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ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson believes the Raiders would like to replace RG Khalif Barnes with a rookie.

Oakland landed promising LG Gabe Jackson in the third round last season. After adding C Rodney Hudson in free agency, drafting another immediate impact guard in this year's draft could solidify the Raiders' line for the foreseeable future. If Barnes is replaced, he could fill a role as a swing lineman in 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 25 - 11:12 AM

New Raiders WR Michael Crabtree admits he has a "lot to prove."

"A lot to prove," Crabtree reiterated. "Ain’t got nothing to lose and have a lot to prove." Crabtree hasn't been the same player since his 2013 Achilles' tear, and has developed a reputation as an unideal teammate. It's why he was limited to a one-year, incentive-laden deal in free agency. Especially with Derek Carr still being an unproven commodity, Crabtree is going to have a tough time reviving his career in Oakland.
Apr 23 - 8:53 PM

Raiders TE Nick Kasa (ACL) has yet to be cleared to practice.

Kasa tore up his knee last August. The No. 172 overall pick of the 2013 draft should be ready for camp, where his spot on the 53-man roster will be far from assured.
Apr 23 - 5:12 PM

The Raiders will host the Chargers in Week 16 on Christmas Eve night.

The NFL likes to avoid Christmas Day, but we've seen a number of Christmas Eve games. It makes sense to put two West Coast teams in this Thursday evening tilt, so the players can at least spend part of the night with their families.
Apr 21 - 8:08 PM

Raiders CB/ST Taiwan Jones is moving back to running back.

The No. 125 overall pick of the 2011 draft, Jones was drafted as a running back, but was designated as a corner the past two seasons. A special teamer by trade, Jones spent the vast majority of 2014 on injured reserve with a foot injury. Jones has averaged 4.3 yards on 27 career carries. We expect he'll see few, if any, offensive snaps in 2015.
Apr 21 - 7:19 PM

CSN Bay Area considers Michael Crabtree's $2.2 million in incentives "hard to reach."

Crabtree's one-year deal has a base value of $3 million. Beyond that, he'll receive a $400,000 bonus for posting either 70 catches or 900 yards. He'd get another $1.4 million if he clears 100/1,400. There's also a $400,000 Pro Bowl bonus. We'd consider Crabtree unlikely to reach any of his incentives.
Apr 16 - 4:36 PM

Raiders signed WR Michael Crabtree to a one-year, $3 million contract with another $2 million available through incentives.

A May 2013 Achilles' rupture sparked a sharp downturn in Crabtree's career, as he's been brutally slow-footed since and bottomed out by playing just 68.1 percent of the 49ers' snaps last season. His free agent market was predictably ice cold, with only the Dolphins, Raiders and Ravens showing any interest. That allowed Reggie McKenzie to swoop in, as he has massive holes at wideout and tons of money to burn after missing out on big-ticket WRs Randall Cobb and Jeremy Maclin. But if Crabtree was looking to rehab his value, the Black Hole isn't the place to do it. The Raiders haven't had a 1,000-yard receiver since 2005 (Randy Moss) and we wouldn't expect Crabtree to break that streak. He'll be part of a rotation with James Jones, Rod Streater, Andre Holmes and a draft pick.
Apr 13 - 8:10 PM

The Raiders, Dolphins and Ravens have shown the most interest in signing free agent WR Michael Crabtree.

Crabtree has visited Miami and Oakland, leaving both without a contract. The Ravens could also have him in, perhaps after May 13 when they'd no longer have to give up a compensatory pick to sign him. Crabtree wisely isn't rushing into a decision as he needs to land in the best spot possible to rebuild his crushed market. The Ravens, currently boasting Steve Smith and a bunch of nobodies at wideout for pass-happy Marc Trestman, have to be intriguing for Crabtree.
Apr 13 - 11:56 AM

ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson expects Roy Helu to be utilized in a "specialized role" in Oakland.

Latavius Murray and Trent Richardson will battle to be the Raiders' starter. While we wouldn't entirely rule out the possibility of Helu emerging as a factor at lead back, his likeliest role is change-of-pace/passing-down complement. ESPN scout Matt Williamson believes Helu can make an impact similar to Shane Vereen's in New England. Helu will be an RB4/5 in PPR leagues this year.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 10 - 2:29 PM

Raiders re-signed restricted free agent WR Rod Streater to a one-year, $2.356 million contract.

The Raiders gave Streater a second-round tender, which meant there was no shot he'd get an offer sheet from another team. It spoke to how high the franchise is on him, especially considering they only gave Andre Holmes a low tender. Per CSN Bay Area, Streater is "in terrific shape" following last season's nasty fractured foot and "is expected to play a significant role in this year's passing game." He'll be part of a committee for Derek Carr featuring James Jones, Holmes and a rookie.
Apr 9 - 8:02 AM

Raiders re-signed restricted free agent S Brandian Ross to a one-year, $1.542 million contract.

A jack of all trades but master of none, Ross has played both safety positions, some slot corner, and special teams over the past three seasons. The 25-year-old projects as Oakland's No. 3 safety this year -- behind FS Nate Allen and SS Charles Woodson -- though Ross should face competition in camp.
Apr 7 - 11:10 PM

Raiders re-signed S Larry Asante to a one-year, $1.542 million contract.

Asante was a restricted free agent, but we're surprised to see him back at that amount. Signed last October, Asante appeared in six games down the stretch, playing 170 snaps on defense. He'll fight for one of the Raiders' final 53-man roster spots in training camp.
Apr 7 - 5:00 PM

Andre Holmes has signed his $1.542 million restricted free agent tender.

This is normally a formality not even worth posting, but Holmes surprisingly got a low tender in March. It meant that any team could have signed him to a sheet and if the Raiders didn't match, they'd get no draft compensation. But Holmes didn't find any interest, so he'll be back as part of a rotation in the Raiders' weak receiving corps.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 7 - 8:08 AM

Free agent Michael Crabtree dropped 10-of-78 catchable passes in 2014.

His 12.82 percent drop rate was the fourth-worst among qualified receivers, behind only Mohamed Sanu, Torrey Smith, and Kelvin Benjamin. Diminished speed, a concerning injury history, and coming off a season where he couldn't catch the ball has certainly affected Crabtree's market. Crabtree also battled drops early in his career. Possession receivers like him need to have reliable hands.
Apr 6 - 8:42 PM

Free agent Michael Crabtree is visiting the Raiders Monday.

The Raiders whiffed on Randall Cobb and Jeremy Maclin in free agency, leaving them with James Jones, Andre Holmes and Rod Streater atop the depth chart again. It makes wideout arguably their biggest need. Crabtree isn't very exciting, but does have sure hands and should come cheaply on a one-year deal. He has to realize by now that he's not going to get anything more than $3 million.
Apr 6 - 12:01 PM


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