Raiders 2017 offseason scorecard

Raiders 2017 offseason scorecard

Salary cap space: $35,027,363
(Figure updated as official signings and contracts are reported to the league: 59 players under contract; only top 51 count.)
Source: NFLPA, updated Friday, April 28; NOTE: Total does not include Marshawn Lynch's new contract or rookie draft pool

Veteran additions
-- TE Jared Cook (signed 2-year deal worth $10.6 million, $5 million guaranteed)
-- OL Marshall Newhouse (signed 2-year deal with $3.5 million, $500,000 guaranteed)
-- WR Cardarrelle Patterson (signed 2-year deal worth $8.5 million, $5 million guaranteed)
-- LB Jelani Jenkins (signed 1-year deal worth $1 million, $100,000 guaranteed)
-- QB EJ Manuel (signed 1-year deal with $800,000, $0 guaranteed)
-- RB Marshawn Lynch (signed 2-year deal worth up to $16.5 million, $9 million base salary)

-- LS Jon Condo (signed a 1-year, $1 million contract; $250,000 guaranteed)
-- WR Seth Roberts (signed ERFA tender; $615,000)
-- TE Gabe Holmes (signed ERFA tender, $540,000)
-- OL Denver Kirkland (signed ERFA tender, $540,000)
-- DL Denico Autry (signed original-round RFA tender, $1.797 million)

-- LB Malcolm Smith (signed 5-year deal with 49ers worth $26.5 million contract, $12 million guaranteed)
-- S Nate Allen (signed 1-year deal with Miami worth $3.4 million, $1.4 million guaranteed)
-- CB DJ Hayden (signed 1-year deal with Detroit worth $3.59 million, $1.25 million guaranteed)
-- QB Matt McGloin (signed 1-year deal with Philadelphia worth $800,000, $0 guaranteed)
-- WR Andre Holmes (signed 3-year deal with Buffalo worth $5.15 million, $2.45 million guaranteed)
-- OT Menelik Watson (signed 3-year deal with Denver worth $18.75 million, $5.5 million guaranteed)
-- LB Daren Bates (signed 3-year deal with Tennessee worth $6 million, $1 million guaranteed)
-- S Brynden Trawick (signed 2-year contract with Tennessee worth $4.75 million, $3 million guaranteed)
-- RB Latavius Murray (signed 3-year deal with Minnesota worth $15 million, $3.4 million guranteed)
-- TE Mychal Rivera (signed 2-year deal with Jacksonville worth $3.25 million, $750,000 guaranteed)
-- DT Stacy McGee (signed 5-year deal with Washington worth $25 million, $6.25 million guaranteed)

-- LB Perry Riley
-- S SaQwan Edwards (released)

UFA-Unrestricted free agent: Free to sign with any team
RFA-Restricted free agent: Raiders have right to match any offer sheet
EFA-Exclusive rights free agent: Player has no outside negotiating power

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1. First round, No. 24 overall:
CB Gareon Conley, Ohio State
2. Second round, No. 56 overall: S Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut
3. Third round, No. 88 overall: DT Eddie Vanderdoes, UCLA
4. Fourth round, No. 130 overall: OT David Sharpe, Florida
5. Fifth round, No. 168 overall: LB Marquel Lee, Wake Forest
6. Seventh round, No. 221 overall: S Shalom Luani, Washington State
7. Seventh round, No. 231 overall: OT Jylan Ware, Alabama State
8. Seventh round, No. 242 overall: RB Elijah Hood, North Carolina

9 Seventh round, No. 244 overall: DT Treyvon Hester, Toledo

NOTE: Raiders undrafted free agent signings can be tracked here.



Vontaze Burfict wants Antonio Brown beef behind him with both on Raiders now


Vontaze Burfict wants Antonio Brown beef behind him with both on Raiders now

Things might get awkward at the start of Raiders OTAs in May.

That's when new teammates Vontaze Burfict and Antonio Brown will share a locker room for the first time.

Burfict (Cincinnati Bengals) and Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers) played on opposite sides of one of the AFC North's fiercest rivalries, and things came to a head in the 2015 postseason. That's when Burfict knocked Brown out of the playoffs with a dirty, illegal hit to the head, and received a three-game NFL suspension. 

But Burfict, who signed a one-year contract with the Raiders on Tuesday, told reporters in a conference call he isn't concerned about any lingering tension between himself and the talented wide receiver.

"We're on the same team, with one goal. It's all positive, man," Burfict said. "He's a great player, he's gonna be a Hall of Famer one day, and honestly I'm gonna approach him just like I do all my other teammates. I'll introduce myself, all that good stuff. ... There's nothing negative over here, man. We're on the same team, everything's [about] trying to win a championship over here."

The Raiders traded for Brown earlier this month, and he tweeted Tuesday that he had already reached out to Burfict.

That's a marked departure from the ex-Steelers star. When former Pittsburgh teammate Juju Smith-Schuster crushed Burfict with a vicious block, "no one enjoyed [it] more than Brown," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Ron Cook wrote Tuesday. In the aftermath of Burfict's hit, Brown made his displeasure with the play clear to Cook.

“I feel like guys don’t want to stop me no more,” Brown told Cook in early 2016. “They want to take me out. They want to kill me. They want to steal my dreams. They want to ruin me. They want to end me.”

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Burfict, for his part, sounded more than ready to bury the hatchet Tuesday. He said he'll keep an open mind when he meets Brown, as well as the rest of his new teammates.

"Honestly, we might [end up being] the closest friends on the team, you know what I mean," Burfict said. "So, just gotta go along with it, and I can't wait to meet him."

If Brown's tweet is any indication, he feels the same way. 

Vontaze Burfict wastes no time reuniting with Raiders DC Paul Guenther


Vontaze Burfict wastes no time reuniting with Raiders DC Paul Guenther

Vontaze Burfict was cut by the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, and immediately called his mother. The veteran linebacker explained the situation, ended the call and then made another one.

“The second person I called was Pauly G,” Burfict said. “He didn’t pick up. I think I called him like seven times straight.”

Those who know Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther best call him “Pauly G.” Count Burfict firmly in that class.

That’s why Burfict didn’t last long on the open market. The Raiders signed him Tuesday night to a one-year contract reportedly worth up to $5 million, less than 24 hours after he was released.

A Guenther-Burfict reunion seemed inevitable because of the veteran’s expertise running the coordinator's defensive scheme and a clear bond on and off the field.

Player and coach have a close relationship dating to Burfict’s rookie season in Cincinnati. Guenther was Burfict's position coach in 2012, and the two fostered a strong working relationship during a long-night cram session before a Sept. 23 game against Washington. Thomas Howard hurt his knee, Burfict recalled, and Guenther told him he would start and play out of position. Burfict was a middle linebacker by trade, but the Bengals needed him on the outside.

“It was like 8 p.m., and he took his time out to set the trash cans up and go through the whole playbook over like two hours with me,” Burfict said in a conference call after he signed with the Raiders. “I got like nine tackles that game, and I just looked at him and said, ‘I appreciate that. You took your time out when you could’ve just gone home.' Ever since then, it has been a close relationship to where I know his kids and his wife. We go out to dinner. It’s a good time to have a good relationship like that with a coach.”

That should help Guenther’s system run smoothly, an important factor with so much youth on defense. Burfict can be an on-field coordinator if he can stay healthy and out of trouble with the NFL.

Burfict said he’s fully fit after concussion problems last season and health issues in recent years. The NFL has disciplined him several times for vicious, illegal after-the-whistle hits that some consider dirty. That includes a nasty blow dropped on former Steelers receiver and new Raiders teammate Antonio Brown that generated plenty of negative press.

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Burfict doesn’t consider his style poor form.

“I’m not a dirty player,” Burfict said. “I play a physical position at middle linebacker. I can’t go in there playing patty-cake. If I do that, I’m going to get run over. I have 300-plus-pound linemen coming in trying to block me. If I play soft, I’m not doing my job. … I play a physical position where I have to put my jockstrap on right, put my cleats on right and be ready to play physical.”