'Nothing extra special' for Raiders CB Smith playing former team

'Nothing extra special' for Raiders CB Smith playing former team

ALAMEDA – Kelechi Osemele was really excited about returning to Baltimore. He played four seasons with the Ravens and was upset they didn’t try harder to retain him before the Raiders coaxed him to switch coasts.

He had to keep emotions in check during that Week 4 win against his old teammates.

Sean Smith won’t experience something similar on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. The veteran cornerback will face a Chiefs team he represented the past three seasons before signing a four-year, $38 million contract.

That doesn’t add meaning to this next tilt.

“Why would it? It’s business,” Smith said before Wednesday’s practice. “It’s the NFL. It’s not my first time doing this. I’ve switched teams before. You put on a new helmet, line up and go to work.”

Smith played in Miami four seasons before moving to Kansas City. Playing in different spots makes these instances easier, though Smith doesn’t let emotion creep into his work.

“We’re trying to go 1-0 this week,” Smith said. “It’s a division game, so it has some importance, but there’s nothing extra special for me there.”

Smith will have friend across the sideline, including young Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters and quarterback Alex Smith.

Smith as respect for his former quarterback, and knows how good Alex Smith can be.

“It’s not always pretty, with 300 yards and four touchdowns, but Alex always gets the job done,” Sean Smith said. "When that team needs a big play, he may run or throw or break a tackle and make a play. He’s always going to make sure his team has a shot late in the game.”

Alex Smith must fare well against his old friend and teammate. 

“It’s always interesting any time you go against corners that you obviously played with for a long time," Alex Smith said in a conference call. "Sean and I, obviously both going to Utah and then played here together for three years. We have a really good relationship. He and I used to always go back and forth in the locker room. It’ll be interesting to go against him. It’s very similar to playing with Brandon Flowers here and him going to San Diego. It always makes for an interesting matchup. You know each other well. You went against him a lot in all of OTAs and camp and things like that. It’ll be good. He’s obviously a really, really good player. It’ll be a good matchup.”


There was no bulletin board material in Smith’s media scrum, which is how he likes it going up against an old team.

“I wish them the best of luck,” Smith said, “except for Sunday.”

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.