Player News - Raiders

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Impending free agent LT Donald Penn doesn't plan to give the Raiders a hometown discount.

Penn compared himself to HBO, saying he's played at a "promotional price" but now the Raiders will have to pay "full price for the shows they love." Penn might not be on Game of Thrones level, but he was still one of the better tackles in football last year and should get a nice payday on the open market. Cordy Glenn, Russell Okung and Kelvin Beachum are a few other big-name tackles in this year's free agent class.
Feb 5 - 2:06 PM

The Houston Chronicle's John McClain reports the Raiders will host the Texans in a regular-season game in Mexico City next season.

The Raiders' stadium situation in Oakland is unsettled, so it makes sense to send one of their home games abroad. The Texans have consistently expressed their desire to play in Mexico, and the two teams are scheduled to play next season. It is a perfect fit. The last NFL game in Mexico was a 2005 regular-season clash between the Cardinals and 49ers played before a crowd of 103,467.
Feb 4 - 11:55 AM

CSN Bay Area reports there's "still lots of uncertainty" surrounding Raiders DE/OLB Mario Edwards' neck injury.

Edwards suffered a neck injury in December that revealed a pre-existing, "possibly genetic" issue. Asked if Edwards' career was in jeopardy, GM Reggie McKenzie responded "I don't even want to think along those lines." The No. 35 overall pick of May's draft, Edwards had a strong rookie season, making an impression as both a run stopper and pass rusher.
Feb 2 - 5:16 PM

Raiders owner Mark Davis said the team is working on a one-year lease with the Oakland Coliseum.

Davis is actively pursuing options which would move the team in the future, but he said the "No. 1 plan" is to secure a deal in Oakland for 2016. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has said the sides need to secure a new lease before opening discussions on a "permanent, beautiful" stadium. The future is murky, but the Raiders will play at least one more season in Oakland.
Feb 2 - 10:30 AM

In a memo sent to all 32 teams, the NFL said, "There is no prohibition under league rules on a team moving to any particular city."

The memo was in response to Raiders owner Mark Davis' reported desire to move his team to Las Vegas, a move the league would likely resist considering their stance on gambling. Davis met with Sands casino CEO Sheldon Adelson Friday regarding a $1 billion dome stadium Adelson plans to build in Vegas. After striking out in Los Angeles, Davis appears open to any and all options.
Jan 30 - 1:18 PM

Raiders owner Mark Davis is in Las Vegas on Friday morning meeting with Sands casino chairman Sheldon Adelson about his support of an NFL stadium in "Sin City."

The Raiders-to-Las Vegas story has escalated rapidly over the past 24 hours, and Bleacher Report's Jason Cole, who's following relocation situations closely, reports the Raiders' potential move to Vegas is "very real." It won't happen this year, but Davis is intent on pursuing viable solutions for his franchise after it drew the shortest stick at the Owners' Meetings earlier this month. The O.co Coliseum is simply no longer functional. Adelson reportedly wants to build a $1 billion dome in Vegas, with or without a team.
Jan 29 - 11:37 AM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports the possibility of the Raiders moving to Las Vegas is "very real," and that owner Mark Davis has been discussing the possibility with casino magnate Sheldon Adelson for "two years."

Concurrently, longtime Raiders reporter Bill Williamson reports Las Vegas is "confident" about attracting a team to town. Almost assuredly, lots of this is hot air, but it's something to be taken seriously since the Raiders' Oakland situation is beyond tenuous at this point. The major roadblock is the NFL's extreme aversion toward appearing to support gambling. Of all the league's 32 owners, Davis is probably near the bottom when it comes to the kind of clout that would be needed to persuade for such a move.
Jan 28 - 8:36 PM

FOX Las Vegas reports Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is looking to spearhead a project to build a $1 billion, domed football stadium "with or without a team."

The stadium would be built on 42 acres of land recently purchased by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It would reportedly be a "public-private partnership," with the developers possibly requesting that "funds from hotel room taxes be diverted to the project." The news comes the same day that word leaked Raiders owner Mark Davis will be visiting the city to survey the site on Friday. The NFL's queasiness about gambling would be a major hurdle to relocating a team to the Nevada desert.
Jan 28 - 8:10 PM

Top Raiders brass will reportedly visit Las Vegas on Friday to scout a potential stadium site.

The reports are all a bit secondhand, but are based on a memo from University of Nevada Las Vegas president Len Jessup. Owner Mark Davis said he would neither confirm nor deny the report. With stadium efforts going exactly nowhere in Oakland, and Davis dead set against a move to St. Louis, Vegas is a highly interesting wild card option. The town has long been desperate for a professional team of any kind, but faced resistance as the American hub of legalized gambling.
Jan 28 - 6:45 PM

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said the team considered "shutting" down Amari Cooper in December due to a foot injury.

McKenzie said he was "impressed" by how Cooper "toughed it out" down the stretch. Cooper dropped 6-120-2 on the Packers in Week 15, but otherwise failed to exceed 20 receiving yards in three of Oakland's final four games. Cooper still had a highly successful rookie year (72-1,070-6) and won't turn 22 years old until June. He's an easy top-ten receiver in Dynasty leagues.
Jan 27 - 9:25 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Raiders could move to San Diego for the 2017 or 2018 season.

Schefter's source called the potential move "very viable." The Raiders-to-San Diego possibility was first reported two weeks ago by ESPN's John Clayton following a private discussion with Raiders owner Mark Davis. The Chargers are fully expected to join the Rams in Inglewood (CA), creating room for the Raiders in San Diego. Even after missing out on Los Angeles, Davis seems dead set on leaving Oakland. The Raiders have also been linked to San Antonio, but San Diego is a more realistic relocation option.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 24 - 9:08 AM

Owner Mark Davis would not commit to the Raiders playing in Oakland next season.

"We came in third," said Davis. The league is planning to give the Raiders $100 million toward building a new stadium but Davis said that won't "fill the gap." As if things weren't already complicated enough, the Raiders don't have a stadium lease for next season. The Oakland Athletics, who have shared the O.co Coliseum with the Raiders for the last 20 years, said Tuesday's announcement will not change the team's "goal of securing a new baseball-only facility." If the Chargers decide to stay in San Diego, which is certainly a possibility, the Raiders could end up sharing a stadium with the Rams in Inglewood. The Raiders showed preliminary interest in relocating to San Antonio last year and could pursue that option if the team can't find a way to make it work in Oakland or Los Angeles.
Jan 12 - 10:35 PM

The Raiders will have the option to share a stadium with the Rams in Inglewood, Cal. if the Chargers decide to stay in San Diego.

The league will give the Chargers and Raiders $100 million each in compensation if either decides to stay put but we're guessing the Chargers will eventually align with the Rams and share a stadium in Inglewood. The Chargers' preference was to split a venue with the Raiders in Carson but the owners preferred Stan Kroenke's Inglewood proposal. Assuming the Chargers and Rams come to an agreement, those teams will likely play in the Los Angeles Coliseum until the new stadium in Inglewood is ready. The $1.8 billion construction should be completed by 2019.
Jan 12 - 9:25 PM

The Raiders have withdrawn their request to relocate to Los Angeles.

NFL.com's Judy Battista reported earlier today that owners around the league were in "strong opposition" to the Raiders' relocation bid and now it appears they will stay put. The Raiders will obviously be compensated for bowing out of the L.A. sweepstakes, either with money to build a new stadium or as NFL Network's Ian Rapoport described it, "favorable consideration" for future relocation bids. While the Rams are officially headed to Los Angeles, we're still waiting on a decision from the Chargers, who have the option to either join the Rams in Inglewood or stay in San Diego. The proposed stadium that the Raiders and Chargers had once planned to share in Carson is now off the table.
Jan 12 - 8:34 PM

Andre Holmes was not targeted in the season finale.

Holmes finishes the season with 14 receptions for 201 yards and four scores. Retained on an original-round tender last offseason, Holmes will likely be leaving for greener pastures as an unrestricted free agent this spring. Holmes should get some interest as a rangy receiver with deep speed.
Jan 3 - 8:26 PM


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