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Raiders LB Bruce Irvin understands why Seattle allowed him to become free agent, says playing with Mack `meant to be’

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NAPA _ Bruce Irvin has no hard feelings toward the team that essentially gave him his walking papers.

Oakland Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin has no hard feelings toward Seattle. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

Oakland Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin has no hard feelings toward Seattle. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

After all, when the Seattle Seahawks declined to exercise a fifth-year option on his rookie deal that would have paid $7.8 million, Irvin became an unrestricted free agent and signed a four-year contract with the Raiders that could pay as much as $37 million.

Truth be told, the Seahawks roster was loaded, and Irvin understood the economics of the move.

“You can’t pay everybody,” Irvin said following practice Sunday. “I knew it when they started paying Russell (Wilson) and Bobby (Wagner). Those guys deserved those deals, so I would never take that from them. Football has a salary cap and you can’t pay everybody. Continue Reading

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Raiders training camp quick hits

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Some quick hits from the third day of Raiders training camp Sunday:

Kelechi Osemele missed practice Sunday for undisclosed reasons. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Kelechi Osemele missed practice Sunday for undisclosed reasons. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

— Notable absences were quarterback Connor Cook and left guard Kelechi Osemele. Coach Jack Del Rio confirmed that Cook was at a funeral service and that he expected Osemele to be back at practice Monday. He declined to specify why Osemele did not practice.

— No noteworthy big hits during the first day in pads as the Raiders adhered to the protocol of keeping players off the ground whenever possible. It was best illustrated by cornerback Neiko Thorpe, who had a clean shot at Taiwan Jones on a swing pass, but backed off after initial contact. Continue Reading

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Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie grateful for support of Mark Davis while reconstructing salary structure, roster

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General manager Reggie McKenzie signs for fans the morning after signing a contract extension (Jerry McDonald photo)

General manager Reggie McKenzie signs for fans the morning after signing a contract extension (Jerry McDonald photo)

NAPA _ For a guy who has yet to have a winning season as a general manager, Reggie McKenzie is living large.

The morning after owner Mark Davis announced at a Raider alumni dinner that McKenzie had signed a four-year contract extension, the architect of what is expected to be a silver and black renaissance signed autographs for grateful fans, many of whom probably wanted his head on a platter three years into a reconstruction phase.

“Mark Davis was committed to my plan,” McKenzie told reporters Saturday before the Raiders’ second practice of training camp. “I’m sure he had a lot of phone calls, a lot of people talking to him and saying, `Is Reggie the guy?’ ” Continue Reading

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TMZ report: Raiders LB Aldon Smith in rehab

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Aldon Smith has checked into rehab, according to the Web site TMZ. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

Aldon Smith has checked into rehab, according to the Web site TMZ. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

NAPA _ Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith has checked into a treatment center, the Web site TMZ reported Friday.

Smith, currently under suspension under the NFL program for substances of abuse, was to miss a minimum of nine games and would have been eligible in September to apply for reinstatement 60 days before the suspension ended.

A Raiders official at the club’s first training camp practice declined comment.

The story did not say why Smith was in treatment. In 2013, Smith had went into rehab following two DUI arrests.

A video surfaced last week of a man who was not shown firing up what appeared to be a joint with a voice that sounds like Smith talking about a “fire up session.” Continue Reading

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Vadal Alexander on NFI list, Roy Helu Jr. and Greg Townsend Jr. will start training camp on PUP for Raiders

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Roy Helu Jr. will open training camp on the PUP list. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Roy Helu Jr. will open training camp on the PUP list. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The Raiders announced three transactions Monday regarding players who are not ready to practice at the outset of training camp.

Rookie seventh-round draft pick Vadal Alexander (guard) will open on the non-football injury list with an undisclosed condition, while veteran running back Roy Helu Jr. and undrafted free agent defensive end Greg Townsend Jr. will begin on the physically unable to perform list. Continue Reading

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Raiders CB David Amerson proves his former coach right in reviving his career with a fresh start

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As a Washington rookie, David Amerson returned an interception for a touchdown against the Raiders in 2013.(Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

As a Washington rookie, David Amerson returned an interception for a touchdown against the Raiders in 2013.(Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

ALAMEDA — It turns out Jay Gruden had it all figured out when Washington put cornerback David Amerson on waivers 10 months ago.

“He might be a great player somewhere else in the next year or so,” Gruden told reporters last Sept. 21. “His career is not over by a long shot. He’s going to go somewhere else and play and probably play well.”

Fast forward to Tuesday, and Amerson, having excelled for the Raiders as a starting cornerback after being claimed on waivers, was talking to reporters on a conference call after signing a four-year contract extension. Continue Reading

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Report: Raiders sign CB David Amerson to four-year extension with $18 million in guaranteed money

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David Amerson has reportedly cashed in with a four-year contract extension. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

David Amerson has reportedly cashed in with a four-year contract extension. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

ALAMEDA _ Cornerback David Amerson, a waiver find last season after washing out in Washington, has reportedly cashed in with the Raiders.

Amerson has agreed to a four-year contract extension with $18 million in guaranteed money and $38 million in total value, the NFL Network reported.

After coming to the Raiders, the former second-round draft pick had four interceptions, 35 passes defensed and 53 total tackles _ all career highs _ in 14 games. Continue Reading

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Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. talks about his father and Muhammad Ali _ full transcript

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Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr.

Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr.

A full transcript of an interview with Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. on the relationship and the three fights between his late father Ken Norton Sr. and Muhammad Ali:

Q: Muhammad Ali was one of the biggest personalities in the world, not only in sports, and a part of his legacy were the three bouts with your father. What were your thoughts when you heard Friday Ali had passed away? Continue Reading

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Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. recalls his father’s fights and friendship with Muhammad Ali

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Ken Norton and Muhammad Ali fought three times, with Ali winning twice. All were extremely close (AP photo)

Ken Norton and Muhammad Ali fought three times, with Ali winning twice. All were extremely close (AP photo)

ALAMEDA _ When Muhammad Ali passed away Friday, the memories came to Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. in a rush.

His first thoughts were of being a 6-year-old kid, sitting in a room at the LaJolla Village Inn with his grandmother. His father, Ken Norton Sr., was fighting Ali at the nearby San Diego Sports Arena on March 31, 1973.

“I remember it like it was yesterday,” Norton said Tuesday in an interview with the Bay Area News Group. “My father didn’t allow me to go to the fights, so we had to sit around and wait for the news to get back to the hotel. We finally got the news that he had won, that he had broke (Ali’s) jaw . . . it was one of the most exciting times of my life.”

It turned out to be a life-changing experience for father and son. Ali and Norton would fight twice more, with each one as close as the split-decision win awarded to Norton in the first bout. Continue Reading

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