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

    Johnny, could be said that white people tend to charactarize one type of black person, too.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Something I’ve been wondering about lately is how close Tits came to getting fired after 2012.

    I couldn’t help but notice that when Krapp got fired, Regina went out of his way to applaud Tits for coming to the decision to fire Krapp.

    As if Regina had no say or input into this decision whatsoever.

    I also notice that Tits goes out of his way now to emphasize the importance of putting players in the position to succeed by having them do what they do best.

    This was something that was apparently lost on Tits the entire season and suddenly came to him after the 2012 debacle was over.

    Remember, as late as week 15, Krapp was still talking up the ZBS and how it would work here with some more time and continuity. Yes, it would work even with the same players.

    At some point, Tits finally realized it wouldn’t work. It finally dawned on Tits that he did a terrible job of maximizing the talent on the roster.

    Did Tits’ mentor, Dan Reeves, speak with him and advise him ?

    Did Regina hint that if Krapp wasn’t dismissed, Tits’ job was in jeopardy ?

    Something happened to make Tits change the tune he was singing the entire failed year.

    So now Tits is singing the ‘let the players do what they do best’ tune.

    Hopefully Sparano and Olson can help Tits actually do this, because left on his own I don’t believe Tits has a clue how to make it work.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    The Realest MR Says:
    Thats it. Fat guy, on the couch, burping. That’s the logo. And, team name: “The Americans”.
    =====================================================
    Underwer and hairy chest.
    I’ve said I’d never jump ship from the Raiders and haven’t in 34 years, but that might do it for me.

    Oh, the marketing bonanza!

  • mcfadden20.

    RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Something I’ve been wondering about lately is how close Tits came to getting fired after 2012.

    I couldn’t help but notice that when Krapp got fired, Regina went out of his way to applaud Tits for coming to the decision to fire Krapp.

    As if Regina had no say or input into this decision whatsoever.

    I also notice that Tits goes out of his way now to emphasize the importance of putting players in the position to succeed by having them do what they do best.

    This was something that was apparently lost on Tits the entire season and suddenly came to him after the 2012 debacle was over.

    Remember, as late as week 15, Krapp was still talking up the ZBS and how it would work here with some more time and continuity. Yes, it would work even with the same players.

    At some point, Tits finally realized it wouldn’t work. It finally dawned on Tits that he did a terrible job of maximizing the talent on the roster.

    Did Tits’ mentor, Dan Reeves, speak with him and advise him ?

    Did Regina hint that if Krapp wasn’t dismissed, Tits’ job was in jeopardy ?

    Something happened to make Tits change the tune he was singing the entire failed year.

    So now Tits is singing the ‘let the players do what they do best’ tune.

    Hopefully Sparano and Olson can help Tits actually do this, because left on his own I don’t believe Tits has a clue how to make it work.

    Tired beaten up debate

  • guest123

    Hopefully Sparano and Olson can help Tits actually do this, because left on his own I don’t believe Tits has a clue how to make it work.

    *********

    Looks like you are coming around on Dennis Allen! Good for you man! Keep up the positive thought!

  • DJ Johnny

    The Realest MR Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 12:42 pm
    Johnny, could be said that white people tend to charactarize one type of black person, too.

    True. May I add though that I don’t find the comedic characterization of the nerdy “Buffy loving”, nerdy white guy “offensive”, just ….interesting I guess.

    In other words I do laugh at it.

  • RaiderDebo

    http://m.nfl.com/news/0ap1000000147681/mayock-elevates-manuel-in-draft-prospect-rankings/

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Looks like Mistic and Mayock are in lockstep on this year’s QB class.

  • guest123

    The logo for the “the Americans” should include it’s call to arms: “The only thing Americans fear is incovenience”

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

    Guest, see? You’re implying Americans are brave, defending them, even in your jest. Which means you’re offended by the idea that Americans somehow aren’t brave, and are instead fat, lazy, and pretty much armchair warriors that love to vote for wars, but SCARED to actually fight in them. That’s my point. Everyone holds some nationality or ethnicity dear to them and gets offended when its insulted. People that say ‘go ahead, make fun of white people, It doesn’t offend me’. Start going off on America, and watch their blood boil.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    They’re not talking QB, they’re talking about getting RID of the QB. The ONE GUY who has played well for us. And putting in someone who should be a WR. And we paid a lst rounder and a 2nd for a year and a half of a guy who has played well and some of these idiots want to get rid of the guy.
    ——————-

    Wrong WRONG.. ppl still dont get it. ITs about an above average qb making 13 million dollars on a rebuilding team. Someone who is hardly a difference maker. Its about taking a cut or being cut. Raiders are in cap trouble and Reggie doesnt think Palmer is worth that.

    Most fans dont either. Just read the comments on PFT articles.

  • guest123

    http://www.totalpackers.com/2013/03/06/greg-jennings-on-the-vikings-now-seems-totally-plausible/

    Greg Jennings price: $10M to $12M ???

    No thanks! Some teams are way overpaying.

  • hwnrdr

    1948.Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 12:39 pm
    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”.)

    That sounds so good right now!

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    DJ Johnny Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 8:36 am
    Nobody seems to want to come play in Oakland…and those that are here don’t care if they stay or not.

    I’m saying it “seems” that way.

    Am I wrong on this?

    ——————————–

    Thats perfectly ok anyway. REggie doesnt like most of these left over players thats why he is letting them test FA.. Reggie is gonna draft players not get big FA’s

    Guess what? most players didnt want to come here for years its they just couldnt pass up with AL was offering.

  • Gdog

    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?

    >>>>

    A soft market for crappy DE’s (-9.6) maybe.

    I highly doubt there is a soft market for 4000 yard QBs, especially when the top free agent Matt Moore lost his job to a rookie.

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

    Anyhow..still think we need to draft a QB. Don’t like Palmer or Pryor. Why does every QB we ever acquire have to be a tired old veteran or a kid with baggage? Why is drafting a QB without any issues so taboo to this gd franchise?

  • Thec

    Did Regina hint that if Krapp wasn’t dismissed, Tits’ job was in jeopardy ?

    Something happened to make Tits change the tune he was singing the entire failed year.

    +++++=

    Mark Davis

  • The Beeech Diggity Dawg

    Yo Brahs, any of you gotta membership to the Milfhunter? If so, slide the Beeech Diggity your password

    The Lawg is looking to get stanky with some finely ripened internet mommas

    Always tryin’ to keep it real, holla

    WRECKS N EFFECT

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    hwnrdr Says:
    That sounds so good right now!
    ==================================================

    Didn’t have any spam(go figure) but it inspired me to make a hot ham and and melted cheese sandwich and I kind of want another one.

  • Thec

    RAIDERMAN99, hope all is well.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    I called 95.7 the so called rise guys this morning. i cant stand their show and rarely listen because these two out of towners arrived and immediately
    started taking shots at Oakland sport and the raiders in particular.

    ——————

    Good stuff. Those clowns are owned on a daily basis. But its not all there fault. Remember what Denese Allen was saying.. he didnt even know PRYOR could get the huddle going to saying PRYOR impressed him.

    Same thing happened with Greg PAPA who said pryor showed him alot. Thats off 2 days of real practice. Most of these clowns were following that dork ALlen and what he was saying pryor to week 17 start

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    The Realest MR Says:
    Anyhow..still think we need to draft a QB. Don’t like Palmer or Pryor. Why does every QB we ever acquire have to be a tired old veteran or a kid with baggage? Why is drafting a QB without any issues so taboo to this gd franchise?
    ====================================================

    Who? This a test to see if you’re really dumb enough to be the real MR, since you didn’t answer the jew question.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    From CSN BayArea covering PFT interview:

    On what he’s working on the most to improve this offseason:
    “The biggest thing is I’m hiring three quarterback coaches — Craig Austin, (George) Whitfield and Steve Clarkson…I want to work on my balance and just staying balanced at the end of my drop. That’s where I was messing up a lot of my throws. It’s not the arm strength; I have a pretty strong arm. It’s just staying balanced at the top of my drop and getting into my hitch.”

    ***************************************
    This is something I was seeing in the SD game that he does not necessarily do all the time. He was throwing off balance. He did this several times. It is good that he is seeing this and working on this.

  • guest123

    Had an old Army buddy told me that SPAM was a wonderful multi-use product, similar to baking soda. They’d use it on tank tracks to lube the gears and get those tracks moving. It was some sort of miracle lubricant. Like a foodstuff version of WD40.

  • Marks hair

    Im really disturbed by the way reggie does his job.. holmgren or some other boss for reggie is Needed Now!

  • R8ER MIKE

    guest123 Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 12:33 pm
    Why are rednicks the only group of people who aren’t offended by people calling them rednicks?

    “you damn rednick!”

    rednick: “what you want?”

    *****************************
    OK thats where i draw the line !!!!
    lol lol.. its r e d n e c k !! get it right would ya !!

  • rediaR

    The Realest MR Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 12:58 pm
    Everyone holds some nationality or ethnicity dear to them and gets offended when its insulted.
    ————
    Feel free to make fun of America and white people all you want. I don’t mind.

  • hwnrdr

    Guest, you can also prepare it many different ways to eat as well!

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

    We need a quarterback, and we need a franchise QB.

  • guest123

    lol MIKE

    It’s 4:17

    get ready to light!

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

    Suuuure, RediaR.

  • rediaR

    guest123 Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 12:33 pm
    Why are rednicks the only group of people who aren’t offended by people calling them rednicks?

    “you damn rednick!”

    rednick: “what you want?”
    ———————
    Plenty of rednecks will get offended by that.

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

    Good day Raider Nation. Reggie’s getting 3 years. All he needs is a QB. Later.

  • guest123

    rednicks is good people. plenty of friends is rednickians they not offended when I calls them that.

  • rediaR

    Guest123 Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 1:22 pm
    rednicks is good people. plenty of friends is rednickians they not offended when I calls them that.
    ———————-
    You say that now, but they’re plotting your demise as we speak.

  • Marks hair

    Nobody is calling for palmer.. thats his market.. if reggie can unload him it wont be for much..

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Thec Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 1:04 pm
    Did Regina hint that if Krapp wasn’t dismissed, Tits’ job was in jeopardy ?

    Something happened to make Tits change the tune he was singing the entire failed year.

    +++++=

    Mark Davis
    =====================================
    Yes. That was another possibility I should have thought of.

    Forgot about MD having a ‘talk’ with Tits on a plane ride back to Oakland. Was that after the Cincy game ?

    Seem to recall MD stating he was more concerned about the level of passion Tits was displaying, but it would make sense that more effective use of the roster would also be a concern.

    Everything is well here Thec, and I trust the same is true on your end.

  • poprox13

    The Realest MR Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Good day Raider Nation. Reggie’s getting 3 years. All he needs is a QB. Later.
    _______________

    Needs a lot more than that! Already have a QB and that didnt help us

  • guest123

    You say that now, but they’re plotting your demise as we speak.

    *****

    lol

    what are they going to do? deport me for having brown skin? lmao. they already tried! La Migra! Corre! Corre! lol lol

  • hwnrdr

    So are you Chinese or Japanese? I am Laotion, from Laos! So, ae you Chinese or Japanese?
    Many “Orientals” so to speak will get offended if yo call them the wrong race!

  • Raider E

    I love the old Truly Tasteless Jokes books, have all the volumes.They make fun of everyone.

    Does that make me racist?

    Probably just classless, but who cares lol :)

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Ben Maller ‏@benmaller
    Carson Palmer is 8-16 with 35 TD’s and 30 INTs in 24 starts with the Oakland Raiders, now thats some franchise .

    Retweeted 19 times

  • NGRaiderfan

    WOuld they think about trading palmer for a 7th and salary cap considerations (the other team taking on some of the dead money we would owe? if he doesn’t restructure or take a cut i wuold be for that. def better than just releasing him. If he takes a cut/restructures and stays i’m cool with thats too. i know in the nba they do trades with money considerations, and i think denver did that wit nyj for tebow last yr, but i dont know.

  • Thec

    Everything is well here Thec, and I trust the same is true on your end.

    +++++++++=

    Glad to hear…all is well in the southland

  • Gdog

    Marks hair Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Nobody is calling for palmer.. thats his market.. if reggie can unload him it wont be for much..

    >>>>

    Nobody but playoff caliber teams like Minn, or NYJ. Oh and there are plenty of crappy teams that would enjoy an upgrade too… at least 6. Maybe he could go to a team where the fans would appreciate him??

  • Thec

    Everything is well here Thec, and I trust the same is true on your end……

    +++++++++=

    Glad to hear…all is well in the southland

  • Thec

    Hwnrdr, whats going on Brother?

    You are not only a Semi Pro, you are also a professional spammer.

  • R8ER MIKE

    rediaR Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 1:19 pm
    guest123 Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 12:33 pm
    Why are rednicks the only group of people who aren’t offended by people calling them rednicks?

    “you damn rednick!”

    rednick: “what you want?”
    ———————
    Plenty of rednecks will get offended by that.

    ************
    not any of the one i know and hang out wiff !!

  • inonewordraider
  • Raider E

    WOuld they think about trading palmer for a 7th and salary cap considerations (the other team taking on some of the dead money we would owe? if he doesn’t restructure or take a cut i wuold be for that. def better than just releasing him. If he takes a cut/restructures and stays i’m cool with thats too. i know in the nba they do trades with money considerations, and i think denver did that wit nyj for tebow last yr, but i dont know.

    ————————-

    I think the trading partner would take on the whole salry, but the bonus is already in Carson’s wallet and would accelerate on our cap.

    The considerations are like when the yankees traded David Justice to the A’s and still paid half his salary just to get rid of him.

  • Thec

    Forgot about MD having a ‘talk’ with Tits on a plane ride back to Oakland. Was that after the Cincy game ?

    +++++++++=

    the GM forgot to tell Mark, and the Raider NATION that we were going to rebuild.

    Guess Mark had a hard time seeing that we went from 8-8 to bottom feeders.