Oakland Raiders Wiretap

Raiders Remain Interested In Acquiring Marshawn Lynch

Apr 21, 2017 7:08 PM

The Oakland Raiders remain interested in acquiring Marshawn Lynch from the Seattle Seahawks.

"At some point you'd like to know and prior to the draft is that point," Reggie McKenzie said Friday during a media conference to preview the draft. "Our door is open and we're not shutting the door until that time, pretty much.

"Never going to say never, but the door is still open."

There's the issue of Lynch's rights still being owned by the Seattle Seahawks and Lynch, should he be acquired by Oakland, agreeing to more of an incentive-based contract since his current deal has him due a salary cap number of $9 million in 2017 and a base salary of $7 million in 2018.

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Tags: Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Derek Carr Cleared For Offseason Training Program

Apr 18, 2017 8:00 AM

Derek Carr's surgically repaired right fibula is healed enough that the Oakland Raiders quarterback will be a full participant in the team's offseason training program.

Carr suffered the injury during Week 16 on Christmas Eve while taking a sack.

"I feel great," he said. "I've been running, jumping, throwing, cutting, everything. So I'm ready to rock. I'm ready to do absolutely everything. I did everything my teammates did today. I'll do everything my teammates will do tomorrow.

"I'm truly blessed that it wasn't worse. It could have been a lot worse, and it wasn't, so I'm very thankful for that and just keep praying for the guys who, that day, had the same kind of injury and still going through it."

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Tags: Oakland Raiders, Injury, Misc Rumor

Marshawn Lynch Agrees To Sign With Raiders

Apr 14, 2017 3:45 PM

Marshawn Lynch has agreed to sign with the Oakland Raiders.

Lynch retired after the 2015 season but has decided to return to the NFL with his hometown team.

Lynch will come to the Raiders via a trade that has yet to be agreed upon with the Seattle Seahawks.

During the 2015 season, Lynch had 417 yards on 111 carries in seven games. Lynch returns with 83 career touchdowns and 9,112 total rushing yards.

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Tags: Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Raiders, Seahawks Expected To Work Out Marshawn Lynch Trade

Apr 14, 2017 8:53 AM

The Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders are expected to work out a trade involving Marshawn Lynch, but the running back must first re-work his contract.

According to a report, Lynch's agents have permission from the Seahawks to discuss adjusting his deal with the Raiders. Lynch signed a three-year, $31 million contract in 2015, which would pay approximately $9 million in 2017 if he came out of retirement. Oakland would want to lower that number.

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Tags: Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Robert Kraft Declined Adelson's Offer Of Killing Raiders' Vegas Move

Apr 13, 2017 12:18 PM

Robert Kraft and Sheldon Adelson have been friends for decades and are members of the same synagogue.

Kraft expressed his displeasure with Jerry Jones running the Oakland Raiders' relocation to Las Vegas.

"Jerry is running wild," Kraft said. "I can't believe this."

"I'll kill this if you want me to," Adelson replied.

Kraft didn't want him to kill the deal.

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Tags: New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, Legal

Sheldon Adelson Doesn't Care About NFL, Thought Goodell's 'An Idiot'

Apr 13, 2017 12:16 PM

Mark Davis wanted to partner with Sheldon Adelson as both a financier and a fixer as he attempted to relocate the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas.

Adelson couldn't "give a f--- about the NFL," or any sports, in the words of a lawyer who knows him well. Adelson has attended fewer than five NFL games in his life.

Adelson's private assessment of commissioner Roger Goodell: "He's an idiot."

Davis is seen as the NFL's least wealthy owner and needed someone like Adelson to make such a major move.

"I don't want to make any money," Davis told Adelson, moments after their introduction. "I just want to protect my dad's legacy."

"Well, I do things to make money," Adelson replied. "I don't understand that. Everyone wants to make money."

Adelson considered the Raiders' move a chance to help him shift a windfall of public money away from a competitor's convention center renovation. Bringing the NFL to Las Vegas would also serve as a legacy project for Adelson.

Adelson decided to push Nevada lawmakers to shift most of the bed tax money from their convention center to a proposed 65,000-seat football stadium, to be built on land across from Mandalay Bay off the Strip's southern stretch. 

Adelson wanted a return on his investment and eventually pulled out of the deal.

"What Sheldon was buying isn't worth $650 million," says a league source with intimate knowledge of the negotiations. "It never made sense that the Raiders couldn't make it work. Davis was getting a debt-free stadium and got to keep all NFL revenue. It was the greatest deal in NFL history."

Adelson and Goldman Sachs pulled out of the deal with the Raiders but Davis replaced them with Bank of America.

Jerry Jones played a big role from there, wearing six hats: "shadow commissioner, deal broker, stadium financier, proponent of legalized daily fantasy wagering in Nevada, owner/general manager of the Cowboys" and as part owner of Legends Hospitality. 

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Tags: Oakland Raiders, Legal

Marshawn Lynch Has Started Reinstatement Process

Apr 13, 2017 8:28 AM

Marshawn Lynch has started the reinstatement process with the NFL in hopes of playing for the Oakland Raiders, Ed Werder reports.

Once the running back files his reinstatement papers, his $9 million cap hit would be added to the Seattle Seahawks' ledger. That would likely lead to a quick resolution because the Seahawks don't have the cap space to take Lynch on.

In addition to the Raiders, Lynch has also been linked to the New England Patriots.

Ed Werder/ESPN

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

NFL Relocation Fees Won't Be Shared With Players

Apr 11, 2017 4:45 PM

As a condition of approving all three franchise moves in the last 15 months, the NFL individually assessed relocation fees that will each be doled out to 31 other franchises. Those fees, according to various reports, total anywhere from $1.43 billion to $1.68 billion, or a distribution of approximately $46 million to $54 million per team. 

Those fees are not directly new revenue and won't be shared with players.

The CBA specifically excludes these fees from the revenues used to determine the league’s salary cap. 

Sports Illustrated’s Jack Dickey wrote back in January: “An observer from outside the sports world could reasonably conclude that the NFL is in actuality a trade group for land barons.”

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Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Legal

Marshawn Lynch Meets With Raiders

Apr 5, 2017 3:47 PM

Marshawn Lynch is continuing to consider a comeback to the NFL and is visiting the Oakland Raiders.

A deal between the Raiders and Lynch "eventually will happen," according to a source.

The Seattle Seahawks, who still retain Lynch's rights, granted permission for the visit.

Lynch, who last played in 2015, turns 31 on April 22.

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Tags: Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Seth Godin Uses NFL, Raiders As Way 'Capitalism Corrupts Our Culture'

Mar 31, 2017 12:01 PM

Seth Godin, a prominent best selling author on marketing and business, wrote a blog post about the NFL's decisions to let the Oakland Raiders relocate to Las Vegas.

Godin's piece is titled 'Merely Transactional'.

""We owe you nothing."

"This week, all but one NFL owner voted to let the Raiders leave Oakland for Las Vegas (I'm not a football fan, but bear with me)," writes Godin.

"A nearly perfect example of how one version of capitalism corrupts our culture.

"The season ticket holder bought a ticket and got his games. Even steven. We owe you nothing.

"The dedicated fan sat through endless losing games. Even steven. Ticket purchased, game delivered. We owe you nothing.

"The problem with 'even steven' is that it turns trust and connection and emotions into nothing but a number. Revenue on a P&L. It ignores the long-term in exchange for a relentless focus on today. Only today.

"There's an alternative view of capitalism. Modern capitalism. Capitalism for the long-term.  In this view, the purpose of an enterprise is to make things better. To minimize negative externalities and create value. Value for the owners, sure, but also for the workers, the customers and the bystanders. 

""We owe you everything."

"You trusted us. You showed up. You tolerated our impact on your world, even when you didn't invite us in.

"It'll never be even steven, but we can try to repay you. Thank you for the opportunity.

"I think this is what sports fans signed up for when they were first offered the chance to support a team. Maybe your customers feel the same way."

Seth Godin

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Legal

Raiders Plan To Discuss Extension With Derek Carr After Draft
Derek Carr will soon enter the final year of his contract, but there is little chance he becomes a free agent.

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Jerry Jones' Legends To Profit Immensely Due To NFL Relocations
Jerry Jones is a large shareholder of Legends, a hospitality-marketing company that will now sell the suites, concessions and sponsorships for the Las Vegas stadium for the Raiders.

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

49ers Not Expecting To Convert Raiders' Fans
The 49ers will be the lone franchise in the Bay Area for the third time in their history.

Nick Wagoner/ESPN

Owners Approve Raiders' Relocation To Las Vegas 31-1
The Raiders will continue to play in Oakland in 2017 and 2018 before likely finding a temporary venue for 2019.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Oakland Presents Revised Plan For $1.3 Billion Stadium
Under the city's plan, a new home for the Raiders would be built on a 55-acre parcel on the southern edge of where their current home sits.

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Raiders' Relocation Vote Expected Next Week
NFL owners are expected to vote at next week's meetings whether to approve the Raiders' relocation to las Vegas.


Marshawn Lynch's Agent Unsure If He'll Return
According to Marshawn Lynch's agent, money won't be the biggest issue with regard to a comeback.

Jerry McDonald/Oakland Tribune

Jared Cook Wants To 'Bribe' Amari Cooper For No. 89
Jared Cook has worn No. 89 throughout his NFL career and would like to continue to do so with the Raiders.

Jimmy Durkin/Mercury News

Raiders Considering Marshawn Lynch Through Trade Or Release
The Raiders would have to either acquire Marshawn Lynch in trade with the Seahawks or after his release.

Adam Schefter & Josina Anderson/ESPN

Jared Cook Agrees Upon Two-Year, $12.2M Deal With Raiders
Jared Cook caught 30 balls for 377 yards and one touchdown last season for the Packers.

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Raiders, Cordarrelle Patterson Agree Upon Two-Year Deal
The deal is for two years and can be voided to a single season, according to a source.

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Adrian Peterson Interested In Raiders, Seahawks
Adrian Peterson previously has identified the Giants, Buccaneers, and Texans as teams hed be interesting in joining.

Stacey Dales/NFL.com

Raiders Secure Vegas Financing From Bank Of America
The Raiders were previously receiving funding from Sheldon Adelson and Goldman Sachs.

Vincent Bonsignore/Los Angeles Daily News

Adrian Peterson Intrigued By Playing For Raiders
Adrian Peterson is interested in the Raiders as a potential free agent destination, according to sources.

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NFL: Mexico City Game Generated $45 Million
Last year's game between the Texans and Raiders played in Mexico City generated $45 million, according to a study commissioned by the NFL.

Curtis Crabtree/Pro Football Talk

Jack Del Rio Agrees To Four-Year Extension With Raiders
Oakland returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2002 during the 2016 season.


Raiders President: Vegas Financing Isn't An Issue
Raiders president Marc Badain told the Las Vegas Stadium Authority Board on Thursday that "financing will not be an issue" as he reaffirmed the team's desire to move to southern Nevada.

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Khalil Mack Wins AP Defensive Player Of The Year By One Vote
Khalil Mack had 11 sacks, took part in 73 tackles, forced five fumbles and recovered three, and even had an interception for a touchdown.

Barry Wilner/AP

Goldman Sachs Considering Exit From Raiders' Vegas Deal
Goldman Sachs had been in line to help underwrite Raiders owner Mark Davis' financial commitment.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Adelson Family Withdraws From Raiders' Stadium In Vegas
The family of Sheldon Adelson have withdrawn as investors in a proposed $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat domed football stadium.

Richard N. Velotta/ Las Vegas Review-Journal