Player News - Raiders

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ESPN's Field Yates reports S Nate Allen's one-year deal with the Raiders is worth $3 million.

$1.85 million of that is guaranteed, and Allen can earn $2 million more through incentives. He was originally scheduled to earn $4.9 million guaranteed before being released this week. Knee issues limited Allen to five games last season, but he should be 100 percent for the offseason program.
Feb 13 - 9:44 AM

According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the Raiders will be "looking to add another running back" this offseason.

Although Latavius Murray's final rushing stats (266-1,066-6) look solid on paper, Murray mixed in long bouts of ineffectiveness and also seemed to fall into coach Jack Del Rio's doghouse a few times. Caplan suggests the Raiders could make a run at free agent Matt Forte, who would almost certainly take over for Murray as Oakland's starter. The Raiders are flush with cap space and could easily beat out most teams if Forte is looking to break the bank. The Raiders were major players in the 2015 DeMarco Murray "sweepstakes."
Feb 12 - 5:34 PM

The Raiders have signed a one-year lease to remain in Oakland's O.Co Coliseum for the 2016 season.

The band aid deal gives the Raiders an official 2016 home as they shop around for a long-term solution. Las Vegas is the latest relocation rumor du jour, but Los Angeles could end up Oakland's most likely home for 2017. If the Chargers work out a deal in San Diego, the Raiders will be Hollywood bound.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 11 - 5:28 PM

Raiders re-signed S Nate Allen.

Allen's release ended up being a procedural move. His original $4.9 million salary was set to become guaranteed on Wednesday, an untenable sum for a methodically declining player who missed 11 games with a knee issue in 2015. The terms of the new agreement are unclear. Allen will be in the mix for a starting job, but it's far from a guarantee.
Feb 11 - 4:59 PM

Raiders DB T.J. Carrie said he is open to playing safety.

Charles Woodson's retirement and Nate Allen's release opened up two holes in the secondary. Carrie filled in at safety while Allen was injured last season, and it is possible he becomes a safety-corner hybrid, playing safety in the base package and covering slot receivers in passing situations. Even if Carrie fills one of the openings, the Raiders need to bring in at least one starter-quality safety this offseason.
Feb 11 - 9:49 AM

Raiders released S Nate Allen.

Allen signed a "four-year, $23 million" contract last March, but ended up appearing in only five games for the Silver and Black, making three starts. He missed 11 contests with a knee issue. The move creates $5 million in cap space, and leaves behind no dead money. His $4.9 million salary was set to become guaranteed on Wednesday, forcing the move. Going on 29, Allen hasn't been effective in quite some time.
Feb 9 - 5:07 PM

Impending free agent LT Donald Penn doesn't plan to give the Raiders a hometown discount.

Penn compared himself to HBO, saying he's played at a "promotional price" but now the Raiders will have to pay "full price for the shows they love." Penn might not be on Game of Thrones level, but he was still one of the better tackles in football last year and should get a nice payday on the open market. Cordy Glenn, Russell Okung and Kelvin Beachum are a few other big-name tackles in this year's free agent class.
Feb 5 - 2:06 PM

The Houston Chronicle's John McClain reports the Raiders will host the Texans in a regular-season game in Mexico City next season.

The Raiders' stadium situation in Oakland is unsettled, so it makes sense to send one of their home games abroad. The Texans have consistently expressed their desire to play in Mexico, and the two teams are scheduled to play next season. It is a perfect fit. The last NFL game in Mexico was a 2005 regular-season clash between the Cardinals and 49ers played before a crowd of 103,467.
Feb 4 - 11:55 AM

CSN Bay Area reports there's "still lots of uncertainty" surrounding Raiders DE/OLB Mario Edwards' neck injury.

Edwards suffered a neck injury in December that revealed a pre-existing, "possibly genetic" issue. Asked if Edwards' career was in jeopardy, GM Reggie McKenzie responded "I don't even want to think along those lines." The No. 35 overall pick of May's draft, Edwards had a strong rookie season, making an impression as both a run stopper and pass rusher.
Feb 2 - 5:16 PM

Raiders owner Mark Davis said the team is working on a one-year lease with the Oakland Coliseum.

Davis is actively pursuing options which would move the team in the future, but he said the "No. 1 plan" is to secure a deal in Oakland for 2016. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has said the sides need to secure a new lease before opening discussions on a "permanent, beautiful" stadium. The future is murky, but the Raiders will play at least one more season in Oakland.
Feb 2 - 10:30 AM

In a memo sent to all 32 teams, the NFL said, "There is no prohibition under league rules on a team moving to any particular city."

The memo was in response to Raiders owner Mark Davis' reported desire to move his team to Las Vegas, a move the league would likely resist considering their stance on gambling. Davis met with Sands casino CEO Sheldon Adelson Friday regarding a $1 billion dome stadium Adelson plans to build in Vegas. After striking out in Los Angeles, Davis appears open to any and all options.
Jan 30 - 1:18 PM

Raiders owner Mark Davis is in Las Vegas on Friday morning meeting with Sands casino chairman Sheldon Adelson about his support of an NFL stadium in "Sin City."

The Raiders-to-Las Vegas story has escalated rapidly over the past 24 hours, and Bleacher Report's Jason Cole, who's following relocation situations closely, reports the Raiders' potential move to Vegas is "very real." It won't happen this year, but Davis is intent on pursuing viable solutions for his franchise after it drew the shortest stick at the Owners' Meetings earlier this month. The O.co Coliseum is simply no longer functional. Adelson reportedly wants to build a $1 billion dome in Vegas, with or without a team.
Jan 29 - 11:37 AM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports the possibility of the Raiders moving to Las Vegas is "very real," and that owner Mark Davis has been discussing the possibility with casino magnate Sheldon Adelson for "two years."

Concurrently, longtime Raiders reporter Bill Williamson reports Las Vegas is "confident" about attracting a team to town. Almost assuredly, lots of this is hot air, but it's something to be taken seriously since the Raiders' Oakland situation is beyond tenuous at this point. The major roadblock is the NFL's extreme aversion toward appearing to support gambling. Of all the league's 32 owners, Davis is probably near the bottom when it comes to the kind of clout that would be needed to persuade for such a move.
Jan 28 - 8:36 PM

FOX Las Vegas reports Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is looking to spearhead a project to build a $1 billion, domed football stadium "with or without a team."

The stadium would be built on 42 acres of land recently purchased by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It would reportedly be a "public-private partnership," with the developers possibly requesting that "funds from hotel room taxes be diverted to the project." The news comes the same day that word leaked Raiders owner Mark Davis will be visiting the city to survey the site on Friday. The NFL's queasiness about gambling would be a major hurdle to relocating a team to the Nevada desert.
Jan 28 - 8:10 PM

Top Raiders brass will reportedly visit Las Vegas on Friday to scout a potential stadium site.

The reports are all a bit secondhand, but are based on a memo from University of Nevada Las Vegas president Len Jessup. Owner Mark Davis said he would neither confirm nor deny the report. With stadium efforts going exactly nowhere in Oakland, and Davis dead set against a move to St. Louis, Vegas is a highly interesting wild card option. The town has long been desperate for a professional team of any kind, but faced resistance as the American hub of legalized gambling.
Jan 28 - 6:45 PM


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