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Raiders Will Take Remaining Needs to the Draft

View image | After the Oakland Raiders led the NFL with 10 free agent additions it appears that the Silver and Black have decided to call it a day on the signing period and they will wait until the draft to address their remaining needs.  They have signed a group of players 28 years old or younger that will take care of imminent needs at linebacker, defensive...
Via TopSportsReport
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

ESPN Draft analyst Todd McShay has USC DE Leonard Williams falling to Raiders with the fourth overall pick

According to, ESPN Draft analyst Todd McShay has Raiders selecting USC DE Leonard Williams with the fourth overall pick. Williams, 6'5, 302, ran a 4.97 forty-yard dash at the NFL Combine, and is a power player best suited to play in a system that allows the freedom to get after the quarterback. “Williams is an excellent value here as the best all-around defensive...
Via 60 Max Power O
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Raiders release veteran DL Antonio Smith

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Raiders have released veteran defensive lineman Antonio Smith after only one season with the team. Smith, 33, started all 16 games for the Raiders in 2014; however, he recorded only 20 tackles and three sacks. He was scheduled to have a $4 million cap hit, and the team will carry no dead money after terminating his contract. Raiders...
Via 60 Max Power O
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Raiders release Antonio Smith after one season

Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports The Oakland Raiders are releasing defensive lineman Antonio Smith, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Raiders released defensive lineman Antonio Smith today. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 31, 2015   Smith was set to count for $4 million against the salary cap in 2015.  He had 20 tackles last season and started every game.  He...
Via Sports-Glory
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Raiders releasing Antonio Smith is a real head scratcher

According to Adam Schefter, the Oakland Raiders have released defensive tackle Antonio Smith today. Raiders released defensive lineman Antonio Smith today. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 31, 2015 Smith was one of the veterans signed in the 2014 offseason in an attempt to upgrade the team’s pass rush. Smith clearly did not live up to his billing, but he was also playing...
Via cover32
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Raiders Release DL Antonio Smith, Free Up $4M In Cap Space

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Raiders have released veteran DL Antonio Smith. Smith, 33, had one year remaining on his two-year, $9 million contract that he signed with the Raiders last March. He was set to make a base salary of $3.2 million for the 2015 season. According to, releasing Smith will free up ... The post Raiders Release DL Antonio Smith, Free...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Raiders Looking To Trade Derek Carr, Draft Marcus Mariota?

The Oakland Raiders should replace starting signal-caller Derek Carr by taking Oregon star quarterback Marcus Mariota in the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft, according to ESPN’s John McTigue. “On the surface Carr’s rookie campaign compares favorably to other recent seasons by rookie QBs,” McTigue writes. “A deeper dive into Carr’s numbers suggest his 2014 season left a lot...
Via Gridiron Grit
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Reggie McKenzie, Jack Del Rio 'have the same vibe on players,' developing strong relationship

The general manager - coach relationship can be a tricky one, one shops for the groceries and the other cooks the meal. However, for Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie and coach Jack Del Rio, it's been smooth sailing since the two joined forces in January. “We believe in having a physical football team and I think that starts with the offensive and defensive line,” Del...
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Oakland Raiders player tweets selfie while getting surprise drug test by NFL

Oakland Raiders left tackle, Donald Penn, tweeted a picture of himself as someone drew blood from his arm for a surprise drug test from the NFL: Perks of playing in the @nfl @nflcommish have random people come 2 your house n draw your blood during the offseason — Donald Penn (@DPENN70) March 30, 2015 Penn did not seem too happy about the event and it’s...
Via cover32
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Three Teams Reportedly Interested in Matt Schaub

Former Oakland Raiders’ backup quarterback Matt Schaub is reportedly drawing interest from three teams. Apparently the Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets are all interested Schaub, a third-round draft pick by Atlanta back in 2004. Schaub played for the Falcons for three seasons before being traded to the Houston Texans in 2007. Inconsistent play and an injury during...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jets, Ravens, & Falcons Among Interested Teams In QB Matt Schaub

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that veteran QB Matt Schaub is expected to sign with a new team at some point this week. According to Schefter, the Jets, Ravens, and Falcons are all teams to keep an eye on in regards to Schaub, even though there are other teams in the mix. New Falcons HC Dan Quinn ... The post Jets, Ravens, & Falcons Among Interested Teams In QB Matt Schaub appeared...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders 2015 Schedule Released WEEK 1

This article is focused on the current state of the Oakland Raiders. If the season began today, taking into account that recent free agent moves, injuries, position battles, as the 2015 NFL Draft approaches. The weeks will progress and those changes will become a factor in future articles. For now this analysis will be based on the date of the article. Creative liberties have...
Via Football Nation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Raiders get surprisingly high grade from ESPN for free agent class

The Oakland Raiders went with the exact opposite approach to their 2015 free agency than from what they did the prior year. Rather than sign aging players who were once greats, the Raiders went with young players who they hope will continue to get better with time. They also decided to go with a lot of signings, bringing in 10 different players, some of whom are solely depth or role...
Via cover32
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft breakdown: AFC West edition

Continuing off of my last article, I look at what each team in the AFC West should be looking to fix as we head into the 2015 NFL draft by breaking down their needs and possible picks. Denver Broncos Needs- OL, TE, DL, LB, QB Possible first round pick- Cameron Erving (C), Maxx Williams (TE), Carl Davis (DT), Eli Harold (OLB), Preston Smith (DE), Jalen Collins (CB) Dream Pick- Cameron...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Will the Raiders Take Fourth?

Before the hectic draft month of April begins, the crew at TopSportsReport decided it would be a smart time to write a 1st round mock draft.  John Miceli decided to write the article.  He carefully made selections for each team and explained each selection in this article. Check out who John Miceli selected for the Oakland Raiders on behalf of Jack Del Rio and Reggie McKenzie....
Via TopSportsReport
3 days ago  |  Discuss

3 Positional Needs the Raiders Could Address in Round One

Wide Receiver  View image | During this offseason, the Raiders set a priority on adding a top flight wide receiver for the young Derek Carr to throw to next season.  We saw this to be true as the team offered contracts to a multitude of wide receivers.  Unfortunately, they failed to add a top flight wide receiver during the offseason, and they’re stuck...
Via TopSportsReport
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Schaub Heading Back to Atlanta?

At one time he was considered to be a pretty good quarterback, but sometime during the 2012 season something clicked in Matt Schaub (and not in a good way). He went from being a competent and respected passer to the butt of jokes and a laughing stick. Houston got rid of him After the 2013 season. The Oakland Raiders gave him a try during the 2014 season, but didn't think he was worth...
Via FatManWriting
5 days ago  |  Discuss

D.J. Hayden Remains A Mystery For Oakland Raiders

When D.J. Hayden was selected 12th overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, he was expected to become the next lock-down defensive back for the Oakland Raiders despite nearly dying in a freak accident on the University of Houston practice field.Nearly two years later, the Raiders are still waiting for Hayden to become that player.Hayden's 2014 season was better than his rookie year, no doubt...
Via Pro Football Spot
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Why it’s far too early for the Oakland Raiders to replace Derek Carr

Monday, ESPN writer John McTigue wrote a piece for ESPN insider in which he argued that the Oakland Raiders should move on from second year quarterback Derek Carr, and replace him with Marcus Mariota as their fourth overall pick in this year’s draft. McTigue used multiple statistics to support his claim that Derek Carr is not the quarterback of the future. On the surface Carr’s...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders' Free Agency Report Card

No other team in the NFL has signed more free-agents than the Oakland Raiders. After posting a 3-13 overall record in 2014, the Raiders are among the teams needing fresh faces the most heading into next season.With free agency slowing down after two weeks, it's now time to evaluate the team's roster moves.Rodney Hudson, center: After signing Hudson to a historic $44.5 million contract...
Via Pro Football Spot
9 days ago  |  Discuss

An Ode To Shirtless Quarterbacks: Goodbye Christian Ponder

Last week, the Raiders announced that they had signed former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder to a deal in free agency. The deal is for one year, and will see Ponder head to the AFC West. The Raiders relied heavily upon quarterbacks Matt Schaub (who was also released last week after they signed Ponder to a deal) and then-rookie Derek Carr. Ponder will enter the mix...
Via Purple Jesus Diaries
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders conservative approach in free agency is smart

This year’s free agency period has been the most exciting and crazy it probably has ever been. Trades left and right, players moving all over the place and longtime franchise players being released. For the Oakland Raiders, this free agency period was supposed to be their chance to spend big money and bring hope back to the silver and black fan base. Since 2002 the Oakland Raiders...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Tale of the Tape: new #Raiders LB Curtis Lofton

Curtis Lofton signing his Raiders contract Photo courtesy of Over the last day I’ve watched a few Saints games to get a sense of new Raiders LB Curtis Lofton – what are his strengths and weaknesses and how does he project onto the Raiders unit? I came away with a mostly favorable impression of the 8 year veteran but with some definite concerns as well. First, Lofton...
Via Thoughts from the Dark Side
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Quick analysis: The Oakland Raiders are a mess

The Oakland Raiders entered free agency with over $55 million in cap room. General manager Reggie McKenzie was expected to make serious runs at defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and receiver Randall Cobb, perhaps even the favorite to land the duo. Instead, Oakland has been outdone by the other 31 teams, leaving it in terrible position. The Raiders have signed center Rodney Hudson to...
Via This Given Sunday
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Maurice Jones-Drew announces his retirement from NFL

Maurice Jones-Drew announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday by posting a message on Twitter saying that “all good things come to an end.” In his note on the matter, Jones-Drew called his 9-year playing career an “amazing” time and said he is looking forward to the next chapter of his life. All good...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
27 days ago  |  Discuss

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