Raiders Rumors & News

  • Raiders’ Del Rio optimistic Crabtree will bounce back after absorbing big hit

    East Bay Times "Michael Crabtree was healthy enough to fly back to the Bay Area early Monday morning, a positive sign for him and the Raiders after the ninth-year receiver absorbed a thunderous hit in the fourth quarter of their game against Washington. With just over 13 minutes left in what became a 27-10..." September 26

  • What’s the solution to the anthem protests?

    Pro Football Talk "The Commander-in-Chief continues to express, in 140 characters or less, his views regarding the NFL and the national anthem. Most recently, President Trump suggested that “[t]he only way out for them is to set a rule that you can’t kneel during our National Anthem!” While that would definitely..." September 26

  • Raiders’ Jack Del Rio not worried about Amari Cooper’s struggles

    San Francisco Chronicle "Less than 24 hours after his team was thoroughly beaten on the field and his wide receivers were verbally trashed by Washington cornerback Josh Norman following the game, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio didn’t sound too concerned with Amari Cooper’s troubles holding onto the ball. Cooper has..." September 26

  • Raiders Discussing Lease Extension With Oakland Coliseum

    Pro Football Rumors "The Raiders are signed to play home games at Oakland Coliseum through the 2018 season, but with their Las Vegas venue not set to be ready by 2020 at the earliest, the team is tentatively expected to stay in the Bay Area in 2019 as well. However, this franchise may go by the “Oakland Raiders”..." September 25

  • Raiders’ Derek Carr has a night to forget

    San Jose Mercury News "Derek Carr came in with the acclaim of temporarily being the NFL’s highest paid quarterback, a spoof of a music video and being on the doorstep of the elite players at his position. The Raiders quarterback may indeed reach that pedestal, but it looked light years away Sunday night after one of..." September 25

  • Roger Goodell: I’m proud of way our league responded this weekend

    Pro Football Talk "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement on Saturday morning in reaction to President Trump’s Friday night call for the league to get rid of “son of a bitch” players who don’t stand during the playing of the national anthem and his words were followed by many others from owners, players..." September 25

  • Donald Trump continues to take shots at NFL over flag

    Pro Football Talk "If the NFL was hoping Donald Trump would move on to another issue, they were mistaken. The President continued his war on the NFL via Twitter this morning, holding up NASCAR (where owners threatened to fire drivers or crew members who protested during the anthem) as the model for sporting..." September 25

  • Derek Carr wants all the blame for loss to Washington

    Pro Football Talk "Nothing went right for the Raiders last night. But quarterback Derek Carr got all the money, so he’s willing to take all the blame. Via Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area, Carr was prepared to take all the criticism for his own and the team’s awful showing in last night’s 27-10 loss at..." September 25

  • Redskins' Josh Norman rips Raiders receivers: 'Do not run your mouth'

    ESPN "Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman did what Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr couldn't do much of during the game: target his receivers. But Norman did it with a postgame tirade, fueled by what he said was pregame banter. Norman said some Raiders receivers let him and the Redskins'..." September 25

  • Donald Trump Jr. takes a swipe at the NFL, too

    Pro Football Talk "They say football is family. Bashing the National Football League apparently is family, too. Donald Trump Jr. has chimed in regarding the issue his father took to unprecedented heights two nights ago, with this message on Twitter posted within the last hour: “If only Roger Goodell cared as much..." September 25

  • NFL Aiming To Expand London Schedule

    Pro Football Rumors "The NFL remains intent on gauging whether or not a franchise could function as a full-time London operation. To measure this, the league wants a team to play in multiple London games during a season. NFL executive VP of international Mark Waller said more games coming to London in subsequent..." September 25

  • Trump urges fans to boycott NFL in ongoing criticism of flag-kneeling players

    Fox News Sports "President Trump on Sunday extended his attack on NFL players who kneel during the national anthem, and suggested fans boycott games as he continued his call for team owners to “fire or suspend” the offenders. “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag &..." September 24

  • Raiders offensive line plans to kneel as a group

    Pro Football Talk "The Raiders aren’t going to follow through on the President’s command to fire any player who kneels for the national anthem. Because if they did, they’d be without their entire offensive line. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Raiders starting line intends to sit or kneel as..." September 24

  • Goodell calls Trump comments divisive, disrespectful

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has responded to Friday night’s comments from President Trump. And the NFL isn’t mincing words. “The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “There is no better example than the amazing..." September 23

  • Marshawn Lynch stat shows why opposing defenses should be terrified of Raiders

    Sportsnaut "Through two weeks, it’s quite clear that Marshawn Lynch never lost the Beast Mode moniker. After taking a year off, he’s just as dangerous as ever. His numbers through the first two games don’t knock your socks off — 121 yards on 30 carries with one touchdown. But a closer look shows why..." September 22

  • Report: Predatory Lenders Are Preying On NFL Concussion Settlement Plaintiffs

    Deadspin "As the NFL’s estimated $1 billion concussion settlement winds its way through the process of getting the money into the hands of the former players it’s supposed to compensate, lawyers for some of those retired players told a federal judge this week about how predatory lenders and advisers have..." September 22

  • If NFL ratings stay low, broadcasters could see a $200 million earnings hit

    Awful Announcing "The NFL’s ratings have been a hot topic of discussion, but it isn’t always apparent just how much a dip may damage broadcasters’ bottom lines. That’s the focus of a Hollywood Reporter piece by Paul Bond and Georg Szalai published Wednesday, though, which features several Wall Street analysts..." September 22

  • NFL doesn’t think a 2018 game in China is feasible

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has continued to do business in China, but it doesn’t appear there’s going to be a game there soon. Via Albert Breer of, any hope of the league playing a regular season game in China appears to be on hold for now, according to the head of the league’s international..." September 21

  • Roger Goodell's NFL extension is reportedly 'getting papered right now'

    CBS Sports "After a bit of turmoil, Roger Goodell's extension finally seems to be on the way. With his current contract expiring in 2019, Goodell's extension is reportedly 'getting papered right now,' according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Owner Jerry Jones was reportedly spearheading a small-scale owners' mutiny..." September 21

  • Raiders safety Karl Joseph sees himself as a big playmaker

    San Francisco Chronicle "Having spent countless hours poring over video studying defenses and receivers, looking for a hidden weakness, Raiders safety Karl Joseph appreciates the simplicity that comes with blitzing. No complex scheme to dissect, no receiver to cover. See quarterback, get quarterback. “That’s your..." September 21

  • Jay-Z reportedly turned down Super Bowl halftime show

    Larry Brown Sports "Jay-Z has been mentioned as a possibility for the halftime show at Super Bowl LII in Minnesota, but multiple reports indicate it is not going to happen. A source told The Sun that Jay-Z has no interest in performing at the Super Bowl despite rumors that he could take the stage with Justin..." September 20

  • NFL reviewing whether Mexico City game can go on after earthquake

    Pro Football Talk "An earthquake that has killed more than 200 people in Mexico City has the NFL reviewing whether it can play there in two months. NFL V.P. for International Mark Waller said today that the league is looking into whether the planned November 19 Patriots-Raiders game can go on as scheduled. Waller..." September 20

  • Raiders notes: Offensive line a highlight through two games

    East Bay Times "At a time when top-notch offensive lines are scarce in the NFL, the Raiders are staging a block party. It was apparent at the hole created by center Rodney Hudson and left guard Kelechi Osemele on Cordarrelle Patterson’s 43-yard touchdown run Sunday. Or the gap manufactured for Jalen Richard’s..." September 19

  • NFL investigating domestic violence accusation against line judge

    ESPN "The NFL is investigating an accusation of domestic violence against line judge Carl Johnson, who was once the league's vice president of officiating. "The matter is under review under of the league's personal conduct policy," a league spokesman said Tuesday. All league employees are subject..." September 19

  • NFL monitoring CFL’s decision to end contact practices

    Sportsnaut "It was announced last week that the Canadian Football League (CFL) was ending contact practices during the season. To many, this came as an absolute shock. How are teams expected to prepare for the physical nature of football without actually practicing what a game itself entails? In an attempt..." September 19

  • Through two weeks, NFL teams are struggling to find the end zone

    Pro Football Talk "NFL TV ratings are down, and NFL touchdowns are down, and those two things are probably related. Fans like to watch teams score touchdowns, and there just haven’t been enough of them so far this season. NFL teams are averaging 2.1 touchdowns per game so far this season, compared to 2.6..." September 19

  • 'No secret' why Crabtree caught three touchdowns in Raiders' win over Jets

    CSN Bay Area "The media ring surrounding Michael Crabtree’s locker eventually swelled three and four deep. The veteran Raiders receiver kept his back to the crowd, methodically prepping himself for re-entrance into street clothes and then the real world. He turned toward the press and warned of further delay..." September 18

  • Cowboys dominate Forbes' 2017 list of most valuable NFL franchises, Bills rank last

    CBS Sports "If Jerry Jones ever decides to sell the Dallas Cowboys, someone is going to have to write him a monstrous check because the team is now worth nearly $5 billion. For the 11th consecutive year, the Cowboys are No. 1 on Forbes' annual list of the NFL's most valuable franchises with an estimated value..." September 18

  • Raiders' Marshawn Lynch steps into dance shoes, irking Jets

    ESPN "With less than 13 minutes remaining in a blowout win over the New York Jets, Beast Mode switched to dance mode. The home crowd loved it. The Jets didn't. Several Jets players admitted they were embarrassed and angered by Marshawn Lynch's sideline dance, which was caught on the JumboTron. He..." September 18

  • Confident Raiders look to keep defense rolling

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "A smile crept onto Ken Norton, Jr.’s face on Thursday. The word “surprised” is what drew it. The Raiders defensive coordinator is required to hold a weekly press conference. This commitment, a casual observer might ascertain, is not his favorite part of the week. Here, he fields questions..." September 17

  • Raiders first-round pick Gareon Conley to make NFL debut Sunday vs. Jets

    ESPN "Oakland Raiders first-round draft pick Gareon Conley, who missed all of training camp with a shin injury, will make his NFL debut on Sunday against the New York Jets. Conley, the No. 24 overall pick, was not a full participant in practice until Thursday. "He had a good week of practice so..." September 15

  • Raiders Signing LT Donald Penn To Two-Year, $21M Extension

    NFL Trade Rumors "Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Raiders and LT Donald Penn have agreed to terms of a two-year, $21M extension. According to Rapoport, the deal includes guaranteed money for the 2018 season and if he plays well, the guaranteed money can extend into 2019. Rapoport adds that Penn will..." September 15

  • Raiders close finance deal for new Las Vegas stadium

    Sportsnaut "Any real hope of the Oakland Raiders backing out of their relocation to Las Vegas in 2020 can pretty much be thrown out the window. According to Adam Candee‏ of the Las Vegas Sun, the Raiders’ financing of the new venue, via Bank of America, is on the verge of closing. This means that all the..." September 15

  • Raiders & LT Donald Penn Closing In On Two-Year Extension

    Pro Football Rumors "The Raiders and left tackle Donald Penn are closing in on a two-year extension, sources tell Ian Rapoport of (on Twitter). The deal should be completed by this week, he adds. Penn held out from the Raiders for nearly a month before reporting towards the end of August. Penn was pushing..." September 13

  • NFL veteran thinks national anthem protests are ‘basically dead’

    Larry Brown Sports "With the number of national anthem protests we saw during the NFL preseason, it was widely expected that Week 1 would feature several such demonstrations across the league. Surprisingly, there were very few. That may not have been a coincidence. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report spoke with..." September 13

  • Del Rio credits Janikowski for being honest with himself, Raiders about his health

    East Bay Times "Raiders coach Jack Del Rio credited kicker Sebastian Janikowski on Monday for being honest about the health of his back and letting him know that there was no way he could complete the game against the Tennessee Titans. Del Rio said Janikowski pulled him aside Saturday prior to team meetings..." September 12

  • Details on Marshawn Lynch Cashing Out & Getting a Facebook Reality Show Called “No Script”

    Black Sports Online "There isn’t anything I want more in this world than an unscripted Marshawn Lynch reality show and thanks to Facebook it looks like we are going to get it. Facebook Inc FB.N is paying Time Warner Inc’s (TWX.N) Bleacher Report millions of dollars for a reality show on NFL player Marshawn Lynch,..." September 12

  • Marshawn Lynch looks smashing in his Raiders debut

    San Jose Mercury News "Marshawn Lynch made just one wrong turn Sunday. The Raiders running back mistakenly opened a side door at the back of Jack Del Rio’s press conference after a 26-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans. Suddenly, the media-averse Lynch found himself staring into a packed room of reporters —..." September 11

  • Offenses looked bad across the NFL on Sunday

    Pro Football Talk "If you thought the offenses looked bad across the NFL on Sunday, you were correct. Yesterday’s 12 NFL games averaged just 37 points and 593 yards of total offense. That’s a far cry from what fans came to expect in 2016, when the average NFL game had 46 points and 701 yard of..." September 11

  • Raiders offensive coordinator faces Titans in duel for the ages

    San Jose Mercury News "Welcome to your new job title, Todd Downing. As your first regular-season act as the Raiders offensive coordinator, you get to play chess against one of the most celebrated schematic minds of all-time. Downing is 37 years old. Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau turns 80 on..." September 10

  • Talented Raiders won’t live up to Super Bowl hype

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 Oakland Raiders were on the brink of Super Bowl contention. If not for a late-season injury to quarterback Derek Carr, they may have challenged the Patriots in the AFC. Coming into this season, there are real expectations in Oakland for the first time since 2003. A parade down Broadway..." September 09

  • Raiders place Janikowski on IR "The Oakland Raiders have signed K Giorgio Tavecchio to the active roster and placed K Sebastian Janikowski on the Reserve/Injured List, the club announced Saturday. Tavecchio has spent time with the Raiders in the each of the last four preseasons, and has connected on a combined 9-of-11 field..." September 09

  • Can Marshawn Lynch deliver for his hometown?

    East Bay Times "Hailing from Oakland makes you part of an exclusive family. There’s an unbreakable bond when you’re from the Town, a toughness built from overcoming the odds. Who could possibly embody that better than Marshawn Lynch? He’s as unique a character as exists in sports today. Though he’s built a..." September 07

  • NFL officially hires 21 full-time officials

    Sportsnaut "It was announced earlier in the summer that the NFL would in fact employ nearly two-dozen full-time officials for the 2017 season. It’s the first time that the league has gone to the extent of hiring full-time zebras. The league has now officially made the move, hiring 21 full-time officials..." September 06

  • Sebastian Janikowski still on roster, guaranteeing him $238,235 of his salary

    Pro Football Talk "Sebastian Janikowski remains on the Raiders’ roster, thus guaranteeing the kicker $283,235, or 1/17th of his $4.05 million salary, according to Vic Tafur of The Athletic SF. The Raiders face a Saturday 4 p.m. ET deadline to release Janikowski or guarantee the rest of his salary. Janikowski was..." September 05

  • Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders at impasse over contract

    ESPN "The Oakland Raiders and place-kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who has played more games (268) for the team than any player in franchise history, are in a contractual standoff that could dictate whether the two sides spend this season together. Oakland has asked Janikowski, 39, to rework his..." September 05

  • Raiders part ways with Shilique Calhoun, among others, to get to 53

    Pro Football Talk "The Raiders parted ways with linebacker Shilique Calhoun on their way to trimming their roster to 53 players. Calhoun was a third-round pick in 2016. Here are the other players waived by the Raiders on Saturday: offensive lineman Kareem Are, running back George Atkinson III, cornerback Breon..." September 03

  • After trimming roster to 53, Raiders must upgrade one position immediately

    CSN Bay Area "The Raiders trimmed their 90-man roster to 53 on Saturday. They did not finalize it for the regular-season opener. Upgrades will be sought. It’s also currently imbalanced, with a few moves remaining to reach positional homeostasis. Primary objective: They need linebackers, stat. A trio..." September 03

  • Raiders special teams receive a boost from WR Johnny Holton

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Johnny Holton consumed double-teams Thursday night in punt coverage, eating up the attention of jammers by chomping through contact. As he should. This is his meal ticket. Holton was not the only Raiders wide receiver who stood out in a 17-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks that concluded..." September 01

  • Raiders sign Roberts to new 3-year deal worth reported $12M

    San Jose Mercury News "Raiders wide receiver Seth Roberts signed a two-year extension, the team announced Wednesday. The three-year deal is worth $12 million with $6.45 million guaranteed, as first reported by NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport — a huge upgrade over the $615,000 that Roberts was set to make. He will be a..." August 30