Oakland Raiders Wiretap

Two Las Vegas Sites Preferred For Possible NFL Stadium

Aug 26, 2016 8:45 AM

Supporters of a proposed NFL stadium have whittled their list to two sites just west of the Las Vegas Strip and will refuse to accept any less than $750 million in public funding toward the project.

The group hopes the stadium will be the next home of the Oakland Raiders.

Representatives from Majestic Realty and the Las Vegas Sands casino company updated an oversight committee Thursday on their quest to build a 65,000-seat domed stadium. They said the price tag continues to rise and is now $1.9 billion, saying they'd walk away from the project if state lawmakers don't meet their minimum financial demand.

The Raiders have made little progress securing a new stadium in the Oakland area and have committed to lining up $500 million toward building a new one in Las Vegas. Any team relocation needs the blessing of three-quarters of NFL owners, so developers are rushing to prepare their pitch by January, when the owners next meet.

Associated Press

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Amari Cooper: Foot Injury 'Affected My Whole Game' Last Season

Aug 9, 2016 7:58 AM

Amari Cooper failed to top 20 receiving yards in three of his last four games during his rookie season.

Cooper dealt with a foot injury that nearly led the Oakland Raiders to shut him down. He still managed to become the first rookie in franchise history to record 1,000 receiving yards.

Cooper said he never bothered to watch his rookie-year game tape because "I really wasn't myself."

"I think it affected everything. Me being a receiver, it affected my whole game," he explained of the injury. "Talk about a foot injury, you can't release how you want to, you can't come out of your breaks how you want to. You can only get open in two ways, off of the line or out of your breaks.

"So it really affected my game, but I was mentally tough and I fought through it."

Chris Wesseling/NFL

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Derek Carr, Amari Cooper Rooming Together To Build Chemistry

Aug 4, 2016 8:05 AM

Derek Carr and Amari Cooper are living together during training camp to build chemistry on and off the field.

The pair discuss possible adjustments to plays after the Oakland Raiders break camp and they head to their hotel room in Napa.

"We're having a good time, man," Carr said. "It's good to come back and just talk ball with him. He tells me his goals, I share my stuff with him and we're able to ... I know how he thinks. I know how he likes to go about his business. I know what he likes to do off the field. Amari and I should have the best relationship ever. The same thing goes with all of my receivers and all my teammates, really. The fact that we're roommates only helps because we get to see each other away from football, away from the coaches. It's been awesome."

Cooper caught 72 passes in 2015 while being targeted 123 times.

CSN Bay Area

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David Amerson, Raiders Agree Upon Four-Year, $38M Extension

Jul 16, 2016 8:15 PM

David Amerson and the Oakland Raiders have agreed upon a four-year extension worth as much as $38 million with nearly $18 million in guarantees.

The former North Carolina State cornerback was named Pro Football Focus' Most Improved Player in 2015, an award that factors in PFF's production grades throughout the season. The analytics site references that quarterbacks had a 140.2 rating when targeting Amerson in 2014, but in 2015, that number has dropped to 62.7.

A waiver-wire pickup in 2015, Amerson joined the Raiders after two seasons and two games with washington.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL.com

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Nevada Tourism Panel Discusses Nine Potential Sites For Raiders

Jul 12, 2016 8:08 AM

The Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee held a special meeting Monday to discuss nine potential sites for a 65,000-seat stadium that would be the home of the Oakland Raiders.

The estimated price tag has gone up, from an initial $1.4 billion to possibly as much as $2.1 billion. The rise in price would be in part due to land acquisitions, as well as the stadium now being proposed as a retractable dome.

Mark Davis has said that he would prefer a retractable dome as well as a natural grass playing surface.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

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Raiders Thrilled With Their Deepest Team In Years

Jun 8, 2016 11:38 AM

The Oakland Raiders are entering 2016 with tremendous optimism.

Oakland has improved the quality of their starters while also building the type of tremendous depth they haven't had in years, according to a source.

When the Raiders cut their roster from 90 to 53, several of those players could end up with other teams.

The Raiders haven't reached the playoffs in 14 years.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

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Raiders Giving Derek Carr Freedom To Tweak Plays

Jun 6, 2016 7:45 AM

The Oakland Raiders plan to give Derek Carr some freedom to tweak offensive plays this season.

"I think it helps that he doesn't have to learn a new language again," second-year coordinator Bill Musgrave said. "Two years in the league, he had two different systems. Now, this year, he can feel like he has a good grasp of it and start putting his own spin on things and can put his own signature on the system. Things that he wants to see or tweak a quarter turn here or there, he can initiate that."

Carr, 25, had a 61.1 competition percentage, 3,987 yards, 32 touchdowns and 13 interceptions last season.

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Roger Goodell Calls Raiders To Vegas Reports 'Premature'

May 24, 2016 8:16 PM

Roger Goodell called any talk of the Oakland Raiders moving to Las Vegas "premature" and discounted most of the available rumors as speculation during his news conference at the Spring League Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday.

Goodell also noted that the Las Vegas market would have to be considered "from a gambling standpoint" before the league would consider letting a franchise relocate there.

Mark Davis, who has met with officials in Vegas recently, told reporters on Tuesday at the meetings that the move would "unite Raider Nation."

"I think this has been a very transparent issue," Goodell said about the ongoing struggle for the Raiders to secure a new stadium in Oakland. "I spoke to (Oakland's mayor) last night at 10 o'clock. I'm in touch with her. I told her before, if there are proposals and solutions that she can identify or that we can help them identify. We have given from an ownership standpoint another $100 million, $300 million, to get a stadium built in Oakland. We believe in that market. I know Mark Davis does. But there has to be a solution that's developed. It's not just on us. There has got to be cooperative agreement to try to find that solution. It's been a long time coming. This isn't something that started 12 months ago. This has been a long time that we have been seeking a solution in Oakland and it's time to get to that. We will play our part and I know the Raiders will also."

He added: "The Raiders have been very open about the challenges to get a stadium built. It's not fair to ship all of that responsibility to the Raiders. Public officials, the private sector, the Raiders, the NFL we all have a responsibility. It is a shared responsibility. It's not one person saying it's somebody else's responsibility. We all have to work together to find that solution."

Conor Orr/NFL.com

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Las Vegas Confident Of Landing Raiders

May 10, 2016 4:52 PM

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman is confident that the Oakland Raiders will move to Las Vegas unless the deal is mismanaged.

"The Raiders will come if Nevada handles this properly," Goodman told ESPN Radio's Capital Games podcast Tuesday.

Mark Davis met with the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee on April 28 and pledged $500 million toward the construction of a $1.4 billion, 65,000-seat domed stadium.

"Mark Davis has assured us that Las Vegas is not getting played in a Raiders stadium deal," Goodman said. "I know we will have a team."

Goodman said the site under consideration could host the NFL, MLS and UNLV football. She said she is confident that Las Vegas would get an MLS franchise.

Andy Katz/ESPN

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Raiders Trade Up To Select Connor Cook

Apr 30, 2016 1:31 PM

The Oakland Raiders traded up in the fourth round to select Connor Cook out of Michigan State.

Oakland gave up the No. 114 and No. 154 overall selection to move to 100th overall.

Before the start of the fourth round, multiple teams had shown interest in trading up for the first pick of the round.

Cook will compete with Matt McGloin to be Derek Carr's backup.

ESPN

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Mark Davis Wants To Move Raiders To Las Vegas
Mark Davis wants to move the Raiders to Las Vegas and pledged $500 million toward the building of a proposed $1.4 billion domed stadium in the city.

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Raiders Close To First Season-Ticket Sellout
The Raiders have signed a one-year lease to remain at the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum for the 2016 season, with options for 2017 and 2018.

ESPN.com

Aldon Smith Re-Signs With Raiders
Aldon Smith is currently serving a yearlong suspension that was handed down in November.

ESPN

Sean Smith Signs Four-Year, $40M Deal With Raiders
Sean Smith joins the Raiders after three seasons with the Chiefs in which he improved their secondary at cornerback.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Raiders Agree To Contract With Bruce Irvin
Bruce Irvin has agreed to sign with the Raiders.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Kelechi Osemele Agrees To Five-Year, $60M Deal With Raiders
Kelechi Osemele is considered one of the most physical and versatile offensive linemen in free agency at the age of 26.

ESPN

Bears, 49ers, Giants, Rams, Raiders Amongst Teams With Most Space
The Bears, Jaguars, Rams, Giants, Raiders, 49ers and Buccaneers have the most cap flexibility in the NFL heading into the offseason.

ESPN

Raiders Re-Sign Nate Allen Two Days After Release
Nate Allen signed a four-year, $23 million free-agent contract last spring.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Raiders Sign 2016 Lease To Remain In Oakland
The Raiders attempted to move to Carson with the Chargers, but the NFL chose relocation for the Rams to Inglewood.

RealGM Staff Report

Patriots, Panthers Have Best 2016 Super Bowl Odds (All Teams Listed)
The Broncos have the ninth best odds at 18-1.

Oskar Garcia/AP

Raiders Working On Staying In Oakland For 2016
Mark Davis said Monday that his team is negotiating a one-year lease extension with the O.co Coliseum in Oakland.

ESPN

Raiders Meeting With Sheldon Adelson About Potential Vegas Stadium
Mark Davis has long stated that remaining in Oakland is his primary goal.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Raiders Purchase Land Halfway Between San Antonio, Austin
The two cities are roughly 80 miles apart with a combined 2.3 million people.

Jason Cole/Bleacher Report (via Fox Sports)

NFL Approves Relocation Of Rams To Los Angeles
The Chargers have an option to join the Rams in the Inglewood project.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

NFL Owners Prefer Inglewood With Two Teams Proposal
Any move must be approved by 24 of the NFL's 26 owners.

Eric D. Williams/ESPN

Jerry Jones' Rams-Chargers L.A. Prospoal Could Be Preferred Plan
Jerry Jones is proposing a forced marriage of the Chargers and Rams in Los Angeles.

Kevin Acee/San Diego Union-Tribune

Goodell Calls Plans To Stop L.A. Relocation 'Inadequate'
Roger Goodell sent the report to teams Saturday in anticipation of a potential vote on the L.A. relocation issue during the NFL owners meetings in Houston on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Eric D. Williams/ESPN

Rams' Inglewood Stadium Could Accommodate 100,000 Fans
The venue would be capable of hosting two teams with 70,240 fixed seats and accommodate another 30,000 people in standing-room-only areas for large events.

Sam Farmer, Nathan Fenno/Los Angeles Times

Seahawks Lead NFL In DVOA For 4th Straight Season (Infographic)
The Seahawks, Bengals, Cardinals, Panthers and Chiefs finished the 2015 regular season in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

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Charles Woodson Announces Decision To Retire After Season
Charles Woodson is an eight-time Pro Bowl selection.

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