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Mitchell could return in 2013

The Raiders apparently aren’t bent on purging everything associated to owner Al Davis in 2013.

Safety Mike Mitchell, widely regarded as a major reach as a second-round pick (No. 47 overall) in the 2009 draft, is cautiously optimistic about returning to the team that selected him out of Ohio four seasons ago.

Mitchell, whose exuberance and willingness to hit drew mostly compliments from coach Dennis Allen last season, said he left the Raiders facility following the season feeling good about his chances of coming back.

“The fact that they’re showing interest in getting a deal done I think that says that,” Mitchell said by phone Tuesday night. “At the same time, it’s a business. Things change overnight. You never know how that’s going to play out. It’s good for me to leave (Alameda) knowing they want to bring me back and it’s good for me to them to be contact my agent trying to get a deal done. That’s reassuring.

“They’re men of their word. I’ve said that since day 1. I believe coach Allen and Reggie are good me and they’ve followed that up by what they’ve shown me in free agency. But still, it’s an extremely tough decision. I’m not even close to making a decision yet.”

To review, Mitchell’s solid senior season at Ohio University and a spectacular Pro Day caught the eye of Davis. The Raiders picked him in the second round, while some draft analysts _ including the highly respected Mike Mayock of NFL Network _ had him as a late-round pick or free agent.

Mitchell said he feels capable of being a starter in the NFL. Whether the Raiders can offer that, or whether they’re even intending on offering it, remains an open question. Strong safety Tyvon Branch signed a multi-year deal last season after being named the club’s franchise player. Michael Huff, who moved to cornerback in Week 3 last season, is slated to return to free safety.

Both McKenzie and Allen have talked of Huff’s contributions at corner and about looking forward to him returning at free safety. Huff’s most recent contract would make him difficult to release. He’s due $4 million in salary plus a $4 million roster bonus entering free agency, but the amount of dead money from releasing Huff would total approximately $9.5 million.

More likely, the Raiders would reduce Huff’s base salary and extend him even further into the future. The final two years of Huff’s contract _ 2015 and 2016 _ are voidable years.

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  • R8ER MIKE

    raiderfankirk Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 11:43 am
    R8ER MIKE Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 11:39 am
    RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 11:37 am
    Imagine the law suits if there was a city named Fudge and the Packers moved there.

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    lol lol.. like when they say “I am a Packer now, and i am damn proud of it ” !! kinda gives it a whole new meaning !! lol
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    Gotta get rid of the G and put Rupaul on the helmet.
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    lol or just a big ole chocolate donut !!

  • raiderfankirk

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 11:52 am
    lol any way

    I notice most f the people here trying to adress me are also sworn devout palmer worshipers.

    The anticipation of the palmer contract outcome is driving them batty.

    If he was elite like they tried to say he was, wouldnt he already be in talks and the main priority?

    too funny

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    Hey, Hey! Quit down Crackers! You too Mike, you Redneck Cracker you!

  • hwnrdr

    Mistic, you missed your calling bro! You should be a lawyer! And I don’t mean anything bad by it!

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Raider E Says:
    You think that the Basic Food Groups are Spam, commodity cheese, fry bread, and Pepsi.
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    Hwnrdr might take offense at this.

  • raiderfankirk

    lol or just a big ole chocolate donut !!
    ————————————
    Just get Mistic to drop his pants and take a snap shot?

  • theghostronin79

    I notice most f the people here trying to adress me are also sworn devout palmer worshipers.

    The anticipation of the palmer contract outcome is driving them batty.

    =========

    Honestly, I think you’re the only one who thinks that man, I really do.

    If anyone is going “Batty”……It’s because the QB debate is Tired.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    The Fudge Packers would also have to do away with the cheesehead thing.

    Not quite sure how the schithead thing would go over.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spam
    The residents of the state of Hawaii consume the most Spam per capita in the United States

  • r8eray

    sa-ka-mi-kaka-wit-a-shak-a-mi-pata!

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    RAIDERMAN99 Says:

    The Fudge Packers would also have to do away with the cheesehead thing.

    Not quite sure how the schithead thing would go over.
    ==================================================

    I’ll donate a never ending supply ot llama sh1t.

  • poprox13

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spam
    The residents of the state of Hawaii consume the most Spam per capita in the United States
    ____________

    mmmmm spam, nothing better than a fried spam sandwich :)

  • raiderfankirk

    RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 11:58 am
    The Fudge Packers would also have to do away with the cheesehead thing.

    Not quite sure how the schithead thing would go over.

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    Literally funny shizt!

  • Golden Haired Hero

    I notice most f the people here trying to adress me are also sworn devout palmer worshipers.
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    Golden Haired Hero Worshippers. Get it right, man.

  • NGRaiderfan

    1894.mcfadden20. Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 11:45 am
    Poor Mistic , please explain 13-19 by Cam Newton

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    can’t everything you argue in defense of carson palmer be used as defense for cam newton?

    Carolina was #12 in total offense last yr
    Raiders were #18

    Carolina was #18 in ppg last yr at 22.3
    Raiders were #26 at 18.1

    Palmer passed for 4,018 yds on 565 att. (7.1 per att.)
    Newton passed for 3,869 yds on 485 att. (7.9 per att.)

    Palmer threw 22 tds, 14 ints
    Newton 19 tds, 12 ints

    Palmer ran 18 times for 36 yds and 1 td wit 2 fumbles, 1 lost
    Newton ran 127 times for 714 yds and 8 tds with 1 fumble, 1 lost)

    Palmer total yds = 4,054 yds
    Newton total yds = 4,583

    Palmer total td = 23
    Newton total td = 27

    Palmer qb rating 85.3
    Newton qb rating 86.2

    Palmer qbr = 44.7
    Newton qbr = 54.2

    Palmer record – 4-10
    Newton record – 7-9

    Cam newton was better than palmer last yr. pretty much every way imaginable. bringin up cam newton on this blog is just stupid. it doesn’t even prove any point u are trying to prove. just stop.

  • R8ER MIKE

    Hey, Hey! Quit down Crackers! You too Mike, you Redneck Cracker you!
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    lmao !! and thats Mr.Redneck Cracker sir !!!
    YOU PEOPLE need to redneckcognize !!!

  • theghostronin79

    The residents of the state of Hawaii consume the most Spam per capita in the United States

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    Don’t they serve SPAM on their “Egg McMuffins” over there at McDonalds?

  • Marks hair

    Last to get shìt done.. i started on this 2 weeks ago.. wtf is fatty doing all day?

  • hwnrdr

    1904.Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 11:57 am
    Raider E Says:
    You think that the Basic Food Groups are Spam, commodity cheese, fry bread, and Pepsi.
    =======================================================

    Hwnrdr might take offense at this.

    What do you mean? Spam is not a basic food group???

  • hwnrdr

    1916.theghostronin79 Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 12:03 pm
    The residents of the state of Hawaii consume the most Spam per capita in the United States

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    Don’t they serve SPAM on their “Egg McMuffins” over there at McDonalds?

    Actually no, but sounds good!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Mike Mitchell sure has had his fair share of blog columns written on him, for a middling backup Safety.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    …have the only McDonald’s restaurants that feature Spam on the menu. In Hawaii, Burger King began serving Spam in 2007 to compete with the local McDonald’s chains…

  • Gdog

    RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 11:37 am
    Imagine the law suits if there was a city named Fudge and the Packers moved there.

    >>>>

    Thats really good!

  • raiderfankirk

    Titans likely looking for big-name pass rusher

    Posted by Mike Florio on March 7, 2013, 11:26 AM EST

    Getty Images
    Last year, the Titans were planning to make a play for former Texans defensive end Mario Williams. The failure of quarterback Peyton Manning to make a timely decision regarding his next team, however, kept the Titans on the sidelines long enough to let the Bills finish the deal.

    This year, the Titans are believed to be plotting another run at a high-end pass-rusher.

    When the legal tampering period opens on Saturday, look for the Titans to pursue negotiations with one or more of the top defensive ends, from Osi Umenyiora to Dwight Freeney to John Abraham.

    And if they want to spend a whole lot of money, they could try to woo Cliff Avril.

    Abraham is the most intriguing of that group. Cut last week by the Falcons, he’s already a free agent. Last year, the Titans were in the mix to sign him, before he opted to return to Atlanta.

    This year, he could be the fallback option is the Titans don’t get one of the names higher on their wish list.

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    I Guess Wimbley was’nt the answer.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    hwnrdr Says:
    Mistic, you missed your calling bro! You should be a lawyer! And I don’t mean anything bad by it!
    ========================================================

    Other than lawyers being bottom feeding scum sucking parasitical low lifes.

    Good to have in a legal fight, though.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com The Realest MR

    Ah, so we’re telling Packer fans what they should or shouldn’t do, when they won a Super Bowl 2 years ago.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com The Realest MR

    Considering our attendance in recent years, I can think of several things Raider fans should stop doing.

  • NGRaiderfan

    1924.raiderfankirk Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 12:11 pm
    Titans likely looking for big-name pass rusher

    Posted by Mike Florio on March 7, 2013, 11:26 AM EST

    Getty Images
    Last year, the Titans were planning to make a play for former Texans defensive end Mario Williams. The failure of quarterback Peyton Manning to make a timely decision regarding his next team, however, kept the Titans on the sidelines long enough to let the Bills finish the deal.

    This year, the Titans are believed to be plotting another run at a high-end pass-rusher.

    When the legal tampering period opens on Saturday, look for the Titans to pursue negotiations with one or more of the top defensive ends, from Osi Umenyiora to Dwight Freeney to John Abraham.

    And if they want to spend a whole lot of money, they could try to woo Cliff Avril.

    Abraham is the most intriguing of that group. Cut last week by the Falcons, he’s already a free agent. Last year, the Titans were in the mix to sign him, before he opted to return to Atlanta.

    This year, he could be the fallback option is the Titans don’t get one of the names higher on their wish list.

    —————————-
    I Guess Wimbley was’nt the answer.

    ========

    considering the titans were worse than the raiders in every statistical defensive category, and were dead last in the nfl in ppg allowed, i’d say that is a fair assessment of wimbley’s impact.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com The Realest MR

    Hwnrdr,

    How about a team called “The Americans”, with a logo of a fat guy on a couch eating chips? That wouldn’t offend you, would it Mr. Thick Skin?

  • TerrapinRaider

    News flash ladies … the raiders will stink as long as s DA n Reggie are running the show. At least they msnaged to hire someone better than Knapp but that’s not saying much. He stinks too. So maybe they go +1-2 games just by getting rid of that idiot ..that’s 5-11 or 6-10 and we stil sux. We arent gojng anywhere till DA is fired.

    #shoudve kept Hue ..> than DA by a “continent”. Damn you Reggie!

  • raiderfankirk

    What do you guy’s think about bringing in David Garrad as backup plan? That’s who I wanted when JC went down. Did’nt know about the back problem at the time of course.

  • guest123

    Report: Breaston doesn’t need Regenokine treatment on knee

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/07/report-breaston-doesnt-need-regenokine-treatment-on-knee/

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    Breaston: You betta redneckanize!

  • Raider E

    YOU KNOW YOUR FROM HAWAII WHEN:

    You drive berefoot

    You have the surf report on your speed dial

    You go to Nieman Marcus, “Jus fo look”

    You learn to play the ukelele in elementary school

    You serve spam as meat for dinner

    Your house has a separate circuit breaker for your rice cooker.

    You think 70 degrees is cold

    You know what stink eye is and how to give it

  • guest123

    The residents of the state of Hawaii consume the most Spam per capita in the United States

    =========

    Don’t they serve SPAM on their “Egg McMuffins” over there at McDonalds?

    Actually no, but sounds good!

    ********

    Don’t they put fried eggs on their hamburgers over in Hawaii? Looks fairly disgusting, but the people on the food channel seem to like it!

  • hwnrdr

    1921.Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 12:06 pm
    …have the only McDonald’s restaurants that feature Spam on the menu. In Hawaii, Burger King began serving Spam in 2007 to compete with the local McDonald’s chains…

    Yes but I never seen a spam egg mcmuffin

  • hwnrdr

    1933.guest123 Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 12:25 pm
    The residents of the state of Hawaii consume the most Spam per capita in the United States

    =========

    Don’t they serve SPAM on their “Egg McMuffins” over there at McDonalds?

    Actually no, but sounds good!

    ********

    Don’t they put fried eggs on their hamburgers over in Hawaii? Looks fairly disgusting, but the people on the food channel seem to like it!

    Loco Moco! On top of rice and covered with gravy!

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    The Realest MR Says:

    Hwnrdr,

    How about a team called “The Americans”, with a logo of a fat guy on a couch eating chips? That wouldn’t offend you, would it Mr. Thick Skin?
    ===================================================

    Cartoon of a fat guy in a lazyboy eating chips, drinking beer and watching TV in a castle with the caption ‘The prince, formally known as charming’ still graces my refrigerator.

  • hwnrdr

    1928.The Realest MR Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 12:17 pm
    Hwnrdr,

    How about a team called “The Americans”, with a logo of a fat guy on a couch eating chips? That wouldn’t offend you, would it Mr. Thick Skin?

    WTF? I don’t know, would it offend you? Like I said, excuse me for not knowing that Redskin was a derogatory term for an Indian!

  • guest123

    Chiefs LE Tyson Jackson’s contract restructure includes a $10M slash in base salary.

    Analysis: Jackson didn’t get any money converted into bonuses or years added on. He just accepted the Chiefs’ request to lower his base salary from $14.72M to $4.2M. It’s a sign that he expected to find a very soft market if Kansas City cut him.

    *****

    Reggie needs to press on getting some paycuts. This is what they should have pressed for with Bresiel. Carson, are you out there listening?

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    The Realest MR. By the way, you sound just dumb enough to be the real deal, which would shoot my Dr_Rob/Miss Tick theory all to hell.
    I need verification.
    What kind of Jew did you once post as when I called you out?

  • The Beeech Diggity Dawg

    YO YO THE BEEEECH DAWG HAS LANDED

    And n full effect, blog dweebs

    Just locked up a hot date for tomorrow night. This shorty is packing heat in all the right places and is an expert in the art of salad tossing

    Probably go get a brazilian nad & crack wax today to prepare for the festivities

    She’s a model/actress so obviously that means she loves performing doggy-style intercourse

    Gotta check my sock drawer, but the Dawg should have enough Magnums (for my pleasure) to last until the break o dawn

    If not a Frito bag and sturdy rubber band will have to do

    KEEPIN IT SUPA FLY FRESH

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Cartoon of a fat guy in a lazyboy eating chips, drinking beer and watching TV in a castle with the caption ‘The prince, formally known as charming’ still graces my refrigerator.

    Forgot to add he was burping.

  • DJ Johnny

    1853,

    Yes, I remember that from Gangs of New York but it’s true that Irish faced alot of discrimination when they came here and there were actually those types of signs at places of employment.

    The movie tried to be as historically accurate as possible, but of course it’s a movie designed to make money so the story lines were created by the producers etc.

  • guest123

    Why are rednicks the only group of people who aren’t offended by people calling them rednicks?

    “you damn rednick!”

    rednick: “what you want?”

  • mcfadden20.

    I think Mistic is on verge of being admitted to Mental hospital, poor fella LOL

  • DJ Johnny

    Guest123 Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 12:29 pm
    Chiefs LE Tyson Jackson’s contract restructure includes a $10M slash in base salary.

    Analysis: Jackson didn’t get any money converted into bonuses or years added on. He just accepted the Chiefs’ request to lower his base salary from $14.72M to $4.2M. It’s a sign that he expected to find a very soft market if Kansas City cut him.

    *****

    Reggie needs to press on getting some paycuts. This is what they should have pressed for with Bresiel. Carson, are you out there listening?

    There goes the theory that the current CBA doesn’t allow for an actual cutting of salary.

  • guest123

    Even the term “Americans” is misused in my opinion. How manganamous and pompous to suggest that just because you are a citizen of the United States, that you are an “American”. America is North America and South America. Two whole continents, but us United States-ians figure we own both continents.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com The Realest MR

    Thats it. Fat guy, on the couch, burping. That’s the logo. And, team name: “The Americans”.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    One popular Spam dish in Hawaii is Spam musubi, where cooked Spam is combined with rice and nori seaweed and classified as onigiri.

    (Some soldiers referred to Spam as “ham that didn’t pass its physical” and “meatloaf without basic training”.)

  • DJ Johnny

    …or how about a team called the “White Dudes” where the team logo is some feminine looking nerd wearing a pink cardigan.

    That’s the way most non-white comedians portray all white people in their voice impersonations and mannerisims.

    As if there’s a plethora of white chicks named “Buffy” who play tennis all day and are shocked beyond belief when they see someone walking down the street who “doesn’t look like them”.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    guest123 Says:
    Even the term “Americans” is misused in my opinion. How manganamous and pompous to suggest that just because you are a citizen of the United States, that you are an “American”. America is North America and South America. Two whole continents, but us United States-ians figure we own both continents.
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    Named after an Italian map maker, Amerigo Vespucci.