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Raiders File Paperwork For Move To Las Vegas

Jan 20, 2017 8:07 AM

The Oakland Raiders have officially filed their paperwork to relocate to Las Vegas.

The team's relocation to Las Vegas must be approved by three-fourths of the NFL's team owners. The vote for relocation is expected to take place on March 26-29 at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix.

"The application will be reviewed in the coming weeks by league staff and the stadium and financing committees," the NFL said in a statement.

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Tags: Oakland Raiders, Legal, Misc Rumor

Raiders Officially File Paperwork To Relocate To Las Vegas

Jan 19, 2017 12:41 PM

The Oakland Raiders have officially filed their paperwork to relocate to Las Vegas.

The NFL's owners will vote on the matter in March.

The Raiders are expected to remain in Oakland while their new stadium in Las Vegas is built with its current estimate for readiness for the 2020 season.

There are still questions, however, on how the $1.9 billion stadium in Las Vegas will be funded. The original plan contained $650 million in contributions from the Adelson family, $500 million from the Raiders and $750 million in Clark County hotel room tax revenue.

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Raiders Plan On Filing Relocation Papers To Las Vegas

Jan 14, 2017 9:08 PM

The Oakland Raiders plan on filing relocation papers to move to Las Vegas.

The move will be made official in the coming days, but the Raiders will need 24 votes from the NFL's owners to formally make the move.

The city of Oakland has made no progress to keep the team.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said "if the (Raiders) decide that they can't make it work in Oakland and they decide that they want to file for relocation, then their window is from when they get eliminated from the playoffs to Feb. 15."

No sources would estimate a vote count, but it's headed in the right direction to receive approval.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

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Bo Jackson Planned On Retiring From NFL Before Injury In Playoffs

Jan 12, 2017 6:32 PM

Bo Jackson revealed he had planned on retiring from the NFL after the 1990 season. Jackson still had a contract with the Los Angeles Raiders, but he planned to walk away to solely play baseball.

Jackson instead fractured and dislocated his left hip in the third quarter of the Raiders' playoff game in January of 1991.

Jackson thought it was simply a hip pointer, allowing him to return the next week to play against the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship Game.

Jackson, who suffered from hip necrosis that required surgery for an artificial hip, never put on a football uniform again.

“That week, three or four days before the playoff game,’’ Jackson says, “I sat down with Linda (his wife and mother of their three children) and told her that I was going to announce my retirement. When the season was over, we had made my mind up that I was going to do that. That was the plan.

“Well, the man upstairs changed that plan.

“I’m not a very religious guy, but I believe in God, and I believe God works things out for a reason. If I had retired before my contract was over, I would have probably been hated by Raiders fans forever.’’

Jackson says he would have never played football knowing what he knows now.

“If I knew back then what I know now,’’ Jackson tells USA TODAY Sports, “I would have never played football. Never. I wish I had known about all of those head injuries, but no one knew that. And the people that did know that, they wouldn’t tell anybody.

“The game has gotten so violent, so rough. We’re so much more educated on this CTE stuff (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), there’s no way I would ever allow my kids to play football today.

“Even though I love the sport, I’d smack them in the mouth if they said they wanted to play football.

“I’d tell them, 'Play baseball, basketball, soccer, golf, just anything but football.’ ’’

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

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Raiders Replace Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave With Todd Downing

Jan 11, 2017 12:55 AM

The Oakland Raiders will not retain Bill Musgrave as offensive coordinator this offseason.

A source told Caplan that Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio told the rest of his staff Tuesday afternoon that quarterbacks coach Todd Downing has been promoted to offensive coordinator. 

Downing received interest from at least two head coaching candidates for their offensive coordinator vacancies.

Del Rio, who also had Musgrave as his OC for with the Jaguars in 2003 and '04, was not afraid to criticize the offense this season.

The Raiders had one of the NFL's best offenses in 2016 with Derek Carr emerging as an MVP candidate.


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Tags: Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor

Raiders Expected To Start Connor Cook Against Texans

Jan 4, 2017 8:51 AM

The Oakland Raiders are expected to start rookie Connor Cook against the Houston Texans in the playoffs this weekend.

It would mark the first time in the Super Bowl era that a rookie quarterback will be making his first start in a postseason game.

After Derek Carr broke his leg on Christmas Eve, Matt McGloin suffered a trapezius muscle injury in Oakland's final game of the season.

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No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA

Jan 3, 2017 2:01 PM

The NFL has very few teams this season that excel in all facets of the game. Further evidence of this issue shows itself in the fact that there is only one team ranking in the top-10 in both Football Outsiders' Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

The Chiefs were the closest team to finish in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA at 13th and 14th.

The New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys finished the season ranked first and second in both Total DVOA and Weighted DVOA.

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Raiders Noncommittal On Starting QB Against Texans

Jan 2, 2017 9:03 PM

Jack Del Rio is noncommittal on who will start for the Oakland Raiders at quarterback in their playoff game on Saturday at the Houston Texans.

Matt McGloin started in Week 17 and was hurt just before halftime, which gave the Raiders a chance to give Connor Cook his first opportunity to play.

"We'll see," Del Rio said. "We'll see. We'll see how the week goes. Between Connor and Matt we'll see who ... can get the most reps and who we feel the most comfortable [with] going into the game."

Cook completed 14 of 21 attempts for 150 yards.

"I thought Connor was pretty solid," Del Rio said. "I thought he handled himself pretty well. Ball security is so huge; we had a couple of ball security issues. That defense is pretty good and I thought, overall, he did a pretty solid job for a tough set of circumstances."

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NFL To Revisit Aldon Smith Reinstatement In Offseason

Dec 31, 2016 1:45 PM

The NFL will revisit Aldon Smith's possible reinstatement after March 15th.

The delay, first reported by Pro Football Talk, came after Smith applied for reinstatement following a one-year suspension for violating NFL rules on substance abuse.

Smith's yearlong suspension was due to end Nov. 17, and he applied for reinstatement Oct. 3.

"A little disappointed, honestly," Jack Del Rio said of the decision. "I feel like from everything that I've gathered, obviously it's not my job to make a rule, but from everything I've gathered, he's done his duty to take care of all the things he needs to take care of. I see some of the guys that have been allowed back. My question is, What's the difference? It's always a question mark. If a guy has a chance, he should have a chance to make a living. I don't really agree with what's gone down, but it's not my job. We'll move on as a team. That's what we have to do, but I'm a little disappointed."


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Lane Kiffin Wanted Raiders To Draft Calvin Johnson Back In 2007

Dec 30, 2016 9:01 AM

When the Oakland Raiders took JaMarcus Russell first overall in 2007, Lane Kiffin was the head coach and pushed for the team to draft Calvin Johnson instead.

Late owner Al Davis insisted on drafting Russell.

Kiffin wanted to sign Jeff Garcia in free agency and then take Johnson, who the Detroit Lions drafted at the No. 2 spot.

The Raiders went 4-12 in 2007 and fired Kiffin after a 1-3 start in 2008.

Sports Illustrated

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Derek Carr Undergoes Surgery, Could Return For Super Bowl
Derek Carr underwent successful surgery on Tuesday and while there's no official timeline for his return, he could conceivably be football ready in six to eight weeks.


Derek Carr Suffers Broken Right Fibula
Derek Carr will undergo surgery on Sunday and the Raiders will start Matt McGloin at quarterback.

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Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)
Pittsburgh ranks third in total DVOA and first in Weighted DVOA.

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Derek Carr's Inability To Go Under Center 'An Issue' For Raiders
Derek Carr has taken snaps exclusively in the pistol or shotgun since dislocating his pinky finger three weeks ago.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Mark Davis, Sheldon Adelson Struggling To Reach Final Vegas Deal
Sheldon Adelson has a reputation for driving hard bargains and he is expected to push for partial ownership of the Raiders and a path to control the franchise.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Raiders Have Dropped League-High 34 Passes
The drops have cost Oakland and Derek Carr 286 yards.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Marquette King Thinks He's 'Swaggiest Person In World' Before Punts
Marquette King played receiver in college and began kicking almost as a lark.

Jonathan Abrams/Bleacher Report

Jack Del Rio's Success Could Lead To More Retread Head Coaches
The NFL is always a trend driving league and owners will emulate what is working elsewhere.

Conor Orr/NFL.com

Derek Carr Doesn't Expect Finger Injury To Cause Any Lingering Effects
A mistimed snap between Derek Carr and center Rodney Hudson on the second play of the second half appeared to cause the injury.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

City Of Oakland Announces Framework For Stadium Agreement
The city of Oakland has reached a framework agreement with the Ronnie Lott group for a new stadium to keep the Raiders from relocating.


Brock Osweiler Was 'Definitely' Distracted By Green Laser From Stands
Brock Osweiler said a green laser that was shined onto the field and into his eyes on Monday night in Mexico City was "very distracting."

Sarah Barshop/ESPN

Roger Goodell: 'Ideal Scenario' Keeps Chargers, Raiders In Place
Having both the Raiders and Chargers remain in their current cities is the "ideal scenario" for the NFL, according to Roger Goodell.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

League Office Wants To Prevent Relocation Of Raiders, Chargers
Mark Davis would likely need a partner to build a new stadium in the Bay Area.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

NFL Now Has 10 Teams In Marijuana-Legal States
With Tuesday's elections, 10 NFL teams play in a state where marijuana has been legalized medically or recreationally.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Raiders Hope To Extend Derek Carr In Offseason
The Raiders are prioritizing an extension for Derek Carr this offseason that could "be Luck-ish" in dollars.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Aldon Smith Hopeful Of Being Reinstated
Aldon Smith looked fit and strong and was in great spirits while attending the Thunder-Warriors game from a baseline seat Thursday night.


Aldon Smith Has Applied For Reinstatement
Aldon Smith's one-year suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy ends Nov. 17.

Vic Tafur/San Francisco Chronicle

Mark Davis: Oakland 'Was In Driver's Seat But Came Up With Nothing'
Mark Davis hasn't ruled out keeping the Raiders in Oakland but publicly lamented their lack of action.

Barry Wilner/AP

NFL Appears To Have No Hesitation About Playing In Vegas
Roger Goodell said they’re still collecting information about Nevada's plan to build an NFL stadium and whether having the Raiders in Vegas would work for the league.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Nevada Governor Signs Bill For Raiders' Las Vegas Stadium
Brian Sandoval and Mark Davis joined hardhat-wearing construction workers and mask-wearing Raiders fans for the ceremony at UNLV.