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Vegas not on the mind of faces of Raiders’ franchise

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Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said "we love Oakland," but if the team moves to another city "we're going to love them too," (Kristopher Skinner/staff photo)

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said “we love Oakland,” but if the team moves to another city “we’re going to love them too,” (Kristopher Skinner/staff photo)

NAPA — Las Vegas may be on the minds of Mark Davis and other Raiders executives.

But as the team embarks on the start of training camp, the players continue to tune out most of the relocation talk.

They hear some of it, of course.

“I hear as much as y’all do like on ESPN and stuff,” quarterback Derek Carr said.

But there’s a concerted effort to make sure it’s not a distraction.

“Me and Derek talk about it all the time,” pass rusher Khalil Mack said, “about not focusing on those types of things, keeping the guys together and focusing on winning right now. No matter where we go, where we are, keeping the guys focused on winning and going out and working hard and everything is going to work out as it may.

“But, as of now, we’re in beautiful Napa, chilling, working hard and trying to get ready for this great season that we’re about to try to approach.”

The team of course faced similar questions last year as a potential relocation to Los Angeles lingered in the background. It wasn’t until after the season, and the Rams had earned the right to relocate to L.A., that the Raiders signed a one-year agreement to play the 2016 season in Oakland.

The deal also includes one-year options for 2017 and 2018, but the future is murky as Davis explores a potential stadium deal in Las Vegas. Talks are deep enough in Sin City that there was a reporter from a Las Vegas newspaper there on Day 1 of training camp Friday to gather the thoughts from the two faces of the Raiders franchise.

Carr said it’s easier now that camp has started to tune out those talks.

“Once football starts, it becomes really easy not to listen to it,” Carr said, “because we’re getting coached up. You have to perform to keep your job and to excel at your job.

“But during the offseason you hear those things, you wonder, ‘Oh, is it going to happen? Is it not? Oh well.’ We know we love Oakland. We love the city. We love our fans. If we were to go somewhere else, that’s Mr. Davis’ plan. We’re going to love them, too. It’s all up to him. To us, we’re going to play ball and we’re going to play for the Raider Nation and that’s what I know.”

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Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I never really questioned it.

  • inonewordraider

    Trump will stop dropping bombs on, the ME? Ha! No major war under Clinton, small skirmishes, quality of life better than its ever been in our history

  • willy91137

    How many times did you post fire Reggie NOW?

  • Bubba dropped bombs from 30,000 feet all over kosovo, serbia murdering over 3,000 civilians

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You want the job
    I don’t.
    That’s part of it.

  • Good pokeman hunting weather

  • SnBG

    You dudes do realize that the team is Jack’s now. Let’s see him get us the wins because this is a better roster than we had last year.

    IT ALL ON JACK NOW!11

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Without input from his military advisors, I assume.

  • The muslim brotherhood?

  • Who cares? Its not your money and it has zero cap impact. Waiting ensures that we would have progressed.

  • inonewordraider

    10000 civilians killed in iraq under bush

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I think they were largely targeted.

  • willy91137

    Not me GM do not play football this football team ready to win

  • And don’t forget a new religion started in his name!

    You guys crack me up…

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Were there Christians in Nazi Germany?

  • No the christian population was driven out and the muslims took over

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Enough of this!
    If I’m not going to debate Oakland vs the Raiders, I sure don’t want to go here.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    I wanted to keep Veldy, oh well.. Carr and Mack are foundation players that MUST be kept at all costs..

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Uh huh.
    see below.

  • inonewordraider

    Jonathan cooper (NE) carted off field

  • willy91137

    This is the best team we have had in 15 years

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I’m working real hard at it, with the swimming pool always in sight.

  • SnBG

    You dudes don’t realize that there is a new post do you?

  • Does heaven allow their citizens to root for the devil?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Well, I for one, didn’t.
    But if you’re the only one there…

  • willy91137

    Tomorrow we put on the pads

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Hell yes!

  • inonewordraider

    I don’t know but Donald didn’t as a Raider

  • inonewordraider

    Brady and Manning really yell and get after players does Derek need to do more of this and quit being so nice?

  • He needs a bit more Gannon, yes.

    I am excited for him this year…

  • Dakota

    New post.

  • That means one of our QBs threw an INT….

  • Oak R8rs33.01

    Little bit. Busy day.

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  • FresnoUser

    They gotta go somewhere. They’ve overstayed their welcome in Oakland. Vegas is nice and far away. Please go there.

  • StrongGrogCharlie

    Whoa dude
    No rip intended. I thought we were just trading banter, Sorry it hit a soar spot

  • no worries. im not upset. saul good(man)

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