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Raiders re-signed DT C.J. Wilson to a two-year contract.

28-year-old Wilson's calling card is versatility, as he can line up at any interior line position and even play strong-side defensive end in a pinch. He finished 2014 with 23 tackles and a pair of sacks, starting 7-of-16 games. Wilson should return as a reserve behind Dan Williams and Antonio Smith.
Mar 25 - 10:46 PM

Coach Jack Del Rio confirmed he expects Latavius Murray and Trent Richardson to compete for the Raiders' starting running back job.

Del Rio stressed the word "compete" to Richardson when he signed with Oakland. Murray is in the driver's seat and should really run circles around Richardson if given a fair shake. But it's a bit concerning that the Raiders were so eager to add a back, first chasing DeMarco Murray before settling for T-Rich. Working in Latavius' favor is the fact that T-Rich has been one of the worst runners in the league the past two seasons.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 24 - 9:55 PM

Free agent DL C.J. Wilson will visit the Seahawks this week.

Wilson appeared in all 16 games (seven starts) with Oakland last season, recording 23 tackles and two sacks. He would be a candidate to play inside in Seattle's 4-3 scheme. Wilson turns 28 later this month.
Mar 21 - 7:30 PM

Trent Richardson's two-year contract contains just $600,000 in guaranteed money.

This is standard for lower-level free agents. The Raiders will keep Richardson through the offseason. If they don't like what they see, they'll eat the $600,000 and move on. The T-Rich signing was probably a best-case scenario for Latavius Murray' odds of winning Oakland's feature back role. It will likely discourage the Raiders from using an early draft pick at running back.
Mar 20 - 12:25 PM

Trent Richardson says the Colts' system "just didn't fit me."

"I just think it was a bad marriage," Richardson said. We'd argue anyone is a fit for a system where Andrew Luck is inviting soft fronts, but Richardson is correct that he never seemed to fully grasp OC Pep Hamilton's scheme. Still, the main problems were arguably Richardson's weight, and his poor decisions on the field. Richardson was prone to the wrong cut in Indy, a major issue for someone who's been so slow off the line. We don't have high hopes for his time in Oakland.
Mar 17 - 10:31 PM

New Raiders RB Trent Richardson's two-year deal is worth $3.9 million, with another $4.1 million available through incentives.

In other words, it's more than flier money. Unless the Raiders were facing some unknown competition for Richardson's services, it's an extremely surprising contract. Going on 25, Richardson has averaged 3.30 yards across his 614 career carries. Those are astoundingly bad numbers for any running back, let alone a former No. 3 overall pick. It will be a real shame if Richardson cuts into Latavius Murray's opportunities to establish himself as the Raiders' No. 1 back.
Mar 17 - 1:31 PM

Raiders signed RB Trent Richardson, formerly of the Colts.

Why not? Richardson is likely coming at the league minimum with little to no guaranteed money. The Raiders will give him a look-see during OTAs and see if he can make it to training camp with the club. It's a bit concerning for Latavius Murray owners that the Raiders seem hellbent on adding bodies at running back, but we wouldn't consider Richardson a real threat until he shows something on the field.
Mar 17 - 12:44 PM

Raiders signed QB Christian Ponder, formerly of the Vikings.

Ponder has ties to Raiders OC Bill Musgrave and is the favorite to back up Derek Carr, where he'll likely be competing with Matt McGloin. His signing makes Matt Schaub expendable. The Raiders can save $5.5 million by cutting Schaub.
Mar 13 - 7:09 PM

Raiders signed CB James Dockery.

He gives the Raiders some depth at cornerback, but little else. Dockery hasn't started a game since 2012. His best chance to stick might be as a special teamer.
Mar 13 - 5:23 PM

The Raiders are hosting free agent Christian Ponder.

Matt Moore, Ponder, and Tarvaris Jackson are the "top" free agent quarterbacks left on the market. Matt Schaub would figure to be jettisoned were Ponder signed, leaving Ponder and Matt McGloin to battle to be Derek Carr's backup. Per ESPN's Adam Caplan, the Raiders are likely to sign Ponder shortly.
Mar 13 - 3:09 PM

Free agent CB James Dockery is expected to sign with the Raiders.

He's in Oakland right now taking his physical. Dockery was a backup for the Panthers last season and should occupy a similar role with Oakland.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 13 - 2:23 PM

The Titans are expected to "kick the tires" on free agent Trent Richardson once he clears waivers.

They won't be the only ones. Nobody is going to claim Richardson off waivers with his $3 million-plus salary, but once he clears there will likely be a handful of options. He won't command any guaranteed money and is still just 24 years old. Richardson talks a big game but has yet to back it up on the field.
Mar 13 - 11:33 AM

Colts waived RB Trent Richardson.

The move closes the book on the worst trade in recent memory. Acquired for a first-round pick in September 2013, T-Rich ended up averaging a pathetic 3.09 yards per carry on his 316 Colts totes. In between were weight and attitude problems. Whoever split the backfield with Richardson inevitably ran circles around him. T-Rich is still only 25 (in July), but due $3.184 million, he'll safely clear waivers. He'll have to be open to minimum contracts, and won't be assured of a 53-man roster spot wherever he ends up.
Mar 12 - 5:10 PM

Raiders signed S Nate Allen to a four-year, $23 million contract with $11.8 million guaranteed.

Opposing wideouts and tight ends torched Allen last season, but that didn't stop Oakland from pursuing him. He'll play free safety alongside veteran SS Charles Woodson. Brandian Ross will likely move to a reserve role now that Allen has joined the secondary. The money Oakland paid Allen is probably even beyond his agent's wildest dreams. Folks in Philly are chuckling.
Mar 12 - 1:07 PM

Free agent S Nate Allen will visit the Raiders.

The Raiders have put their abundance of cap space to aggressive use over the last two days, inking Roy Helu, Rodney Hudson, Curtis Lofton and Dan Williams. Allen got shredded on a weekly basis last season but still found a way to lead the Eagles with four interceptions. He'd start at free safety in Oakland.
Mar 11 - 11:47 AM


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