Player News - Raiders

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If the league approves the Raiders' move to Las Vegas, the team would hope to relocate in time for the 2020 season.

The Raiders are expected to file paperwork for their move in the coming days, setting the stage for a vote this spring. 24-of-32 owners would have to approve the move. If it passes, the Raiders would build a $1.9 billion stadium in Las Vegas. Of that $1.9 billion, the Raiders would contribute $500 million with the rest coming from casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and Clark County hotel tax revenue. The Raiders would be the first NFL franchise and only the second franchise in the four major sports to play in Las Vegas.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 15 - 1:16 PM

The Raiders are expected to open extension talks with coach Jack Del Rio soon.

Del Rio has two years left on his deal but is one of the lowest paid coaches in the league. He'll get a raise after leading Oakland to a 12-win season. Del Rio is a candidate for Coach of the Year.
Jan 14 - 4:15 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Raiders will file relocation papers with the league in an effort to move from Oakland to Las Vegas.

Owners will vote on the proposed move this spring, but it would be a surprise if the Raiders do not get the 24 votes they need to make their relocation official. The organization is hoping to move into a $1.9 billion stadium project partially financed by casino owner Sheldon Adelson, but that deal has not been finalized. It likely will need to be before the owners vote on the move.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 14 - 9:22 AM

Impending free agent Matt McGloin said he wants to sign "somewhere they'll give me a chance to compete for a starting role."

McGloin didn't show much in his only 2016 start before going down with a shoulder injury. He's had some preseason success but is a 58 percent career passer. The Texans are a potential landing spot for McGloin, who played under coach Bill O'Brien in college. McGloin could end up this year's Chase Daniel.
Source: ESPN
Jan 13 - 6:20 PM

Impending free agent Latavius Murray expressed a desire to re-sign with the Raiders.

"I wanna stay put and finish what I started," Murray said. The former sixth-round pick got his first chance late in the 2014 season and never really looked back. He's rushed 543 times for 2,278 yards (4.2 YPC) and 20 touchdowns over the past 2.5 seasons, finishing with a career-high 12 end-zone trips in 2016. Murray frustratingly shared work with rookies DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard, but remained the No. 1 back all year. He turns 27 next week.
Jan 10 - 9:08 PM

The NFL reportedly believes the Raiders are done in Oakland and is working to "clear a path" for their move to Las Vegas.

The league is meeting to discuss the situation on Wednesday. Owner Mark Davis has been frank about his desire to uproot the team for Sin City. It appears the Bay Area will be losing its only competitive football team.
Jan 10 - 6:51 PM

Raiders promoted QBs coach Todd Downing to offensive coordinator.

It appears the Raiders let OC Bill Musgrave walk for the express purpose of promoting Downing, who is a sprightly 36 years old. Per the San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur, Downing was a "hot" coaching candidate, and had been contacted by 4-5 teams. Beginning with Detroit in 2011, Downing has been coaching quarterbacks for six years. He has never coordinated an offense. The Raiders are obviously extremely high on the work he's done with Derek Carr.
Jan 10 - 5:43 PM

Raiders signed TE Cooper Helfet, CB Kenneth Durden, DE Jimmy Bean, WR K.J. Brent, DE Demetrius Cherry, WR Jaydon Mickens, TE Ryan O'Malley, and OGs Ian Silberman and Oni Omoile to reserve/future contracts.

Helfet is a former Seahawks player. Bean went undrafted out of Oklahoma State last year despite prolific college pass-rush stats.
Jan 9 - 5:18 PM

Seth Roberts caught 1-of-7 targets for one yard in the Raiders' Wild Card loss to the Texans.

Ouch. That's about as little production one can produce on seven targets. Roberts served as the Raiders' No. 3 receiver all season, catching some big touchdowns, but overall he wasn't much of a factor in fantasy. Roberts ends the year with a 39-398-5 line on 80 targets. He'll be back to compete for a role next season but could face competition for No. 3 duties.
Jan 7 - 9:10 PM

Clive Walford caught 2-of-2 targets for 16 yards in the Raiders' Wild Card loss to the Texans.

Walford caught three or fewer passes in all but one game this season. The Raiders wanted him to take on a bigger role in the pass game as a sophomore, but it never really happened with Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree dominating the targets. He finishes with 35 catches for 375 yards and three touchdowns. Walford is unlikely to be a top-10 tight end in fantasy next season.
Jan 7 - 9:08 PM

Amari Cooper caught 2-of-10 targets for 10 yards in the Raiders' Wild Card loss to the Texans.

A fitting end to Cooper's mostly-disappointing fantasy season. Cooper dropped a sideline shot from Connor Cook on a perfect throw, and he was overthrown over the middle on one of Cook's three interceptions. Cooper cut his drops from 18 as a rookie to just five in his second season, but was super inconsistent on the whole. Cooper had four 100-yard games in 2016, but had none after Week 8 and failed to top 60 yards in eight of the final nine games. He still finished as fantasy's WR12 with an 85-1,164-5 line, but the Raiders undoubtedly will want more from him in 2017 as he continues to grow as a 23-year-old. He might be able to be had on the cheap(ish) in Dynasty league after such a down finish.
Jan 7 - 9:02 PM

Michael Crabtree caught 2-of-7 targets for 33 yards in the Raiders' Wild Card loss to the Texans.

Crabtree suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter and never came back into the game. He dropped another pass in this one on a critical 2nd-and-9 play in the first half. Crabtree led all receivers this season with 13 drops and the Raiders as a team dropped the most passes in the league. Crabtree still had a fine year, catching 91-of-149 targets for 1,036 yards and eight touchdowns, and was far more consistent on a weekly basis than teammate Amari Cooper. But the drops were a big drain on the offense at times. Crabtree has three years left on his contract and will be entering his age-30 season in 2017. He should still be a fine WR2 next year in a high-powered offense that has its arrow pointing up.
Jan 7 - 8:55 PM

Andre Holmes caught 4-of-4 targets for 50 yards and one touchdown in the Raiders' Wild Card loss to the Texans.

He led the Raiders in catches and yards and scored their lone passing touchdown. Holmes didn't get into the game much until the fourth quarter when Michael Crabtree left with a concussion. His touchdown came with the Raiders trailing by 20. Holmes has big-play ability at 6'4/210 and will be a free agent in March after posting a meager 18-176-4 line in 2016. Holmes is a valued member of the Raiders but would be wise to look for an increased role in free agency at 29 years old.
Jan 7 - 8:48 PM

Jalen Richard rushed three times for three yards in the Raiders' Wild Card loss to the Texans.

He added two catches for eight yards. Richard's most notable play was a 37-yard punt return in the first half to flip the field position and set Latavius Murray up for his rushing touchdown. The UDFA out of Souther Miss had a strong rookie year, rushing 86 times for 494 yards (5.7 YPC) and one score while sharing No. 2 duties with DeAndre Washington. He also made a dent as a receiver, catching 31 balls for 202 yards and two touchdowns. If Murray walks as a free agent, Richard and Washington could form a 1-2 punch in 2017 for Oakland.
Jan 7 - 8:36 PM

DeAndre Washington rushed four times for 16 yards in the Raiders' Wild Card loss to the Texans.

He dropped his lone target. Washington had seen 24 carries in the previous three games, scoring a pair of touchdowns, but the Raiders leaned heavily on Latavius Murray in the first half before being forced to abandon the run after the break. Washington, a fifth-rounder in 2016, finishes his rookie year with 91 carries for 483 yards and a pair of scores. He caught 17 balls for 115 scoreless yards. With Murray set to be a free agent, Washington and UDFA Jalen Richard could form a formidable timeshare in 2017 if Murray goes elsewhere.
Jan 7 - 8:26 PM


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