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RAIDERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Raiders release DT Antonio Smith

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have released defensive tackle Antonio Smith after just one season with the team. The Raiders announced the move to cut Smith on Tuesday, one year after signing him to a two-year contract. Smith started 16 games for Oakland last season. He had three sacks and was an effective pass rusher from the inside but struggled against the run. Smith...
Via AP on Fox
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Raiders release Antonio Smith after one season

Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports The Oakland Raiders are releasing defensive lineman Antonio Smith, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Raiders released defensive lineman Antonio Smith today. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 31, 2015   Smith was set to count for $4 million against the salary cap in 2015.  He had 20 tackles last season and started every game.  He...
Via Sports-Glory
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Raiders releasing Antonio Smith is a real head scratcher

According to Adam Schefter, the Oakland Raiders have released defensive tackle Antonio Smith today. Raiders released defensive lineman Antonio Smith today. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 31, 2015 Smith was one of the veterans signed in the 2014 offseason in an attempt to upgrade the team’s pass rush. Smith clearly did not live up to his billing, but he was also playing...
Via cover32
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Raiders Release DL Antonio Smith, Free Up $4M In Cap Space

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Raiders have released veteran DL Antonio Smith. Smith, 33, had one year remaining on his two-year, $9 million contract that he signed with the Raiders last March. He was set to make a base salary of $3.2 million for the 2015 season. According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Smith will free up ... The post Raiders Release DL Antonio Smith, Free...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Raiders Looking To Trade Derek Carr, Draft Marcus Mariota?

The Oakland Raiders should replace starting signal-caller Derek Carr by taking Oregon star quarterback Marcus Mariota in the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft, according to ESPN’s John McTigue. “On the surface Carr’s rookie campaign compares favorably to other recent seasons by rookie QBs,” McTigue writes. “A deeper dive into Carr’s numbers suggest his 2014 season left a lot...
Via Gridiron Grit
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Reggie McKenzie, Jack Del Rio 'have the same vibe on players,' developing strong relationship

The general manager - coach relationship can be a tricky one, one shops for the groceries and the other cooks the meal. However, for Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie and coach Jack Del Rio, it's been smooth sailing since the two joined forces in January. “We believe in having a physical football team and I think that starts with the offensive and defensive line,” Del...
Via 60 Max Power O
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

2015 Raiders offseason transactions list

Free-agent signings during the 2015 offseason for the Oakland Raiders. Transactions list provided by Raiders.com: 03/30/2015 - Re-signed DL C.J. Wilson 03/17/2015 - Signed RB Trent Richardson 03/16/2015 - Released QB Matt Schaub 03/13/2015 - Signed QB Christian Ponder 03/13/2015 - Signed CB James Dockery and P Steven Clark 03/12/2015 - Signed safety Nate Allen 03/11/2015...
Via 60 Max Power O
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Three Teams Reportedly Interested in Matt Schaub

Former Oakland Raiders’ backup quarterback Matt Schaub is reportedly drawing interest from three teams. Apparently the Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets are all interested Schaub, a third-round draft pick by Atlanta back in 2004. Schaub played for the Falcons for three seasons before being traded to the Houston Texans in 2007. Inconsistent play and an injury during...
Via Sportsnaut
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jets, Ravens, & Falcons Among Interested Teams In QB Matt Schaub

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that veteran QB Matt Schaub is expected to sign with a new team at some point this week. According to Schefter, the Jets, Ravens, and Falcons are all teams to keep an eye on in regards to Schaub, even though there are other teams in the mix. New Falcons HC Dan Quinn ... The post Jets, Ravens, & Falcons Among Interested Teams In QB Matt Schaub appeared...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders 2015 Schedule Released WEEK 1

This article is focused on the current state of the Oakland Raiders. If the season began today, taking into account that recent free agent moves, injuries, position battles, as the 2015 NFL Draft approaches. The weeks will progress and those changes will become a factor in future articles. For now this analysis will be based on the date of the article. Creative liberties have...
Via Football Nation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Raiders get surprisingly high grade from ESPN for free agent class

The Oakland Raiders went with the exact opposite approach to their 2015 free agency than from what they did the prior year. Rather than sign aging players who were once greats, the Raiders went with young players who they hope will continue to get better with time. They also decided to go with a lot of signings, bringing in 10 different players, some of whom are solely depth or role...
Via cover32
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft breakdown: AFC West edition

Continuing off of my last article, I look at what each team in the AFC West should be looking to fix as we head into the 2015 NFL draft by breaking down their needs and possible picks. Denver Broncos Needs- OL, TE, DL, LB, QB Possible first round pick- Cameron Erving (C), Maxx Williams (TE), Carl Davis (DT), Eli Harold (OLB), Preston Smith (DE), Jalen Collins (CB) Dream Pick- Cameron...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Will the Raiders Take Fourth?

Before the hectic draft month of April begins, the crew at TopSportsReport decided it would be a smart time to write a 1st round mock draft.  John Miceli decided to write the article.  He carefully made selections for each team and explained each selection in this article. Check out who John Miceli selected for the Oakland Raiders on behalf of Jack Del Rio and Reggie McKenzie....
Via TopSportsReport
2 days ago  |  Discuss

3 Positional Needs the Raiders Could Address in Round One

Wide Receiver  View image | gettyimages.com During this offseason, the Raiders set a priority on adding a top flight wide receiver for the young Derek Carr to throw to next season.  We saw this to be true as the team offered contracts to a multitude of wide receivers.  Unfortunately, they failed to add a top flight wide receiver during the offseason, and they’re stuck...
Via TopSportsReport
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders defensive end C.J. Wilson told Derek Carr he could play like WHO?

I’m all for supporting your teammates and in some cases having an irrational confidence in their abilities, but Oakland Raiders defensive end C.J. Wilson might be taking it too the extreme… AROUND COVER32 Bold Predictions: Five things that will happen as March comes to a close First and 10: Ten teams that would be great on Hard Knocks According to a report by Ron Clements of...
Via cover32
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders 2015 draft order

The Oakland Raiders have seven picks to play with when the 2015 NFL Draft begins on April 30th in Chicago. Breakdown of Raider's draft picks: First round: 4th overall selection Second round: 35th overall selection Third round: 68th overall selection Fourth round: 102nd overall selection Fifth round: 140th overall selection Sixth round: 179th overall selection...
Via 60 Max Power O
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Schaub Heading Back to Atlanta?

At one time he was considered to be a pretty good quarterback, but sometime during the 2012 season something clicked in Matt Schaub (and not in a good way). He went from being a competent and respected passer to the butt of jokes and a laughing stick. Houston got rid of him After the 2013 season. The Oakland Raiders gave him a try during the 2014 season, but didn't think he was worth...
Via FatManWriting
4 days ago  |  Discuss

D.J. Hayden Remains A Mystery For Oakland Raiders

When D.J. Hayden was selected 12th overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, he was expected to become the next lock-down defensive back for the Oakland Raiders despite nearly dying in a freak accident on the University of Houston practice field.Nearly two years later, the Raiders are still waiting for Hayden to become that player.Hayden's 2014 season was better than his rookie year, no doubt...
Via Pro Football Spot
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Why it’s far too early for the Oakland Raiders to replace Derek Carr

Monday, ESPN writer John McTigue wrote a piece for ESPN insider in which he argued that the Oakland Raiders should move on from second year quarterback Derek Carr, and replace him with Marcus Mariota as their fourth overall pick in this year’s draft. McTigue used multiple statistics to support his claim that Derek Carr is not the quarterback of the future. On the surface Carr’s...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders' Free Agency Report Card

No other team in the NFL has signed more free-agents than the Oakland Raiders. After posting a 3-13 overall record in 2014, the Raiders are among the teams needing fresh faces the most heading into next season.With free agency slowing down after two weeks, it's now time to evaluate the team's roster moves.Rodney Hudson, center: After signing Hudson to a historic $44.5 million contract...
Via Pro Football Spot
8 days ago  |  Discuss

An Ode To Shirtless Quarterbacks: Goodbye Christian Ponder

Last week, the Raiders announced that they had signed former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder to a deal in free agency. The deal is for one year, and will see Ponder head to the AFC West. The Raiders relied heavily upon quarterbacks Matt Schaub (who was also released last week after they signed Ponder to a deal) and then-rookie Derek Carr. Ponder will enter the mix...
Via Purple Jesus Diaries
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders conservative approach in free agency is smart

This year’s free agency period has been the most exciting and crazy it probably has ever been. Trades left and right, players moving all over the place and longtime franchise players being released. For the Oakland Raiders, this free agency period was supposed to be their chance to spend big money and bring hope back to the silver and black fan base. Since 2002 the Oakland Raiders...
Via isportsweb.com
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Tale of the Tape: new #Raiders LB Curtis Lofton

Curtis Lofton signing his Raiders contract Photo courtesy of Raiders.com Over the last day I’ve watched a few Saints games to get a sense of new Raiders LB Curtis Lofton – what are his strengths and weaknesses and how does he project onto the Raiders unit? I came away with a mostly favorable impression of the 8 year veteran but with some definite concerns as well. First, Lofton...
Via Thoughts from the Dark Side
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Quick analysis: The Oakland Raiders are a mess

The Oakland Raiders entered free agency with over $55 million in cap room. General manager Reggie McKenzie was expected to make serious runs at defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and receiver Randall Cobb, perhaps even the favorite to land the duo. Instead, Oakland has been outdone by the other 31 teams, leaving it in terrible position. The Raiders have signed center Rodney Hudson to...
Via This Given Sunday
20 days ago  |  Discuss
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