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Raiders release injury-plagued safety Tyvon Branch

  The Oakland Raiders have officially released safety Tyvon Branch. The team told Branch last week of its plans to cut ties with him and announced the move on Tuesday. Branch joined Oakland as a fourth-round pick out of Connecticut in 2008. Branch immediately became an impact player and started 62 of 64 games from 2009-12. He was slowed by injuries the past two seasons and played...
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Raiders officially release S Tyvon Branch

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have officially released safety Tyvon Branch. The team told Branch last week of its plans to cut ties with him and announced the move on Tuesday. Branch joined Oakland as a fourth-round pick out of Connecticut in 2008. Branch immediately became an impact player and started 62 of 64 games from 2009-12. He was slowed by injuries the past two...
Via AP on Fox
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Ken Norton Jr. on Raiders defense: 'We’re going to outlast you, we’re going to do things better than you'

New Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. said he will teach the swagger it takes to have a defense similar to the one he left in Seattle as their linebacker coach. Norton said that it starts with creating the correct environment and getting everyone on the same page. “We’ve been there before so I don’t think there’s many situations that are new to us,...
Via 60 Max Power O
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Raiders Need a Strategy for Free Agency

View image | With the 2015 NFL league year set to begin on March 10th, along with free agency, the Oakland Raiders will have plenty of money that they need to spend to both comply with a spending minimum in the new collective bargaining agreement and to upgrade a roster that needs an influx of talent. This is where general manager Reggie McKenzie needs to strike...
Via TopSportsReport
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Where Do Oakland Raiders Look To Replace Tyvon Branch?

On Monday, the Oakland Raiders made the release of safety Tyvon Branch official. Branch was a fourth-round selection in the 2008 NFL Draft and while he brought physicality and playmaking instincts to the field, Branch couldn't escape the injury bug in Oakland. In the past two seasons, Branch played in only five games and totaled just 27 tackles.But the past is the past and the Raiders...
Via Pro Football Spot
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The Oakland Raiders need to grab this interior lineman in the NFL Draft

Glamorous. That’s not the word that comes to mind when thinking about players along the offensive line. And it’s especially not attributed to the guys in the middle of that group, the guards and center. While “skill-position” players get all of the headlines, and offensive tackles get the biggest contracts, interior linemen toil in relative anonymity. But in the center of...
Via cover32 - Raiders
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Predicting three big signings for the Raiders in free agency

Earlier in the offseason, I did a dream list of free agents the Oakland Raiders should target when free agency began. In preparing that list, I noted that it was more based on who I would love to see the Raiders sign rather than who I think they were actually going to pursue. It was early in the offseason and a lot of things change before free agency starts, including teams re-signing...
Via cover32 - Raiders
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Raiders Prepare For Big Changes, Part Ways With Pro Bowler

The Oakland Raiders are releasing Pro Bowl edge rusher LaMarr Woodley, reports. Woodley, 30, was a major bust with the Silver and Black. The 6-foot-2, 265-pound hybrid edge rusher looked out of gas, grading out negatively as a pass rusher and run defender (per Pro Football Focus) and posted just five tackles through six games in 2014 before suffering a season-ending biceps...
Via Gridiron Grit
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Raiders Expected To Release LaMarr Woodley Soon

As expected, the Oakland Raiders will be parting ways with defensive end LaMarr Woodley at some point next week, according to Fallon Smith of CSN Bay Area. Woodley, who signed a two-year deal reportedly worth up to $12 million last offseason after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers, registered five tackles in six games […] Raiders Expected To Release LaMarr Woodley Soon...
Via Steelers Depot
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Report: Raiders to release LaMarr Woodley

In a move that pretty much everyone expected, the Oakland Raiders are reportedly set to release free-agent bust LaMarr Woodley after one unproductive season with the team. Woodley, 30, was playing out of position in Oakland’s 4-3 scheme last season. After struggling to see any action in the team’s first six games (five total tackles and zero sacks), the veteran pass rusher missed the...
Via Sportsnaut
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Report: Raiders Releasing Veteran OLB LaMarr Woodley

Fallon Smith of reports that the Oakland Raiders will release veteran OLB LaMarr Woodley at some point this week. According to, releasing Woodley will free up $5,187,500 in available cap space for the Raiders while creating no dead money. Woodley, 30, wound up signing a two-year contract worth $12 million with the Raiders last March. The agreement...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
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Are the Oakland Raiders finally trending up?

Since losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII, the Oakland Raiders have been the epitome of dysfunction and losing. Oakland has not been back to the playoffs since, only twice (2010, 2011) winning more than five games in a season. The franchise has plowed through eight coaches since that fateful afternoon, ranging from Bill Callahan and Norv Turner, Art Shell and...
Via This Given Sunday
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Oakland Raiders: 9 unrestricted free agents

NFL unrestricted free agents - 2015 league year and free agency begins March 10 (4 PM ET) An unrestricted free agent (a player who has completed four or more accrued seasons) may sign with any team without any compensation owed to his old team through the first scheduled day of training camp in late July. At that point, if his old team makes a tender offer by June 1st (110% of...
Via 60 Max Power O
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A look at Raiders’ free agency possibilities

Last year the Raiders, flush with the highest amount of cap room of any team in the NFL, chose quantity over quality by eschewing most of the big-name free agents available and instead going for players that were once productive but looked like they may be slowing due to age. The strategy made a sort of sense because the team needed a large number of players from free agency due...
Via Thoughts from the Dark Side
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the Oakland Raiders draft Amari Cooper or Kevin White?

With the NFL combine now over, the scouting process for the this year’s draft is now fully underway. Prospects were able to show their physical tools and give teams an early look at their potential at the next level. For the Oakland Raiders, the NFL combine left the front office with a lot of homework to do from now until April. The assumption is that the Raiders will draft a offensive...
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Bold prediction suggests Oakland Raiders could bring in huge name free agent

Now that the games are over, the next few months will be spent following the NFL’s off-the-field news. This will include free agency, the draft and random things like the police blotter. In a sport that truly is a year-round endeavor, however, this certainly won’t be a quiet time on the calendar. So with that thought in mind, cover32′s James Merilatt came up with five bold...
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Report: Raiders to release safety Tyvon Branch

The Oakland Raiders are pulling the plug on starting strong safety Tyvon Branch's career in Oakland, CBSSports' Jason La Canfora reported Thursday night. The 28-year-old's last two seasons have been plagued by injuries, only appearing five games over that span. When he was healthy from 2009-2011, he was what the Raiders hoped for - a productive starter with more than 100 tackles...
Via 60 Max Power O
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Oakland Raiders Must Retain Stefen Wisniewski

About a year ago, the Oakland Raiders watched as two pro-bowl caliber talents—defensive end Lamarr Houston and left tackle Jared Veldheer—left for other clubs in free agency. While Houston's season with the Chicago Bears ended early due to injury, Veldheer was part of an Arizona Cardinals offensive line that made the playoffs despite having to protect three different starting...
Via Pro Football Spot
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Matt Millen shares priceless JaMarcus Russell story

JaMarcus Russell has gone down as one of the biggest busts in NFL history, and stories like this really help explain why. Former Detroit Lions GM Matt Millen joined “The Afternoon Delight with John Lund & Greg Papa” on 95.7 The Game Friday to talk about some of the current draft prospects. During the conversation,...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Talks between Raiders, Oakland could stall quickly

Talk about fast tracking negotiations. A report from the San Francisco Chronicle in Northern California indicates that the city of Oakland and/or the Raiders will likely end discussions surrounding a new stadium in a month if there’s no “significant progress” on a stadium deal. This comes just days after the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers unveiled a plan to potentially...
Via Sportsnaut
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Raiders and Chargers may share stadium in Los Angeles

Thursday the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers presented a joint proposal to build a new 1.7 billion dollar stadium that the two teams would share in the city of Carson in Los Angeles county. The building of the stadium would be privately funded, and would allow the two AFC rivals to finally have the new stadium that both organizations have been craving for some time. The teams...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Raiders GM fell asleep at NFL Scouting Combine?

If you want to know why the Oakland Raiders have struggled over the years. One moment from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Saturday clarifies everything for us. Yes. That is Oakland Raiders general manager literally sleeping his way through combine events. The common fan might share McKenzie’s lack of enthusiasm for the annual event. However, Saturday is the biggest...
Via Sportsnaut
10 days ago  |  Discuss

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