Raiders Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Las Vegas reportedly likely to host multiple Super Bowls, starting in near future

    CBS Sports "The NFL might not be completely on board with gambling yet, but it sounds like that's not going to stop the league from sending its biggest game to Las Vegas.  According to Pro Football Talk, the NFL is "likely" going to let Vegas host..." May 22

  • Khalil Mack remains away from Raiders as OTAs begin

    Pro Football Talk "Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack has not been taking part in the team’s voluntary work all offseason and nothing changed with the start of OTAs on Tuesday. Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journalpasses along word that the Raiders took the field to kick..." May 22

  • Raiders Sign Brandon Parker, Nick Nelson

    Pro Football Rumors "The Raiders inked two of their draft picks on Monday afternoon. Third-round offensive tackle Brandon Parker and fourth-round cornerback Nick Nelson are now under contract, meaning that eight of their nine selections have been signed. As shown on PFR’s tracker, third-round defensive..." May 21

  • Kolton Miller already a student of the Raiders’ game. ‘I take it very seriously’

    Sacramento Bee "Kolton Miller is still a student. His Roseville High School days are long past, and his UCLA classroom experiences are fading in the rear-view mirror, but Miller still takes daily notes, hauls a backpack and studies. Man, does he study. The Raiders first-round..." May 20

  • If only HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ could have met Madden’s Raiders

    San Jose Mercury News "On Thursday came a dramatic — some might say sadistic — turn of events. The Cleveland Browns were selected to be featured in the new season of HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” This development sailed right into the wheelhouse of former Raiders coach, CBS/Fox..." May 19

  • Oakland Raiders sign first-round pick Kolton Miller "The Oakland Raiders officially have the 15th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft under contract. The Raiders signed offensive tackle Kolton Miller, the team announced Friday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. " May 18

  • 'The Raiders got the greatest steal in the world'

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The University of Michigan football team is in a quiet period between spring practice and fall camp, but Greg Mattison is hot on the recruiting trail. The University of Michigan’s defensive line coach is crisscrossing the country trying to secure quality Wolverines, without much time for..." May 18

  • Gambling could renew push for 18-game season

    Pro Football Talk "With the 49 states that currently don’t have sports wagering now able to launch it, the NFL’s word of choice is “integrity.” As sports wagering takes root, the NFL will have another go-to term. “More.” Yes, the dormant push for an expanded..." May 18

  • Raiders Sign OL Cameron Hunt, Waive OL Alex Officer

    Pro Football Rumors "The Raiders have swapped one lineman for another. Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (via Twitter) that the team has signed offensive guard Cameron Hunt. In a corresponding move, the Raiders waived lineman Alex Officer (via Gehlken on Twitter). Hunt, a 2017..." May 17

  • Raiders sign Maurice Hurst, Marcell Ateman

    Pro Football Talk "The Raiders got two more draft picks under contract, including one who represented a chances some teams weren’t willing to take. The team announced the signings of fifth-round draft defensive tackle Maurice Hurst and seventh-round wide receiver Marcell..." May 16

  • NFL plans to lobby Congress for a “regulatory framework” for sports betting

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has lost in the judicial branch (even if the NFL actually has won at the every branch of every bank with which it does business). The league now will take the gambling fight to the legislature. In its first statement issued in the aftermath of Monday’s landmark ruling..." May 14

  • Supreme Court strikes down ban on sports betting in victory for New Jersey

    USA Today "New Jersey won a landmark ruling from the Supreme Court Monday that could lead many states to legalize betting on college and professional sports.The justices ruled 7-2 that a 25-year-old federal law that has effectively prohibited sports betting outside Nevada by forcing states..." May 14

  • Jon Gruden takes over laundry duties for Mother’s Day

    Sportsnaut "Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden got his hands dirty, taking over laundry duties to help out some moms on Mother’s Day. The Raiders, partnering with Tide, released a short video (which you can watch here) showing Gruden grinding on some laundry on this special day. “Well, you gotta..." May 13

  • Bruce Irvin getting his degree from WVU, six years after leaving

    Pro Football Talk "Bruce Irvin left West Virginia University in 2012. Six years later, he’s back. And he’s getting his degree. Irvin explained to Tony Caridi, play-by-play announcer extraordinaire for West Virginia football and men’s basketball, the reasons for finishing what he started. “Coming here, every..." May 12

  • Report: Donald Penn 'in great shape' after season-ending surgery

    247 Sports "It's been a whirlwind of an offseason to this point for Oakland Raiders starting left tackle Donald Penn. Much of it, though, hasn't exactly been positive. The veteran saw his 2017 season cut short after suffering a season-ending foot injury. He eventually underwent surgery and has been..." May 11

  • Raiders Cut QB Josh Johnson

    Pro Football Rumors "The Raiders have cut veteran quarterback Josh Johnson, a league source tells Field Yates of (on Twitter). It was a short stay in Oakland for the veteran as he was signed less than two months ago. Johnson was one of Jon Gruden‘s final draft picks as the Buccaneers’ head coach. Despite..." May 10

  • ESPN makes Monday Night Football crew official, will call Jon Gruden’s debut

    Pro Football Talk "As expected, ESPN has announced that the crew calling Monday Night Football this season will be play-by-play man Joe Tessitore, former Cowboys tight end Jason Witten in the booth, former Buccaneers and Colts defensive tackle Booger McFarland as an on-field analyst, and Lisa Salters as the sideline..." May 10

  • Derrick Johnson on joining Raiders: Jon Gruden was a big pull

    Pro Football Rumors "Linebacker Derrick Johnson officially became a member of the Raiders this week and he held a conference call with reporters on Wednesday to discuss the move. Johnson was released after 13 seasons with the Chiefs and said that he heard from several teams about joining them for the 2018 season...." May 09

  • Donald Penn Off the Hook In Domestic Violence Case

    TMZ "Oakland Raiders star lineman Donald Penn will NOT be charged with a crime stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident ... TMZ Sports has learned. We broke the story ... Penn was named a suspect in an April 29 incident when cops were called to his L.A. home to respond to a call about an..." May 09

  • Who will be NFL's first $20 million defender? Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack best bets

    USA Today "Quarterbacks aren't the only NFL stars who cash in handsomely. Eventually, a defender — a logical guess would be Los Angeles Rams lineman Aaron Donald — is going to break into the $20 million-per-year pay scale, a stratosphere once reserved for the men with the golden arms. But in today's..." May 09

  • Jon Gruden has dramatically changed Raiders receiver corps

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The Raiders receiver corps has undergone an overhaul. It started back in mid-March, when the Silver and Black acquired Jordy Nelson and cut Michael Crabtree the same day. Head coach Jon Gruden didn’t stop there. He sought upgrades throughout the depth chart in a relentless pursuit -- Eric..." May 08

  • NFL denies Mike James’ request to use marijuana as a painkiller

    Pro Football Talk "Free agent running back Mike James has tried and failed to persuade the NFL to allow him to use marijuana as a painkiller. James told that he developed a dependence on prescription painkillers that he took to cope with the aches and pains associated with playing football. His doctor told..." May 08

  • NFL to players in pain: Get hooked on opioids rather than try marijuana

    Newark Star-Ledger "The NFL would rather that Mike James consume powerful opioids to manage his chronic pain, risking addiction, overdose and even death, than use the drug that actually works the best for him. Marijuana. That was the message from the league last month when it rejected his application for a..." May 08

  • NFL, NFLPA Settle Rookie Salary Gray Area

    Pro Football Rumors "The standard rookie contract runs for four years, but the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement has only three years remaining. The gap left this year’s draft picks in limbo with regards to their contracts, but the league and the union have worked out a bridge agreement to give cost certainty to..." May 07

  • NFL Reportedly May Make Standing for Anthem a Team-by-Team Choice

    Bleacher Report "The NFL is considering allowing teams to make their own decision whether to require players to stand for the national anthem, according to Mark Maske of the Washington Post. Owners are expected to vote on a potential change at this month's upcoming meeting, including a possible league-wide..." May 07

  • Raiders rookie Kolton Miller working ‘almost exclusively’ at left tackle

    Clutch Points "The Oakland Raiders invested heavily in their offensive line during the NFL Draft by taking two offensive tackles with their first three picks. They used their first-round pick (No. 15 overall) to take UCLA’s Kolton Miller, who has a decent chance of starting for the team this season. But..." May 07

  • Raiders sign sixth-round pick Azeem Victor

    Pro Football Talk "The Raiders have a member of their 2018 draft class under contract. The team announced that linebacker Azeem Victor has agreed to a four-year deal. Victor was selected in the sixth round of the draft with the 216th overall selection. Victor spent four years at the University of Washington,..." May 06

  • Raiders Sign Rookie P.J. Hall

    Pro Football Rumors "The Raiders announced that they have signed their second-round draft choice, P.J. Hall. Hall was the 57th-overall selection in this year’s draft, and head coach Jon Gruden recently said that Hall and fellow rookie Raider Maurice Hurst (who fell to the fifth round due to health concerns) were the..." May 06

  • Derrick Johnson On Joining The Raiders

    Pro Football Rumors "Derrick Johnson has accomplished a great deal in his 13-year career. Since the Chiefs made him the No. 15 overall pick in the 2005 draft, Johnson has picked up four Pro Bowl nods and one first-team All-Pro selection, and he now stands as Kansas City’s all-time leading tackler. In February, though,..." May 06

  • Jon Gruden on Mo Hurst: He’s cleared medically, judge him on the field

    Pro Football Talk "Raiders coach Jon Gruden is dismissing talk that rookie defensive lineman Maurice Hurst can’t play because of a heart condition. Hurst’s heart was much discussed as he dropped from a potential first-round prospect to the fifth round of the draft, but Gruden told reporters the heart issue is not..." May 05

  • Raiders Hosting Veteran LB Brian Cushing For Visit Sunday

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Adam Schefter, the Raiders are bringing free agent LB Brian Cushing for a visit on Sunday. This comes just hours after the Raiders reached an agreement with veteran LB Derrick Johnson, so they’re clearly looking to bolster their inside linebacker depth before the start of training..." May 04

  • Raiders Cut Cory James, Armonty Bryant

    Pro Football Rumors "The Raiders announced that they have waived linebacker Cory James with a failed physical designation. The Raiders also cut defensive end Armonty Bryant with a non-football illness designation. Oakland drafted James in the sixth round two years ago and deployed him as a starter frequently over..." May 04

  • Raiders Sign Six UDFAs

    Pro Football Rumors "Amid a busy offseason that saw the Raiders bring in plenty of new faces via free agency, along with nine draft picks, the Silver and Black are lighter on undrafted free agents. But they did bring in six talents. Here’s the full rundown: Marcus Baugh, TE (Ohio State) Saeed Blacknall, WR (Penn..." May 04

  • Raiders Cancel Visit With LB Brian Cushing Due To Pending Deal With Derrick Johnson

    NFL Trade Rumors "Adam Schefter is now reporting that the Raiders have canceled their visit with free agent LB Brian Cushing now that they’re expected to sign Derrick Johnson to a contract." May 04

  • Ex-Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson joining rival Raiders "Derrick Johnson will put on a Raiders jersey in 2018. The former Kansas City Chiefs great agreed to terms with Oakland on Friday, NFL Network's Mike Silver reported. The agreement comes a day after Johnson visited his former rival. Signing the 35-year-old Johnson continues the Raiders'..." May 04

  • Report: Raiders called 'irresponsible' for picking Maurice Hurst

    247 Sports "The Oakland Raiders are dealing with some major shade coming their way for the 2018 NFL Draft, but it has nothing to do with their actual selections. Instead, Jon Gruden and company are getting serious heat for selecting a player who was a first-round talent in former Michigan defensive tackle..." May 03

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