Raiders Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Gareon Conley expected to be ready for Week One

    Pro Football Talk "Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley was placed on the physically unable to perform list after signing his rookie deal with the team just before the start of training camp and he’s remained there since then. Conley is dealing with a shin injury that isn’t shin splints but is enough to make him an..." August 28

  • Penn returned with faith in new Raiders deal: 'That's what they told me'

    CSN Bay Area "Donald Penn was driving to a private workout in Los Angeles Wednesday morning, and turned around before he got there. The Raiders left tackle had a conversation with his agent and the realization became clear as day. It was time to go back. It was time to join his teammates and end a prolonged..." August 27

  • Raiders’ linebackers in middle of battle

    San Francisco Gate "When it comes to making decisions, some people have an angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other. The Raiders’ Tyrell Adams has two linebackers on his shoulders, one upset that he’s been overlooked most of his football career and the other, a slower, more introspective one who wonders if..." August 26

  • Raiders safety Obi Melifonwu to play in Cowboys game

    San Francisco Gate "Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio spoke for a lot of fans Thursday when asked about safety Obi Melifonwu, the team’s second-round pick. “I thought Obi had a good week of practice and we look forward to seeing him Saturday,” Del Rio said. Raiders fans are dying to see Melifonwu play at Dallas,..." August 25

  • Marshawn Lynch embraces 'daddy' role with younger Raiders running backs

    CBS Sports "Marshawn Lynch hasn't been a member of the Raiders for long, but his presence is already being felt in Oakland. Lynch isn't just the Raiders' starting running back and an icon for the city of Oakland, he's also serving as a mentor for the Raiders' younger running backs: Jalen Richard and DeAndre..." August 25

  • Raiders to visit 2 local high school football games

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "In an effort to reach out to their future community, the Raiders will pay visits to two high school football games this weekend. Raiders alumni and Raiderettes will be on-hand to assist with the coin toss and kick off the 2017 season when Palo Verde opens its season at Sierra Vista at 7 p.m...." August 24

  • Raiders' Penn ends holdout, reports to practice

    NBC Bay Area "Enough has been enough. Donald Penn’s holdout is ending. Multiple reports indicate the Raiders’ Pro Bowl left tackle, who has missed all of training camp to date and the first two exhibition games, is ending his self-imposed exile and will return to the team as soon as Tuesday. Vic Tafur of..." August 23

  • NFLPA Prez: 'We Need to Be Prepared for 2021'

    Pro Football Talk "Whatever happens after the expiration of the current labor deal, the NFL Players Association has a clear message for its members: Be prepared. “It’s not something that we can spring on them in 2020 and say, ‘You guys got to get ready for this,'” NFLPA president Eric Winston recently told Keenan..." August 22

  • Raiders’ Donald Penn expected to return this week

    San Francisco Chronicle "Raiders left tackle Donald Penn is expected to end his 25-day holdout and return to practice this week, as early as Tuesday, according to league sources. Penn missed all of training camp in Napa, seeking a substantial raise from his 2017 salary of $5.95 million. That isn’t going to happen —..." August 22

  • Mark Davis: Raiders have won fight for Los Angeles

    Sportsnaut "Los Angeles is a big place, but having two NFL franchises in town means the Chargers and Rams will be trying to attract new fans from the same group. According to Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News, however, Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis believes his team has already won the..." August 21

  • Roger Goodell on verge of five-year contract extension through 2024

    Washington Post "Roger Goodell is close to completing a five-year contract extension to remain in place as NFL commissioner at least through 2024, according to a person familiar with the deliberations. Financial terms of the deal, which was first reported by the Sports Business Journal, were not..." August 21

  • Raiders’ cornerback Sean Smith plays, gets coach’s support after arrest

    San Francisco Chronicle "Raiders cornerback Sean Smith played in the second preseason game Saturday night, two days after he was arrested in Pasadena and charged with felony assault. Though Smith has not spoken about the accusation that he stomped on his sister’s boyfriend’s head July 4, head coach Jack Del Rio decided..." August 21

  • Sean Smith starts for Raiders

    Pro Football Talk "There was some uncertainty whether cornerback Sean Smith would play for the Raiders on Saturday night. He not only played but started as the Raiders opened in the nickel. Smith lined up opposite David Amerson as T.J. Carrie served as the slot corner, according to Michael Gehlken‏ of the Las..." August 20

  • Joe Montana excited about Derek Carr, jealous of Raiders QB's contract

    Sporting News "Arguably the greatest quarterback of all time is looking forward to watching two young NFL passers develop and grow in 2017. Joe Montana, a four-time Super Bowl winner and eight-time Pro Bowl selection, is excited about the new wave of quarterbacks in the league. Sporting News recently asked..." August 20

  • Derek Carr: Hand on Khalil Mack's shoulder not a protest

    ESPN "Raiders quarterback Derek Carr placed his right hand on defensive end Khalil Mack's left shoulder as a show of solidarity during the national anthem before the team's 24-21 exhibition loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday night. Carr said the players were not "protesting" anything with the..." August 20

  • Marshawn Lynch sits again for anthem; Derek Carr supports Khalil Mack

    CBS Sports "Over the last few days during the NFL preseason, there have been a number of moments that resonated loudly amid the chaos and depressing behavior seen on a daily basis in society. Tragedy is striking too often in America right now. NFL players are taking a stand, and it should not be..." August 20

  • 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 "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