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Raiders mulling franchise tag options

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Raiders mulling franchise tag options

Feb. 3, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVERAIDERS PAGE RAIDERSVIDEOPaul Gutierrez
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The Raiders have not been shy in recent years about using the franchise andor transition tags to keep free agents they like in house.So with the NFLs senior vice president and general counsel Peter Rucco telling the Boston Globe teams can use the tag starting Feb. 10 for a two-week period, speculation has begun as to on which player the Raiders should use it.Especially since it had been thought the tags could not be used, what with the collective bargaining agreement expiring March 3 and the threat of a work stoppage looming.The CBA hasnt expired, and the CBA has the right to franchise players, Rucco told the Globe, so we are telling clubs that you have the right to franchise players, and then depending on what the new agreement says, that will take into account.The Raiders have 31 contracts expiring. Fourteen of them are from players who would be unrestricted free agents with the current CBA rules in place; seven more with five years of service time; and six that would be restricted free agents.GUTIERREZ: Eyeing Oakland's free-agent merry-go-round
Last year, the Raiders slapped the franchise tag on defensive tackle Richard Seymour and he earned 12.4 million for his Pro Bowl season (he pulled out early, though, with a strained hamstring).Hes the obvious candidate to be franchised again, though he would get a 120 pay increase as a result, bumping him to 14.88 million. Or, it would be the new franchise number, whichever is higher, and Macs Football blog says Seymour would get between 14.273 million and 15.57 million from the Raiders, depending upon which franchise tag (exclusivenon-exclusive) designation they place upon him.Owner Al Davis has already expressed a reluctance to pay All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha 17 million, so would he go just under that for a defensive lineman? (Asomugha is not eligible to be tagged, as part of his contract voiding)It makes more financial sense to lock Seymour up to a longer-term deal, though he will be 32 years old next season.A very unscientific poll on Twitter found fans backing a franchising of Seymour, followed by tight end Zach Miller, running back Michael Bush and linebacker Kamerion Wimbley.A look then at the purported candidates to be franchised by the Raiders, should they choose to use the tag again:Seymour: It would be quick and dirty but might actually anger tweak Seymour, who seemingly wants more security than a one-year deal. Still, hed be paid handsomely. Almost too much. Just keep in mind that Davis has no issue in overpaying for players he likes.Miller: Coming off his fourth season, hed be a restricted free agent under current rules, meaning the Raiders would have first right of refusal in contract negotiations. Hes coming off his first Pro Bowl season and has led the Raiders in receptions the past three years running. The expected franchise number for tight ends for 2011 is 7.285 million, which would be a nice raise for Miller, who made 466,760 last season.Bush: Like Miller, Bush is a fourth-year guy who has shown flashes of being an every down back and was talked about glowingly by Davis in his media conference. But does Darren McFaddens breakout season make Bush expendable, or does McFaddens injury-prone past worry the Raiders enough to keep the two together? The expected franchise number for running backs for 2011 is 9.864 million. Bush also made a relatively paltry 466,760 in 2010.Wimbley: The first-year Raiders strong-side linebacker led Oakland in sacks with nine after coming over from Cleveland in a trade. He was part of the teams overhaul at linebacker with rookie Rolando McClain in the middle and Quentin Groves and rookie Travis Goethel sharing time on the weak side. The expected franchise number for linebackers in 2011 is 10.191 million. He made 685,000 last year.What'syour take? Email Pauland let him know. He may use it in his Mailbag.

Carr admits back injury had an impact: 'I had to deal with it'

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Carr admits back injury had an impact: 'I had to deal with it'

Derek Carr was asked several times during the 2017 season whether a Week 4 back injury impacted his throwing motion, his play, his ability to produce. The Raiders quarterback dismissed the inquiries each time, proclaiming full health.

That wasn’t the whole truth. Three transverse process fractures in his back did affect him. Carr didn’t admit that. He didn’t want to use injury as an excuse. His play, Carr figured, should stand on its own.

Now, with the 2017 season in the rearview, Carr was a bit more candid about his physical state.

“When you break three bones in your back, it doesn’t feel good,” Carr said in this week’s episode of the Raiders Insider Podcast (Subscribe right here). “I’m thankful God healed me to the point I could walk around and be able to practice. Injuries will never be something I talk about, especially during the season, but since it’s after the season, the (back issue) was one of those things that was there.”

Denver’s Adam Gotsis kneed Carr in the back during a third-quarter sack. The fractures occurred there, and removed Carr from that 16-10 loss. The original prognosis had Carr out 2-4 weeks. He missed but one game and never stopped to rest. He missed a Wedneday practice, was limited the rest of the week and was questionable for a game backup EJ Manuel ultimately played.

Carr pushed to get back in the lineup. He didn’t miss another game, but that doesn’t mean the back injury was behind him.

“I had to deal with it,” Carr said. “I had to do certain things to manage it, but I just didn’t talk about it. I didn’t want it to be an excuse. It was a want more than anything else. I didn’t want it to be a reason. I couldn’t let that be a reason why I couldn’t do A, B or C.”

Carr’s back wasn’t the sole reason for lackluster offensive output, but it played a part. The Raiders dealt with flux in play calling and scheme preference, especially in the run game. On-field struggles splintered the locker room some, and an ironclad confidence began to soften.

Carr stands three-plus weeks from last season’s end. Distance provides perspective, and Carr wishes he could’ve done something to pull his Raiders out of a tailspin.

“I’ve looked back at the season over the past couple weeks and wondered if I could have done something or said something or acted upon something at a certain time,” Carr said. “You’re always looking to get better. …

“I’ve looked back (at) the way things were handled, things that went down and said, ‘Man. I wish I could’ve had the knowledge I have now. I would go back and fix that.’ That’s how things work. You gain experience from every situation you go through and try to be better the next time.”

Carr excited to work with Gruden: 'I want him to be tough on me'

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Carr excited to work with Gruden: 'I want him to be tough on me'

Jon Gruden has been interviewed several times since becoming Raiders head coach. Quarterback Derek Carr hasn’t listened to most of those sessions, and certainly doesn’t seek them out.

One landed in Carr’s inbox recently, and something Gruden said really resonated.

Gruden’s message, paraphrased: If Derek Carr is not successful, then I’ve failed as a coach.

There are two comments in that one. Gruden considers Carr extremely talented, and he’s taking responsibility for unlocking the quarterback's vast potential.

Gruden will be hands on in Carr’s development, with all the coaching intensity and fire and eyebrow raises that have become Gruden’s signature.

“He’s going to demand of me. He’s going to push me,” Carr said on this week’s episode of the Raiders Insider Podcast, which will drop Tuesday morning (Subcribe right here). “He’s going to make me be the best version of myself.”

Carr had a direct answer to skeptics wondering aloud whether he can thrive under Gruden’s particular coaching style.

“I want him to be tough on me,” Carr said. “For anyone who thinks I want him to be a different way has no clue about me or how I play football or how I prepare to play this game. I don’t need to tell stories about how I prepare or manage myself.

“(Jon) and I are going to get along great. I hope that he demands of me. I hope he’s hard on me. I don’t need to know he loves me. He has already told me that about 20 times. I appreciate that and we’ll be friends forever, but I know he’ll be demanding and tell me what I need to do. Let’s go fix problems that I have and let’s do what I need to do to win championships. Hopefully that will give people some insight and hopefully that’s the story that gets out, because that’s the truth.”

Carr met his new head coach briefly before his introductory press conference, but has known Gruden since filming the Gruden QB Camp segment back in 2014. They got along great then, and in each interaction since.

“We have so much more in common that people realize,” Carr said. “I think it would blow some people’s minds. Him and I are very similar in the way we go about our business and how we carry ourselves. It’s an exciting time.”

Carr’s excited to have some stability in his football life. The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback will start his fifth NFL season with his fourth head coach, fourth go-round with an offensive coordinator and third offensive scheme. Gruden signed a 10-year contract. OC Greg Olson signed a four-year pact. They’ll be here a while, and Carr’s excited about that.

“It’s going to be really nice,” Carr said. “To know Jon signed on for a 10 years and (Olson) signed on for a long time shows me a couple of things. No. 1: that they believe in me. I don’t think Coach Gruden would’ve quit his day job, which I’m thankful he did. To get (Olson) out of a good spot in L.A (with the Rams), shows that they believe in me and that’s awesome. And, No. 2: I’m going to have two people I can talk to in a different language for years to come. We can grow within the relationship, and hopefully we’ll all ride off together. It’s set up that way right now, and we have a lot of work to do to reach that point.”