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Raiders Given Best Transaction Award By MIT For Khalil Mack Deal

Mar 18, 2019 5:17 PM

The Sloan Sports Analytics Conference at MIT honored the Oakland Raiders with the Best Transaction award, calling it the best move any franchise made in 2018 in any sport.

The move received some criticism for the Raiders within the NFL giving up a player of Mack's caliber.

But the Raiders received two first round picks, a third round pick and a sixth round pick for Mack and a second round pick.

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Raiders Cut A.J. McCarron, Jordy Nelson

Mar 15, 2019 8:22 AM

The Oakland Raiders have released veterans A.J. McCarron and Jordy Nelson.

Nelson received a $3.6 million roster bonus in December. He caught 63 passes for 739 yards and three touchdowns over 15 games in his only season with the Raiders.

He would have seen his base salary of $3 million for 2019 become fully guaranteed on Sunday, and he had a salary-cap number of more than $5.368 million.

McCarron's $1.9 million base salary would have been guaranteed on Sunday, though a $3 million roster bonus would have been guaranteed on Friday.

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Antonio Brown Wants To Pass Jerry Rice On Receiving List

Mar 14, 2019 8:55 AM

During his introductory press conference with the Oakland Raiders, Antonio Brown says his ultimate goal is to pass Jerry Rice as the NFL's all-time leading receiver.

Brown has averaged 114 catches for 1,524 yards the past six seasons. No Raiders receiver in franchise history has ever reached either of those marks in a single season.

He currently sits No. 28 on the NFL's all-time receptions list with 837 catches. Rice sits first with 1,549 catches.

"My goal really is to catch Jerry Rice," Brown said. "Playing with a guy like Coach [Jon] Gruden, obviously, he knows what it takes to keep me upright and fresh. Keep me out there for a long time so it's a challenge every year to prove my love for the game. I'm just taking it one year at a time.

"Obviously, my goal in the back of my mind is to catch Jerry Rice. Every year, I have to prove my love. This year I'm out here to prove my love."

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Raiders Sign Tyrell Williams To Four-Year, $44M Deal

Mar 13, 2019 6:30 PM

The Oakland Raiders have agreed to sign Tyrell Williams to a four-year, $44 million contract. The deal includes $22 million in guaranteed money.

Williams will become Oakland's No. 2 wide receiver behind Antonio Brown.

Williams finished with 41 catches for 653 receiving yards and five touchdowns in 2018. 

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Tags: Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Raiders Believed To Lack Actual Cash Needed To Sign Le'Veon Bell

Mar 11, 2019 1:31 PM

The Oakland Raiders are believed to have interest in Le'Veon Bell, but don't have enough actual cash to sign him following their moves for Antonio Brown and Trent Brown. The salary cap is not a factor at this point for whether the Raiders could sign Bell.

The Raiders are moving to Las Vegas next season and Mark Davis reportedly doesn't have as much cash liquidity as many of his fellow owners.

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Raiders Sign Trent Brown To Record-Breaking Four-Year, $66M Deal

Mar 11, 2019 12:19 PM

The New England Patriots have agreed to sign Trent Brown to a four-year, $66 million contract.

The deal includes $36.75 million in guaranteed money for Brown.

Brown will become the highest paid offensive lineman in NFL history.

Brown spent last season with the New England Patriots as their left tackle. Brown was previously the right tackle for the San Francisco 49ers.

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Raiders Emerge As Possible Team To Sign Le'Veon Bell

Mar 11, 2019 8:54 AM

The Oakland Raiders have emerged as a sleeper team to sign Le'Veon Bell.

The Raiders acquired Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers last week.

The Raiders have additional money to spend and are prepared to do so for another star.

Oakland is hoping to have a successful season to prepare for their move to Las Vegas in 2020.

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Jets Acquire Kelechi Osemele From Raiders

Mar 11, 2019 8:17 AM

The Oakland Raiders have agreed to trade left guard Kelechi Osemele to the New York Jets, according to sources.

Osemele made the Pro Bowl for the Raiders in 2016 and 2017. He'll replace James Carpenter, a four-year starter for the Jets and pending free agent.

By rule, trades aren't official until Wednesday.

The Jets traded a fifth-round pick for Osemele, receiving a sixth-round choice in return from the Raiders.

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Tags: New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Raiders Acquire Antonio Brown From Steelers

Mar 10, 2019 8:04 AM

The Oakland Raiders have agreed to acquire Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers for a third- and fifth-round pick.

Brown will receive a new three-year deal worth up to $54.125 million from the Raiders, with $30.125 million guaranteed.

Brown previously had three seasons and $38.9 million remaining on his contract with the Steelers, though none of it was guaranteed. Brown essentially converted the Steelers' four-year extension at $17 million per year into what amounts to $19.8 million per year in new money.

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Steelers Close To Antonio Brown Trade

Mar 8, 2019 6:32 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers are close to a trade of Antonio Brown.

Three teams are "still alive" in the Brown trade process.

The Steelers want a deal done by March 13th before they are obligated to pay Brown a $2.3 million roster bonus on March 17.

Brown has three years remaining on a contract that will pay him $38,250,000 in salary through 2021.

Pittsburgh was close to a trade of Brown to the Buffalo Bills on Thursday before he indicated he wouldn't report to that franchise.

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Raiders Considered One Team Consistently In On Antonio Brown
The Broncos and Cardinals are now believed to be out on Antonio Brown.

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Steelers Anticipate Antonio Brown Trade By March 17th
The Raiders, Broncos and Cardinals are among the teams who are most intrigued in trading for Antonio Brown.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Lions, Seahawks, Chargers Among 10 Teams Meeting With Kyler Murray
Kyler Murray is expected to be a first round pick.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Raiders Making Cash Conscious Decisions Ahead Of Vegas Move
The Raiders traded away Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper last season in moves that saved them money while also accruing draft picks.

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Raiders, Titans, Washington Express Most Interest In Antonio Brown
The Steelers are attempting to fulfil Antonio Brown's trade request this offseason.

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Raiders Reach Deal To Play In Oakland In 2019
The Raiders are scheduled to relocate to Las Vegas for the 2020 season.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Marshawn Lynch Likely To Play In '19 With Raiders Remaining In Oakland
Marshawn Lynch didn't have interest in playing for the Raiders had they relocated outside the Bay Area.

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2019 NFL Draft Mock Draft 2.0: Pre-Combine Edition
The Combine at the end of February into early March will provide even more clarity.

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Jordy Nelson Takes Issue With Criticism Of Aaron Rodgers
A few former teammates have criticized Aaron Rodgers, but Jordy Nelson has come to his defense.

ESPN

Raiders Close To Deal To Remain At Oakland Coliseum In 2019
The Raiders would pay $7.5 million this year with the rent rising to $10.5 million if the team stays on through 2020.

Phil Matier/San Francisco Chronicle

Cardinals Listed As Favorites To Land Antonio Brown
The Steelers are expected to trade Antonio Brown this offseason and oddsmakers have noticed.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Raiders Have Discussed Returning To Coliseum For 2019
The Raiders have had talks about returning for one final season in Oakland since the city filed suit over the team's planned move to Las Vegas.

Associated Press

Lions Trying To Avoid Appearing On HBO's Hard Knocks
There are five teams that can be forced to appear on HBO's Hard Knocks this season.

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Raiders Still Hope To Play 2019 Season In Bay Area
The Raiders will move to Las Vegas in 2020.

Michael Gehlken/Las Vegas Review-Journal

Raiders Not Expected To Play At Oracle Park In 2019
The 49ers are not expected to waive their territorial rights for the Raiders to play in Oracle Park during the 2019 season, according to a report.

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Raiders In Advanced Talks To Play 2019 Season At Oracle Park
The Raiders are entering their final season in the Bay Area before moving to Las Vegas in 2020.

ESPN

Derek Carr Wants To Challenge First Take Hosts To Fight
After a hugely successful 2016 season, Derek Carr has struggled over the past two seasons.

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Jon Gruden: QBs No Longer Have To Be Tall
The Raiders have three first-round picks and may be in the market for a quarterback.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Mike Mayock: Jon Gruden Has 'Final Say' In Decisions
Jon Gruden will have the final say in personnel decisions with the Raiders, says new general manager Mike Mayock.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Infographic: Chargers, Colts Finish In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA
The Chargers and Colts rank in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

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