Archive: Raiders

Lelie to Raiders

Wide receiver Ashley Lelie has agreed to a contract with the Oakland Raiders. He'd been released by the San Francisco 49ers. The speedster is a former first-round draft pick by the Denver Broncos....

 

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2008; 06:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Cut G. Wesley

The Oakland Raiders released safety Greg Wesley late Monday to create a roster spot for the newly signed Adam Archuleta. The Raiders signed Archuleta earlier in the day but it's not clear whether they'll use him at safety or linebacker....

 

By Mark Maske | August 12, 2008; 09:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Archuleta to Raiders

Safety Adam Archuleta has agreed to a contract with the Oakland Raiders. Archuleta visited the Raiders today and could participate in the team's evening practice. The former first-round draft pick by the St. Louis Rams will try to revive his career in Oakland. He had unsuccessful stints with the...

 

By Mark Maske | August 11, 2008; 06:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pennington Chase Under Way

CLEVELAND--A half-dozen teams are said to have expressed interest in just-released Jets quarterback Chad Pennington. An NFL source said that Pennington's representatives had heard from the Chiefs, Bills, Raiders, Panthers, Dolphins and Giants. The Chiefs were an obvious suitor because they're coached by former Jets coach Herman Edwards. The...

 

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2008; 10:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sore Elbow Keeps Raiders' Russell Out of Full Team Drills

The Oakland Raiders hope that quarterback JaMarcus Russell will be ready to resume practicing fully by week's end. Russell was withheld from full team drills Wednesday because of a sore right elbow. He suffered the injury a day earlier when he accidentally hit his elbow against the helmet of...

 

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2008; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Release L. Jordan

The Oakland Raiders released tailback LaMont Jordan. The Raiders had told Jordan not to report to training camp. But under NFL rules, they could not keep him from joining the team without trading or releasing him. Unable to trade Jordan, the Raiders released him....

 

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 09:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Add G. Wesley

The Raiders signed safety Greg Wesley. He'd been released by the Chiefs....

 

By Mark Maske | July 23, 2008; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Longterm Deal for Haynesworth, Suggs or Asomugha

The deadline for teams to sign their franchise-tagged players to longterm contracts was Tuesday. The Dallas Cowboys got safety Ken Hamlin signed to a six-year, $39 million deal that includes about $15 million in guaranteed money. But there were no longterm deals for Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth,...

 

By Mark Maske | July 16, 2008; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders' Walker Injured in Apparent Robbery in Las Vegas

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Javon Walker is hospitalized in Las Vegas after being injured in what media reports are speculating might have been a robbery. According to the police, Walker was found with significant injuries early Monday on a street off the Las Vegas Strip. KVVU-TV reported that Walker...

 

By Mark Maske | June 17, 2008; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders, McFadden Have A Deal

Last year, it took the Oakland Raiders until two days after the regular season opener to sign their top draft pick, quarterback JaMarcus Russell. They've done a lot better this time around. The Raiders completed a deal late Thursday with tailback Darren McFadden, the fourth overall selection in the...

 

By Mark Maske | June 6, 2008; 09:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Backup Quarterback Returns to Raiders

Backup quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo has signed with the Oakland Raiders as a free agent. Tuiasosopo returns to the team with which he spent his first six NFL seasons. He was with the New York Jets last season. In Oakland, he'll compete for a roster spot behind JaMarcus Russell and...

 

By Mark Maske | May 23, 2008; 11:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Add Hartwell

The Oakland Raiders signed linebacker Ed Hartwell. Hartwell was out of the league last season after being released by the Cincinnati Bengals before the season. He'd been plagued by knee and heel injuries while with the Atlanta Falcons in the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Hartwell spent his first four...

 

By Mark Maske | May 7, 2008; 03:28 PM ET | Comments (4)

Raiders Release D. Rhodes

The Oakland Raiders released tailback Dominic Rhodes, a former Super Bowl standout for the Indianapolis Colts. The move comes in the aftermath of an NFL draft in which the Raiders used the fourth overall selection Saturday on Arkansas tailback Darren McFadden. The Raiders still have tailbacks Justin Fargas, LaMont...

 

By Mark Maske | April 28, 2008; 07:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons-Raiders Trade Announced

The DeAngelo Hall trade is official. The Atlanta Falcons announced that they've traded the cornerback to the Oakland Raiders for a second-round draft pick this year and a fifth-rounder next year. Hall agreed to a seven-year, approximately $70 million contract with the Raiders earlier....

 

By Mark Maske | March 20, 2008; 10:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

D. Hall Agrees to $70 Million Contract With Raiders, Trade to Follow

The trade of cornerback DeAngelo Hall from the Atlanta Falcons to the Oakland Raiders apparently is all but complete. According to an NFL source, Hall has agreed to a seven-year, $70 million contract with the Raiders that includes about $24 million in guaranteed money. That will enable the two...

 

By Mark Maske | March 20, 2008; 07:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

D. Hall Reportedly Headed to Raiders as New Contract Gets Worked Out to Facilitate Trade

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution today that he plans to fly to Oakland on Wednesday and sign a contract with the Raiders by Thursday morning. That would complete a proposed trade of Hall from the Atlanta Falcons to the Raiders. "There is just some tweaking of the...

 

By Mark Maske | March 18, 2008; 03:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

D. Hall Still Negotiating With Raiders

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall continues to negotiate a contract with the Oakland Raiders as a precursor to a proposed trade with the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have been shopping Hall since the NFL scouting combine and apparently have agreed to a prospective trade with the Raiders, reportedly for second- and...

 

By Mark Maske | March 18, 2008; 09:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

D. Hall to Oakland?

Oakland could be the landing spot for Atlanta Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall. An NFL source confirmed reports that the Raiders and Falcons are discussing a prospective trade that would send Hall from Atlanta to Oakland. The Falcons have been shopping Hall since the NFL scouting combine and apparently have...

 

By Mark Maske | March 15, 2008; 11:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Contract Reworking Keeps D. Rhodes With Raiders

Tailback Dominic Rhodes agreed to a restructuring of his contract in recent days to keep him with the Oakland Raiders. The former Super Bowl standout for the Indianapolis Colts reportedly had been scheduled to receive a $2 million roster bonus this week, putting him in jeopardy of being released...

 

By Mark Maske | March 6, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

J. Walker to Raiders, M. Booker Returning to Bears

There are some significant moves tonight involving recently released wide receivers. Javon Walker, cut by the Denver Broncos, has agreed to a huge deal with the Oakland Raiders. His six-year, $55 million contract includes $16 million in guaranteed money. Marty Booker, released by the Miami Dolphins, has agreed to...

 

By Mark Maske | March 4, 2008; 11:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Lose G. Wilson to Raiders

The New York Giants have lost another defensive player. Safety Gibril Wilson, an unrestricted free agent, has agreed to a six-year, $39 million contract with the Oakland Raiders that includes $16 million in guaranteed money. The Super Bowl champions lost free agent linebackers Kawika Mitchell and Reggie Torbor earlier...

 

By Mark Maske | February 29, 2008; 07:45 PM ET | Comments (141)

Raiders Re-Sign T. Kelly

The Oakland Raiders signed defensive tackle Tommy Kelly to a seven-year contract extension to keep him off the unrestricted free agent market tonight. The deal is worth about $50 million, including slightly more than $18 million in guaranteed money....

 

By Mark Maske | February 28, 2008; 03:57 PM ET | Comments (1)

Usually Luckless Falcons Win Coin Flip for Draft's Third Pick

INDIANAPOLIS--It was a season full of bad fortune for the Atlanta Falcons, from quarterback Michael Vick's legal troubles to the abrupt departure of rookie head coach Bobby Petrino after only 13 games. But their luck changed a little bit here this morning, as they won a coin flip with...

 

By Mark Maske | February 22, 2008; 08:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Tag Cornerback

The Oakland Raiders have applied their franchise player tag to cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. The former first-round draft pick would have a salary of $9.465 million next season if he remains the Raiders' franchise player. Eight players league-wide now have been given their teams' franchise designations. The deadline for clubs...

 

By Mark Maske | February 20, 2008; 04:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

As the Raiders' World Turns

If you think the Washington Redskins are a soap opera, think again. They can't match the Oakland Raiders for melodrama. There has been talk around the league since the regular season ended that Raiders Coach Lane Kiffin was at odds with owner Al Davis. Kiffin wanted to fire Rob...

 

By Mark Maske | January 25, 2008; 06:53 PM ET | Comments (2)

Sapp Retirement Comes With Relatively Little Fanfare

Warren Sapp usually wasn't one to shun publicity, but his decision to retire came relatively quietly Thursday. The defensive tackle and former NFL defensive player of the year told the Oakland Raiders of his decision, but there was no news conference or grand announcement. Sapp, 35, walks away from...

 

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2008; 09:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sapp Fined $75,000

The league fined Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp $75,000 for his conduct during last Sunday's loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Sapp received three unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and was ejected from the game. The officials accused him of using foul language, being disrespectful to them and bumping them. Sapp...

 

By Mark Maske | December 27, 2007; 06:32 PM ET | Comments (1)

J. Russell to Make First Start

When JaMarcus Russell's contract dispute with the Oakland Raiders caused him to miss all of training camp and the preseason, it was clear that the quarterback's rookie season was basically lost and he'd be ready for significant playing time only at the very end of the season. That's precisely...

 

By Mark Maske | December 25, 2007; 08:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Russell to Play This Weekend

Rookie quarterback JaMarcus Russell is to get some playing time for the Oakland Raiders this weekend, but not as the starter. Russell is to play in relief against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. It is to be the second appearance this season for Russell, the top overall selection in...

 

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2007; 04:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Culpepper to Face Vikings, and J. Russell Could Be His Backup

The back-and-forth continues for the Oakland Raiders at quarterback. Daunte Culpepper is being moved back into the starting job this week and gets to face his first NFL team, the Minnesota Vikings, on Sunday. Culpepper is replacing Josh McCown as the starter for the second time this season. McCown...

 

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2007; 09:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Kiffin Goes Back to McCown as Raiders' Starter at Quarterback

The Oakland Raiders are going back to Josh McCown as their starting quarterback. Coach Lane Kiffin announced today that McCown will start this weekend against the Houston Texans, ahead of Daunte Culpepper. McCown began the season as the Raiders' starter but lost the job after suffering a broken toe....

 

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2007; 10:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

M. Bush Practices With Raiders

Rookie running back Michael Bush practiced Wednesday with the Oakland Raiders. Bush is on the physically unable to perform list and the Raiders now have three weeks to place him on the injured reserve list, ending his season, or activate him. Bush hasn't played since suffering a broken leg...

 

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2007; 09:20 AM ET | Comments (2)

Even Kiffin Gives Up on M. Williams as Raiders Cut Receiver

The Oakland Raiders released wide receiver Mike Williams, the former 10th overall selection in the NFL draft by the Detroit Lions. After failing in Detroit, Williams had been trying to rejuvenate his NFL career in Oakland under first-year Raiders coach Lane Kiffin, who once had recruited Williams to USC...

 

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2007; 09:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Davis's Sale of Minority Stake in Raiders Ratified

The league's team owners today approved the sale of a minority interest in the Oakland Raiders. Raiders owner Al Davis is selling a 20 percent stake in the franchise to businessmen David Abrams, Dan Goldring and Paul Leff....

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2007; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Culpepper to Start Again for Raiders

The Oakland Raiders are sticking with Daunte Culpepper as their starting quarterback, Coach Lane Kiffin announced Monday. Culpepper took over for the injured Josh McCown and directed a victory over the Miami Dolphins nine days ago. The Raiders, coming off their bye week, face the San Diego Chargers this...

 

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2007; 09:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Likely Turning to Culpepper

Daunte Culpepper's first start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders could come this weekend against one of his former teams, the Miami Dolphins. Josh McCown beat out Culpepper for the starting job entering the season but is likely to be sidelined for a week or two because of a...

 

By Mark Maske | September 27, 2007; 08:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Keeping Four Quarterbacks For Now

The Oakland Raiders have four quarterbacks on their roster now that they've added rookie JaMarcus Russell, whose roster exemption following his contract dispute and late arrival has expired. Russell joins Josh McCown, Daunte Culpepper and Andrew Walter on the roster. Walter is likely to be traded or released. But...

 

By Mark Maske | September 25, 2007; 03:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Russell Participates in First Practice

Just-signed rookie quarterback JaMarcus Russell today participated in his first practice with the Oakland Raiders since agreeing to his new contract. Russell, the top overall selection in the NFL draft in April, finally agreed to a deal with the Raiders late Monday....

 

By Mark Maske | September 12, 2007; 03:47 PM ET | Comments (14)

J. Russell Travels to Bay Area to Sign New Contract With Raiders

Rookie quarterback JaMarcus Russell arrived in the Bay Area today and is expected to sign his newly completed contract in time to participate in the Oakland Raiders' practice Wednesday. The representatives for Russell, the top overall selection in April's NFL draft, completed the deal with the Raiders late Monday....

 

By Mark Maske | September 11, 2007; 11:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders, Russell Agree to Deal

The Oakland Raiders and the representatives for rookie quarterback JaMarcus Russell, the top overall selection in the NFL draft in April, reached a tentative agreement tonight on a contract that will enable Russell to join the team this week, a source familiar with the negotiations said. The deal was...

 

By Mark Maske | September 10, 2007; 11:15 PM ET | Comments (2)

J. Russell Should be Practicing With the Raiders By Midweek

Rookie quarterback JaMarcus Russell's representatives were back to negotiating with the Oakland Raiders today as the two sides tried to complete a deal for the still-unsigned top overall selection in April's NFL draft. The sides made progress in negotiations Friday and Saturday and hoped to finish a contract agreement...

 

By Mark Maske | September 10, 2007; 03:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Russell Deal Should Come This Week

IRVING, Tex.--The Oakland Raiders negotiated Friday and Saturday with the representatives for the still-unsigned top overall choice in the NFL draft, quarterback JaMarcus Russell. The two sides didn't complete a deal. But they made progress, and people familiar with the negotiations said they think it's likely that a contract...

 

By Mark Maske | September 9, 2007; 07:27 PM ET | Comments (1)

Russell's Agents Scheduled to Meet With Raiders Friday

INDIANAPOLIS--The representatives for quarterback JaMarcus Russell, the still-unsigned top overall selection in the NFL draft in April, are scheduled to meet Friday with Oakland Raiders officials. There have been hints of progress in the negotiations, with the two sides apparently about $4 million apart on the crucial issue of...

 

By Mark Maske | September 6, 2007; 10:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders' Starting Quarterback Job Going to McCown as Russell Negotiations Drag On

There are indications that Josh McCown will be named the Oakland Raiders' starting quarterback. Two NFL sources said they expect that, but Raiders Coach Lane Kiffin isn't announcing his quarterback decision yet. The Raiders open the regular season Sunday against the Detroit Lions. McCown and Daunte Culpepper were competing...

 

By Mark Maske | September 6, 2007; 11:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Kiffin Not Divulging Winner of Raiders' Quarterback Derby

Coach Lane Kiffin is telling reporters that he's picked the Oakland Raiders' starting quarterback but he's not planning to divulge the choice publicly until just before the regular season opener. Kiffin previously indicated that Daunte Culpepper and Josh McCown remained in the running for the job....

 

By Mark Maske | September 2, 2007; 07:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Still-Unsigned Russell Now Useless to Raiders This Season

The rookie season of quarterback JaMarcus Russell, the top overall selection in the NFL draft in April by the Oakland Raiders, is over before it even starts. Russell remains unsigned as the preseason concludes and the regular season rapidly approaches. Lane Kiffin, the Raiders' rookie head coach, is set...

 

By Mark Maske | August 31, 2007; 09:47 AM ET | Comments (5)

Culpepper, McCown Still Vying for Raiders' Starting Job

Oakland Raiders Coach Lane Kiffin is waiting until after Thursday night's preseason finale against the Seattle Seahawks to name his starting quarterback for the regular season. Kiffin has eliminated Andrew Walter from the competition, and rookie JaMarcus Russell remains unsigned. That leaves Daunte Culpepper and Josh McCown still in...

 

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2007; 10:54 PM ET | Comments (5)

No Quarterback Choice Yet for Raiders

Oakland Raiders rookie head coach Lane Kiffin isn't ready to name a starting quarterback for the regular season. Kiffin still hasn't picked from among Daunte Culpepper, Andrew Walter and Josh McCown and told reporters over the weekend that he might not announce a choice until a few days before...

 

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2007; 07:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders, J. Russell's Agents At Least Talking Again

There might be some movement in the previously stalled contract negotiations between the Oakland Raiders and quarterback JaMarcus Russell, the still-unsigned top overall selection in the NFL draft in April. Raiders Coach Lane Kiffin told reporters Wednesday that team officials met Monday in Los Angeles with Russell's representatives to...

 

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2007; 09:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Russell, Raiders Both Could Pay Price For Unresolved Contract Negotiations

Way back in April, the Oakland Raiders had a chance to sign JaMarcus Russell to a contract before they made the LSU quarterback the top overall selection in the NFL draft, as league rules permit the team with the first pick to do. Russell's representatives had a chance to...

 

By Mark Maske | August 22, 2007; 09:27 AM ET | Comments (23)

G. Warren Traded to Raiders

Defensive tackle Gerard Warren has been traded from the Denver Broncos to the Oakland Raiders for an undisclosed draft choice. The Broncos had been shopping Warren to a handful of teams. He bolsters an already strong defense in Oakland....

 

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2007; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Kiffin Back With Raiders

The Oakland Raiders' rookie head coach, Lane Kiffin, rejoined the team Wednesday after being hospitalized for two days. Kiffin told reporters that doctors believe he has mononucleosis and he was ordered not to exert himself too much while coaching. The 32-year-old Kiffin reportedly has lost 11 pounds....

 

By Mark Maske | August 16, 2007; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Practicing Without Sick Coach

Being the youngest head coach in the NFL hasn't kept Lane Kiffin healthy this summer. The Oakland Raiders' rookie coach has spent the past two nights at a Napa, Calif., hosptial because of a viral infection. There was some hope that Kiffin, 32, could rejon the team today. Offensive...

 

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2007; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (1)

No Official Front-Runner Yet in Raiders' Quarterback Competition

Lane Kiffin, the Oakland Raiders' rookie coach, isn't saying who's the team's starting quarterback at this point. Andrew Walter and Josh McCown are splitting the snaps with the starting offense on the training camp practice field while newcomer Daunte Culpepper eases into things and prized rookie JaMarcus Russell remains...

 

By Mark Maske | August 8, 2007; 09:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Add Culpepper

Quarterback Daunte Culpepper agreed to a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday evening. The deal came after Culpepper, who was released recently by the Miami Dolphins, had two workouts for Raiders officials. The first came Monday in Florida, and the second came Tuesday at the team's training...

 

By Mark Maske | August 1, 2007; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Culpepper Scheduled to Work Out for Raiders

Free agent quarterback Daunte Culpepper is scheduled to work out for the Oakland Raiders today. Culpepper remains available after being released by the Miami Dolphins, and the Raiders are shorthanded at quarterback with top overall draft choice JaMarcus Russell still unsigned. The Raiders also have Andrew Walter and Josh...

 

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2007; 09:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Take First Steps on Long Journey Back Toward Respectability

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Oakland Raiders Coaching Change Fired: Art Shell Hired: Lane Kiffin Players Released: Aaron Brooks, QB Adimchinobe Echemandu, RB DeJuan Green, RB Michael Quarshie, DT Brad Badger, G Lance Johnstone, DE Free Agents Lost: Langston Walker, T Marques Tuiasosopo, QB Traded: Randy Moss, WR Traded For: Josh...

 

By Mark Maske | May 29, 2007; 11:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Fire Lombardi

The Oakland Raiders fired front office chief Mike Lombardi on Wednesday. The move had been expected. Lombardi reportedly feuded with former coach Art Shell. He outlasted Shell, who was fired after the Raiders' 2-14 season, but not by much. It's not clear if the Raiders even will replace Lombardi,...

 

By Mark Maske | May 10, 2007; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (1)

Patriots Land R. Moss

The New England traded a fourth-round pick today to the Oakland Raiders for wide receiver Randy Moss. The Raiders had shopped Moss around the league for much of the offseason, and the Patriots and Green Bay Packers emerged as the leading bidders. It was thought that the Raiders were...

 

By Mark Maske | April 29, 2007; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Trade J. McCown, M. Williams to Raiders

The Detroit Lions traded quarterback Josh McCown and wide receiver Mike Williams to the Oakland Raiders for a fourth-round pick. McCown gives the Raiders a veteran option at quarterback. Williams is a former first-round draft choice who had gotten into disfavor with the Lions' coaching staff....

 

By Mark Maske | April 28, 2007; 10:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Take J. Russell

NEW YORK--The Oakland Raiders used the top overall selection in the NFL draft on LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell. The Raiders also had contract talks during the week with Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn and Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson, but went with the player they'd been expected all...

 

By Mark Maske | April 28, 2007; 12:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Still Not Tipping Hand

It's less than 24 hours until the NFL draft, and the Oakland Raiders continue to keep everyone guessing about what they're going to do with the top overall selection. Most people around the league have been guessing that the Raiders will use the choice on LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell....

 

By Mark Maske | April 27, 2007; 04:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Talking Contract Terms With Johnson, Russell and Quinn But Keeping Everyone Guessing

The Oakland Raiders, who have the top overall selection in the NFL draft, have had preliminary contract deliberations with the representatives of Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson and quarterbacks JaMarcus Russell of LSU and Brady Quinn of Notre Dame. But it remains unclear if the Raiders will sign...

 

By Mark Maske | April 25, 2007; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins, Possibly Raiders Chasing D. Carr

The Miami Dolphins reportedly are among the teams interested in trading for David Carr, the former top overall selection in the NFL draft by the Houston Texans. Texans General Manager Rick Smith said at Thursday's introductory news conference for Matt Schaub, the club's new starting quarterback obtained in a...

 

By Mark Maske | March 23, 2007; 09:39 AM ET | Comments (10)

Raiders Sign J. Booty

The Oakland Raiders signed quarterback Josh Booty, who'd been out of the league since 2003. Booty spent parts of three seasons with the Cleveland Browns but never has thrown a regular season pass in the NFL. He played baseball in the Florida Marlins organization before returning to football and...

 

By Mark Maske | March 22, 2007; 03:20 PM ET | Comments (2)

Packers Chasing R. Moss

The Green Bay Packers have emerged as the NFL team most likely to trade for Oakland Raiders wide receiver Randy Moss. Several NFL sources said Thursday and this morning they believe the Packers have the best chance to end up with Moss if the Raiders indeed trade him. The...

 

By Mark Maske | March 16, 2007; 09:55 AM ET | Comments (6)

Raiders Re-Sign C. Slaughter

The Oakland Raiders re-signed free agent offensive tackle Chad Slaughter. Slaughter was a part-time starter for the Raiders this past season but is slated for backup duty next season....

 

By Mark Maske | March 14, 2007; 09:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Stay Busy

The Oakland Raiders stayed busy today after signing tailback Dominic Rhodes as a free agent. They also gave him some help. The Raiders signed fullback Justin Griffith, a free agent from the Atlanta Falcons, and two free agent tight ends, the Cincinnati Bengals' Tony Stewart and the Arizona Cardinals'...

 

By Mark Maske | March 9, 2007; 08:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Super Bowl Standout Rhodes Agrees to Deal with Raiders

Tailback Dominic Rhodes left the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts via free agency by agreeing today to a two-year, $7.5 million contract with the Oakland Raiders. Rhodes split carries with rookie Joseph Addai for the Colts this past season and was courted by several teams in free agency, including...

 

By Mark Maske | March 9, 2007; 01:28 PM ET | Comments (4)

Texans Add J. Black to Offensive Tackle Mix

Free agent offensive tackle Jordan Black agreed to a two-year, $3.5 million contract with the Houston Texans. The deal includes a $1.5 million signing bonus. For now, the Texans' starters at offensive tackle are Charles Spencer and Eric Winston. But Spencer is working his way back from a broken...

 

By Mark Maske | March 8, 2007; 09:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Give Newberry Another Chance

Former Pro Bowl center Jeremy Newberry signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Oakland Raiders. Career-threatening knee problems limited Newberry to 11 games over the past three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers....

 

By Mark Maske | March 6, 2007; 11:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

L. Jordan Could Be Cut This Week

The Oakland Raiders owe tailback LaMont Jordan a $4.75 million roster bonus this week. It's possible the Raiders will release Jordan to avoid paying the bonus. They've already had discussions with free agent tailback Travis Henry, who was released by the Tennessee Titans....

 

By Mark Maske | March 5, 2007; 02:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Packers, Patriots Reportedly in Running for R. Moss

The Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots reportedly are among the teams interested in trading for Oakland Raiders wide receiver Randy Moss. The Raiders apparently are shopping Moss, who has 102 catches in two seasons in Oakland and is a fraction of the dominant player he once was...

 

By Mark Maske | March 5, 2007; 08:38 AM ET | Comments (1)

Raiders Let A. Brooks Go

The Oakland Raiders announced today they are declining to pick up an option in the contract of quarterback Aaron Brooks, making him a free agent. The move reportedly keeps the team from having to pay Brooks a $5 million bonus. The Raiders went winless in Brooks's eight starts this...

 

By Mark Maske | February 22, 2007; 05:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Reach Deals With Two Key Defenders

The Oakland Raiders reached contract agreements with linebacker Robert Thomas and defensive tackle Terdell Sands to keep them from being unrestricted free agents next month. According to several reports, Thomas's deal is worth $6 million over three years and includes a $1.5 million signing bonus and Sands's contract is...

 

By Mark Maske | February 15, 2007; 08:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Hire L. Kiffin as Coach

Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis couldn't get one of USC's co-offensive coordinators as his head coach. So he got the other. Davis hired Lane Kiffin as the Raiders' coach Monday night. Kiffin, the son of Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, becomes the NFL's youngest head coach, at...

 

By Mark Maske | January 23, 2007; 09:48 AM ET | Comments (5)

Sarkisian Announces He Has Withdrawn from Raiders' Search

USC quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian announced Friday that he'd withdrawn from the Oakland Raiders' head coaching search. Sarkisian had a second interview with the Raiders this week and had been pegged by some media outlets as the front-runner to be hired to replace the fired Art Shell. The Raiders...

 

By Mark Maske | January 20, 2007; 09:06 AM ET | Comments (1)

Sarkisian, L. Kiffin Could Bring USC Partnership to Raiders

A day after the Oakland Raiders had a second interview with USC quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian for their head coaching job, they met today with the school's offensive coordinator, Lane Kiffin, about possibly becoming their offensive coordinator. Sarkisian and Kiffin ran the Trojans' offense together at USC and perhaps...

 

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2007; 10:58 PM ET | Comments (2)

Sarkisian Has Second Interview With Raiders

USC quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian had a second interview for the Oakland Raiders' head coaching job today. San Diego Chargers wide receivers coach James Lofton interviewed for the job Tuesday and emerged as a top candidate. The team also has interviewed former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel and...

 

By Mark Maske | January 17, 2007; 08:34 PM ET | Comments (3)

Lofton Emerges As Front-Runner in Oakland

San Diego Chargers wide receivers coach James Lofton appears to have emerged as the favorite to replace the fired Art Shell as the Oakland Raiders' coach. Lofton met Tuesday in the Bay Area with Raiders owner Al Davis and the two were said to be discussing contract terms and...

 

By Mark Maske | January 17, 2007; 09:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Reportedly to Interview D. Green Today

Recently fired Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green is to interview for the Oakland Raiders' head coaching vacancy today, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Green becomes the fourth candidate interviewed by the Raiders, following USC quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian, former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel and Raiders defensive coordinator...

 

By Mark Maske | January 16, 2007; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Lose Offensive Coordinator Shoop

The Oakland Raiders lost their offensive coordinator when John Shoop left to take the offensive coordinator job at the University of North Carolina. It had been thought that Shoop might be a candidate for the Raiders' vacant head coaching job. The Raiders' other coordinator, defensive boss Rob Ryan, interviewed...

 

By Mark Maske | January 13, 2007; 06:57 PM ET | Comments (3)

Fassel Reportedly Set to Interview With Raiders

Former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel is scheduled to interview for the Oakland Raiders head coaching job today, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Fassel, who was fired this season as the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator, will become the second candidate interviewed for the job, following USC quarterbacks coach...

 

By Mark Maske | January 11, 2007; 09:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Interview Sarkisian

The Oakland Raiders interviewed USC quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian for their head coaching vacancy Monday. Sarkisian, 32, is a former Raiders quarterbacks coach. There is some feeling around the league that Sarkisian merely is using the Raiders' interest in him to position himself to be Pete Carroll's successor at...

 

By Mark Maske | January 9, 2007; 07:57 AM ET | Comments (3)

Raiders Consider Youth Movement With USC Assistant

The Oakland Raiders plan to interview USC quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian for their head coaching job in the coming days. Sarkisian, 32, is a former quarterbacks coach for the Raiders. Raiders defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and offensive coordinator John Shoop also appear to be candidates for the job, along...

 

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2007; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

It's Official: Shell Done As Raiders' Coach

The Oakland Raiders announced tonight that Art Shell won't be back for a second season in his second-go around as their coach. Raiders owner Al Davis met with Shell today and the team issued a written statement saying that Shell would not remain the club's coach but might stay...

 

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 11:27 PM ET | Comments (9)

Shell Likely One and Done in Oakland

The Oakland Raiders are close to parting ways with Coach Art Shell. Raiders owner Al Davis met with Shell today, an NFL source said, and the two sides were likely to negotiate a buyout of the remainder of Shell's contract. Shell's departure probably will be announced Friday. The Raiders...

 

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 09:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Reportedly Planning to Fire Shell

The NFL Network reported during its broadcast of tonight's Packers-Vikings game in Green Bay that the Oakland Raiders plan to fire Art Shell as their coach after the season. The Raiders issued a statement ridiculing the report, saying it did not come from a reliable source and indicating that...

 

By Mark Maske | December 21, 2006; 10:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Gabriel Back With Raiders

The Oakland Raiders claimed wide receiver Doug Gabriel off waivers Wednesday after he was released Tuesday by the New England Patriots. Gabriel is returning to the team that traded him to New England before the season....

 

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (2)

Shell Steamed About Source of Criticism

Oakland Raiders Coach Art Shell said Wednesday he's angry that a member of the organization has been criticizing the team's coaching staff to media members. "I expect everybody in this organization to be on the same page with me," Shell said during a news conference. "Right now, everybody's not."...

 

By Mark Maske | November 30, 2006; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Shell Promotes Shoop to Replace Walsh as Raiders' Offensive Coordinator

Oakland Raiders Coach Art Shell had defended offensive coordinator Tom Walsh all season while Walsh's offense was derided as being out of date. Shell finally stopped defending Walsh today, demoting him and elevating Raiders tight ends coach John Shoop to offensive coordinator. The Raiders have the league's last-ranked offense...

 

By Mark Maske | November 28, 2006; 08:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Shell Fined

The league went after its own when it handed out fines to coaches this week for criticizing officiating. The Oakland Raiders' Art Shell was fined $12,500 for saying Monday that his team had been wronged by a 15-yard penalty during Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos for a player...

 

By Mark Maske | November 17, 2006; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Shell Not Saying Yet Whether Walter or Brooks Will Start at QB for Raiders

Coach Art Shell isn't saying whether Aaron Brooks or Andrew Walter will start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders on Sunday at Kansas City. Brooks has returned from a strained pectoral muscle. Walter took over as the starter for seven games in Brooks's absence but had his mishaps while...

 

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2006; 09:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

Raiders Might Turn Back to Brooks at QB

The Oakland Raiders' starting quarterback job could be given back to Aaron Brooks this week. Brooks has returned from a strained pectoral muscle but is yet to regain the job from Andrew Walter. However, Walter has been plagued by sacks, fumbles and interceptions while playing behind the Raiders' dreadful...

 

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2006; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (5)

Raiders' Brayton, Seahawks' Stevens Both Fined

The NFL today fined Oakland Raiders defensive end Tyler Brayton $25,000 for kneeing Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens in the groin area during a shoving match after a play during Monday night's game in Seattle. Brayton received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and was ejected from the game. Stevens was...

 

By Mark Maske | November 8, 2006; 04:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders' Brayton Facing Likely League Discipline

Oakland Raiders defensive end Tyler Brayton likely will be disciplined by the league after being ejected from Monday night's loss in Seattle for trying to knee Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens in the groin. The two players were shoving one another at the end of a running play by...

 

By Mark Maske | November 7, 2006; 04:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brooks Healthy but Walter is Raiders' Starter at QB

Aaron Brooks has been cleared to return but Andrew Walter remains the Oakland Raiders' starting quarterback. Brooks has missed the last five games because of a strained pectoral muscle, and Walter has led the Raiders to their only two victories of the season. Coach Art Shell said during his...

 

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2006; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (2)

J. Porter Makes Season Debut for Raiders

The Oakland Raiders had wide receiver Jerry Porter on their active roster for a game for the first time this season. Porter played against the Pittsburgh Steelers today after having a four-game suspension, imposed by Coach Art Shell for insubordination, cut in half last week via a settlement between...

 

By Mark Maske | October 29, 2006; 07:42 PM ET | Comments (4)

Raiders Reinstate J. Porter

The Oakland Raiders reinstated wide receiver Jerry Porter today as part of a settlement between the league and the NFL Players Association. Porter had served two games of a four-game suspension without pay imposed by the Raiders for conduct detrimental to the team. Coach Art Shell had suspended Porter...

 

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2006; 02:16 PM ET | Comments (5)

Winless Raiders Get to Face Cardinals This Weekend, But Schedule Toughens After That

The Oakland Raiders are the lone remaining winless team in the NFL this season. They have a chance to get into the victory column Sunday when they host the Arizona Cardinals, who are 1-5 and coming off Monday night's come-from-ahead defeat to the Chicago Bears in which they squandered...

 

By Mark Maske | October 20, 2006; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Stand Alone

It's hard to go winless in the NFL. Three of the league's previously winless teams won Sunday, with the Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers getting into the victory column. That leaves only the Oakland Raiders still looking for a triumph this season....

 

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2006; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Porter's Suspension Being Appealed

The NFL Players Association is appealing the four-game suspension that the Oakland Raiders imposed upon wide receiver Jerry Porter for conduct detrimental to the team. Raiders Coach Art Shell says he suspended Porter for being disruptive and insubordinate. The union calls the punishment excessive....

 

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 01:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Suspend J. Porter

The Oakland Raiders suspended wide receiver Jerry Porter on Saturday for four games without pay for conduct detrimental to the team. Porter clashed with Coach Art Shell during the offseason and had been on the Raiders' inactive list for each of their first four games. He reportedly was spotted...

 

By Mark Maske | October 15, 2006; 01:32 PM ET | Comments (1)

Raiders Games Could Be Rescheduled Because of World Series Conflicts

It's not looking all that promising for the Oakland Athletics to reach the World Series after they were beaten by the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. But if they do, it could force the NFL team with which they share...

 

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (2)

Misery Mounts for Raiders as R. Moss Speaks

Just when it seemed like things couldn't get any worse for the Oakland Raiders, they did. Wide receiver Randy Moss opened his mouth. Moss said in an interview with Fox Sports Radio this week that he's not that concerned about the Raiders' poor start to the season because no...

 

By Mark Maske | October 5, 2006; 07:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots, Raiders Look at Maddox

The New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders auditioned former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Tommy Maddox in recent days. Maddox worked out for the Patriots on Tuesday and for the Raiders on Wednesday, but wasn't immediately signed by either team. The Raiders' quarterback situation is particularly dire, with Aaron Brooks sidelined...

 

By Mark Maske | September 21, 2006; 10:49 AM ET | Comments (2)

Walter Takes Over as Raiders' QB After Injury to Brooks

The Oakland Raiders are to be without starting quarterback Aaron Brooks for two to four weeks because of a strained pectoral muscle. Andrew Walter takes over as the starter. Marques Tuiasosopo is the backup and it's possible the club could re-sign Jeff George after signing and then releasing him...

 

By Mark Maske | September 18, 2006; 11:39 PM ET | Comments (1)

Raiders Have Porter Inactive Again

The Oakland Raiders had wide receiver Jerry Porter on their inactive list for a second game in a row. Porter was accused of laughing on the sideline when quarterback Aaron Brooks was sacked during the Raiders' season-opening loss last Monday night, and denied the report by saying it couldn't...

 

By Mark Maske | September 17, 2006; 02:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strained Calf Muscle Sidelines Raiders' Gallery

As if the outlook wasn't bleak enough for the Oakland Raiders already, they've lost left tackle Robert Gallery for two to three weeks because of a strained calf muscle. Gallery got hurt during practice Wednesday. It's another setback for the player selected second overall in the 2004 NFL draft....

 

By Mark Maske | September 15, 2006; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Porter-Shell Relationship No Laughing Matter

Wide receiver Jerry Porter's relationship with the Oakland Raiders continues to deteriorate. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Porter reacted to the seventh sack of Raiders quarterback Aaron Brooks during Monday night's loss to the San Diego Chargers by laughing and pumping his fist on the sideline. Porter denied...

 

By Mark Maske | September 13, 2006; 09:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Porter, Curry Vying to Replace Gabriel in Raiders' Lineup

It's unclear whether the Oakland Raiders, after trading Doug Gabriel to the New England Patriots for a fifth-round draft pick over the weekend, will promote Jerry Porter or Ronald Curry to be the starting wideout opposite Randy Moss. Either way, it appears the Raiders are ready to forgive and...

 

By Mark Maske | September 5, 2006; 02:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

J. George Resurfaces in Oakland

Jeff George? JEFF GEORGE? Those words undoubtedly were repeated in front offices around the league Monday after the Oakland Raiders signed the journeyman quarterback with the golden arm but team-wrecking reputation. George last threw a regular-season pass in the NFL in 2001 for the Washington Redskins but has had...

 

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2006; 09:30 AM ET | Comments (3)

Grove's Injury Not As Bad As Feared

Oakland Raiders center Jake Grove was told by doctors today that his shoulder injury was only a strained muscle and he should be able to play within four weeks. Grove and the Raiders had feared that the injury would require surgery and months of rehabilitation. He was hurt during...

 

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2006; 10:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Grove's Shoulder Injury Puts Further Strain on Raiders' O-Line

The Oakland Raiders are awaiting the results of a second MRI exam performed on the injured left shoulder of starting center Jake Grove. Grove was hurt during Tuesday's practice, and the initial indications were that the injury would require surgery before it was announced that a second MRI would...

 

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2006; 01:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Shell Throws His Players Out of Practice... All of Them

Art Shell remains an old-school coach in his second go-around with the Oakland Raiders. Shell ended a practice about 50 minutes early Thursday, lecturing his players and then sending them to the locker room because he was disgusted with how the session was going. "You've got to work when...

 

By Mark Maske | August 18, 2006; 09:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Brooks Doesn't Look Like He's the Answer for the Raiders

Quarterback Aaron Brooks has looked terrible in the Oakland Raiders' first two preseason games, completing only two of nine passes for 28 yards. The Raiders, after releasing Kerry Collins, signed Brooks in the offseason after the former New Orleans starter was cut by the Saints. But Raiders Coach Art...

 

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2006; 12:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Moss Has Upsetting Evening

NFL coaches can't win when it comes to the preseason. Tailback Clinton Portis questioned why he was playing a preseason game when he hurt his shoulder during the Washington Redskins' exhibition opener. Wide receiver Randy Moss, by contrast, threw a sideline tantrum when he was pulled from the Oakland...

 

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2006; 01:56 PM ET | Comments (4)

A. Davis Says He's Healthy

Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis said during a hour-long news conference Tuesday that reports that he is in failing health are inaccurate. Davis said he's "very healthy" despite a quadriceps injury that has left him wearing a brace and using a walker. Davis said the Raiders would listen to...

 

By Mark Maske | August 2, 2006; 01:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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