Favre was asked about Carr's situation while appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

"The thing about Derek Carr. I saw the play. I saw how he played after that. What that does, you build over your career. There are players like Tom Brady, there's players like Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, those type of guys, over their journey, they put notches in their belt. Or other people put notches in their belt, that's what makes this guy so special. This is just one of the first few notches in the belt for Derek Carr.

What he did is admirable, but it's what a player who wants to be in the caliber of a Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, those types of guys. That's what you have to do, that's what you have to overcome and then you have to win those games. And he has done that. 

Yeah, he's early in his career, but he has to start somewhere. And what he did is not easy. What he did is a decision. Had he decided to come out of that game, who would have said 'What a wimp?' No one. It's like playing with a broken thumb, if I would have decided not to play, everyone would have said 'Well, that's a no brainer. He's got a broken thumb on his throwing hand.' But when you decide to stay out there, to compete and not let that bother you, even though it does, the guys around, it's just a tremendous amount of respect that they have for you, the fans have for you, and quite frankly, opponents will have for you. You are just building the blocks to solidify yourself as a top-notch quarterback in this league for a long time."

Raiders to sign former 49ers defensive lineman


Raiders to sign former 49ers defensive lineman

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden wanted veterans to help turn his defense around. He added a linebacker and defensive backs aplenty. Then, on Friday night, he gave the front some help.

Former 49ers defensive lineman Tank Carradine will sign with the Raiders, the 28-year old announced on his Instagram page. 

The Sacramento Bee first reported the news. 

He visited the Raiders on Thursday and was in Seattle earlier Friday, but will sign with the Silver and Black.

Carradine could help their transition to a more traditional 4-3 alignment, able to play end in the base defense. He has proven himself as a solid run defender, but believes he can be an effective pass rusher if given the opportunity.

Carradine didn’t get many pass-rushing chances with the 49ers, who generally removed him on passing downs. He has 5.5 sacks in four professional seasons. He played 37.9 percent of 49ers defensive snaps during eight games with the 49ers last season. He missed the same amount on short-term injured reserve with an ankle injury.

At 6-foot-4, 270 pounds, he has the size to be a 4-3 base end. He’ll likely have to battle Mario Edwards Jr. for snaps opposite Khalil Mack, though Bruce Irvin will take that spot in sub packages.

Carradine will be the 10th free-agent signing expected to make the roster, which means the roster turnover this summer should be significant. 

Here was his Instagram post from Friday night: 

Proud to become an Oakland Raider! Let's go #raiders#nation

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Adding Rashaan Melvin the key move to Raiders' revamped secondary


Adding Rashaan Melvin the key move to Raiders' revamped secondary

The Raiders started this offseason looking to revamp their secondary around their last two first-round picks. Gareon Conley would start at one cornerback spot. Karl Joseph was penned at strong safety.

Every other job, however, was wide open and likely filled from the outside.

Safety Marcus Gilchrist came aboard Thursday, but one premium spot remained open opposite Conley. Veteran cornerback Rashaan Melvin took it Friday afternoon, agreeing on terms of a one-year $6.5 million contract.

NFL Network broke the news of a bargain compared to other cornerback free-agent deals. They aren’t attached to him long term, and Melvin can sign a bigger deal if he plays well in 2018.

The Raiders declared interest in the former Indianapolis cornerback early this week and worked toward an agreement sealed during a Friday morning visit at the team’s Alameda practice facility.

The 28-year old’s fresh off a career year, allowing just 29 receptions for 328 yards and two touchdowns on 55 targets in 2017. He had three interceptions and 13 passes defensed. Quarterbacks had a paltry 60.3 passer rating against him.

Melvin stands 6-foot-2, 196 pounds and has the athleticism to excel in Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther’s system.

Melvin bounced around before settling with the Colts, struggling to find footing in Tampa Bay, Baltimore New England and two offseason programs in Miami. He found a home in Indianapolis, and became a regular starter in 2016. His breakout 2017 season was cut short by a hand injury that kept him out the last five games.

Melvin projects to start right away. The Raiders will be thrilled if he stays healthy and retains recent form. Melvin has solid ball skills, regularly forces incompletions and thrived in tough assignments that came with being the Colts’ top cornerback.

Gilchrist’s addition, Melvin’s deal and the Friday addition of Shareece Wright fills a cupboard in the defensive backfield laid bare by design.

The Raiders cut David Amerson and now-jailed Sean Smith this offseason. TJ Carrie took a big deal in Cleveland. Reggie Nelson’s allowed to walk as a free agent.

The Raiders added three free agents to the group thus far, and could well draft another defensive back next month.

They’ll have safety Obi Melifonwu in reserve – he’ll have to earn a role after missing most of 2017 with injury – and cornerbacks Antonio Hamilton and Dexter McDonald vying for spots.

Melvin will be plenty motivated to have a big year and cash in at age 29, for what might be his last shot at a big payday.