Raiders ink QB Pryor to four-year deal


Raiders ink QB Pryor to four-year deal

Aug. 25, 2011


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Paul Gutierrez

Three days after being selected by Oakland with a third-round pick in the NFL supplemental draft, former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor has shown up in Napa and signed his four-year rookie contract.

"He will be on the field in Napa tomorrow morning," the Raiders announced via Twitter at 11 p.m. on Thursday.

According to Pro Football Talk, Pryor, taken with the No. 18 pick of the third round, received a 586,000 signing bonus to go with the rookie deal, which, with the new rookie pay scale, should be for some 2.36 million.

The Raiders were off on Thursday and they break camp following a Friday morning practice at 11. Saturday, they have a closed walk-through practice in Alameda.

Coach Hue Jackson said Pryor will remain a quarterback, at least to start his NFL career.

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"Obviously I need to work with him," Jackson said earlier this week. "What you see, you see on video tape. The guy had a very storied career at Ohio State. He can throw it, he can run it. He's smart, he's tough, he's played in big games.

"He's another young athlete that we'll add to the mix that will play quarterback and we'll work with him and get this guy to be a good player."

Pryor can begin practicing with team, and can play in exhibition games against New Orleans at the Coliseum on Sunday, as doubtful as that might be, but perhaps more probable in Seattle on Sept. 2.

But a five-game suspension for "decisions that undermine the integrity of the eligibility rules for the NFL draft," which will cost him a reported 110,294 in base salary, ensues that will not lift until Oct. 10.

The Raiders were already without second- and fourth-round draft picks in next April's draft so their decision to use a third-rounder on Pryor has been widely criticized.

But in losing the likes of Nnamdi Asomugha, Zach Miller and Robert Gallery to free agency, the Raiders figure to be rewarded handsomely in the form of compensatory picks next year.

"We fully expect, with the compensatory picks that we will receive," said Raiders senior executive John Herrera, "we will have a formidable draft."

Reports: Peters to speak on Marshawn’s behalf during appeal hearing


Reports: Peters to speak on Marshawn’s behalf during appeal hearing

First it was Marshawn Lynch coming to the defense of Marcus Peters. Now, it appears the Oakland native is returning the favor. 

The Chiefs cornerback will be speaking on behalf of Lynch during the Raiders' running back's appeal of his one-game suspension, according to multiple national reports. The appeal will take place on Monday.

Lynch was ejected in the second quarter of the Raiders' 31-30 victory over the Chiefs on Thursday night. After the Chiefs and Raiders saw themselves in a heated exchange from a controversial late hit by Peters on Derek Carr, Lynch ran off the sidelines and came to the defense of his close friend Peters with multiple Raiders going after the young defensive back. 

But in doing so, Lynch put his hands on an official and was immediately ejected from the game. He was then handed his one-game suspension on Friday.

“They can say what they want to say, but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first," Peters said to Logan Murdock of The Mercury News on Thursday.

FOX Sports was first to report the news.

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game


Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch watched most of Thursday night’s game versus Kansas City from the stands after getting ejected for making contact with an official.

He’ll also be a spectator next week.

The NFL suspended him one game for unsportsmanlike conduct stemming from an incident where left the sidelines to join an on-field scuffle and ended up pushing an official.

The league announced the suspension Friday afternoon. Lynch has already appealed the suspension, per multiple reports.

He was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and automatically ejected by rule.

Punishment after the fact has gotten expensive.

By rule, Lynch will be fined $30,387 for making contact with an official. He could get hit with other penalties, including entering a fight unnecessarily.

Lynch is also suspended without pay, meaning he’ll forfeit a $79,411 game check and a $31,250 per-game roster bonus.

The Cal alum won’t play a Week 8 contest in Buffalo, against a Bills team that drafted him No. 12 overall in 2007.

Lynch was on the sidelines during a third down draw play where quarterback Derek Carr incurred what officials called a late hit from Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters.

The Raiders offensive line took offense, and came after Peters in a scrum. Lynch and Peters, both Oakland natives, are extremely close. Lynch ran on the field to get between his teammates and his friend, but ended up inadvertently pushing an official. The league has zero tolerance for that, and sent him off the field.

Lynch watched a dramatic 31-30 victory over Kansas City from the stands and screens near the field, and congratulated his teammates after a big win.

Lynch did not explain why he entered the fray, though he seemed to be trying to get Peters out of harm’s way.

“They can say what they want but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first,” Peters told Bay Area News Group’s Logan Murdock.

His Raiders teammates and coaches must carry on without the 31-year old power back. They’ll roll with Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and fullback Jamize Olawale against the Bills, as they did against the Chiefs.

Lynch had two carries for nine yards before getting tossed. He has just 266 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries through seven games.

If the suspension is upheld, Lynch will be eligible to return in Week 9 against Miami.