Player News - Raiders

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Raiders selected Ohio State CB Gareon Conley with the No. 24 overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft.

Clearly a first-round talent, Conley was expected to slip into at least Day 2 because of rape allegations which surfaced early this week. Conley has not been charged with a crime, however, and reportedly passed a polygraph test on Thursday, for whatever that is worth. No matter why or how, the Raiders are clearly comfortable with the situation. On the field, Conley (6’0/195) started 26 games at Ohio State, tallying 19 pass breakups and six interceptions, and earning second-team All-Big Ten from the conference’s coaches as a junior. PFF College charged Conley with a nation-low 14.0 passer rating allowed in 2016. Plus sized with long arms (33"), 4.44 speed, and dynamic ball skills, Conley profiles as a playmaking man-cover corner.
Apr 27 - 10:55 PM

Ohio State CB Gareon Conley will submit a DNA sample during his Monday meeting with police.

Conley has steadfastly maintained his innocence, and says he has evidence that will prove it. There have been reports Conley could still go in the first round on Thursday, but a slide still seems more likely. His situation is too uncertain.
Apr 27 - 4:51 PM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero cautions "not to overlook" the possibility of the Cowboys stopping Ohio State CB Gareon Conley's slide.

Conley visited Dallas during the pre-draft process, and fielded a call from the team Wednesday. As Pelissero points out, the Cowboys are no strangers to risk tasking, and need a cornerback. Conley's situation is similar to La'El Collins', whom the Cowboys signed after he went undrafted in 2015. CBS' Jason La Canfora reported earlier Thursday that Conley could still go in the first round.
Apr 27 - 3:41 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora believes Ohio State CB Gareon Conley could still come off the board in the first round.

La Canfora came to his conclusion after "the more phone calls I make and more teams I talk to." Conley has called the rape accusation against him "untrue, wrongful and malicious." Perhaps teams believe him after talking to him and examining the publicly-available evidence. Conley isn't set to talk with police until Monday. It's still an extremely volatile situation. A long slide remains a distinct possibility.
Apr 27 - 12:56 PM

A league source told Profootballtalk.com that the "current buzz" is Ohio State CB Gareon Conley will slip into round three after he was accused of rape by a Cleveland woman this week.

It's better than not being drafted at all, of course, which became a distinct possibility when the allegations were made. Our takeaway from this report is that NFL teams are putting in time on Conley's situation and may be determining that they believe the allegations to be potentially false. Before being accused of the felony crime, Conley was a sure-fire first-round prospect.
Apr 26 - 8:32 PM

Marshawn Lynch's two-year deal with the Raiders has a max value of $16.5 million.

It's a lot of money for a 31-year-old who was out of the league last season. The deal is highly incentive laden but has a base of $9 million. Lynch's contract locks him in as Oakland's Week 1 starter.
Apr 26 - 6:56 PM

Ohio State CB Gareon Conley released a statement calling the rape allegations against him "untrue, wrongful, and malicious."

"The allegations ... are completely false," Conley said. "I did not commit a crime and have not been charged with a crime. I pride myself on doing things the right way on and off the field. The things being said about me and what happened that night are not true and don't fit my character at all. I realize that I put himself in the situation and I could have used better judgment. However, I have worked tirelessly to put myself in position to have the honor of being an NFL draft pick and these untrue allegations are putting a huge cloud over my name. These allegations appear to be an attempt to ruin this once-in-a-lifetime experience for me and my family. There were several witnesses including another female, who were present the entire time and have given statements that give an accurate account of what took place." The entire statement can be read at the below link.
Apr 26 - 3:28 PM

Raiders acquired RB Marshawn Lynch and a 2018 sixth-round pick from the Seahawks in exchange for a 2018 fifth-round pick.

Lynch is in Oakland Wednesday to take his physical, which he should pass considering he's rarely been injured in his career and is coming off a year in retirement. The Raiders apparently were impressed with Lynch's conditioning at his recent visit. Lynch is getting a two-year deal from the Raiders, though it's likely a one-year pact with an option. He just turned 31 but will be running behind a top-three offensive line, which is a massive upgrade from his final year in Seattle.
Apr 26 - 10:42 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Raiders and Marshawn Lynch have agreed to a two-year contract.

Lynch will be in Oakland on Wednesday to take his physical, and if/once he passes the Raiders and Seahawks will finalize a trade. Deadlines spur action, and before the start of the draft on Thursday was when everyone involved wanted to get this thing done. Lynch turned 31 last week and was showing signs of decline in 2015 with Seattle. Maybe the year off did his body some good.
Apr 26 - 9:24 AM

Ohio State CB Gareon Conley will meet with Cleveland police on Monday.

Accused of rape, Conley "fervently" denies the allegations. A projected first-round pick, Conley had been in Philadelphia for the draft, but has returned home. Much like La'El Collins two years ago, it's possible Conley goes from Day 1 to undrafted if his situation doesn't have a sense of resolution by Thursday. Seeing as he's not meeting with police until next week, teams are extremely unlikely to feel comfortable with his situation by draft time.
Apr 25 - 6:51 PM

Ohio State CB Gareon Conley has been accused of rape by a Cleveland woman, but adamantly denies the allegations.

Conley's agent has called the claims "ludicrous and ridiculous," and says they were made out of spite. Taken to a local hospital following the alleged incident, the woman refused to speak with police. No charges have been filed, and Conley has yet to speak with police. Conley has been considered a sure-fire first-rounder, and perhaps even a top-10 pick. With so little time between now and Thursday, the incident will affect Conley's draft stock, regardless of whether or not it's true.
Source: TMZ.com
Apr 25 - 1:27 PM

Seahawks GM John Schneider said the Raiders and Marshawn Lynch are "still talking."

Schneider also reiterated the draft deadline Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie set for a deal last week. "I would think Reggie would want to go into the draft knowing that they have another runner or not," Schneider said. The Raiders reportedly want to pay Lynch $3 million a year while the running back is looking for closer to $5 million. A compromise near the $3.5 million Adrian Peterson will get from the Saints could work for both sides, but it needs to happen quickly.
Apr 25 - 9:31 AM

Seahawks GM John Schneider acknowledges the draft is the likely deadline for a Marshawn Lynch trade.

Schneider was echoing Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie. Lynch has to agree to a contract with the Raiders before the teams can hammer out trade compensation.
Apr 24 - 2:39 PM

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Raiders are offering Marshawn Lynch a $3 million salary.

Lynch wants closer to $5 million. It explains what’s been holding up talks between the sides. The Raiders expect to reach a deal with Lynch before the draft.
Apr 21 - 6:02 PM

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said he feels "good" about getting an extension done with Derek Carr before training camp.

Carr said earlier this week that his goal was to have a deal in place by the start of training camp and McKenzie seems to have a similar vision. The 26-year-old missed time with a broken fibula late last season but has been a full participant at OTAs. He'll earn a base salary of $977,519 in the final year of his rookie deal.
Apr 21 - 3:10 PM


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