Player News - Raiders

Date: Team: Pos:

Derek Carr (broken leg) told LT Donald Penn he is "almost 100 percent."

Penn relayed the news while sharing an NFL Network set with David Carr, who added his brother plans to get in a "full offseason." Perhaps the Raiders take it slow with their franchise quarterback during OTAs, but there is no reason to worry about his availability. Entering the final year of his rookie deal, Carr should land a long-term extension before the start of the season.
Feb 23 - 8:50 AM

ESPN's Paul Gutierrez views free agent LB Malcolm Smith as expendable.

Smith led Oakland in tackles last year but his production declined across the board. It sounds like the Raiders only want him back on a team-friendly deal. The Raiders view suspended OLB Aldon Smith as a potential weak-side replacement.
Source: ESPN
Feb 22 - 7:10 PM

ESPN's Paul Gutierrez does not expect impending free agent CB D.J. Hayden to re-sign with the Raiders.

Hayden might have had his best season in 2016 playing primarily in the slot, but he still was a below-average starter who managed just 11 games before landing on injured reserve. It is extremely unlikely Hayden will ever live up to his first-round cost, but a change of scenery could do him some good.
Source: ESPN
Feb 21 - 1:11 PM

New Raiders OC Todd Downing said the changes to the offense "will be very subtle."

"We’re going to keep the same system terminology. There’s no reason to change any of that stuff," Downing said. "All we’re doing right now is finding the ways that we can all individually do our jobs better, prepare our positions better, and how we can just quarter-turn a couple things to make the offense as efficient as possible." Considering Oakland finished sixth in total offense and seventh in scoring in 2016, Downing does not have much to "fix," but his head coach probably would like to the see the running game emphasized more consistently.
Source: ESPN
Feb 16 - 9:27 AM

Derek Carr will have more freedom at the line of scrimmage in 2017.

"There’s been a lot made about his command at the line of scrimmage. There’s certainly going to be opportunities for Derek to do that," new OC Todd Downing said. "Where I see him needing a little bit more command is just being able to share his thoughts of gameplans. Being a student of the game, as he already is, but vocalize what he likes and doesn’t like." Carr had limited pre-snap freedom under ex-OC Bill Musgrave. Entering his fourth season, he’s going to have a lot more input on the Raiders' offense. Playing behind a top-five line with most of his weapons returning, Carr is a good bet to build on his 2016 stats.
Source: ESPN
Feb 15 - 7:14 PM

ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez says it’s up in the air if the Raiders will re-sign free agent OT Menelik Watson.

Watson has never put together a full season since getting drafted in 2013. He was the starting right tackle out of training camp but fell behind Austin Howard after returning from a calf injury in Week 9. Watson will draw interest from multiple teams if he’s not re-signed. He’s Rotoworld’s No. 5 free-agent tackle.
Source: ESPN
Feb 15 - 7:04 PM

Speaking about impending free agent Latavius Murray, GM Reggie McKenzie said the Raiders "want to re-sign our own players."

"When you're talking about a guy who is 6-foot-3, close to 230 pounds, there's not a whole lot of similar you can get there," McKenzie said specifically of Murray. "There's 31 other teams out there who may be communicating to his representatives. We'll see where it goes, but we like to re-sign our guys." The San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur expects the Raiders to move on from Murray after attempting to replace him in back-to-back offseasons, but McKenzie does not sound so sure. If Murray moves on, the Raiders will likely add a power back in the draft to pair with Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington.
Feb 13 - 11:15 PM

Officer Grace Gatpandan said Raiders suspended OLB Aldon Smith is "cooperating with SFPD" regarding an incident which occurred over the weekend.

Gatpandan did not disclose the nature of the investigation, saying just that Smith "was mentioned in the report." TMZ Sports reported Smith is being investigated for a "domestic incident." Hoping to get reinstated in March, this is a bad look for Smith even if the investigation comes to nothing.
Source: ESPN
Feb 13 - 10:23 PM

TMZ Sports reports suspended Raiders OLB Aldon Smith is under investigation in California for a "domestic incident."

Smith was not reinstated during the 2016 season -- a decision made by the NFL that was not well received by the Raiders -- and he now may be in trouble again. Details are vague, however. Per TMZ, cops were called to a home in San Francisco where Smith was questioned along with an "alleged victim." Expect more information to surface about the incident over the next few hours/days.
Source: TMZ.com
Feb 13 - 5:38 PM

The San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur expects the Raiders to move on from free agent Latavius Murray.

The Raiders have tried replacing Murray in each of the last two offseasons, courting DeMarco Murray in 2015 before flirting with Matt Forte and the idea of drafting Ezekiel Elliott last year, only to whiff on all three. They also kept Latavius in frustrating three- and four-man committees for most of the 2016 season. Look for the Raiders to add a power back in the draft. Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington will return as change-of-pace options.
Feb 13 - 4:15 PM

Raiders signed coach Jack Del Rio to a four-year extension.

Del Rio had two years remaining on his contract but gets a deserved pay raise after being one of the lowest paid coaches in the league. Oakland's defense has underwhelmed under Del Rio, but he has the Raiders on the right track coming off a 12-win season. Del Rio's new deal keeps him signed through 2020.
Feb 10 - 8:09 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, "barring a slip up," suspended Raiders OLB Aldon Smith will be reinstated in March.

Smith met with commissioner Roger Goodell in December but his reinstatement bid was deferred for another three months. Now Smith appears to be home-free as long as he can stay clean. Substance abuse issues have derailed Smith's career in recent years but he's still an important pass rusher for the Raiders. The 27-year-old's contract is up after next season.
Feb 5 - 1:30 PM

Associated Press named Raiders DE Khalil Mack its 2016 Defensive Player of the Year.

Mack edged out Von Miller, Landon Collins, and Rams DT Aaron Donald. He had another All Pro season with 73 tackles, 11 sacks, and five forced fumbles. Mack led the NFL with 96 total pressures, grading out as PFF’s top ranked edge-rusher. It’s the first time since 2013 that J.J. Watt hasn’t won the award. Entering his age-26 season, Mack is under team control for the next two years but the Raiders want to extend him. Mack could become one of the highest paid players in the league this offseason.
Feb 4 - 7:35 PM

Roger Goodell said he does not "see an ownership position in a team from a casino."

He added the NFL likely would not approve a stadium deal involving a casino, either. These comments make clear why the Raiders cut out casino magnate Sheldon Adelson from their proposed move to Las Vegas, but that decision has threatened their financing for a new stadium. Goodell also did not promise the league will approve a move to Vegas, saying "there's a great deal more work to be done" before that decision is made. The relocation once looked like a slam-dunk, but it has lost considerable steam in the last week.
Source: ESPN
Feb 2 - 9:37 AM

The San Diego Union-Tribune's Kevin Acee reports San Diego officials have reached out to the Raiders to gauge their interest in the city.

It's unclear if the two sides exchanged any words, but the mayor of San Diego apparently recently talked with an "NFL official" to let the league know the city is interested in again having an NFL team after the Chargers left for L.A. The Chargers left because the city wouldn't help finance a stadium for the past almost-two decades. We doubt the Raiders would move to San Diego without having an upgrade on Qualcomm Stadium. And the NFL may not even approve it if it thinks three teams in Southern California is too many. Ultimately, Vegas is still the favorite to land the Raiders.
Jan 31 - 8:22 PM


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