How Veldheer and Houston’s free agency can benefit Raiders

The NFL’s offseason essentially started this morning with three days of negotiations allowed with all free-agents-to-be and any interested teams. This comes before the official Free Agency period that begins at 1pm PT this Tuesday, which is when agreements can actually be put to paper and signed. Both of the Raiders high profile free agent […]

Franchise tag does not translate to long term deal, historically

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie declined to use the franchise tag on either of his priority free agents, OT Jared Veldheer and Lamarr Houston, earlier this week.   With the team opting against using the Franchise tag, one or both players are now eligible to go to free agency, which starts next Tuesday. Using the Franchise […]

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Raiders tender contracts to six players

The Raiders have offered tenders to six of their exclusive rights free agents, tendering contract offers to linebacker Kaelin Burnett, cornerback Chimdi Chekwa, offensive tackle Matt McCants, fullback Jamize Olawale, safety Brandian Ross and running back Jeremy Stewart. There were no terms disclosed on the contracts. The exclusive rights designation means that the players involved […]

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Raiders decline to use Franchise Tag on Veldheer or Houston

The period for the Franchise Tag has come and gone for the Raiders and Reggie McKenzie and company declined to use the franchise tag, again, this year. There were some who thought that the Raiders would franchise tag either LT Jared Veldheer or DE Lamarr Houston, but the cost associated with both of these moves […]

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Raiders re-sign versatile lineman Khalif Barnes

The Raiders resigned offensive lineman Khalif Barnes yesterday, the team announced. Barnes, who has been with Raiders the last five seasons, said that he re-signed with the team, in part, because he has unfinished business in Oakland. Barnes told the Raiders in-house media, ““I’m so excited to be back. I’m going on my sixth year […]

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Raiders extend special teams standout Taiwan Jones

The Raiders announced today that they have extended the contract of CB Taiwan Jones, the teams best special teams player and one of the best in the league as well. Jones, who was drafted by the Raiders in 2011 as a speedy RB out of Eastern Washington, has bounced around the team a bit – […]

Mike Mayock discusses Draft, Raiders

Draft Guru and NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock participated in a marathon conference call today in which he discussed many of the players available in the 2014 draft as well as some fits with teams. When discussing the Oakland Raiders, Mayock was fairly succinct and direct with the teams’ needs, saying that Oakland needs a […]

Raiders should take a close look at DE Will Smith

For the first time in his almost 11-year career, defensive end Will Smith will be playing for a team other than the New Orleans Saints.  This is because he was released last week as part of a series of cost-cutting moves. Smith, who will be 33 by the time the 2014 season starts, has essentially […]


Raiders projected to have NFL’s toughest schedule in 2014

Largely due to the success of the AFC West, the Raiders are projected to have the toughest schedule in the NFL next season. The Raiders, who have to play two games apiece against their AFC West rivals, all of whom made the playoffs in 2013, also have to play against the AFC East and the […]


History shows that Raiders should draft a QB early

With the NFL season now over for the Raiders, I’ve turned my attention to the NFL Draft, set for May 8-10 this year, and what the Raiders should do to address their quarterback situation. It seems very likely that the Raiders will do something. Coach Dennis Allen – who as of now appears likely to […]

Pryor’s agent stirs up unnecessary controversy

Terrelle Pryor is in line to get his ninth start of the season this Sunday versus the AFC West leading Denver Broncos, Dennis Allen announced yesterday. While this is not a surprise – Allen had intimated that they wanted to see both Pryor and Matt McGloin more before the end of the season – neither […]