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Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack couldn’t have received a more fitting endorsement.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year inked a deal with Mack Trucks on Wednesday, adding to his portfolio.

“Whenever we were on the road when I was younger, I remember my father pointing out the trucks that had Mack on them,” Mack said to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

Mack’s name helped draw recognition by the brand, but it wasn’t the lone factor behind the endorsement deal.

“Obviously we share the same name, but what really drew us to him, based on what we had heard, was that we seemed to share the same fundamentally American values of hard work, family, honesty and humility,” John Walsh, Mack’s vice president of global marketing and brand management, said Wednesday.

Mack credited Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green for suggesting the idea.

“He just texted me one day and said, ‘You should do a deal with Mack,'” said Mack.

The NBA’s and NFL’s Defensive Player of the Years teaming up to endorse a truck is all too symmetrical and beautiful, and it’s possible the duo could continue to collaborate on new projects.

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Marshawn Lynch is embarking on a new endeavor as a restaurant owner this summer.

The Raiders running back will be taking over Scend’s Restaurant and Bar, an Oakland-area soul restaurant that’s been around since 1967, following the retirement of longtime owner Cassie Nickelson in August.

“I’m comfortable with him and I like him,” Nickelson, 80, told KTVU.

The two also go way back.

“When he was 9-years-old, he came across the street to get a hamburger and French fries,” she recalled. “Twenty-five-cent French fries and a 75-cent hamburger.”

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According to the NFL, it’s much cheaper to move to Las Vegas than to Los Angeles.

The Rams and Chargers, who will both be playing in L.A., will pay $645 million between December 2019 and December 2028, while the Raiders will pay $378 million over 10 years to relocate to Las Vegas, sources told ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

The 29 NFL teams who are not or have not relocated to Los Angeles or Las Vegas are taking home a hefty profit from those who are.

Each team will receive a sum of $55.2 million over an 11-year period stemming from the relocation fees paid by the Rams, Chargers, and Raiders.

The Green Bay Packers released their projected net sum from the relocation fees as $27.1 million, accounting for present value of money over time and taxes, at a recent shareholders meeting.

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In the weeks and months leading up to his inevitable megadeal, Derek Carr says he checked in with his agent to make sure his payday didn’t stop the Oakland Raiders from locking up other cornerstone players.

Oakland maintaining some financial flexibility paid off just days after reaching an agreement with its star quarterback, as Gabe Jackson received a five-year, $56-million extension of his own last week.

The standout guard is appreciative of Carr’s efforts to that end.

“It means a lot,” Jackson said in a conference call, according to the team’s official website. “To be honest, I started smiling when I first heard him say that because, I mean, he always said that to me before, that he wants to make sure everybody else is good, it just goes to show you about his character, and how he is as a person. He’s one of the most selfless people I know.”

While it’s unclear whether Carr left any money on the table, his Year 1 cap hit of $15.7 million at the very least would have helped the Raiders get Jackson’s big-money deal under the cap this offseason.

Doing so with some sort of front-loaded structure could then clear the way for extensions for other young stars like Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper over the next few years.

Jackson, a third-round pick in the same 2014 draft that saw Oakland come away with Carr and Mack, is a staple on one of the NFL’s most dominant offensive lines.

The new-money average of $11.2 million per season makes him the NFL’s third highest-paid player at his position, behind only Kevin Zeitler and fellow Raiders guard Kelechi Osemele.

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Three years ago, it was difficult to envision the Oakland Raiders as anything but the laughingstocks of the NFL. Mired in a decade-plus playoff drought, the Raiders lost the cache that once made them one of the marquee franchises.

The trajectory of a franchise can change drastically in three years, however, and the Raiders climbed out of the rubble when they selected Khalil Mack and Derek Carr with their first- and second-round picks in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Carr was rewarded with a five-year, $125-million contract Thursday, making him the highest-paid player in the NFL. By extending him to a deal that makes him the envy of the league, the Raiders have officially established their renaissance era, and are bound to compete for Super Bowls through the end of the decade – a notion that seemed impossible not long ago.

Carr was in the thick of the MVP race before suffering a season-ending broken fibula on Christmas Eve. The Raiders’ season effectively ended when he went down, as they bowed out to the Houston Texans in the wild-card round with Connor Cook under center. Nonetheless, it became evident to any neutral observer that this wasn’t just a one-off campaign from Carr, who is atop the vanguard of young quarterbacks, which includes Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, and Carson Wentz.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie deserves a ton of credit for inking Carr to a lucrative extension before it became a distraction for a young team that has arguably the best shot at unseating New England in the AFC. It was under McKenzie’s leadership that the Raiders drafted Mack and Carr in the first place, adding standout wide receiver Amari Cooper in 2015 and safety Karl Joseph in 2016. Carr, McKenzie, and head coach Jack Del Rio have cultivated the type of relationship that often leads to titles, and one would be remiss if the latter duo’s contributions went unnoticed on a triumphant day for the organization.

It was imperative the Raiders lock Carr in before the franchise relocates to Las Vegas, a city that lacks a true professional team sporting culture. With the QB secured long term, the team can waltz into Vegas’ glitz and glamour with the quarterback’s visage plastered all over billboards in The Entertainment Capital of the World. For the venture to be successful, the Raiders will need to be a Super Bowl contender, and establishing Carr as the team’s franchise player goes a long way toward these mutual goals.

Carr has been named to consecutive Pro Bowls, but he’s never been content with individual honors. Armed with a wide receiver duo in Cooper and Michael Crabtree that rivals any in the league, a veteran running back in Marshawn Lynch, and an excellent offensive line, he’s expected to lead the Raiders deep into the playoffs. Demanding a Lombardi Trophy within the decade is now a reasonable goal. In signing the most expensive contract in NFL history, the signal-caller represents everything the team aspires to be: a young, talented offense paired with a bruising defense that ought to contend with no end in sight. If there’s any team suited to dethrone the Patriots as the AFC’s dominant force, it’s the Raiders, with Carr and Mack being the faces of the franchise.

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One of the most recognizable members of Raider Nation is hoping his team can deliver a championship to Oakland before skipping town.

Discussing the looming move to Las Vegas in an appearance on “First Take,” hip hop legend Ice Cube explained that the Raiders need to leave their passionate fan base in the Bay Area with a parting gift.

“I think the Raiders owe Oakland a Super Bowl championship before they leave,” he said, according to Paul Gutierrez of ESPN. “So that’s why, I think, people are going to support them.”

A native of Los Angeles, Ice Cube has long been in favor of the Raiders returning to his hometown, where they played 13 seasons from 1982-1994.

He was disappointed that such a move didn’t work out last year, with the NFL officially giving the Rams and Chargers the green light to share a stadium in Inglewood, but feels bad that Oakland will be losing its team for a second time.

“I was sad they wasn’t coming to L.A.,” Ice Cube said. “But I feel sad for Oakland, straight up. I think the NFL makes so much money. They have enough money to build a stadium here. What are they doing? Why they have these teams uprooting and leaving?”

With a talented young roster led by Derek Carr and Khalil Mack, and a hometown hero in Marshawn Lynch coming out of retirement to join the efforts, the Raiders are certainly in a position to challenge for a title before making the move in 2020.

Building upon the success of last season and going on a deep playoff run would also go a long way toward easing any tension created by the awkward situation of the team sticking around until a new stadium is built in Las Vegas.

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It’s only a matter of time before Derek Carr strikes a rich, new contract with the Oakland Raiders. He knows that and the Raiders know that.

Carr is approaching the fourth and final year in his rookie contract. It was reported the quarterback was growing concerned about the stalled progress in his extension, but he put those rumors to rest on Monday.

“I have an agent who is in charge of that and I am confident that he and Mr. (general manager Reggie) McKenzie will work it out. I am only focused on becoming a better football player and helping my teammates become better players,” Carr said, according to Anthony Galaviz of the Fresno Bee.

“I have complete faith it will get done before training camp. These things take time. The Raiders know I want to be here; this is my family, and I know they want me to be their quarterback.”

McKenzie has expressed the same sentiment, stating publicly that he hopes Carr will be a Raider for the remainder of his career.

Carr was named to the past two Pro Bowls and helped lead the Raiders to the playoffs last season, ending their 13-year drought.