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Report: Raiders trade FB Jamize Olawale to Cowboys

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:18:43 UT

The Raiders continued their offensive shake-up Tuesday, trading fullback Jamize Olawale to the Dallas Cowboys, according to the NFL Network. The Raiders are reportedly sending Olawale and a sixth-round pick in this year’s draft to Dallas in exchange for a fifth-round pick. The terms are similar to the Raiders’ trade of receiver/kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson to the Patriots over the weekend. Oakland now owns two fifth-round picks in the draft and four sixth-round selections. As the Raiders signed fullback Keith Smith, who played the last four seasons in Dallas, to a free-agent deal last Thursday, the Raiders and Cowboys have essentially swapped fullbacks. The Raiders were due to pay Olawale about $1.

Raiders sign potential backup for Derek Carr in QB Josh Johnson

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 21:11:52 UT

The Raiders signed journeyman quarterback Josh Johnson on Monday, presumably to compete for the backup job behind Derek Carr. Johnson, 31, was drafted by Tampa Bay in 2008 - Jon Gruden’s last season as the Buccaneers’ head coach. Since then, Johnson has been a part of 10 different NFL teams. He last attempted an NFL pass in 2011 for Tampa Bay and last played in a game in 2013 with the Bengals. Johnson is an Oakland native and attended Oakland Tech High School with Marshawn Lynch. His signing is a further indication that the Raiders are sticking with Lynch, who received a $1 million roster bonus for being on the team as of Sunday.

Reports: Raiders trade WR/KR Cordarrelle Patterson to Patriots

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 22:59:04 UT

The Raiders are parting with another receiver from last year’s team as they continue to reshape their offense under new head coach Jon Gruden. According to multiple reports Sunday, the Raiders are trading receiver/kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson to the New England Patriots. The podcast Pardon My Take first reported the move. NFL Network reported that the Raiders are also sending a sixth-round draft pick with Patterson to the Patriots in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick. The Raiders did not previously have a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft, having traded it to Seattle last year for Marshawn Lynch.

Report: Running back Marshawn Lynch returning to Raiders for 2018

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 02:14:22 UT

As part of his contract for 2018, Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch is due a $1 million bonus Sunday if he’s still on the roster. Whether the Raiders would pay that bonus was seen as an indication of whether Lynch would play a second season with the team. NFL Network reported that the Raiders do intend to pay Lynch’s bonus. It’s the clearest sign yet that Lynch will be the feature back next season under returning head coach Jon Gruden. Gruden had implied he wanted Lynch back while talking about the 31-year-old running back last month at the NFL combine.

Gruden effect: Influence of Raiders’ head coach felt in free agency

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 23:37:17 UT

As the Raiders cycled six free-agent signees through conference calls with reporters Thursday, a recurring theme emerged: Several players made reference to head coach Jon Gruden and his energetic personality — not just in passing, but as a factor in their decision to sign with Oakland. “For me, what really attracted me was Jon Gruden,” said linebacker Tahir Whitehead, formerly of the Lions. “Great guy in the league. Grew up watching some of the teams he’s coached. That right there in itself was enough for me to be motivated to come out here. “When I got here, first visit and only visit, I felt good about the coaching staff, I felt good about the energy in the building.

Raiders add former Cowboys special-teamer, officially sign Tank Carradine

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 19:13:59 UT

The Raiders made free-agent signings Saturday to fortify their special teams and defense. Linebacker Kyle Wilber signed with the Raiders after spending the last six seasons with Dallas, including the last five under special teams coach Rich Bisaccia. New Raiders coach Jon Gruden hired Bisaccia for the same role in Oakland in January. Fullback Keith Smith, signed by Oakland on Thursday, was also a key special teams player for Bisaccia in Dallas. Wilber played 83.2 percent of the Cowboys’ special teams snaps last season, second-most on the team, while Smith played 56.6 percent.

Raiders land free-agent CB Rashaan Melvin, addressing a major need

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 04:26:38 UT

On the third day of free agency, the Raiders turned their attention to arguably their top position of need this offseason: cornerback. The Raiders signed a likely starter in free agent Rashaan Melvin, formerly of the Colts, on Friday. They also reportedly agreed to terms on a deal with Bills free agent Shareece Wright. The NFL Network reported that Melvin had signed a one-year, $6.5 million deal. Cornerback was perhaps the thinnest position on the Raiders’ roster after they released David Amerson and Sean Smith and lost TJ Carrie in free agency to Cleveland.

Report: Raiders adding former 49ers defensive end Tank Carradine

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 02:12:19 UT

The Raiders are padding their defensive line by agreeing to a free-agent deal with former 49ers defensive end Tank Carradine, according to a report from The Sacramento Bee. Carradine reportedly visited the Raiders’ facility in Alameda on Thursday but left without signing a contract. He would be the first outside defensive lineman acquired in this free agency period by the Raiders, who also re-signed their own defensive tackle Justin Ellis to a three-year contract. Carradine, 28, has played in 44 career games, all with the 49ers, compiling 54 tackles and 5.5 sacks. He started seven games in 2017 but missed half the season on injured reserve due to a high ankle sprain.

Reports: Raiders sign two free-agent cornerbacks

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:49:01 UT

On the third day of free agency, the Raiders turned attention to arguably their top need of the offseason: cornerback. The Raiders on Friday agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million deal with Colts free agent cornerback Rashaan Melvin, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Also Friday, they reportedly agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Sharaeece Wright, who played last season for the Bills. The signings address perhaps the thinnest position on the Raiders’ roster. This offseason they have released two corners who started at times last season in David Amerson and Sean Smith and lost another in TJ Carrie to free agency.

Raiders sign former Bears long snapper Andrew DePaola

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:06:44 UT

The Raiders appear to have found their replacement for longtime long snapper Jon Condo, signing former Bears long snapper Andrew DePaola on Friday. The team confirmed the move Friday morning. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that DePaola signed a four-year, $4.27 million deal with the Raiders that would make him the highest-paid long snapper in the league. DePaolo, 30, played one season for the Bears after spending the previous three seasons with Tampa Bay. He has not missed a game in four NFL seasons. According to analytics group Pro Football Focus, DePaola ranked seventh in snap accuracy (97.7 percent) last season out of 33 long snappers with 42 or more snaps.

Raiders address a pair of defensive needs amid flurry of free-agent signings

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 05:27:13 UT

While the courtship and signing of receiver Jordy Nelson commanded attention Thursday, the Raiders also made a pair of quieter, yet significant, additions to their defense. The Raiders signed former Texans safety Marcus Gilchrist and former Lions linebacker Tahir Whitehead, addressing two positions of need on a defense that ranked 23rd overall last season and is losing players in free agency. Gilchrist, 29, currently projects as a replacement for free safety Reggie Nelson, an unrestricted free agent who is unlikely to return. Gilchrist could pair with strong safety Karl Joseph in the secondary, while 2017 second-round pick Obi Melifonwu returns from an injury-plagued rookie season.

After a decade in Green Bay, WR Jordy Nelson finds joining the Raiders ‘exciting’

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 04:11:34 UT

As soon as news broke Tuesday that receiver Jordy Nelson was being released by the Green Bay Packers, his only NFL home for 10 seasons, the messages started coming in. One was from Edgar Bennett, the Packers’ former offensive coordinator the past three seasons and, before that, their receivers coach. In January, Bennett had left Green Bay to join new head coach Jon Gruden as the Raiders’ receivers coach. “Him and Coach Gruden were all over it, trying to get me out here as soon as possible,” Nelson said Thursday on a conference call. “We were out here on a 6:30 (a.m.) flight the next day.

Raiders add Jordy Nelson, Doug Martin, release Michael Crabtree

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 03:45:25 UT

After a quiet start to free agency, the Raiders engaged in a whirl of activity Thursday that included shuffling their receiving corps and signing a potential starting safety. In their splashiest addition of the offseason, the Raiders signed former Green Bay receiver Jordy Nelson to a two-year contract. They also released receiver Michael Crabtree after three years with Oakland. NFL Network reported Nelson’s deal as worth $15 million, with $13 million guaranteed. Given that Crabtree would have made about $7.7 million next season, the Raiders essentially chose Nelson over Crabtree.

RB Doug Martin on joining the Raiders: ‘This is my homecoming’

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 23:09:31 UT

Running back Doug Martin was born in Oakland and spent the last six seasons playing for the Buccaneers. That gave the free agent a natural jumping-off point when he met recently with Jon Gruden, the coach who was once traded from Oakland to Tampa Bay and is now back with the Raiders. “Me and Gruden were joking about how we’re both coming back to Oakland,” Martin said. Martin, 29, signed a free-agent deal with the Raiders on Thursday. NFL Network reported it’s a one-year deal for Martin, who was released by the Buccaneers last month. Martin joins a Raiders backfield where Marshawn Lynch is, for now, the featured back.

Reports: Raiders agree to deal with WR Jordy Nelson, release Michael Crabtree

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 20:33:17 UT

Along with running a new offense under Jon Gruden, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will be working with a different receiver group next season. The Raiders finalized a deal with former Packers receiver Jordy Nelson on Thursday, according to multiple reports. They also released receiver Michael Crabtree, who’d played the last three seasons in Oakland. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report Crabtree’s release. Shortly after, James Jones, an NFL Network analyst and former receiver for the Packers and Raiders, reported the Raiders had reached a two-year, $15 million deal with Nelson with $13 million guaranteed. Given that Crabtree was due to make roughly $7.