Raiders Rumors & News

  • Sean Smith, Austin Howard recovering from shoulder surgery

    Pro Football Talk "Cornerback Sean Smith’s first season with the Raiders got off to a shaky start when he was benched in the first game of the season, but he was able to rebound from that low to turn in a solid season in the Oakland secondary. Smith did that work despite a shoulder injury that forced him to miss..." January 20

  • Reggie McKenzie’s next task as GM: Get Raiders stars Mack, Carr locked up to long-term contracts

    San Jose Mercury News "Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, who took a blank slate in terms of a salary cap and built a playoff team, realizes things will be more complicated with Khalil Mack and Derek Carr in line for big paydays in the not-so-distant future. Mack can be retained at a hefty one-year extension..." January 20

  • Oakland mayor: 'It's no surprise that the Raiders have filed for relocation'

    CSN Bay Area "The Oakland Raiders have officially filed for relocation to Las Vegas. And Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has responded. “It’s no surprise that the Raiders have filed for relocation," Schaaf said in a statement. "Oakland welcomes the chance to show them and the NFL’s other owners why Oakland is..." January 20

  • Oakland Raiders file Las Vegas relocation paperwork

    NFL.com "The Raiders have filed their relocation paperwork to move from Oakland to Las Vegas with the league, a league source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Thursday. The move was anticipated. Rapoport reported last week that the Raiders were prepared to file for relocation. It is the first..." January 19

  • Raiders' Donald Penn's Baby Mama BLASTS HIM ... In Ultimate Diss Video

    TMZ "It's gonna be a looong off-season for Raiders star lineman Donald Penn ... his reality star baby mama just went FULL 2PAC in an angry video blasting him for "trying to play me like a stupid ass bitch." Backstory ... former "Bad Girls Club" star Camilla Poindexter gave birth to Donald's daughter..." January 18

  • Derek Carr's retweet might have helped police find missing child

    Sporting News "Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is still recovering from a broken leg, which means he's probably scrolling through Twitter more often than he typically would. Carr noticed a tweet regarding an Amber Alert issued for a missing Oakland child and gave it a simple retweet, giving the alert a wider..." January 17

  • Raiders promote Trey Scott

    Pro Football Talk "The Raiders, who apparently won’t be having to replace director of player personnel Joey Clinkscales this year, may already have an in-house substitute in mind, if/when someone else makes Clinkscales a General Manager. The team has promoted midwest scout Trey Scott to the position of Assistant..." January 16

  • Raiders announce Todd Downing as offensive coordinator

    Pro Football Talk "The Raiders have made the changes on their offensive coaching staff official. Todd Downing has been promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator and Jake Peetz has been promoted from assistant quarterbacks coach to quarterbacks coach, the Raiders announced today. Raiders coach..." January 14

  • Raiders to submit relocation papers for Vegas move

    NFL.com "Is the NFL ready for Las Vegas? It better be. The Raiders will file relocation papers to move from Oakland to Las Vegas, according to sources familiar with their thinking. After a year of planning, debate, and bold action, after many years of a sub-par stadium option in Oakland, the Raiders..." January 14

  • Mike Tice on Jadeveon Clowney: “He’s just too athletic”

    Pro Football Talk "Raiders offensive line coach Mike Tice was left shaking his head on the sideline after watching his guys try to block Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney on Saturday. In audio captured on NFL Turning Point, Tice could be heard talking to the Raiders’ offensive linemen and saying of Clowney,..." January 13

  • Raiders reportedly have a new big-time backer of their bid to move to Vegas

    Fox Sports "With the Chargers following the Rams to LA, the football world’s focus turns to the Raiders and their attempt to move to Las Vegas. While owner Mark Davis secured a proposal for a $1.9 billion stadium on the Strip, there are unresolved issues with prospective partner Sheldon Adelson that could..." January 13

  • Del Rio: Raiders WRs dropping more passes 'than I'm comfortable with'

    CSN Bay Area "The Raiders passing game was prolific this season. Derek Carr led an air attack featuring Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree -- 1,000-yard receivers who had some big days in big-time wins. This group had a one tragic flaw. They struggled securing passes. The Raiders led the NFL in receiver..." January 12

  • Randy Moss' Baby Mama Denies Spending $4 Million On Drugs

    TMZ "Randy Moss' baby mama is calling BS on the ex-NFL receiver after he claimed she blew $4 MILLION on drugs ... telling TMZ Sports, "I've been clean for years." Moss called out his ex on Twitter last month ... claiming the mother of his 5 children refused to get treatment for a drug addiction in..." January 12

  • Bo Jackson's startling hindsight: 'I would have never played football'

    USA Today "Bo Jackson, the world’s greatest living athlete, and the only man to be an All-Star in baseball and All-Pro in football, now has a confession to make. If Bo knew back in his playing days what he knows now: Bo never would have won a Heisman Trophy at Auburn. Bo never would have been inducted..." January 12

  • The NFL's Drug of Choice

    Bleacher Report "They didn't ask questions. If something hurt, NFL players simply stepped in line behind dozens of others waiting for the same drug. One by one, for years, players have taken a shot of Toradol to the rear or swallowed the drug in pill form to play football on Sunday. The game-day ritual was..." January 11

  • Pacific Pro Football League for non-NFL-eligible players to debut

    ESPN "A new pro football league announced Wednesday it plans to begin hiring players in winter 2017 and staging games in summer 2018. The Pacific Pro Football League is for players who have graduated from high school but aren't in college and haven't been out for three years in order to make..." January 11

  • Report: NFL meeting Wednesday to clear path for Raiders move to Vegas

    Sportsnaut "Just as it seemed the San Diego Chargers were destined to join the Rams in Los Angeles, there’s more information coming out that this might not be inevitable. More than that, at least one report is now suggesting that the NFL is meeting Wednesday in an attempt to clear a path for the Oakland..." January 11

  • Super Bowl ad spending for first 51 years totals almost $5 billion

    Awful Announcing "The Super Bowl is an event where the ads are almost as important as the game. Over the years, attention to the commercials has grown to the point where you can preview them on YouTube and other sites before the Big Game. Because the Super Bowl draws the year’s biggest television audience, it’s no..." January 11

  • Raiders Part Ways With OC Bill Musgrave

    Pro Football Rumors "Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave will not be returning to the Raiders in 2017, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Musgrave had an expiring contract and the team allowed it to lapse. Now, quarterbacks coach Todd Downing could be an in-house candidate to replace him. Under Musgrave’s command..." January 10

  • Raiders Expected To Retain Defensive Coordinator Ken Norton

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Raiders are expected to retain defensive coordinator Ken Norton, despite some speculation that he could be out in Oakland. There was some talk that the Raiders could be a potential landing spot for Broncos DC Wade Phillips if Denver officially moved..." January 10

  • Raiders promote Todd Downing to offensive coordinator, 'Derek Carr loves him'

    USA Today "The Oakland Raiders made a somewhat unexpected move at a crucial coaching staff position Tuesday, promoting quarterbacks coach Todd Downing to the offensive coordinator position. Among the first to report the news was former sports director at the CBS affiliate in Fresno for 16 years, and..." January 10

  • Jack Del Rio reveals ’30 guys’ on team were ill before pivotal Week 17 game

    Fox Sports "The Oakland Raiders saw their remarkable season crumble before their eyes on Christmas Eve when Derek Carr fractured his leg, thus ending his year. He was an MVP candidate (and still is), the Raiders were Super Bowl contenders and the franchise’s resurgence was in full effect. Without Carr,..." January 09

  • Raiders free agency: Derek Carr extension will determine who stays, who goes

    East Bay Times "The Raiders went their separate ways Sunday, including 13 players scheduled for unrestricted free agency who may or may not be around to make another run at the playoffs. The player who will have the greatest effect on who stays and who goes isn’t a free agent at all — it’s quarterback Derek..." January 09

  • Brandon Marshall trolled Raiders fans after team’s loss to Texans

    Larry Brown Sports "Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall was quite pleased after the Raiders lost to the Texans on Saturday. The AFC West sent two teams to the playoffs this season — the Chiefs and Raiders. That meant the defending champion Broncos are home watching the playoffs like the rest of us,..." January 08

  • Ex-Ravens coach compares Connor Cook to first-round bust Kyle Boller

    CBS Sports "Saturday was a long, long, loooong day for Raiders rookie Connor Cook. The third-string quarterback made his first NFL start in the wild-card matchup against the Texans and it's hard to envision how things could have gone worse. When it was over, Cook was 18 of 45 for 161 yards with a..." January 08

  • Raiders could be landing spot for Wade Phillips

    Sportsnaut "Long-time NFL coach Wade Phillips is considered one of the best defensive minds in the modern history of the NFL. He’s overseen a dominating two-year stretch as defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos, helping the team to the Lombardi last season. A blitz-heavy scheme coupled with man..." January 08

  • Michael Crabtree Loses His Chain for the Second Week in a Row

    Complex "Getting your chain snatched on live television is pretty embarrassing—and it’s probably more embarrassing the second time around. Just ask Michael Crabtree, who got his gold chain housed during a game for the second week in a row. This week, it seems that it was more of an accident than..." January 08

  • Del Rio says he was talked out of benching Cook during loss to Texans

    ESPN "Raiders coach Jack Del Rio thought about replacing rookie quarterback Connor Cook with Matt McGloin after Cook's poor first half in the Raiders' 27-14 playoff loss to the Texans on Saturday. Del Rio said his coaching staff essentially talked him out of it. "The coaches really felt like there..." January 08

  • Raiders set franchise record for most punts in playoff game

    Total Pro Sports "For the first time since the 2002 season, the Oakland Raiders got to play in an actual playoff game and it left a sour taste in their mouth as the Houston Texans knocked them out after a 27-14 win. During that game, the Raiders could do one thing very well and that was punt and they damn near..." January 08

  • Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree leaves game with concussion

    ALL 22 "It can’t get much worse for the Oakland Raiders, who have endured a rough couple of weeks. The Raiders will be without wide receiver Michael Crabtree for the rest of their wild-card game Saturday. He was sent to the locker room to undergo concussion protocol in the fourth quarter. ESPN’s Adam..." January 08

  • Raiders add Mario Edwards Jr. to injury report

    Pro Football Talk "The Raiders have added defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. to their injury report due to illness. He’s questionable for Saturday’s wildcard game at Houston. The game kicks off at 4:30 p.m. ET. Both teams must submit their inactive lists 90 minutes before kickoff. " January 07

  • Texans stymie Raiders in 27-14 wild-card win

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans had earned their standing as the top-ranked defense in the NFL, competing against quarterbacks that ran the gamut from exceptional to ineffective. Oakland starting a rookie signal caller opposite the Texans on Saturday and that provided another opportunity for them to..." January 07

  • Raiders defender gives brutal critique of Brock Osweiler

    Sportsnaut "Ahead of Saturday’s wild card game between the Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans, one Raiders defender gave a brutally honest assessment of Brock Osweiler. According to ESPN’s Britt McHenry, the anonymous player said Osweiler, “Stares at his targets, rarely makes all his reads, and when he..." January 07

  • Michael Crabtree is Raiders’ third-string quarterback for Wild Card game

    Yardbarker "The Oakland Raiders are in a nightmare scenario at the quarterback position heading into Saturday’s wild card game against the Houston Texans. With rookie Connor Cook starting and a banged-up Matt McGloin as his backup, the man who’s be called into duty should both of them fall is none other than..." January 07

  • Matt McGloin expected to be active as backup

    NFL.com "Matt McGloin won't start, but he should be available versus the Houston Texans if another injury strikes the Oakland Raiders quarterback position. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday morning that McGloin is expected to be the backup in the afternoon for the Raiders. The..." January 07

  • Raiders' Penn ruled out of wild-card game vs. Texans

    San Jose Mercury News "Left tackle Donald Penn was ruled out of th AFC wild card playoff game Friday against the Houston Texans, meaning the Raiders will be without their blind side protector in the starting debut of rookie quarterback Connor Cook. Penn sustained a knee injury late in a 24-6 loss to the Denver..." January 06

  • Report: Raiders optimistic Matt McGloin can back up Connor Cook

    Pro Football Talk "The Raiders signed quarterback Garrett Gilbert to their practice squad this week to give themselves a healthy quarterback option with Derek Carr out and Matt McGloin dealing with a left shoulder injury. Gilbert can still be added to the active roster in time to be in uniform against the Texans..." January 06

  • Jadeveon Clowney: I hope we blitz Raiders QB Connor Cook all game

    ESPN "You just know Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney began salivating the moment the Oakland Raiders announced rookie quarterback Connor Cook would be making his first career start in Saturday’s AFC wild card. "I hope we blitz him all game," Clowney said this week. "I don’t know, that’s up..." January 06

  • Chris Berman stepping down from ESPN NFL studio role

    Larry Brown Sports "Sundays are going to look and feel a lot different at ESPN next fall, as longtime broadcaster Chris Berman is stepping down from his current in the network’s NFL studio. ESPN announced on Thursday that Berman will no longer be hosting ESPN’s NFL studio programming following the playoffs. He..." January 05

  • NFL TV viewership dropped an average of 8 percent this season

    ESPN "Broadcasters of NFL games saw television viewership drop by an average of 8 percent for the 2016 regular season, as a typical game was watched by 1.4 million fewer people than last season (16.5 million versus 17.9 million), according to league data obtained by ESPN. Prime-time broadcasts were..." January 05

  • It's no joke: A barista and a farmer walk into a Vegas sportsbook, and come out with $1.2 million

    Covers.com "So, a barista and a farmer walk into the Las Vegas Superbook… It sounds like the setup for a great joke, right? Well, it’s no joke, although the barista and the farmer are now laughing all the way to the bank. That’s because the two finished No. 1-2 in the prestigious SuperContest, the..." January 05

  • Report: Raiders progressing on deal to move team to Vegas

    Sportsnaut "Most of the relocation talk in January will surround whether the San Diego Chargers will indeed join the Rams in Los Angeles. That pretty much seems to be a foregone conclusion at this point. However, there’s definitely another story that we should be paying close attention to. The Oakland..." January 05

  • Khalil Mack, Bruce Irvin looking to get pass-rush going vs. Brock Osweiler

    ESPN "The Oakland Raiders did not register a sack in the last two games of the regular season and finished with an NFL-low 25 sacks. That's with Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin as their pass-rushers. And that involved Mack enjoying an eight-game sack streak from late October through mid-December. So..." January 04

  • Agent's Take: 10 NFL stars who could be in different uniforms in 2017

    CBS Sports "A player getting released because his performance doesn't justify his salary is a way of life in the NFL, where contracts aren't fully guaranteed. When a player is released or traded, the remaining proration of the salary components that are treated like signing bonus immediately accelerate into..." January 04

  • Derek Carr admits he broke finger in November

    Fanrag Sports "Prior to Derek Carr’s most severe injury in 2016 injury, the third-year quarterback encountered a minor setback that may not have been so harmless. Now almost certainly done for this season, Carr admits he broke his finger after the injury reported in November when this setback occurred was a..." January 04

  • Finalists for 2017 Hall of Fame class include LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, Brian Dawkins

    ESPN "First-year eligibles LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor and Brian Dawkins are among 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also making the finals are Morten Andersen, Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Don Coryell, Terrell Davis, Alan Faneca, Joe Jacoby, Ty Law, John Lynch, Kevin..." January 04

  • Raiders expect Connor Cook to start Saturday

    TSN "With a spot in the AFC Divisional Round on the line, it will likely be rookie Connor Cook vs Brock Osweiler in the early wild card game Saturday. According to a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Oakland Raiders are expected to start rookie QB Cook against the Houston Texans, with..." January 03

  • Raiders Worked Out RB LaMichael James

    NFL Trade Rumors "Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that the Raiders brought in seven players for workouts on Monday including RB LaMichael James. However, Caplan says that the Raiders did not work out a quarterback, despite the recent injury to Matt McGloin. Interesting appears to be picking up in James as this is..." January 03

  • ESPN Will Lose $75 Million Televising Raiders-Texans

    Outkick The Coverage "As we enter 2017, the sports rights bubble continues to burst and we continue to come to terms with the fact that many of these sports rights deals are untenable in the modern marketplace. Particularly those deals that are rooted in a rapidly declining cable and satellite market. Unfortunately for..." January 03

  • Raiders hoping to have enough healthy bodies for playoff game vs. Texans

    East Bay Times "In terms of optimism, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio didn’t start off his weekly news conference offering the sunniest picture. As Oakland faces a short week before opening the playoffs with Saturday’s Wild Card round game against the Houston Texans, Del Rio was asked if he was concerned about..." January 03