Jack Del Rio 'very thrilled' to watch son Luke play QB for Florida

Jack Del Rio 'very thrilled' to watch son Luke play QB for Florida

TAMPA, Fla. – Jack Del Rio thinks coaching an NFL team is easy. Playing middle linebacker wasn’t so bad. Only when compared, of course, to watching his son play football.

That involves a level of stress only a parent can understand, one he’ll experience in person Saturday afternoon when the University of Florida plays Georgia.

Watching his son Luke Del Rio play quarterback is a difficult proposition for the Raiders head coach.

“That’s harder than anything I do,” Jack Del Rio said with a laugh. “There’s no question about it. That’s the hardest thing I do. Coaching, playing, no problem, but watching your kid, that’s tough.”

He’s typically too far away to make that happen in person.

It’s a bit easier with the Raiders staying in Florida between games against Jacksonville and Tampa Bay, allowing Jack Del Rio to make a short trip to watch one huge game in an important place.

Florida plays Georgia on Saturday afternoon at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, a stadium where Luke grew to love football. Jack Del Rio was Jaguars head coach for nearly nine years, giving his young son access a boy could only dream about.

Luke Del Rio soaked up every minute.

“Growing up there for eight-and-a-half, nine years, being able to play with my dad and watch his team compete on that field is really special,” Luke Del Rio said, via the Miami Hearald. “We still have a game to win, but it will be fun to be back there.”

The Del Rio family already had a triumphant return to Jacksonville, when the Raiders whooped the Jaguars 33-16. The family wants to go 2-0 on Saturday, with Luke Del Rio starring in a Florida win. Jack Del Rio will have a rare chance to witness the game live.

“It will be pretty cool to get that opportunity to go back to the stadium that we just played in,” Jack Del Rio said. “This is the same field that he was by my side for nine years, throwing the ball in pregame warm-ups and things like that. It’ll be really awesome to go back and watch him play. He was on the sideline with me as a young man and now he’s grown into a guy who has a chance to lead a program like Florida in a stadium where we grew up watching Jaguars and Gators play. Very thrilled for him.”

Report: Ndamukong Suh calls off meeting with Raiders


Report: Ndamukong Suh calls off meeting with Raiders

Ndamukong Suh won’t meet with the Raiders, after all. The star defensive tackle cut Alameda out of his free-agent tour, according to NFL Network, choosing instead to head home after stops in New Orleans, Tennessee and the L.A. Rams.

NFLN reports that Suh had dinner with Rams coach Sean McVay on Tuesday night, and was due in Oakland the following day. The Rams made a solid impression

Suh is reportedly mulling options from all three aforementioned playoff teams, all of which have more working salary-cap space and other stalwarts along the defensive line.

That’s surely a disappointment for the Raiders, who have had interest in Suh dating back to his last free-agent experience in 2015. The Silver and Black couldn’t afford him then. It seems unlikely they can afford him now, with precious little salary-cap space remaining after being active in free agency’s second wave.

The Raiders also hope to lock Khalil Mack up long-term with a massive extension this offseason.

It’s uncertain at this stage whether player or team cancelled the meeting, or exactly why it was called off. The Raiders could still sign a veteran defensive tackle, and/or acquire one early in the NFL Draft.

Raiders restructure Marshawn Lynch's contract


Raiders restructure Marshawn Lynch's contract

Marshawn Lynch restructured his contract this week, virtually locking him in for the 2018 Raiders season.

The veteran exchanged some base salary for guaranteed funds and an increased incentive package, according to contract details obtained Wednesday by the Las Vegas Review Journal.

His base salary drops from $4 million to $2.5 million, but becomes guaranteed. None of the funds Lynch had coming in his previous deal were guaranteed. He has a $1 million roster bonus coming on Saturday, just six days after receiving a $1 million roster bonus as required in his old contract.

That essentially guarantees him $4.5 million, as sure a sign as any he’ll be the Raiders feature back. Lynch will lead his position group, with support from veteran addition Doug Martin. DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard are also on the roster, though it’s uncertain if both guys will remain there this fall.

Lynch can also earn $3.75 million in incentives, a significant increase from the $2 million available in the previous deal.

The Raiders saved $500,000 in salary cap space with the new deal.