Raiders Rumors & News

  • Raiders have an abundance of on- and off-field issues

    San Francisco Gate "For the second straight preseason game, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio will start his postgame news conference Saturday night addressing some off-field issues. Like Sean Smith’s arrest Thursday for felony assault and why the cornerback did or didn’t play against the Rams. Smith probably will..." August 19

  • Sean Smith's Victim Hospitalized In Critical Condition ... Cops Say

    TMZ "Oakland Raiders cornerback Sean Smith allegedly beat his sister's boyfriend so badly during a July 4 attack, the guy was hospitalized in critical condition with multiple broken bones in his face, TMZ Sports has learned. Law enforcement tells us ... officers responded to calls of an unconscious..." August 18

  • Raiders' Sean Smith Charged with Felony Assault ... Over July 4th Beatdown

    TMZ "Oakland Raiders cornerback Sean Smith -- who signed a $40 million contract last year -- was arrested Thursday and charged with felony assault, TMZ Sports has learned. Officials say Smith attacked his sister's boyfriend on July 4 -- beat and stomped on his head in Pasadena in the early hours...." August 18

  • Raiders’ Justin Ellis hopeful trimmed weight boosts production

    Pro Football Talk "Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Justin Ellis was a force during the team’s preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals last week. The fourth-year pro out of Louisiana Tech recorded three tackles, one for loss, and forced a fumble in just 14 defensive snaps. According to Vic Tafur of the..." August 17

  • Mike Tice finds something beneficial about Donald Penn’s holdout

    Pro Football Talk "The Raiders don’t have left tackle Donald Penn practicing with the team and there’s no sign that his decision to hold out in hopes of landing a new contract is coming to an end soon, which would seem to be the sort of thing that would be hard for offensive line coach Mike Tice to turn into a..." August 17

  • Marshawn Lynch: My body feels pretty good considering the layoff

    Raiders.com "Well, the Oakland Raiders Training Camp 2017 is officially in the books, and the only thing in between now and the regular season are three preseason games, with one coming Saturday against the Los Angeles Rams at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. While there were plenty of highlights to go..." August 17

  • Marshawn Lynch addresses anthem sit-down as only he can

    Yardbarker "Marshawn Lynch made national headlines last week when he sat down during the national anthem before the Oakland Raiders’ first preseason game. There was plenty of speculation about his intent, though nothing concrete was every provided by Lynch himself on the matter. Then on Thursday after the..." August 17

  • Raiders’ proposed stadium on Las Vegas strip is gorgeous

    Sportsnaut "What kind of stadium will the Raiders have once they move to Las Vegas? Just how will the stadium show off some of Las Vegas’ famed landmarks? Thanks to an artist’s rendering, we now have a good preview. Mick Akers of the Las Vegas Sun posted a group of photos of what the stadium will look..." August 17

  • Former Raiders star earns rave reviews for acting in new film

    Yardbarker "For a time, Nnamdi Asomugha was one of the most feared defenders in the NFL during his time with the Oakland Raiders. Now he’s using his energy to pursue an acting career, which is starting to take off. Asomugha first started acting back in 2008 when he made an appearance on the CW show “The..." August 17

  • Vegas casinos say Raiders drawing most bets to win Super Bowl

    Pro Football Talk "The Raiders won’t be moving to Las Vegas for a while, but they are already having an impact on the biggest local industry. Several casino sportsbooks in Vegas say that the Raiders have been drawing the most action of any team when it comes to bets to win the Super Bowl. David Purdum of ESPN.com..." August 16

  • Raiders TE Cook 'proud' of Marshawn, but will he join the RB?

    CSN Bay Area "Raiders tight end Jared Cook hasn't formally spoken to teammate Marshawn Lynch about his decision to sit during the national anthem during Saturday’s exhibition opener against Arizona. It’s assumed by many to be in protest of racial inequality and mistreatment of minorities, especially on the..." August 16

  • Jermichael Finley: Protests by Lynch, Bennett just a 'marketing tool'

    Total Pro Sports "I’m not sure what got into Jermichael Finley, but he seems really upset. The former Green Bay Packers tight end went on a tirade on Monday when he suggested Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch and Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett don’t actually care about social injustice...." August 15

  • Raiders’ Lewis gets coaches’ attention with sacks

    San Francisco Gate "Marshawn Lynch sitting for the national anthem wasn’t the only surprise in store for Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio on Saturday night. Rookie linebacker LaTroy Lewis, after a very quiet training camp, had two sacks in the preseason opener at Arizona. “Like we talked about Thursday, somebody is..." August 14

  • Raiders' Jack Del Rio didn't want players protesting during national anthem in 2016

    CBS Sports "It's a good thing Marshawn Lynch didn't play for the Oakland Raiders last year, because if he had protested the national anthem in 2016, that might have put him at odds with coach Jack Del Rio. After Colin Kaepernick's protest first went public in August 2016, Del Rio was asked his thoughts..." August 14

  • Gareon Conley has shin injury, but not shin splints

    Pro Football Talk "A strange discrepancy emerged this week regarding the status of Raider cornerback Gareon Conley. It’s finally been resolved. Raiders G.M. Reggie McKenzie said that Conley has been absent from practice due to shin splints. Conley tweeted that he doesn’t have shin splints." August 13

  • Marshawn Lynch Told Jack Del Rio He's Been Sitting During Anthem for 11 Years

    Bleacher Report "Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the national anthem Saturday night before his team's preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium, and head coach Jack Del Rio addressed the decision. "On Marshawn, talked to Marshawn trying to make sure..." August 13

  • NFL now braces for the fallout from Marshawn Lynch protest

    Pro Football Talk "Keeping Colin Kaepernick out of the NFL has kept away plenty of scrutiny that may have come from politicians who have made their views clear on Kaepernick’s protests. But that hasn’t kept the protests out of football, which will now make the NFL sit back and worry about the potential fallout from..." August 13

  • Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem

    NFL.com "Marshawn Lynch, the ex-Seattle running back who came out of retirement to sign with Oakland, sat during the national anthem before the Raiders' preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night. Lynch, who did not play in the game, sat on an orange cooler, arms on his knees,..." August 13

  • Raiders rookie defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes impresses Derek Carr

    San Francisco Chronicle "Derek Carr doesn’t like giving rookies too much praise, but the Raiders’ quarterback couldn’t help himself when it came to defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes. “Very explosive, great hands,” Carr said. “He reminds me a lot of the way (Justin) Tuck can get skinny and shoot a gap. The way he plays..." August 11

  • Still not practicing, Raiders' Gareon Conley tweets he doesn't have shin splints

    ESPN "Oakland Raiders first-round draft pick Gareon Conley contradicted general manager Reggie McKenzie's early training camp claim that the rookie cornerback was suffering from shin splints in a series of tweets on Thursday. McKenzie deleted the first tweet, but it was captured via a..." August 11

  • Breon Borders proves worth as Raiders’ nickel cornerback

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "A time will come — and ideally, it will soon — when the rookie the Raiders are relying upon in their starting defense is Gareon Conley. He is the big name. He is the first-round pick. For now, it is Breon Borders’ time. He is making a name for himself. Borders, an undrafted rookie from..." August 10

  • Roger Goodell in favor of shortening preseason to 3 games

    WEEI Boston "Every football fan would agree, the NFL preseason is very boring, and it appears NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would agree. “When I go around to fans, that’s maybe the No. 1 thing I hear,” Goodell said, via Bob Glauber of Newsday. “The NFL should do things to the highest possible standards...." August 10

  • NFL To Hire Full Time Officials For First Time In League History

    Real GM Football "For the first time in NFL history, the league will have 21 to 24 full-time officials. Under the plan, each of the seven field officiating positions will be represented, with no more than five coming from one position. The full-time officials will come from the current roster of 124 game..." August 09

  • Derek Carr: I cheated to beat Khalil Mack in one-on-one basketball game

    Yardbarker "Who would win a one-on-one basketball game between Oakland Raiders stars Derek Carr and Khalil Mack? The two played recently. And according to Carr, the QB came out on top. “I beat him one-on-one,” Carr said in an interview with his brother, David. “I fouled the heck out of him and I..." August 07

  • Donald Penn working out with Jackie Slater, Orlando Pace during holdout

    Pro Football Talk "The Raiders have been going through training camp without left tackle Donald Penn as a result of Penn’s decision not to report in hopes of landing a new deal with the team before the start of the regular season. Penn can’t simulate the conditions that are in place at camp while he’s away from..." August 06

  • Raiders S Keith McGill suffers Jones fracture to foot

    Pro Football Talk "The Raiders had seven players who played at least 240 snaps on special teams during the 2016 season and five of them are no longer on the roster as a result of free agency or the team’s decision to move in other directions. A sixth is reportedly going to be off the field for a while. Safety..." August 06

  • Derek Carr wants to win ‘multiple’ Super Bowls

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Derek Carr has a knack for living out his dreams. As a boy, it wasn’t enough to hope to become an NFL quarterback like his brother David. He wanted to play for the Raiders, the team he grew up supporting. And it wasn’t enough to hope to follow David’s path by playing at Fresno State. He wanted..." August 06

  • Sean Smith relegated to second string with Raiders

    Pro Football Talk "Rookie first-round cornerback Gareon Conley has not yet taken Sean Smith‘s placing in the starting lineup. But Smith is no longer a starter nonetheless. Via Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, Smith was dumped from the first team during a Friday scrimmage, with TJ Carrie starting across..." August 05

  • Derek Carr hopes Colin Kaepernick gets signed

    Larry Brown Sports "Count Derek Carr as a supporter of Colin Kaepernick. Carr was asked after Oakland Raiders practice on Friday about Kaepernick’s situation and expressed support of the free agent QB. “He’s a talented football player … and the times I’ve talked to Colin — he’s a great person — I’ve enjoyed it...." August 05

  • Derek Carr says he can make plays with his feet

    ESPN "Just because Derek Carr's game is passing does not mean he won’t use his legs on occasion. Even if the last time the Oakland Raiders quarterback played in a game, he suffered a broken right fibula on Christmas Eve, effectively ending the Raiders’ shot at a deep playoff run. “I want to be..." August 05

  • Raiders healthier, sharper in return to practice

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "The first off-day of training camp did the Raiders some good. A return to health. A return to form. Outside linebacker Bruce Irvin and defensive lineman Mario Edwards made their camp debuts Thursday, being activated from the non-football injury list. Wide receiver Amari Cooper also practiced..." August 04

  • Bruce Irvin, Mario Edwards Jr. activated from non-football injury list

    Pro Football Talk "After each beginning training camp on the non-football injury list, linebacker Bruce Irvin and defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. were both activated and on the practice field with the Oakland Raiders on Thursday. Irvin and Edwards were both on the NFI list with undisclosed injuries, but their..." August 04

  • Raiders rookies Vanderdoes, Lee pass test at practice

    San Francisco Chronicle "On the first day of practice in pads, the Raiders threw rookie defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes and rookie inside linebacker Marquel Lee into the fire Monday in Napa. They survived and will be back for Tuesday’s practice. “We really like what we see so far,” defensive coordinator Ken Norton..." August 01

  • Reggie McKenzie “excited” but not surprised Gareon Conley cleared

    Pro Football Talk "Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie has talked about the “miles and miles of research” the team did before selecting cornerback Gareon Conley. Therefore, the news Monday that a Cuyahoga County Grand Junior declined charges on the 24th overall pick was not a surprise to the Raiders. “This..." August 01

  • Raiders GM: 'We wanted this entire team to be Beast Mode'

    SI "Sometimes you watch a football practice, and there’s great mystery about what the offense is trying to do, what sort of trickeration the coordinator wants to pull against the defense. Then there’s the first play of training camp with the pads on … that’s a big deal for both the offense and the..." August 01

  • Gareon Conley: “I was the target of malicious and false accusations”

    Pro Football Talk "Raiders first-round draft pick Gareon Conley spent three months under investigation for rape. Now that prosecutors have announced he will not be charged, he says he’s the victim in the case. Conley released a statement saying that he was victimized by a false accusation by a woman who said he..." August 01

  • Raiders' Gareon Conley will not be charged in rape case

    TMZ "Didn't take long for a grand jury to decide Gareon Conley's fate -- the Oakland Raiders rookie cornerback will NOT be charged with rape stemming from an April incident, officials say. The 1st round draft pick was accused of raping a woman at an Ohio hotel just days before the NFL Draft -- and..." August 01

  • Raiders GM McKenzie urges for Penn to return: 'I want him in camp'

    ESPN "While Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie called Pro Bowl left tackle Donald Penn "my guy" on a few occasions Monday, McKenzie reiterated that he would not negotiate in the media as Penn's holdout reached its third day. Penn signed a two-year, $11.9 million contract with the Raiders..." August 01

  • Raiders ‘excited’ for first day in pads on Monday

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Monday is when the action at Raiders training camp gets serious. For Marshall Newhouse, it’s about time. The offensive tackle could sense it Sunday, an intensity simmering on the field. The team has practiced for months together, beginning in April when veterans arrived for voluntary..." July 31

  • Gareon Conley sexual assault case forwarded to grand jury

    Sportsnaut "Oakland Raiders rookie cornerback Gareon Conley recently inked his first contract, but he’s yet to be cleared in an ongoing sexual assault investigation. Last week it was reported that the case would soon likely head to a grand jury to decide whether the former Ohio State player would be..." July 31

  • Marshawn Lynch Asked NFL Network's Colleen Wolfe Out, Then Realized She's Married

    The Big Lead "Marshawn Lynch was getting interviewed by NFL Network’s Michael Robinson and Colleen Wolfe at Raiders camp. Lynch wasn’t especially interested in the questions, but he did want to inquire if Wolfe was available. He saw her left hand and realized she is not. Wolfe, a rising star in sports media,..." July 31

  • Del Rio, Raiders players hope Penn's holdout gets resolved quickly

    CSN Bay Area "Left tackle Donald Penn missed his first Raiders training camp practice on Saturday, the beginning of a holdout in search of a new contract. He wants a raise commiserate of his production. This is his protest. There’s no indication what will ultimately come of it, though it’s clear Penn has..." July 30

  • Grand jury could resolve Gareon Conley case “in days”

    Pro Football Talk "This Friday, cornerback Gareon Conley received a new contract. By next Friday, he could be indicted for sexual assault. Ed Gallek of FOX8 News in Cleveland reports that the rape investigation involving the Raiders’ first-round pick is “wrapping up,” and that a grand jury could decide whether to..." July 29

  • Gareon Conley opens camp on physically unable to perform list

    Pro Football Talk "The Raiders have finally signed their first-round draft pick Gareon Conley, but he’s not ready to go just yet. Conley has been placed on the physically unable to perform list, the Raiders announced today. Oakland’s decision to take Conley in the first round of the draft came as a big..." July 29

  • Raiders sign 1st-rounder Conley to rookie contract

    San Jose Mercury News "First-round draft pick Gareon Conley finally signed his rookie contract Friday night. meaning it’s likely he’ll join the Raiders on the field for their first practice of training camp. The Raiders now have their entire nine-member rookie draft class in the fold ahead of their first practice..." July 29

  • Report: NFL To Walk Away From Deal To Fund Concussion Research With $16 Million Unpaid

    Deadspin "The NFL has given the National Institutes of Health less than half of the $30 million they promised for concussion research five years ago, and after repeatedly trying to influence how their “unrestricted gift” was used, the league is letting their agreement expire with no plans to finish paying..." July 28

  • Donald Penn not reporting to Raiders camp

    Pro Football Talk "One of the reasons why the Raiders made the playoffs last year and are considered a good bet to make it back this year is the strength of their offensive line. Left tackle Donald Penn is part of that strength, but the Raiders may have some work to do to get him in camp with the rest of the..." July 28

  • Raiders, Gareon Conley “making progress”

    Pro Football Talk "As the Oakland Raiders prepare to conduct their first training-camp practice on Saturday, there’s still a chance that their first-round pick will be present and accounted for. Per a league source, the Raiders and cornerback Gareon Conley are “making progress” on a contract, but they’ve not yet..." July 28

  • Raiders to release OL Austin Howard

    CSN Bay Area "The Raiders will release Austin Howard, one of their big free-agent signings from the 2014 offseason. The offensive lineman was informed of his released late Thursday or early Friday, according to a league source. The player confirmed the separation on social media late Thursday night with this..." July 28

  • Raiders release Taiwan Jones

    Pro Football Talk "The Raiders won’t be bringing Taiwan Jones with them to training camp this year. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Raiders are releasing the six-year veteran ahead of their first camp practice this Saturday. Jones was drafted by the Raiders as a running back in 2011, but they moved him..." July 27