Matt Flynn has restructured his contract, converting most of his $3.25M base salary to a signing bonus.
This is not a reflection on Flynn's status in the Raiders' quarterback derby, it's merely a typical financial move. The Raiders were just $179,987 under the cap and still had all their draft picks to sign, so they had to move some money around. The restructure gives them about $1M more in cap flexibility.
The Denver Post reports the Broncos made Charles Woodson a one-year offer worth a maximum of $3.7 million through "reachable incentives."
Woodson's Raiders deal is worth a max of $4.3 million, though it's unknown how "reachable" the incentives are. He'll receive a base value of $1.8 million, including a $700,000 signing bonus. Unless the Broncos' base offer was dramatically lower, it's definitely surprising Woodson chose the cellar-dwelling Raiders over Denver based on a theoretical extra $600,000. Money talks.
Raiders agreed to terms with DB Charles Woodson on a one-year, $1.8 million contract.
The deal includes a $700,000 signing bonus, and is worth a "maximum" of $4.3 million, likely through hard-to-achieve incentives. Woodson is returning to the team that made him the No. 4 pick of the 1998 draft. Woodson spent the first eight years of his career in Oakland before defecting to Green Bay. He's chosen the Raiders over the Broncos despite the fact that Denver is on the cusp of the Super Bowl, and Oakland is one of the worst teams in the league. However Woodson spins it, money was almost certainly the determining factor. Going on 37, Woodson has lost multiple steps the past few seasons, but will still likely be a better option than Usama Young opposite Tyvon Branch at safety. It's possible he won't be a 1,000-snap player, instead playing somewhere in the neighborhood of 500-750.
According to the Contra Costa Times, Terrelle Pryor's passes are still "too wobbly and off the mark" to be considered a legitimate threat for the Raiders' starting quarterback job.
Last preseason, we were taken aback a bit by Pryor's woeful accuracy and poor velocity on precision throws, although he can heave it downfield with some power. He's simply not an effective passer. While rookie Tyler Wilson has shined at OTA practices, Pryor has stumbled. Look for Matt Flynn and Wilson to make 2013 starts while Pryor operates as the third-stringer in a baseball cap.
Raiders 2012 third-round pick Tony Bergstrom opened OTAs as the team's starting left guard.
A college tackle, Bergstrom was Oakland's first selection in the 2012 draft, where they lacked both first- and second-round picks. He earned just over 100 snaps as a rookie. New OL coach Tony Sparano was reportedly "high" on Bergstrom coming out of Utah. He's giving him the first look to replace Cooper Carlisle.
Darren McFadden reportedly looks "energized" and "explosive" at Raiders early OTAs.
Averaging nearly five missed games per year through five NFL seasons, McFadden has all the incentive in the world to stay healthy entering his contract year. We don't doubt McFadden looks explosive in the non-padded practices. Whether Oakland's talent-deficient offensive line can open running lanes will be more critical to the 25-year-old's 2013 fantasy production.