Raiders Rumors & News

  • Raiders QB Carr begins summer working alongside brother David

    USA Today "The Raiders are done with the offseason program put in place by coach Jon Gruden but quarterback Derek Carr is still working this weekend, helping to promote a Bakersfield hospital with his big brother, David Carr. That Derek got a mention in Mercy Memorial Hospital’s tweet and..." June 17

  • Raiders Sign Rookie Arden Key

    Pro Football Rumors "Arden Key is officially under contract with the Raiders. On Friday, Oakland announced the signing of the third-round defensive end. Heading into draft season, Key was widely projected as a first-round pick. However, his rocky 2017 season at LSU damaged his stock. In his final..." June 15

  • Mike Pereira: If the new rules don’t reduce concussions, the kickoff is gone

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL’s new rules designed to reduce the impacts on kickoffs represent a last-gasp effort to keep the play in the sport. That’s the word from former head of officiating Mike Pereira, who believes that if this year’s rule changes don’t result in the desired..." June 15

  • Jon Gruden Rips CBA, Says It Stunted Christian Hackenberg's Development

    Bleacher Report "Christian Hackenberg's time with the Raiders was short-lived, but new Oakland coach Jon Gruden doesn't put the blame on the quarterback. He believes the current collective bargaining agreement played a major factor. On Thursday, Gruden let it be..." June 15

  • Raiders fear suspension for WR Martavis Bryant

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "The Raiders fear potential NFL discipline might be imminent for wide receiver Martavis Bryant, sources said Thursday, inciting internal uneasiness at the conclusion of an otherwise encouraging spring workout program. Multiple team officials declined comment as they left for a..." June 15

  • Raiders CB Gareon Conley has confidence back after frustrating rookie year

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Gareon Conley has a healthy resume. He doesn’t have a track record of ailments, no physical issues chronically keeping him out of games at Ohio State or in high school. As a matter of fact, he didn’t miss a game with injury as a Buckeye. That’s why his..." June 14

  • Report: NFLPA exploring legal options for fighting new anthem policy

    The Score "It appears the NFLPA is preparing for a legal battle with the NFL over its new anthem policy. The NFLPA has hired multiple law firms to begin researching potential avenues to fight the league's policy, a source told Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio. Florio..." June 14

  • Report: QB Christian Hackenberg Visits Patriots

    CBS Boston "Christian Hackenberg was not good enough to play for the New York Jets. He was not good enough to last even a few weeks with the Oakland Raiders. Yet the quarterback is apparently good enough to at least draw some interest from none other than the New England..." June 14

  • Jon Gruden hopes to quickly resolve Khalil Mack deal "Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack didn't report Tuesday on the first day of the team's mandatory three-day minicamp. Whether Mack shows up for the final two days remains unclear, but his head coach wouldn't mind seeing the defensive star back on..." June 13

  • Frostee Rucker to sign with Raiders

    Pro Football Talk "Jon Gruden has brought plenty of aging veterans to Oakland, and today he’s adding another. Veteran defensive lineman Frostee Rucker is signing with the Raiders, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. " June 12

  • Christian Hackenberg waived by the Raiders

    Sportsnaut "Well that didn’t take very long. The Oakland Raiders have reportedly released quarterback Christian Hackenberg, less than two months after making a trade with the New York Jets to acquire him. The Raiders may not have to give anything up in the end, however, as Hackenberg was..." June 12

  • Khalil Mack To Skip Raiders’ Minicamp

    Pro Football Rumors "The Raiders are not expecting star defensive end Khalil Mack for mandatory minicamp this week, sources tell Ian Rapoport of (on Twitter). Mack is staying away from the club as he pushes for a lucrative new contract.  The absence of Mack, who has averaged 12..." June 11

  • Raiders Sign DT Ahtyba Rubin

    Pro Football Rumors "The Raiders have signed defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin, according to an announcement from his agency. Rubin finished the 2017 season with the Falcons but will now look to suit up for the fifth team of his NFL career.  Rubin was set to enter the final year of a three-year,..." June 11

  • Here's Brett Favre explaining how he basically invented RPOs because he was bored

    CBS Sports "Over the last few seasons, the run-pass option (RPO) has become increasingly popular in the NFL. The way it allows an offense to react to how the defense lines up and then reacts off the snap of the ball makes it easy to avoid negative plays that flow right into what the defense is doing, and..." June 11

  • Will Khalil Mack show up for mandatory minicamp?

    Pro Football Talk "As the mandatory minicamp guessing game continues, one major player whose potential attendance remains in doubt serves as the centerpiece of the Raiders defense. Defensive end Khalil Mack doesn’t have a new contract. And he has skipped the entirety of the offseason..." June 10

  • Oakland’s Marshawn Lynch, Marcus Peters tout community ties, violence prevention

    San Francisco Gate "Marshawn Lynch began his NFL career in Buffalo and won a Super Bowl in Seattle. Josh Johnson has spent time with 11 NFL teams over the past decade. Marcus Peters was drafted out of college by the Chiefs and made two Pro Bowls in Kansas City. But the three Oakland natives have never..." June 10

  • Derrick Johnson taking leadership role with Raiders

    Pro Football Talk "Derrick Johnson didn’t agree to terms with the Raiders until May 5, but already, the middle linebacker has taken charge. “This Raider team really respects me,” Johnson said, via Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area. “Once I say something, they kind of get it. My..." June 09

  • Derek Carr: Jordy Nelson can 'read coverage like a quarterback'

    247 Sports "Derek Carr was at the forefront of the Oakland Raiders' recruiting pitch to former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson. As Fallon Smith C. reported at the time of Nelson's free-agent visit with the team, Carr actually met the wideout at the airport. The duo spent..." June 08

  • Donald Trump asks NFL players to suggest people he should pardon

    WEEI Boston "Donald Trump discussed his plan for presidential pardons on Friday and made an offer to NFL players to suggest to him people he should pardon. "What I'm thinking to do, you have a lot of people in the NFL in particular ... they're not proud enough to stand for..." June 08

  • Jordy Nelson's presence felt in Raiders receiver corps

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Jordy Nelson was the biggest name to join the Raiders this offseason. A two-year contract brought the veteran receiver to Oakland days after Green Bay released him, and he’s already made a major impact on his position group. Quarterback Derek Carr has lauded Nelson’s..." June 08

  • MC Hammer stops by Raiders' facility to DJ during Organized Team Activities "The Oakland Raiders have a star-studded fan base, including golf icon Tiger Woods, Victoria’s Secret model Josephine Skriver, music and entertainment mogul Ice Cube, and more, but perhaps the most-outspoken and proud fan among them all is MC Hammer. The Grammy award-winner has..." June 07

  • Raiders DE Khalil Mack has ‘catching up to do’

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack technically can skip another couple of practices before it begins to cost him. In one respect, his defensive coordinator believes it already has. While not overly expansive on the topic, Paul Guenther acknowledged Tuesday that Mack will be..." June 06

  • New Raiders DC calls out Khalil Mack for missing OTAs

    Sportsnaut "Former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack wants a new contract. The Oakland Raiders have yet to oblige in making him the game’s highest-paid defender. That’s led to Mack not participating in any of the Raiders’ organized team activities in Jon..." June 05

  • Doug Martin 'a rookie again,' ready to earn Raiders role in homecoming

    NBC Bay Area "Doug Martin is happy to be home. The veteran running back was born in Oakland and grew up in Stockton, but has spent his professional life across the country. Six seasons in Tampa Bay were a mixed bag, with two dominant seasons and others riddled by injury or ineffectiveness. That..." June 04

  • David Carr says Jordy Nelson will have 'Michael Crabtree's role'

    247 Sports "When the Oakland Raiders signed Jordy Nelson this offseason to be the replacement for Michael Crabtree, it came with mixed reviews. While some have argued that Nelson may not have that same type of role Crabtree previously held, it's hard to envision him not stepping in and..." June 04

  • Donald Penn angrily called Jon Gruden after Raiders drafted Kolton Miller

    Pro Football Talk "The Raiders took their left tackle of the future, Kolton Miller, with the 15th overall pick in this year’s draft. Their left tackle of the present wasn’t pleased. Donald Penn, the 35-year-old who has manned the left tackle spot in Oakland the last four years, called coach..." June 02

  • The Best Remaining NFL Free Agents

    Pro Football Rumors "The biggest names in this year’s free agent class such as Kirk Cousins, Sammy Watkins, Allen Robinson, and Trumaine Johnson have long been spoken for, but plenty of notable players remain on the board here in June. With a hat tip to James Palmer of" June 01

  • After disappointing 2017 season, Gruden’s presence has rejuvenated returning Raiders

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The Raiders had a rough 2017 season. The Silver and Black fell well below AFC championship expectations, with a 6-10 record that made heads roll. Head coach Jack Del Rio was fired after the regular-season finale and replaced by ever-popular Jon Gruden, who returned to coaching (and..." May 31

  • Raiders players praise Gruden: He 'makes you like football again'

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Time snuck up on Derek Carr. The Raiders quarterback sat Tuesday inside the team’s media room, trying to remember which NFL offseason this is for him. Silently, he counted to himself. The answer jolted him the way time can. “How many years have I been?”..." May 30

  • NFL Owner Admits He Changed His Mind On National Anthem Policy Because of Trump

    12 Up "NFL owners may not all be in lock-step over issues surrounding player protests during the National Anthem, but it's clear that the American president has been a driving force in the conflict-- and has influenced at least a few owners' positions on the matter. Former..." May 30

  • Derek Carr’s ears are burning . . . and Raiders QB is loving it

    East Bay Times "The speculation was persistent in the days after Jon Gruden was named Raiders head coach. How would quarterback Derek Carr respond the first time Gruden made a point in coarse, unfiltered language delivered with the intensity of a thousand suns? So far, so..." May 30

  • Jon Gruden’s football obsession disrupted Chris Simms’ honeymoon

    Pro Football Talk "Tuesday’s PFT Live included a discussion about Jon Gruden’s return to coaching, and the transition he’ll need to make in his first year back after nearly a decade away from the sideline. And Gruden’s biggest adjustment will come from the reduced access to players during..." May 29

  • Doug Martin hype train rolling along at full steam during Raiders OTAs

    Yardbarker "One of the newest Oakland Raiders is turning heads at OTAs. In fact, running back Doug Martin has looked so good, that people who cover the team are wondering if he might battle Marshawn Lynch for the starting job come training camp. Lynch was by far Oakland’s top running back a..." May 29

  • Mychal Kendricks To Visit Browns, Raiders

    Pro Football Rumors "We learned earlier today that former Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks met with the Vikings, and it sounds like he’s got several more visits on his docket. Chris Tomasson of St. Paul Pioneer Press reports (via Twitter) that the free agent will also visit with the Raiders and..." May 29

  • Jon Gruden: 'We love stealing from the Chiefs'

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Jon Gruden is back to coaching the Raiders this season -- the beginning of a 10-year contract -- for the first time since 2001. And he's already ramping up the Raiders' rivalry with the Chiefs.  "Last time I was here at Oakland we stole Rich Gannon from Kansas City,..." May 29

  • Gruden: Raiders will 'build our secondary' around Gareon Conley

    247 Sports "The hype surrounding second-year cornerback Gareon Conley has grown throughout the 2018 offseason. When the Oakland Raiders opted to release both David Amerson and Sean Smith while allowing TJ Carrie to leave town in free agency, it pointed to Conley being a big part of the secondary this..." May 28

  • Jon Gruden can even praise Christian Hackenberg

    Pro Football Talk "New Raiders coach Jon Gruden has never met a player he couldn’t praise. That even extends to Christian Hackenberg, who hasn’t thrown a pass in the NFL. During a call with season-ticket holders, Gruden offered some positive words about his newest quarterback, who..." May 25

  • Gruden on LB Johnson: We love stealing from Chiefs "The Kansas City Chiefs parted ways with longtime linebacker Derrick Johnson, opting to get younger on defense. That opened the door for the AFC West rival Oakland Raiders to swoop in and sign the linebacker. Speaking on a Raiders' season ticket holders conference call earlier this..." May 25

  • DeMaurice Smith: Anthem rule is about exerting control over players

    Pro Football Talk "NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith says the league’s owners are less interested in showing respect for America than in showing they can control their employees with the new rule requiring players who are on the field for the national anthem to..." May 25

  • Report: NFL owners didn’t actually vote on anthem issue

    Pro Football Talk "Question: When is a unanimous vote not unanimous? Answer: When there’s no vote at all. No, this isn’t a Matrix-style exercise in whether or not there is a spoon. (Then again maybe it is.) It’s an example of the kind of casual white-lying that has..." May 24

  • Trump supports new NFL anthem policy, opposes players staying in locker room

    Pro Football Talk "President Trump has weighed in on the NFL’s new national anthem policy, saying the owners took a step in the right direction — but warning that the rule allowing players to remain in the locker room could be problematic. “I think that’s good,” Trump said..." May 24

  • Raiders Waive CB Senquez Golson

    Pro Football Rumors "Senquez Golson‘s time in Oakland is already through. The Raiders waived the cornerback on Wednesday, according to’s Field Yates (on Twitter).  The Raiders signed Golson just seven weeks ago to what was likely a one-year deal with little or no guaranteed..." May 23

  • New policy requires on-field players, personnel to stand for anthem

    ESPN "NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they prefer, it was announced Wednesday. The policy subjects teams to a fine if a..." May 23

  • NFL expected to enact national anthem policy for '18 "The NFL is expected to enact a national anthem policy in 2018 that requires players on the sideline to stand but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they don't want to stand, NFL Network's Judy Battista and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Under the..." May 23

  • 90% of NFL players who filed claims as part of 2013 settlement are waiting on payments, as league alleges fraud

    The Comeback "In 2013, the NFL agreed to pay $765 million to settle a lawsuit brought by more than 4,500 players and their families who claimed the league had concealed knowledge about the risk of head injuries. Five years later, a reported 90 percent of former players who..." May 23

  • Report: NFL weighing optional observance of anthem, 15-yard penalty for kneeling

    The Score "The playing of the national anthem and how to handle protests during the anthem are reportedly under heavy discussion at the NFL's spring meetings. Protests dominated headlines during the early portion of the 2017 season, but serious talks about the topic were deferred until..." May 23

  • Obi Melifonwu remains out of team drills and not close, according to Jon Gruden

    Pro Football Talk "It was only a month ago that Jon Gruden declared Obi Melifonwu and Gareon Conley “really close” to returning. While Conley was in team drills Tuesday during the Raiders’ organized team activities, Melifonwu remains a bystander during team drills and no longer..." May 22

  • Raiders WR Amari Cooper leaves OTAs early with hamstring injury

    Sportsnaut "Oakland Raiders receiver Amari Cooper left Tuesday OTAs early. Afterwards, coach Jon Gruden announced that the wide out was dealing with a hamstring issue. When he was on the field, Cooper had seen some action in the slot, a change from where he’d previously played. " May 22

  • Christian Hackenberg traded to Raiders

    North Jersey "Christian Hackenberg's career with the Jets is over before it started. The former second-round pick was dealt to the Oakland Raiders for a conditional seventh-round pick on Tuesday, the first day of the Jets' OTAs. Head coach Todd Bowles made the announcement. " May 22