Player News - Raiders

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Raiders signed first-round OT Kolton Miller to a four-year, $13.651 million contract.

The deal includes a fifth-year team option for 2022. Miller went 15th overall in last month's draft following a standout career at UCLA. He protected Josh Rosen's blind side in college but will likely begin his NFL career at right tackle.
May 18 - 2:42 PM

Raiders signed fifth round DT Maurice Hurst to a four-year contract.

A first round talent, Hurst fell to Day 3 after getting flagged for a heart condition. He's on track to be fully cleared for training camp. Hurst should make a rookie-year impact if he stays healthy.
May 16 - 4:12 PM

The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office will not pursue domestic violence charges against Raiders LT Donald Penn.

Police were called to Penn's house last month for an alleged ordeal between Penn and his ex-wife. However, both sides deny there was any physical altercation. The league will probably conduct its own investigation, but we doubt anything comes of this. Penn should be out of the clear and ready Week 1. He can now turn his football attention to recovering from Lisfranc surgery.
May 9 - 2:13 PM

Raiders OT Kolton Miller is working exclusively at left tackle during rookie minicamp.

"We like [Miller] at left tackle," head coach Jon Gruden said. "He can bend, he's got the length that you're looking for and he's a sharp kid...that doesn't mean that's where they're going to end up, though." Miller is still projected to start at right tackle, but the Raiders could be wary that LT Donald Penn, who underwent Lisfranc surgery in December, won't be ready for camp. Miller earned second-team All-Pac 12 while blocking Josh Rosen's blind side in 2017, but Penn's availability remains of the utmost importance for Oakland's offensive line.
May 6 - 4:22 PM

Raiders signed sixth round ILB Azeem Victor to a four-year contract.

Victor started just five games as a senior due to suspensions. A low-ceiling late round flyer that graded as an 18th-percentile athlete at the Combine, Victor may be ticked for the practice squad.
May 5 - 7:07 PM

Raiders agreed to terms with LB Derrick Johnson, formerly of the Chiefs.

Johnson visited Oakland Thursday and came away with a concrete offer. Despite coming back from his second Achilles tear since 2014, Johnson was reasonably effective for the Chiefs last season. In their apparent blueprint to corner the market in 'veteran' talent, the Raiders are likely aware the 13-year pro turns 36 in November.
May 4 - 1:05 PM

Free agent LB Derrick Johnson is visiting the Raiders on Thursday.

Johnson would certainly fit the Raiders' apparent plan to get older this offseason, but that does not mean he would be a bad signing. Despite coming back from another Achilles tear, Johnson was reasonably effective for the Chiefs last year. The 13-year pro will turn 36 during the season.
May 3 - 9:16 AM

According to Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, coach Jon Gruden has "effectively replaced" Reggie McKenzie as the Raiders' general manager.

It's been pretty clear to see when looking at the Raiders' offseason; the team has taken on far more risky players than McKenzie ever did in his time calling the shots, and Gruden is going all out in adding a ton of veterans. Per Freeman, Gruden has "quietly consolidated power to the point where he's effectively the head coach, general manager, CEO and just about everything else." No other coach outside of maybe Bill Belichick has this much say in an organization, and we're not sure what Gruden has done to earn it. If he wins in Oakland it won't matter, but things could get ugly in a hurry if the Raiders don't turn this around immediately. That 10-year, $100 million contract -- the largest in NFL coaching history -- may prove to be a colossal mistake.
May 2 - 9:46 AM

NFL suspended Raiders G/T Vadal Alexander four games for violating the league's PED policy.

With the Raiders' bye not until Week 7, Alexander will be eligible to return in Week 5. The No. 234 overall pick of the 2016 draft, Alexander has made nine starts over the past two seasons, including four in 2017. This won't endear him to new coach Jon Gruden.
May 1 - 4:12 PM

In a statement provided to TMZ, Donald Penn's wife has denied Penn committed domestic violence.

"There was a verbal disagreement, there was no physical altercation," a rep for the couple said. "The two are in the middle of a divorce and it is a hard time for both parties." Penn allegedly poured a drink on his wife's head and grabbed her by the wrist. The police have some sorting out to do.
Apr 30 - 1:23 PM

TMZ Sports reports Raiders LT Donald Penn is a "suspect in a domestic violence incident."

According to TMZ, the police were called to Penn's home in Los Angeles on Sunday evening after an altercation in which he allegedly poured a drink on his wife's head and grabbed her by the wrist. Penn was allegedly not at the scene when police arrived. TMZ reports the incident is currently under investigation.
Source: TMZ Sports
Apr 30 - 11:46 AM

Raiders signed Ohio State TE Marcus Baugh.

Baugh (6’4/247) made 29 starts for the Buckeyes, logging a career 55/607/11.0/8 receiving line with five TDs on 28 receptions as a senior. Baugh’s forty time disappointed (4.83) at the Combine, however, and he tested out as a sluggish 20th-percentile athlete. On tape, Baugh failed to run fluid routes, showed below-average hands, and wasn’t a standout blocker. Baugh would do well to carve out a C.J. Uzomah-like career as a No. 2/3 tight end.
Apr 28 - 7:36 PM

Raiders signed Penn State LB Jason Cabinda.

Cabinda (6’1/239) made 36 starts for the Nittany Lions, tallying 16.5 career tackles for loss, six sacks, and three forced fumbles, and earning second-team All-Big Ten from the conference’s coaches as a senior. A high-motor run thumper, Cabinda’s tape reveals a non-explosive athlete with pass-coverage limitations. Cabinda’s ceiling is likely in the Vince Williams range as an early-career special teams prospect with an outside chance to become a two-down inside linebacker.
Apr 28 - 7:11 PM

Raiders acquired WR Ryan Switzer from the Cowboys in exchange for DT Jihad Ward.

It was obvious the Cowboys would part ways with a receiver following their acquisition of Tavon Austin, but it's surprising Switzer was the one to go. Taken in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Switzer was primarily limited to special teams in Dallas his rookie year. He'll likely be Oakland's primary kick and punt returner since the team dealt special teams ace Cordarrelle Patterson to New England in April.
Apr 28 - 6:05 PM

Raiders selected Oklahoma State WR Marcell Ateman with the No. 228 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Ateman (6’5/216) rebounded from a 2016 foot fracture to explode for a 59/1,156/19.6/8 receiving line as a redshirt senior, leading the nation in yards per route run (3.52) and earning second-team All-Big 12 opposite James Washington. Although Ateman is plus sized with advanced ball skills, he showed limited twitch and speed against Big 12 corners and is old for a rookie, turning 24 in September. Ateman managed a 4.62 forty and pedestrian vertical (34") and broad (10’1") jumps at the Combine. Ateman’s likely ceiling is a No. 3 possession-type wideout.
Apr 28 - 5:48 PM

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