Brief nuggets from players arriving in Napa

Just spent two hours in the parking lot of the Napa Valley Marriott, as Raiders players and coaches made their way from all points of the Bay Area and beyond to check in for the start of training camp.

I have been assigned to track down the goings on of cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, as reports surface that the 49ers are interested in signing the Raiders three-time Pro Bowler.

At some point, I will file a lengthy post. For now, here are some tidbits culled from interviews with more than 10 players:

Veteran Cooper Carlisle said he is under the impression that he still is the right guard. There has been talk of second-year player Bruce Campbell being inserted into the lineup at either left or right guard.

There’s still room at left guard, now that Robert Gallery reportedly has agreed to a deal with the Seattle Seahawks. Campbell said that he prefers to play offensive tackle. However, he is prepared to do whatever is asked of him by coach Hue Jackson and new offensive line coach Bob Wylie.

Wide receivers Chaz Schilens, Jacoby Ford, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Louis Murphy showed up in time for physicals and check-in. Schilens appears healthy and ready to roll.

Outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley said his agent and the Raiders are discussing a long-term deal that would enable the Raiders to get out from under the $11.3 million slated to count against this year’s salary cap and engineer a deal that would be more cap friendly this season.

Wimbley received that figure as the Raiders franchise tag player. The Raiders conceivably could free up as much as $10.5 million in cap room this season, depending upon how a new deal is structured.

Running back Rock Cartwright was the first player off a bus load of rookies and younger players. Last year, it was veteran defensive tackle Richard Seymour.

Most players under contract were spotted at some point this morning. Still no word on whether Seymour, cornerback Stanford Routt or backup quarterback Kyle Boller are here yet. They are under contract and expected to be here at some point today.

Running back Darren McFadden arrived at 220 pounds but looking quite fit and stout. He said he is ready to play right now and has established some pretty lofty goals for this season. He said he prefers to keep those goals to himself.

Rookie offensive tackle Joseph Barksdale said he has touched down in San Francisco. That portens his signing a contract in Alameda today or real soon and making his way here. No sight or word from second-round draft pick Stefen Wisniewski.


Steve Corkran