Raiders Rumors & News

  • Quarterback drafted by Jon Gruden in 2008 signs with Raiders

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Raiders head coach Jon Gruden had a hand in drafting Josh Johnson a decade ago. The agile quarterback and Oakland native was a Tampa Bay’s fifth-round pick in 2008, Gruden’s last year as Buccaneers coach. The pair will reunite in Johnson’s hometown. The well-traveled quarterback signed with the..." March 19

  • Bruce Irvin switching from linebacker to defensive end in 2018

    247 Sports "Life is about to change a bit for Bruce Irvin with the Oakland Raiders. But now, it won't have anything to do with the swirling rumor that the team could potentially release him in a cap-saving move. Instead, the Raiders and new defensive coordinator Paul Guenther are going to roll out Irvin at..." March 18

  • New Raiders cornerback supremely confident, 'here to dominate the league'

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Rashaan Melvin has the supreme confidence of a No. 1 cornerback, with none of the pedigree. Top cover men are often drafted high, paid well or both, with a steady ascent to elite status. This undrafted talent bounced around the league without job security, trying and often failing to find NFL..." March 18

  • Ryan Grant moves on to visit with Raiders

    Pro Football Talk "Wide receiver Ryan Grant‘s free agency 2.0 will continue with a trip to Oakland. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Grant will visit with the Raiders. He visited the Colts on Saturday and Rapoport reports that Grant passed a physical during his time in Indianapolis. That wasn’t the case..." March 18

  • Kyle Wilber signs with Raiders

    Pro Football Talk "The Cowboys, who have yet to sign a player in free agency, lost another linebacker. Kyle Wilber has agreed to terms with the Raiders, Todd Archer of ESPN reports. Wilber joins former Cowboys fullback Keith Smith and former Cowboys special teams coach Rich Bisaccia in Oakland. Smith followed..." March 18

  • Raiders trade Cordarrelle Patterson to Patriots

    247 Sports "If you didn't think the Oakland Raiders had been active enough to this point in the 2018 offseason, then this one will probably grab your attention. According to Barstool Sports (Pardon My Take), the Raiders have traded wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson to the New England Patriots. Soon after..." March 18

  • Raiders sign LB Kyle Wilber

    Yardbarker "Kyle Wilber has found a new home. The Raiders announced that they have signed the free agent linebacker. The 2012 fourth-round pick had spent his entire six-year career with the Cowboys, and he’s missed only a single regular season game over the past two seasons. The 28-year-old finished last..." March 17

  • Report: Marshawn Lynch will remain with Raiders in 2018

    San Jose Mercury News "Though nothing concrete indicated Marshawn Lynch wouldn’t return to the Raiders for next season, some speculated the running back as a potential cut under Jon Gruden given his contract carries no dead money against the cap, among other reasons. Well, Lynch will be a Raider in 2018, and a..." March 17

  • Raiders have reached agreement with Tank Carradine

    San Francisco Gate "The Raiders are padding their defensive line by agreeing to a free-agent deal with former 49ers defensive end Tank Carradine, according to a report from The Sacramento Bee. Carradine reportedly visited the Raiders’ facility in Alameda on Thursday but left without signing a contract. He would be..." March 17

  • Raiders sign Shareece Wright

    Pro Football Talk "The Raiders have signed their third defensive free agent in the last two days. Cornerback Shareece Wright posted a picture of the team’s logo on Instagram Friday and Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal confirms that he is signing with the team. Wright spent last season with the..." March 16

  • Raiders, Rashaan Melvin agree to reported 1-year, $6.5M contract

    Bleacher Report "Free-agent cornerback Rashaan Melvin will suit up for the Oakland Raiders in 2018 after the two sides reportedly agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million contract on Friday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. After going undrafted out of Northern Illinois in 2013, Melvin was originally signed by the..." March 16

  • Raiders To Sign Tank Carradine

    Pro Football Rumors "The Raiders continued to add to their defense in free agency on Friday, signing former 49ers defensive end Tank Carradine,’s Tom Pelissero tweets. Carradine visited Oakland on Thursday and met with the Seahawks today. He chose to stay in the Bay Area, where he has played with San..." March 16

  • Raiders sign punter Colby Wadman "The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent P Colby Wadman, the club announced Friday. After finishing up his collegiate career, Wadman participated in rookie mini-camp in 2017 with the Raiders on a tryout basis. He was also with the Indianapolis Colts on a tryout basis for their rookie..." March 16

  • Former teammate: Packers “really, really low-balled” Jordy Nelson

    Packers News "The tone of Jordy Nelson’s voice was familiar. Former Green Bay Packers receiver James Jones probably sounded the same way when the team chose to let him walk in free agency. Jones talked to Nelson shortly after the Packers released the 32-year-old receiver Tuesday and he was the one who broke..." March 16

  • Jordy Nelson: I can still run, I can still catch

    East Bay Times "When Jordy Nelson’s plane touched down in the Bay Area on Wednesday, Derek Carr was waiting for him. The two spent almost all day together, both at the team facility and driving around the area. They saw Raiders’ neighborhoods, the hillside, California cattle and Nelson even met Carr’s family as..." March 16

  • Marcus Gilchrist reaches agreement with Raiders

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "This week, the Raiders have signed one tight end and re-signed another. They’ve added a former Pro Bowl wide receiver and former Pro Bowl running back. For good measure, they’ve picked up a fullback who specializes on special teams. Of course, they haven’t forgotten about their..." March 15

  • Raiders close to deal with Tahir Whitehead

    Fanrag Sports "After making a major splash on the offensive side of the ball, the Raiders are nearing a deal to help shore up their defense with Lions free-agent linebacker Tahir Whitehead, according to Ian Rapoport of The Raiders already made some noise Thursday by signing former Packers wide..." March 15

  • Jordy Nelson signs with Raiders

    247 Sports "The meeting between former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson and the Oakland Raiders began on Wednesday and apparently rolled right into Thursday. As you can imagine, that was a sign that things went pretty well. So well, in fact, that Nelson decided against leaving Oakland for his..." March 15

  • Marshawn Lynch apparently safe after Doug Martin signing

    Pro Football Talk "The Raiders are just going to be deep in aging running backs. It was natural to wonder about Marshawn Lynch‘s future in Oakland after Doug Martin agreed to terms today, but according to Michael Silver of the NFL Network, the addition doesn’t mean they’re subtracting Lynch. Lynch has been the..." March 15

  • Raiders to release wide receiver Michael Crabtree

    Sportsnet "The Oakland Raiders are releasing wide receiver Michael Crabtree, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Crabtree’s pending release means Oakland is likely to bring in former Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson, as per Schefter. The 30-year-old wideout led the Raiders with eight receiving..." March 15

  • Report: Doug Martin agrees to deal with Raiders

    Larry Brown Sports "Doug Martin had an extremely disappointing last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before the team released him, but the veteran running back now has an opportunity to revive his career under Jon Gruden. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on Thursday that the Oakland Raiders have..." March 15

  • Raiders To Sign FB Keith Smith

    Pro Football Rumors "Jon Gruden vowed to restore the importance of the fullback position and he took a major step towards that endeavor on Thursday. The Raiders and fullback Keith Smith have agreed to terms on a two-year worth $4.2MM, Ian Rapoport of tweets. Smith, 26 in April, was non-tendered by the..." March 15

  • Raiders Likely To Sign WR Jordy Nelson

    Pro Football Rumors "The Raiders trying to finalize deal today for former Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson, according to Adam Schefter of (on Twitter). Nelson visited the Raiders on Wednesday and he remains in Oakland today. “This is going to get done,” one source familiar with the talks tells..." March 15

  • Raiders To Re-Sign TE Lee Smith

    Pro Football Rumors "Veteran tight end Lee Smith is re-signing with the Raiders, a source tells Tom Pelissero of (on Twitter). Terms of the deal are not yet known. Smith, our No. 11 ranked tight end, doesn’t have gaudy stat lines on his resume, but he is a solid blocker. Back in February, Ian Rapoport of..." March 14

  • Raiders Interested In CB Rashaan Melvin

    Pro Football Rumors "The Raiders are eyeing free agent cornerback Rashaan Melvin, reports Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review Journal (via Twitter). There’s been “some communication” between the two sides, but it doesn’t sound like a deal is coming anytime soon. Meanwhile, the reporter notes that Oakland wasn’t in..." March 14

  • Raiders tender all five exclusive-rights free agents

    San Francisco Gate "The Raiders tendered offers to their five exclusive rights free agents Wednesday, a team source said. Those players are linebacker Shilique Calhoun, linebacker James Cowser, safety Erik Harris, guard Denver Kirkland and kicker Giorgio Tavecchio. Tavecchio handled place kicking duties last..." March 14

  • Raiders eyeing trade for Vontaze Burfict

    Fanrag Sports "Free agent signings aplenty will happen on Wednesday, and there may be a handful of trades along the way. According to Chris Renkel of CBS 42, that’s exactly what the Oakland Raiders may do, as they’re reportedly working on a trade that would land linebacker Vontaze Burfict from the Cincinnati..." March 14

  • Sebastian Janikowski visiting the Chargers

    Pro Football Talk "Sebastian Janikowski is leaving the Raiders, but he might not be leaving the state of California or the AFC West. Janikowski is expected to visit the Chargers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports." March 14

  • Report: Raiders would cut Michael Crabtree if they can sign Jordy Nelson

    Larry Brown Sports "The Oakland Raiders may be the beneficiaries of Jordy Nelson being released by the Green Bay Packers. Or at least they hope so. And if they are, they likely would cut Michael Crabtree. Nelson is set to visit with the Raiders on Wednesday after being released by the Packers on Tuesday. Green Bay..." March 14

  • Raiders plan to meet with ex-Packers WR Jordy Nelson

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "The Raiders largely took a measured approach Monday and Tuesday amid the free agency frenzy across the NFL. Their pace will pick up Wednesday. Welcome to town, Jordy Nelson. The Green Bay Packers released the wide receiver on Tuesday, making the veteran available to visit other teams. The..." March 14

  • Report: Broncos interested in former Raiders CB TJ Carrie

    247 Sports "The Oakland Raiders may be on the verge of losing arguably their best cornerback from 2017 to one of their most hated rivals. With the recent decisions by the Raiders to release both David Amerson and Sean Smith, it's left them incredibly thin at the cornerback position. In turn, it seemed as..." March 13

  • Raiders Interested In Zach Brown, NaVorro Bowman

    Pro Football Rumors "Jon Gruden loves his veterans, and the Raiders have their eye on a pair of experienced linebackers. Oakland has expressed interest in re-signing NaVorro Bowman and they have also shown interest in free agent linebacker Zach Brown, according to Michael Gehlken of the Review Journal (on Twitter)...." March 13

  • Raiders Signing TE Derek Carrier To Three-Year Deal

    NFL Trade Rumors "Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Raiders are signing free agent TE Derek Carrier to a three-year contract at the start of free agency. Carrier, 27, originally signed on with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Beloit College back in 2012. He spent a year with the Eagles..." March 13

  • Raiders Interested In CB Rashaan Melvin

    Pro Football Rumors "The Raiders are eyeing free agent cornerback Rashaan Melvin, reports Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review Journal (via Twitter). There’s been “some communication” between the two sides, but it doesn’t sound like a deal is coming anytime soon. Meanwhile, the reporter notes that Oakland wasn’t in..." March 13

  • Report: Raiders sign WR Griff Whalen

    247 Sports "The Oakland Raiders wide receiver room just added a new face, but it's not the massive splash that many fans had hoped would happen early on in NFL free agency. But still, the newest member of Raider Nation should be able to provide a spark in a few different areas. As's Ian Rapoport..." March 12

  • Former NFL Star Aldon Smith Pleads Not Guilty To Domestic Violence Charges

    CBS San Francisco "Former NFL star linebacker Aldon Smith, who played for both the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders, pleaded not guilty Monday to domestic violence, assault, false imprisonment and vandalism charges. Smith was released by the Raiders last week after he was arrested following an alleged..." March 12

  • The NFL-ESPN relationship is even more strained than we realized

    Awful Announcing "It’s no secret that this past NFL season has led to plenty of discontent evident between the NFL and ESPN, a major broadcast partner. Now we have a better idea of just how fractious the relationship is. Using the occasion of Jimmy Pitaro being named ESPN’s new president to set the table, John..." March 12

  • Raiders to release cornerback Sean Smith, who’s reportedly headed to jail

    San Jose Mercury News "The Raiders are releasing veteran cornerback Sean Smith, a source told the Bay Area News Group. Shortly after first reports of his release Monday morning, the Los Angeles Times reported Smith will plead guilty this week to a felony count of assault with great bodily injury relating to an..." March 12

  • Raiders keeping an eye on running backs market, deep draft class

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Every incumbent Raiders running back remains under contract. That includes Marshawn Lynch, who is due roughly $6 million in salary and bonuses if he plays all year. Head coach Jon Gruden said last week he’s counting on Lynch to contribute in 2018. Notice the wiggle room in there. There’s no..." March 11

  • Raiders Interested In Muhammad Wilkerson

    Pro Football Rumors "Muhammad Wilkerson‘s free agency tour has logged three Central Time Zone stops, and the eighth-year defender will next be making a trip back east when he meets with the Redskins. But the veteran defensive end has not been shy about being eager to see what the market looks like, and a trip to a..." March 10

  • Justin Ellis agrees to 3-year deal with Raiders to avoid free agency

    ESPN "The Oakland Raiders have agreed to a three-year contract worth more than $15 million to keep defensive tackle Justin Ellis off the free-agent market, according to multiple reports. A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Friday that Ellis will be guaranteed at least $6..." March 10

  • Raiders expected to make strong push for Doug Martin "Doug Martin could be heading to the west coast soon. Raiders coach Jon Gruden recently arranged for a face-to-face meeting with the running back and came away impressed with him as a person, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Oakland is expected to make a..." March 09

  • Report: Aldon Smith has serious drinking problem, friends concerned for his life

    Larry Brown Sports "Aldon Smith will likely never get the opportunity to play in the NFL again, but it sounds like football should be the least of the 28-year-old’s concerns at the moment. On Monday, a warrant was issued for Smith’s arrest after San Francisco Police named him a suspect in an alleged domestic..." March 06

  • Report: NFL teams have been informed that 2018 salary cap set at $177.2M

    The Score "NFL teams have been notified by the league that the 2018 salary cap has been set at $177.2 million, sources told Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. The cap was $167 million in 2017, marking an increase of more than $10 million. The salary threshold increased by more than $12 million from 2016-17." March 06

  • Arrest Warrant Issued For Aldon Smith, Facing 4 Misdemeanor Charges

    NFL Trade Rumors "TMZ Sports reports that an arrest warrant has been issued for the arrest of former Raiders LB Aldon Smith following an alleged domestic violence incident from this past weekend involving his fiancee. Smith is reportedly facing charges of willful infliction of corporal injury, assault with force..." March 06

  • Jack Del Rio takes shot at NFL after Raiders release Aldon Smith

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Following another run-in with the law over the weekend, Aldon Smith was released by the Raiders Monday, and his former head coach chimed in a short time later. Jack Del Rio made it known during his tenure as the Raiders head coach that he wished the league would allow teams to help troubled..." March 05

  • Raiders Release LB Aldon Smith

    Pro Football Rumors "Aldon Smith‘s time with the Raiders has offically come to an end. On Monday, the Raiders announced that Smith has been released from his contract. Smith was named as a suspect in an alleged domestic violence incident over the weekend and cops were searching for him as recently as Sunday night...." March 05

  • FOX hoping to have Peyton in the Thursday night booth, Aikman on pregame

    Pro Football Talk "FOX is still trying to lure Peyton Manning into the Thursday Night Football booth, but the network wants to have a role for its lead Sunday analyst on Thursdays as well. The New York Post reports that FOX wants Troy Aikman to work on its Thursday night pregame show, giving Aikman another..." March 05

  • Aldon Smith checks into rehab facility

    Pro Football Talk "Aldon Smith has been found, more than a day after police began searching for him. Via, Smith’s fianceé said that the suspended Raiders pass rusher has checked into a rehab facility. “I can tell you this,” the unnamed woman said, “Aldon called my parents and asked them to take him to..." March 05

  • Police seek Aldon Smith after domestic violence incident

    San Jose Mercury News "Troubled former 49ers and Raiders lineman Aldon Smith is being sought by San Francisco police after they said Sunday that he “fled the scene” where officers had responded to a domestic-violence complaint. “Caller says her ex-boyfriend is beating her up….also hear: ‘No please. No please.’ … it’s..." March 05