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. Continue Reading
The Raiders have given general manager Reggie McKenzie a four-year extension. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
The Raiders have made a major commitment to Reggie McKenzie. Owner Mark Davis on Friday night announced a new four-year extension for his general manager.
Davis announced the news in front of more than 100 Raiders alumni in Napa this weekend as the team kicks off training camp.
“Reggie’s contract was up at the end of this year and we felt it was time to reward him for the job that he has done,” Davis said, per a team release. Continue Reading
David Amerson helps anchors the Raiders cornerbacks group. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Part two in a 10-part series looking at each of the Raiders position groups before the start of training camp.
A year ago, following the Raiders’ third preseason game, owner Mark Davis now famously ripped two corners off a piece of paper and handed them to general manager Reggie McKenzie. His message: “I need you to get me two corners.”
As McKenzie enters his fifth training camp with the Raiders, he can feel pretty good about honoring that request. He signed away Sean Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs, then locked up last year’s waiver claim David Amerson to a new four-year extension. Continue Reading
Raiders owner Mark Davis thinks a move to a neutral site place like Las Vegas could unite the Raiders’ fan base.
Raiders owner Mark Davis has a unique view of his team’s potential relocation to Las Vegas: he thinks it could unite Raiders fans.
“It’s a new market. It has the potential to be a really exciting market,” Davis said on NFL Network from the NFL’s owners meetings in Charlotte. “The Raider fans in Northern California were getting upset a little bit when we talked about going to Los Angeles, and the LA fans get a little ticked off at the fans in Northern California.
“So it seems like Las Vegas is a neutral site that everybody has kind of bought into and it will unite the Raider Nation more than divide it. So I’m excited about that.” Continue Reading
Mark Davis, left, could still join the Rams and owner Stan Kroenke, right, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
The Raiders’ future home remains up in the air, but owner Mark Davis isn’t afraid to admit how much he likes the site in Inglewood that remains an option for the franchise.
“I know the site very much,” Davis told CSNBayArea.com on Monday at the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. “I love the site. I think it’s a great opportunity.”
The Los Angeles Rams are building a new stadium in Inglewood, scheduled to open in 2019, and the San Diego Chargers have a one-year option to join them that expires in January. (That option could receive a one-year extension if a referendum to approve funding for a San Diego stadium is approved by this November). Continue Reading