December 2013 - Oakland Raiders Wiretap

2014 NFL Pro-Bowl Complete Rosters

Dec 28, 2013 12:45 PM

The NFL announced the rosters for the 2014 Pro Bowl, which is "Unconferenced" for the the first time.

Offense

Quarterback: Tom Brady, Patriots; Drew Brees, Saints; Peyton Manning, Broncos; Cam Newton, Panthers; Philip Rivers, Chargers; Russell Wilson, Seahawks.

Wide receiver: Antonio Brown, Steelers; Dez Bryant, Cowboys; Josh Gordon, Browns; A.J. Green, Bengals; Andre Johnson, Texans; Calvin Johnson, Lions; Brandon Marshall, Bears; Demaryius Thomas, Broncos.

Tackle: Branden Albert, Chiefs; Jason Peters, Eagles; Tyron Smith, Cowboys; Joe Staley, 49ers; Joe Thomas, Browns; Trent Williams, Redskins.

Guard: Jahri Evans, Saints; Ben Grubbs, Saints; Mike Iupati, 49ers; Logan Mankins, Patriots; Louis Vasquez, Broncos; Marshal Yanda, Ravens.

Center: Ryan Kalil, Panthers; Alex Mack, Browns; Mike Pouncey, Dolphins; Max Unger, Seahawks.

Tight end: Jordan Cameron, Browns; Vernon Davis, 49ers; Jimmy Graham, Saints; Julius Thomas, Broncos.

Running back: Jamaal Charles, Chiefs; Matt Forte, Bears; Frank Gore, 49ers; Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks; LeSean McCoy, Eagles; Adrian Peterson, Vikings.

Fullback: Marcel Reece, Raiders; Mike Tolbert, Panthers.

Defense

Defensive end: Greg Hardy, Panthers; Cameron Jordan, Saints; Robert Quinn, Rams; Cameron Wake, Dolphins; J.J. Watt, Texans; Mario Williams, Bills.

Interior lineman: Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers; Haloti Ngata, Ravens; Dontari Poe, Chiefs; Justin Smith, 49ers; Ndamukong Suh, Lions; Kyle Williams, Bills.

Outside linebacker: John Abraham, Cardinals; Ahmad Brooks, 49ers; Tamba Hali, Chiefs; Justin Houston, Chiefs; Robert Mathis, Colts; Terrell Suggs, Ravens.

Inside/middle linebacker: NaVorro Bowman, 49ers; Vontaze Burfict, Bengals; Luke Kuechly, Panthers; Patrick Willis, 49ers.

Cornerback: Brandon Flowers, Chiefs; Brent Grimes, Dolphins; Joe Haden, Browns; Patrick Peterson, Cardinals; Darrelle Revis, Buccaneers; Richard Sherman, Seahawks; Aqib Talib, Patriots; Alterraun Verner, Titans.

Free safety: Jairus Byrd, Bills; Earl Thomas, Seahawks; Eric Weddle, Chargers.

Strong safety: Eric Berry, Chiefs; Kam Chancellor, Seahawks; Troy Polamalu, Steelers.

Special Teams

Punter: Brandon Fields, Dolphins; Johnny Hekker, Rams.

Placekicker: Matt Prater, Broncos; Justin Tucker, Ravens.

Punt returner: Antonio Brown, Steelers; Dexter McCluster, Chiefs.

Special teamer: Justin Bethel, Cardinals; Matthew Slater, Patriots.

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Nnamdi Asomugha To Retire From NFL

Dec 26, 2013 8:46 PM

Nnamdi Asomugha will retire from the NFL on Friday.

Asomugha will sign a one-day contract with the Oakland Raiders, where he enjoyed the most success.

Asomugha signed with Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 as a free agent and played briefly this season with the San Francisco 49ers.

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McCoy, Megatron, Sherman Headline PFF's Pro Bowl Team

Dec 26, 2013 12:27 PM

The official Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Friday, but Pro Football Focus offered their picks on Thursday.

Offense

Quarterback: Peyton Manning (DEN) and Philip Rivers (SD)

Backups: Russell Wilson (SEA), Drew Brees (NO), Matthew Stafford (DET) and Tom Brady (NE)

Running Back: LeSean McCoy (PHI) and Jamaal Charles (KC)

Backups: Eddie Lacy (GB), DeMarco Murray (DAL), Adrian Peterson (MIN) and Marshawn Lynch (SEA)

Full Back: Anthony Sherman (KC) and Mike Tolbert (CAR)

Wide Receiver: Antonio Brown (PIT), Calvin Johnson (DET), Brandon Marshall (CHI) and Andre Johnson (HOU)

Backups: DeSean Jackson (PHI), Alshon Jeffrey (CHI), Jordy Nelson (GB) and Josh Gordon (CLE)

Tight End: Jimmy Graham (NO) and Vernon Davis (SF)

Backups: Jason Witten (DAL) and Tony Gonzalez (ATL)

Tackle: Joe Thomas (CLE), Andrew Whitworth (CIN), Demar Dotson (TB) and Phil Loadholt (MIN)

Backups: Jordan Gross (CAR) and Joe Staley (SF)

Guard: Evan Mathis (PHI), Josh Sitton (GB), Louis Vasquez (DEN) and Larry Warford (Det)

Backups: Brandon Fusco (MIN) and Travelle Wharton (CAR)

Center: Alex Mack (CLE) and Chris Myers (HOU)

Backups: John Sullivan (MIN) and Jason Kelce (PHI)

Defense

Defensive End: Robert Quinn (SL), J.J. Watt (HOU), Calais Campbell (ARZ) and Cameron Jordan (NO)

Backups: Greg Hardy (CAR) and Cameron Wake (MIA)

Defensive Tackle: Gerald McCoy (TB), Ndamukong Suh (DET), Jurrell Casey (TEN) and Kyle Williams (BUF)

Backups: Dontari Poe (KC) and Marcell Dareus (BUF)

Inside Linebacker: NaVorro Bowman (SF) and Patrick Willis (SF)

Backups: Derrick Johnson (KC) and Karlos Dansby (ARZ)

Outside Linebacker: Lavonte David (TB), Justin Houston (KC), Robert Mathis (IND) and Vontaze Burfict (CIN)

Backups: Brian Orakpo (WAS) and Thomas Davis (CAR)

Cornerback: Darrelle Revis (TB), Brent Grimes (MIA), Richard Sherman (SEA) and Patrick Peterson (ARZ)

Backups: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (DEN), Keenan Lewis (NO), Vontae Davis (IND) and Joe Haden (CLE)

Strong Safety: Eric Berry (KC) and T.J. Ward (CLE)

Free Safety: Devin McCourty (NE) and Earl Thomas (SEA)

Special Teams

Kicker: Nick Folk (NYJ) and Justin Tucker (BAL)

Returner: Cordarrelle Patterson (MIN) and Golden Tate (SEA)

Punter: Shane Lechler (HOU) and Johnny Hekker (SL)

Special Teamer: Justin Bethel (ARZ) and Jeremy Lane (SEA)

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Agent: Raiders Starting Terrelle Pryor In Hopes He Fails

Dec 24, 2013 10:39 AM

The Oakland Raiders will start Terrelle Pryor in Week 17 against the Denver Broncos in an audition for the 2014 quarterback job.

The Raiders have been starting Matt McGloin.

"I think they're putting him in hopes that he fails," agent Jerome Stanley told CSN Bay Area on Monday. "I think they're putting him in hopes that he has a bad game, so (Allen) can then justify the Matt McGloin situation.

"You have to understand the coach is putting him in, he doesn't want him to look good," Stanley added. "And you can write that. ... If he looks good this week, it makes the past five weeks look like a bad decision."

Pryor later apologized for his agent's comments via Twitter.

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Report: Mark Davis Has Acted Like 'Petulant Child' After Losses

Dec 16, 2013 11:36 PM

Mark Davis, owner of the Oakland Raiders, has made his displeasure known after losses this season.

Davis has acted like a "petulant child" on the team plane after unfavorable outcomes, according to witnesses.

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Al Davis Asked Play-By-Play Man For Advice On Firing Coaches

Dec 16, 2013 4:39 PM

Greg Papa is the longtime radio play-by-play man for the Oakland Raiders and also was a trusted confidant to Al Davis during the final years of the owner's life.

Papa said that Davis would call him after every season to ask whether he thought he should be fired.

Papa said he recommended that Davis fire every one of them.

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

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Terrelle Pryor On Benching: It Is What It Is

Dec 14, 2013 2:07 PM

Terrelle Pryor has kept a low profile since his benching as quarterback with the Oakland Raiders after they've moved to Matt McGloin. 

"I could sit here and say I disagree and this and that, but, at the end of the day, coach (Dennis) Allen is our leader and he's the one that has to make tough decisions," Pryor said. "He made one, and it is what it is."

Allen had said in October that Oakland planned to "continue to try to build with (Pryor) and try to grow with him."

But the Raiders didn't learn of a knee injury to Pryor until he told media members about it after his struggles in a loss to the New York Giants.

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Dennis Allen Believes Raiders 'A Lot Closer' Despite Record

Dec 10, 2013 10:25 AM

Dennis Allen was asked on Monday if the Oakland Raiders' front office has offered any assurances he will return as head coach in 2014.

"Listen, that's not what my job is," Allen said. "My job is to try to get this team better, get this team ready to play against the Kansas City Chiefs.

"I'm not going to talk about speculation or anything like that. I'm going to worry about winning a football game this week."

The Raiders are 4-9 with three games remaining.

"We're a lot closer," Allen said. "Obviously the record doesn't say so. We all recognize that, at the end of the day, this is a production business. We understand that you are what your record says you are.

"But I also know there's a lot of areas where this football team has improved. We've got to continue to improve in those areas and other areas so that we're able to win football games and not come away and be disappointed."

Steve Corkran/Oakland Tribune

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Jared Veldheer, Raiders Discuss New Deal

Dec 3, 2013 10:47 AM

The Oakland Raiders are in contract talks with Jared Veldheer, who will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Veldheer is one of the NFL's most talented young left tackles.

“They’re in talks right now,” Veldheer said in an interview with John Lund and Greg Papa. “I’m not worried about that. I’m worried about finishing the year out and playing these last four games. I want to help this team as much as possible and to help turn that page and get going where we need to go.

“I believe that, if I handle that and play as well as I can play, good things will follow there. I’m really hoping and I’m pretty confident that I’ll continue to keep playing in Oakland.”

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