Player News - Raiders

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Unless Maurice Jones-Drew takes a pay cut, it's unlikely he'll be back with the Raiders.

Jones-Drew costs $2.4 million against the cap, a steep price for a player who averaged 2.2 yards per carry last season. With 25-year-old Latavius Murray ready to take on a bigger role, don't be surprised if the Raiders ditch both Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden this offseason.
Feb 23 - 5:40 PM

Raiders signed K Giorgio Tavecchio.

Despite bouncing around training camps the last few seasons, Tavecchio has yet to appear in an NFL game. With Sebastian Janikowski under contract until 2018, Tavecchio is unlikely to see the field in Oakland, either.
Feb 23 - 3:05 PM

The Chargers and Raiders have teamed up to plan a $1.7 billion stadium in Carson, Ca. "in the event they can't get deals done" in their current cities by the end of 2015.

Spurred by Rams owner Stan Kroenke's stadium proposal in Inglewood, Ca., the Chargers and Raiders are turning the thermometer up to 100 on their current cities. "We are pursuing this stadium option in Carson for one straightforward reason: If we cannot find a permanent solution in our home markets, we have no alternative but to preserve other options to guarantee the future economic viability of our franchises," the teams said in a statement. A proposal will be publicly unveiled on Friday. The battle to bring football back to L.A. is fast turning into a street fight. Kroenke has a leg up in the planning, but could be held back by St. Louis' surprisingly robust response to his threat to move.
Feb 19 - 9:58 PM

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said Latavius Murray "showed that he can be a player" in 2014.

He certainly did, rushing for 413 yards over the final six games including a breakout 112-yard effort against Kansas City in Week 12. New coach Jack Del Rio recently stopped short of declaring Murray the starter, but we seriously doubt aging Maurice Jones-Drew is a threat. The Raiders aren't expected to re-sign Darren McFadden, which should open up even more carries for Murray. New OC Bill Musgrave said he's planning to "tailor" his run game to fit Latavius.
Feb 19 - 9:30 AM

The Raiders are not expected to re-sign free agent Darren McFadden.

The emergence of Latavius Murray combined with McFadden's ineffectiveness sealed his fate. McFadden never lived up to his potential in Oakland, logging 1,000 yards rushing just once in seven seasons. At this point in his career, a backup gig is probably the best McFadden can hope for. Stiff in the hips and not a true power runner, McFadden has long been an NFL misfit.
Feb 19 - 9:11 AM

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said free agent CBs Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown will hit the open market.

Rogers was the Raiders' slot corner prior to landing on I.R. He appeared in seven games and graded out negatively in coverage. Brown, 30, was among the worst starting corners in the league last year. The Raiders have T.J. Carrie as an in-house replacement.
Feb 18 - 7:13 PM

Raiders WLB Sio Moore (hip) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Moore will likely miss the majority of OTAs recovering from December hip surgery, but should be close to 100 percent for the start of camp. He had 90 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble in 11 games prior to going on I.R. Moore will return as a starter in new coach Jack Del Rio's scheme.
Feb 18 - 6:00 PM

The SF Chronicle's Vic Tafur has "heard" Raiders MLB Nick Roach (concussions) still experiences headaches and "won't play next season."

Tafur ran the rumor by GM Reggie McKenzie at the Combine. "That decision is up to Nick and the medical staff," McKenzie responded. "I am not going to rush him to play when mentally he's not ready." Roach was a high-impact run defender when healthy. He went on I.R. with a severe concussion last preseason.
Feb 18 - 3:10 PM

The Raiders will move RG Austin Howard back to right tackle.

Oakland signed Howard to a five-year, $30 million deal last offseason only to kick him inside to guard. He was an above-average right tackle for the Jets from 2012-2013 before seeing his play decline with the Raiders. On the right side, he'll compete with third-year OT Menelik Watson. Howard is the heavy favorite.
Feb 18 - 2:24 PM

Asked Thursday if he believes Maurice Jones-Drew has anything left, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio replied "we need to find that out."

Del Rio coached Jones-Drew for many years in Jacksonville. If the Raiders have watched Jones-Drew's 2014 tape, they know he's finished. They still might bring MJD to training camp to give him a look. Turning 30 in March, Jones-Drew is owed a $100,000 workout bonus and $2.4 million salary in 2015.
Feb 12 - 4:34 PM

Coach Jack Del Rio told reporters he considers Latavius Murray a "candidate" for the Raiders' 2015 starting running back job.

The takeaway is Del Rio stopping short of naming Murray a starter, although we wouldn't expect young players like Murray to be crowned in February, anyway. Del Rio praised Murray's size-speed combo, but said he "needs work on awareness and football IQ." Murray will certainly face competition in training camp. We like his chances of beating most anyone out.
Feb 12 - 4:30 PM

The Raiders will install some no-huddle for Derek Carr.

Carr was a no-huddle quarterback 100 percent of the time during his final two years at Fresno State and new OC Bill Musgrave just spent a year on Chip Kelly's staff. Playing faster makes plenty of sense. "They are building this offense around me, and I'm really excited about it. I lit up when they told me," Carr said. The Raiders ranked 25th in offensive plays per game last year (62.1) while Musgrave's Eagles ranked first (70.7). Expect the 2015 version of Oakland to land somewhere in the middle.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 12 - 8:40 AM

New coach Jack Del Rio called Derek Carr a "special young talent."

"He's got a really quick release, good decision maker; he's shown some of that grit we're looking for, some of that toughness, so he's a guy that we feel like we have an opportunity to build around," Del Rio said. Carr's numbers weren't great as a rookie (58.1 completion percentage, 21:12 TD-to-INT ratio, 76.6 passer rating), but his tape was often impressive for someone with zero talent around him and a midseason coaching change. Carr appears locked in as Del Rio's 2015 starter.
Source: jimrome.com
Feb 10 - 11:43 AM

The Raiders plan to let free agent C Stefen Wisniewski test the open market.

Wisniewski isn't expected to be re-signed after the Raiders failed to get an extension done during the season. He's been a full-time starter since entering the league in 2011 -- missing only three games over the last four seasons. 25-year-old Wisniewski should draw interest from multiple teams. He's seeking a contract in the range of $3 million annually.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 6 - 7:03 PM

Raiders hired Ken Norton Jr. as defensive coordinator.

It's a flashy hire for new Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, who spent time in the same linebacker group as Norton on the Cowboys in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Norton Jr. spent the last five years coaching linebackers on Pete Carroll's Seahawks staff. He was passed over for Seattle's defensive coordinator vacancy in favor of DBs coach Kris Richard.
Feb 6 - 2:57 PM


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