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NFL approves Raiders’ move from Oakland to Las Vegas

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:18:12 UT

PHOENIX — NFL owners approved the Oakland Raiders’ move to Las Vegas on Monday in a 31-1 vote at the league’s annual spring meeting in Phoenix. The NFL was not satisfied with Oakland’s proposals for a stadium, and couldn’t pass up Las Vegas’ offer of $750 million in public money for a $1.9 billion facility in Nevada. Raiders owner Mark Davis came out of Monday’s meetings with “mixed feelings,” excited about the bright lights of Vegas but sad for local fans. “We, and the Raiders, have worked earnestly for over a decade to find a viable option in Oakland,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The Raiders plan to play in Oakland for two more seasons; they have an option to renew the lease at the Coliseum in 2018. After they decide where to play in 2019 — sharing Levi’s Stadium with the 49ers is a possibility — the Raiders would move into a 65,000-seat domed stadium in Las Vegas for the 2020 season. Davis’ application to move his franchise to Las Vegas gained steam when he secured $750 million in public funding toward the new stadium — a route that Schaaf was unwilling to pursue. After a letter she wrote to Goodell on Friday was largely rejected by the NFL — Goodell called the last-minute financing plan from Fortress Investment Group not a “viable solution” — Schaaf sent more letters Monday morning, asking NFL owners to delay voting on a proposed move so that the city could continue negotiating with others who want to build a stadium on the current Coliseum site. The NFL was reluctant to make a deal without a clear plan for the A’s in place, and the A’s and Raiders have never agreed on a division of the land at the current site. NFL owners weren’t enthusiastic about Adelson’s gambling ties, but that issue was resolved when Davis and Adelson had a falling out and Bank of America stepped in to finance the deal and replace the $650 million that the Nevada tycoon had pledged. The Raiders, who will remain the Oakland Raiders as long as they play there, will become the third NFL team in the last year to move, after the Rams moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles before last season and the Chargers from San Diego to Los Angeles earlier this year. Davis and his Raiders franchise were passed over last year when the owners approved the Rams’ relocation and the Chargers were granted an option to join them. The Raiders would become the second professional sports franchise to call Las Vegas home, following the NHL’s Golden Knights, who begin play in the fall in the newly built T-Mobile Arena. While there is no current lease agreement with the Las Vegas Stadium Authority board, team executives answered questions from the league’s stadium and finance committees two weeks ago at meetings in Florida. The Raiders were planning a news conference near the UNLV campus Wednesday, but that has been postponed pending a lease agreement, which is considered a formality.

Derek Carr addresses Oakland fans: 'We will be resilient'

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:56:45 UT

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr took to Twitter on Monday, following a near-unanimous vote allowing Mark Davis to relocate the East Bay football team to Las Vegas, Nevada.

Twitter reacts to Oakland Raiders' move to Las Vegas

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:24:38 UT

On Monday morning, NFL owners voted to allow the Oakland Raiders to pursue a relocation for the beloved East Bay football team to Las Vegas.

Marshawn Lynch’s agent minimizes rumors of back joining Raiders

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 01:51:18 UT

Marshawn Lynch’s agent minimizes rumors of back joining Raiders The agent for the retired running back said Tuesday that he doesn’t know how it started and hasn’t talked to his client about it. Lynch retired after the 2015 season, and had been busy guest starring on television shows, doing commercials, owning Beast Mode apparel stores in Oakland and Seattle and doing charity work. The Raiders are his mom’s favorite team, so the national reports of interest on his side make sense, but the ones saying the Raiders are pursuing him or almost traded for him last year sound fishy. In a June interview on “60 Minutes,” Lynch was asked about coming out of retirement and specifically playing for his hometown Raiders. [...] the Raiders had Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon in for a visit Monday, according to a league source. Mixon, who played at Freedom-Oakley, is regarded by some as the best running back in the upcoming draft. Mixon was suspended for his freshman season, ordered to get counseling, and forced to perform 100 hours of community service. The Raiders also reportedly met with Mixon — who was not invited to the NFL combine because of the incident — at his Pro Day at Oklahoma this month. Raiders Hall of Fame receiver Fred Biletnikoff’s daughter, Tracey, was murdered by her boyfriend in 1999.

Raiders sign linebacker Jelani Jenkins in 1st add to defense

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 03:08:41 UT

Raiders sign linebacker Jelani Jenkins in 1st add to defense The club made its first defensive free-agent signing Monday, after it had added four offensive players the past couple of weeks. Oakland signed former Miami linebacker Jelani Jenkins, formally announced the signing of backup quarterback EJ Manuel and announced that it has brought back long snapper Jon Condo. Jenkins, 25, started seven games last season and missed seven with groin, knee and hand injuries. Manuel was a first-round pick of the Bills in 2013. [...] he is reunited with former Buffalo quarterback coach and new Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing. The Seahawks still own his rights, and it’s unlikely the Raiders would trade a draft pick for him.

Raiders reportedly considering Oakland native Marshawn Lynch

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 02:37:16 UT

Retired running back Marshawn Lynch could be coming back to the NFL for a homecoming. The Raiders are “strongly considering” acquiring the Oakland native, who maintained strong ties to the city during a decorated nine-year career spent in Buffalo and Seattle, ESPN first reported Friday. Lynch, 30, who attended Oakland Tech and Cal, announced his retirement on social media during Super Bowl 50 in February 2016. [...] the Raiders are cognizant of financial issues with massive contract extensions for quarterback Derek Carr and outside linebacker Khalil Mack looming, the NFL Network reported. The Raiders have a need for a frontline running back after Latavius Murray, their starter the past two seasons, signed with the Vikings on Wednesday. A five-time Pro Bowl player, Lynch has 9,112 career rushing yards, six 1,000-yard seasons and ranks 24th in NFL history with 74 rushing TDs. Despite his rugged style, Lynch, who will turn 31 in April, missed just one game from 2010-14 before sitting out nine games in 2015 with an abdominal injury that required surgery. Jim Harbaugh delivers his most pointed criticism of 49ers brass since his firing; Colin Kaepernick (above) participates in an effort to bring relief to Africa.

Report: Raiders ‘strongly considering’ acquiring Marshawn Lynch

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:00:51 UT

The Raiders are “strongly considering” acquiring running back Marshawn Lynch, an Oakland native who didn’t play in the NFL last year after he announced his retirement on social media during Super Bowl 50 in February 2016, ESPN first reported. The Seahawks retain the rights to Lynch, 30, meaning Oakland would have to make a trade or sign him if Seattle released him. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenize and Seahawks GM John Schneider are close friends who worked together for eight seasons in the Packers’ front office. The Raiders have a need for a frontline running back after Latavius Murray, their starter the past two seasons, signed with the Vikings on Wednesday.

Raiders sign tight end Jared Cook, near deal with QB EJ Manuel

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:31:12 UT

[...] Jared Cook. The eight-year veteran becomes the latest playmaker for an offense that ranked sixth in the NFL last year, had two 1,000-yard receivers and added wideout Cordarrelle Patterson on Tuesday. In the postseason, he had a clutch 36-yard sideline catch in a divisional-round upset of the Cowboys, a grab he said Thursday he has been asked about every day during the offseason. A 2009 third-round pick of the Titans, Cook has two 50-catch seasons since 2013 and 303 career receptions. Manuel, the No. 16 pick in 2013, spent his second NFL season with Todd Downing, now the Raiders’ offensive coordinator, who was his position coach with the Bills in 2014. Cook, a rookie fourth-round pick, made his first career start in a wild-card loss at Houston after Carr broke his leg on Christmas Eve. The two anticipated additions to the offense came a day after the Raiders lost running back Latavius Murray, who signed a three-year contract with the Vikings late Wednesday night. Murray, 27, had 2,350 total yards, 74 receptions and 18 touchdowns in his final two seasons with the Raiders.

Report: Raiders expected to sign QB EJ Manuel

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 23:35:17 UT

The Raiders are expected to sign Bills quarterback EJ Manuel, who would compete for the backup job behind Derek Carr, ESPN reported. Manuel, the No. 16 pick in 2013, spent his second NFL season with Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing, who was his position coach in 2014. Last year, Cook, a rookie fourth-round pick, made his first career start in a wild-card loss at Houston after Carr broke his leg on Christmas Eve. At the NFL combine, head coach Jack Del Rio said the Raiders could sign a player to push Cook.

Raiders RB Latavius Murray signs with Vikings

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 22:52:56 UT

Raiders RB Latavius Murray signs with Vikings The Raiders officially need a feature running back. Murray, 27, a 2013 sixth-round pick, had 2,350 total yards, 74 receptions and 18 touchdowns in his final two seasons with the Raiders. Two weeks ago, at the NFL combine, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio was asked if either running back was ready to assume a leading role. [...] of what they do in free agency, the Raiders to figure to address the position in the draft.

Mystery good Samaritan turns out to be Derek Carr

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:07:11 UT

After a local Bay Area DJ/music producer runs out of gas, a good Samaritan pulls over and offers to help. Little does the deejay know that his benefactor is an NFL quarterback.

Cordarelle Patterson calls joining Raiders ‘blessing from skies’

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:47:25 UT

Cordarelle Patterson calls joining Raiders ‘blessing from skies’ The free-agent receiver signee was remembering his 95-yard kickoff touchdown return for the Vikings in Oakland in 2015. When I scored that touchdown, they were giving me a lot of crap … Man, since I joined the team, it seemed like 30 seconds and my phone was blowing up on Twitter and Instagram with all the Raiders’ fans, ‘Glad to have you,’ ‘Welcome to the black side.’ The Raiders gave Patterson, 26, a two-year deal that pays him $5.25 million in the first year and can be voided in the second if he hits certain statistics. Though he can carve out a bigger role for himself, he will at the very least be used a lot on reverses and screen passes. All-Pro kick returner, and the Raiders haven’t had a touchdown on a kick return since 2011 (Jacoby Ford). Patterson has five touchdowns on returns and has averaged 30.4 yards per kickoff return, second only to Hall of Famer Gale Sayers (30.6 yards) since 1941.

Raiders sign former Vikings WR Patterson

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 04:47:16 UT

The Raiders signed free agent receiver/kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson to a two-year contract Monday night. Patterson, who turns 26 Friday, is second to Gale Sayers in NFL history with a kickoff-return average of 30.4 yards. Latavius Murray, who ran for 788 yards and 12 touchdowns with the Raiders last season, met with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday. Murray has run for 2,278 yards and 20 touchdowns in three seasons with the Raiders, including 1,066 yards and six touchdowns during the 2015 campaign.

KNBR Conversation with CBS Sports analyst Amy Trask

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 03:50:43 UT

KNBR Conversation with CBS Sports analyst Amy Trask An edited transcript of an interview with Amy Trask, former Raiders CEO and current CBS Sports analyst: Are (the Raiders) on the fast track out of here? The team in the last year or so has requested twice that the league grant it the right to relocate. [...] the reason we talk about their relocation so often is because it’s topical so often. Does Oakland have any chance going up against this behemoth of a proposal with $750 million in free money coming from Nevada and ($650 million) coming from Bank of America? Do you know how this vote might go with the team owners? What I learned over the almost 30 years I spent in the league is, you absolutely do not know what will happen to a vote until you walk into the room for the meeting in which that vote is scheduled. [...] what was always stated to me by the A’s was, If you guys get a deal in place ... if you got financing in place, give us notice.