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McKenzie confident Raiders, Carr will agree on contract extension

McKenzie confident Raiders, Carr will agree on contract extension

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie drafted a franchise quarterback in 2014. Derek Carr is his guy, and has budgeted accordingly.

McKenzie wants to extend Carr’s deal this offseason, before he enters a contract year. The 25-year old signal caller wants a deal done before training camp starts. That’s 10 weeks away, plenty of time to hammer out the biggest deal in franchise history.

An extension is expected. Make no mistake about that.

McKenzie wants to keep Carr. Carr wants to stay. Both sides want a deal done soon. That’s nothing new. McKenzie and Carr have screamed those sentiments from the mountaintop.

Carr’s camp and the Raiders have talked about contract parameters already, though serious talks haven’t started. McKenzie said they would at some point after the NFL draft, though NFL Network reported Carr is frustrated the Raiders haven’t reached out yet.

The Raiders will at some point this spring, and start discussions on a long-term contract extension for the public face of their franchise.

McKenzie said he hasn’t sensed frustration in his interactions with Carr.

“I see Derek every day. We have a great relationship and communicate very well,” McKenzie said Wednesday in an interview with 95.7-The Game. “That’s not going to be an issue at all.

“As far as the contracts go, I don’t like discussing contracts outside these walls. I kind of keep that as my mantra, to keep that in house. But the bottom line is that we love Derek and we want to keep him. We’re going to everything to make sure this contract gets done.”

Carr has stated several times he wants to be a Raider his entire career, but a hometown discount isn’t in the cards. The Raiders have budgeted for big-money extensions given to Carr and Khalil Mack. McKenzie also hopes to extend right guard Gabe Jackson this offseason.

Carr will end up with the biggest salary of the bunch. It isn’t an easy deal, especially with the prospect of moving to Las Vegas – there is no state tax in Nevada – and an ever-increasing salary cap and NFL television revenue.

McKenzie understands big money is required to lock Carr down.

“The only thing that comes to my mind is that I want Derek Carr to be a Raider for his career,” McKenzie said. “That’s the only thing that comes to mind. We’ll get it done however we need to get it done. When you’re talking about negotiations and all that, I’m not the negotiator, but I will make sure that…I want Derek here and I want him to be a Raider. He knows that.

"We’ve had many discussions leading to that. We want Derek, and Derek wants to be here.”

Raiders-Bengals injury report: New guys preparing for big roles on O-line

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Raiders-Bengals injury report: New guys preparing for big roles on O-line

ALAMEDA – The Raiders offensive line remains in big trouble.

Starting guards Gabe Jackson and Kelechi Osemele remained out with injury, lessening their chances of playing Sunday’s game in Cincinnati.

Jackson has a new elbow injury and a lingering ankle problem. Osemele is dealing with a toe issue.

Jon Feliciano has filled in well for Osemele four times already this season. The fourth-year veteran is considered worthy of an NFL starting job, but even he’s unavailable after landing on injured reserve with a calf problem.

That should leave Denzelle Good and Chaz Green are getting work in practice, trying to prepare for important roles on game day.

Both guys were signed as emergency options, but it’s nearly time to pull the alarm.

“We like Chaz Green,” offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. “I know the scouting department, they liked him when he came out of college. We like him as a guard and some other teams played him as a tackle. We think he looks comfortable at the guard and think that’s his natural position. With Good, certainly we had some coaches that had come from Indianapolis and had some insight on him as a player and we like what we saw. Certainly, since he has been here, we’ve been equally as impressed with them as we were with seeing them on tape.”

Raiders practice report

WEDNESDAY
Did not practice
G Gabe Jackson (elbow/ankle)
LG Kelechi Osemele (toe)
LB Kyle Wilber (hamstring)

Limited practice
C Rodney Hudson (ankle, knee)
DL Maurice Hurst (ankle)
WR Dwayne Harris (foot)
CB Daryl Worley (shoulder)
TE Lee Smith (back)

Full practice
CB Gareon Conley (groin)
FB Keith Smith (calf)

Bengals practice report

WEDNESDAY
Did not practice
LB Vontaze Burfict (concussion)
DE Michael Johnson (concussion)
CB KeiVarae Russell (finger)

Limited practice
OT Cordy Glenn (back)
CB Tony McRae (concussion)
CB KeiVarae (finger)
CB Dre Kirkpatrick (ankle)

Full practice
QB Jeff Driskel (right shoulder)
WR Alex Erickson (shoulder)
OT Clint Boling (knee)
OT Bobby Hart (knee)

Amari Cooper says Mark Davis, not Jon Gruden, wanted to trade him

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Amari Cooper says Mark Davis, not Jon Gruden, wanted to trade him

The day in October that Amari Cooper was traded by the Raiders to the Cowboys, we were led to believe that the decision was made by then-GM Reggie McKenzie and head coach Jon Gruden.

But now, it appears that owner Mark Davis was the driving force behind the Cooper trade.

According to The Athletic's Calvin Watkins, Cooper said on Thursday that Davis, not Gruden, wanted to trade him.

Cooper also revealed to Watkins that the Raiders kept rejecting offers of a 2020 first-round pick. The team was only interested in a 2019 first-round pick.

McKenzie said on Oct. 23 that Cowboys CEO Stephen Jones called and offered a 2019 first-round pick. That's when McKenzie walked out to the practice field, relayed the offer on the table to Gruden and the head coach approved the deal with a thumbs up.

Cooper's assertion that Davis pulled the strings on his trade falls in line with Gruden comments on Monday following the firing of McKenzie. Gruden revealed that Davis met with McKenzie after the Raiders' win over the Steelers to deliver the news of his fate.

When reporters asked if the decision to fire McKenzie was strictly made by Davis, Gruden said this: “We all work for the same man."