Green Bay Packers director of football operations Reggie McKenzie, left, and director of college scouting John Dorsey work the phones  the phones in the war room  at Lambeau Field for the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 22, 2010, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Evan Siegle, Pool) ** POOL PHOTO **

Who the Raiders should pick

For this year’s draft prep, I wanted to do something a little different and, hopefully, more valuable for you, the readers. With that in mind, I created this – a list of my top players, in order, for the Raiders. Bear in mind that these are my top players and they are specific for the […]

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 19:  Robert Nkemdiche #5 of the Mississippi Rebels in action against Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

10 NFL draft prospects with the most bust potential

The names of every player who could possibly be taken in the 2016 NFL draft are on the walls at 32 team headquarters around the league. The order of those names is different depending on each team’s assessment of the player. Some of those names might even have stars next to them. The fact of […]

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Playoffs or Bust for 2016 Raiders

Reaching the playoffs – it’s the only measure of success for the Raiders next season, as the coach Jack Del Rio and GM Reggie McKenzie have made abundantly clear in offseason interviews. Winning the AFC West and making the playoffs has come up in essentially every interview from either of them since their season ended […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 05:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a press conference prior to Super Bowl 50 at the Moscone Center West on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

NFL ‘likely’ to change something that doesn’t need changing

Would Roger Goodell just listen to himself? The NFL commissioner talked about how well the league’s current 12-team playoff format works, then said that it probably will change. “(It) likely will happen at some point,” Goodell told a group of Jaguars season ticket holders via NFL.com. “But we want to be really cautious because we […]

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 6: Reggie Nelson #20 of the Cincinnati Bengals warms up prior to playing the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Report: Raiders expected to sign S Reggie Nelson

The Oakland Raiders may soon address one of their biggest weaknesses with arguably the best free agent still available on the market. According to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Raiders are expected to sign safety Reggie Nelson, formerly of the Cincinnati Bengals.

at AT&T Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.

5 NFL players most likely to haunt former teams in their division

There will be a lot of interesting divisional games in the 2016 NFL season. A lot of players have changed teams this offseason, and many of them are playing for former division rivals. Some of these players have been released and were picked up by another team in their division. Some of them were signed […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 3: Tamba Hali #91 of the Kansas City Chiefs rushes the passer while being blocked by Donald Penn #72 of the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium during the fourth quarter of the game on January 3, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

Donald Penn excited about Raiders’ offensive line

The guy protecting Derek Carr’s blind side sees good things from the Raiders’ offensive line in 2016. “We have the guys to be the best offensive line in the league,” left tackle Donald Penn told CSNBayArea.com via Pro Football Talk. Penn

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Brock Osweiler #17 of the Denver Broncos leaves the field after defeating the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 3, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chargers 27-20.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

10 biggest surprises during NFL free agency so far

The NFL free agency period opened this week with a few oohs and aahs. But what have been the biggest surprises so far? Here are 10 to start. (contract details courtesy of Spotrac) 10. The Ryan Fitzpatrick-Jets contract standoff Fitzpatrick had a career year in his first season with the Jets, throwing for 3,905 yards […]

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 21: Janoris Jenkins #21 of the St. Louis Rams returns an interception for a touchdown in the second against the Dallas Cowboys at the Edward Jones Dome on September 21, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

10 worst moves since NFL’s free agency market opened

Hope springs eternal for NFL teams who have landed big-ticket free agents this week. Some teams have improved their rosters and have a lot to look forward to in 2016. Some teams, however, made moves that they’ll regret. They either overpaid for players, botched negotiations with their own players or just put too much emphasis […]

CHAMPAIGN, IL - NOVEMBER 14: at Memorial Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

NFL Mock Draft heading into free agency

The 2016 NFL draft begins April 28 in Chicago. While NFL teams hit the free agent market this week, the draft is where teams really can build long-term success. With a little less than two months to go before Roger Goodell takes the podium in the Windy City, here’s a look at how the draft […]

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 20:  Kelechi Osemele #72 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates a touchdown in the second quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 20, 2015 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Report: Kelechi Osemele will sign with Raiders

The Oakland Raiders have landed the first major prize of the NFL’s free agency period. According to Rand Getlin of NFL Network, guard/tackle Kelechi Osemele has agreed in principle to sign with the Raiders when the market opens on Wednesday. When the market opens tomorrow, Kelechi Osemele will become the newest member of the

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24:  Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos rushes against Cameron Fleming #71 of the New England Patriots in the second half in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Recapping all the moves from NFL’s franchise tag deadline

NFL teams gave a version of the franchise tag to 10 different players before Tuesday’s deadline. The tag comes in three forms—exclusive, non-exclusive and transition—and is used by teams to either keep a free agent off the market or control if the player is allowed to sign elsewhere. The one-year tender is valued using the average of […]

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 23:  Matt Jones #18 of the Jacksonville Jaguars fumbles after making a reception against the Minnesota Vikings during the game at Jacksonville Municipal stadium on November 23, 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

10 biggest NFL Combine busts of all-time

Watching the stocks of 2016 NFL draft prospects rise and fall this week will be like watching a ticker on Wall Street. The NFL Scouting Combine begins Tuesday at Indianapolis, and it’s a safe bet that a player or two will climb up draft boards because of his 40-yard dash time, number of bench-press reps or vertical […]

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