February 2019 - Oakland Raiders Wiretap

Raiders Reach Deal To Play In Oakland In 2019

Feb 25, 2019 5:42 PM

The Oakland Raiders have reached a deal to remain at the Oakland Coliseum for 2019.

The Raiders are scheduled to relocate to Las Vegas for the 2020 season.

"We're optimistic that sometime very soon, we'll be able to bring this to a conclusion," Scott McKibben of the Coliseum Authority said.

Roger Goodell said during the week of the Super Bowl that he preferred an answer on where the Raiders would play sooner than later because of scheduling purposes.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

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Marshawn Lynch Likely To Play In '19 With Raiders Remaining In Oakland

Feb 25, 2019 5:05 PM

Marshawn Lynch is now likely to play for the Oakland Raiders in 2019 with the franchise reaching a deal to remain at the Coliseum this season.

Lynch didn't have interest in playing for the Raiders had they relocated outside the Bay Area.

Lynch retired from the NFL after the 2015 season and returned in 2017.

Mike Garafolo/NFL.com

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2019 NFL Draft Mock Draft 2.0: Pre-Combine Edition

Feb 24, 2019 9:55 AM

By Jeff Risdon, RealGM

This edition has quite a few changes in player and draft slot from the first edition. Spending two weeks with NFL personnel evaluators at the Shrine Game and Senior Bowl gave me a better idea of how some prospects are viewed from the NFL ranks, and the changes here reflect that. Note that at this stage of the draft season, coaches are still getting their feet wet with most of the prospects. The Combine at the end of February into early March will provide even more clarity.

1. Arizona Cardinals: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State. Instant impact pass rusher who can play in a variety of roles and schemes. At this point, the only real question is his durability. Will that be enough to convince the Cardinals to look elsewhere? Right now, I don’t think it trumps Bosa’s game-changing potential.

2. San Francisco 49ers: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama. It’s hard to watch the 49ers devote yet another premium draft pick to the defensive line, but it’s also hard to ignore just how much Williams can help San Francisco where they really need it. Someone could trade up here to land Williams too.

3. New York Jets: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston. I expect Oliver to show out in Indy and revive the interest in him as the potential No. 1 overall pick. His ability to create pressure up the gut and make plays behind the line is exactly what the Jets need in a division with a diverse range of opposing QBs.

4. Oakland RaidersKyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma. Does it make sense for the Raiders to scrap Derek Carr? Probably not. But it’s so easy to see Jon Gruden being infatuated with all Murray can do and how it would allow the Raiders to change the dynamics of defending them. They’re in a good position to take such a risk, too.

5. Tampa Bay BuccaneersCody Ford, OT, Oklahoma. Ford is an instant starter at one of the tackle spots, which is both a credit to his rapid rise and an indictment of how badly the Buccaneers need the powerful help he can provide. 
 
6. New York Giants: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky. What, no QB?! Not in this instance. Instead, GM Dave Gettleman opts to fortify the pass rush with the versatile Allen and buys another year with Eli Manning. His pass rushing prowess is a difference-maker. 
             
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State. This pick seems like a lock if Haskins remains on the board. The Jaguars sorely need to hit on a high-end QB, and Haskins has the pocket passing precision to pay off quickly. 
             
8. Detroit Lions: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson. Ferrell checks the boxes the Lions want in upgrading the pass rush: he can line up in multiple spots and schemes and plays the run exceptionally well on his way to the QB. Lower ceiling than the pass rushers above him here but his ability to generate pressure on his own is underrated. 
             
9. Buffalo Bills: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida. I was surprised at the buzz around Taylor from scouts at the Senior Bowl. His athletic profile and potential is highly regarded and could easliy land him in Buffalo, where building around running QB Josh Allen and replacing free agents at both RT and RG are imperative. 
             
10. Denver Broncos: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri. Joe Flacco handles the reins until the live-armed Lock can take over. It’s a risky pick--Lock has real warts that must be smoothed--but could result in John Elway finally getting the QB position right. 
             
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Devin White, LB, LSU. This is a very common projection and that’s for good reason; the Bengals are typically one of the easiest organizations to read in terms of draft intentions. To quote The Cranberries, “Everybody else is doing it so why can’t we?”
             
12. Green Bay Packers: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa. A do-it-all weapon who can quickly ingratiate himself to Aaron Rodgers for both his blocking and his receiving, this one should get the QB’s seal of approval. 
             
13. Miami Dolphins: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan. A divisive prospect but one with a very high ceiling, Gary could help catapult the Dolphins defense with his athleticism and ability to get after the passer. 
             
14. Atlanta Falcons: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa. Atlanta appears to be a prime candidate to trade back, but “settling” for the freaky Fant should tickle Falcons fans’ fancy. Another versatile receiving weapon in an offense that is already hard to defend.

 
15. Washington: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss. Currently built more like a defensive end than a wideout, the 6-4, 230-pound Metcalf proved he can play before his neck injury. The durability question keeps him out of the top 10, methinks. Washington doesn’t mind...
 
16. Carolina Panthers: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama. Williams proved himself in big games, and his ability to adapt within a play and recover if initially beaten stand out. With the questions Carolina has at both tackle spots, adding a ready-made starter is a positive.


17. Cleveland BrownsBrian Burns, EDGE, Florida State. Pairing the lanky, speedy Burns with Myles Garrett would provide the Browns defense with even more ways to attack in new DC Steve Wilks’ scheme. I had OT Andre Dillard here for a long time before changing.


18. Minnesota Vikings: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss. Little has loads of athletic potential but uneven results in pass protection. Vikings GM Rick Spielman bites the apple and hopes it tastes sweet in a year or two at a position where the team keeps hitting sour notes.

19. Tennessee Titans: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington. Murphy offers naturally instinctive stickiness in coverage and the ability to play outside or in the slot. He’s a player who could rocket way up from this range with a good week in Indy. 

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU. The Steelers search for a playmaking CB leads them to Williams, who offers length and speed to help bolster an uneven secondary. 
             
21. Seattle Seahawks: Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida. If Frank Clark leaves in free agency, the Seahawks almost have to use this pick to address the pass rush. If Clark returns, that opens this pick up to other options, but Seattle would still need EDGE help. Polite brings sizzle off the edge.

22. Baltimore Ravens: Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina State. The Ravens could do a lot worse to build around Lamar Jackson than selecting the physical, reliable Harmon. Aside from having great hands and running smooth routes, he’s an incredible blocker. 
             
23. Houston Texans: Garrett Bradbury, OC/OG, North Carolina State. The quest to upgrade the long-struggling offensive line in Houston turns to one of the most physical finishers in the draft and an instant starter at any of the three IOL positions for the Texans. 
             
24. Oakland Raiders (from CHI): N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State. Oakland uses the bounty from Amari Cooper to replace him with the supersized Harry, who moves quite well for a 6-6 receiver and can really help on 3rd downs and in the red zone. 
  
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State. His stiff-arm bull rush wowed in Mobile, and his game tape features more of his high football IQ and ability to bend the edge. He and Derek Barnett as the Eagles young edges would be fun to watch

26. Indianapolis Colts: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame. A powerful interior rusher with the ability to dominate (see the Michigan game), Tillery instantly reinforces the weakest point on the promising young Colts defense.
             
27. Oakland Raiders (from DAL): Devin Bush, LB, Michigan. Bush can fly all over the field and do anything asked of an NFL LB, but his size (he’s expected to be 5-10/225) is a detraction. Give Gruden football players like this and the size doesn’t matter (much).             

28. Los Angeles Chargers: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State. The Chargers depth up front is shallower than a Kardashian’s intellect. Dillard can play either tackle spot and appears undervalued at this point in the draft process. 
             
29. Kansas City Chiefs: DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia. Building up the pass defense is an imperative for a team that figures to see a lot of comeback attempts against them. Baker brings a physical presence with a high football IQ; his speed in Indy is one of the biggest things I’m watching. 
             
30. Green Bay Packers (from NO): Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College. Lindstrom can play any interior line position. The Packers need his technically savvy surliness right away. 
  
31. Los Angeles Rams: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware. The first FCS-level prospect comes off the board at the back end of the first round, and Adderly instantly upgrades the back end of the Rams defense with his all-around game.

32. New England Patriots: Irv Smith, TE, Alabama. It’s convenient to call Smith a Gronk replacement, but the lithe Smith has a different style of game. The Patriots will find ways to use his elusiveness in space and his blocking chops.

Teams that lack a first-round pick...

Dallas Cowboys: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

New Orleans Saints: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Chicago Bears: Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia

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Jordy Nelson Takes Issue With Criticism Of Aaron Rodgers

Feb 22, 2019 7:45 AM

A few former teammates have criticized Aaron Rodgers, but Jordy Nelson has come to his defense.

Nelson spent a decade with Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

"I think if you look, there's two guys — now three [with Kabeer Gbaja-Biamilia] — saying it, compared to the hundreds that are saying the opposite. It doesn't make sense," Nelson told. "I think it's comical when I read those comments."

Greg Jennings, Jermichael Finley and Gbaja-Blamilla have claimed that Rodgers changed when he got famous.

"Everyone knows negativity sells," Nelson said. "People don't want to hear [the good]. People feel better about themselves when they hear bad things about other people. And that's why that gets more pub. I mean, no one wants to hear that Aaron's not only obviously a great quarterback but a great leader and does everything right. All right, there's your story. What fun is that? So whenever they can, they go back to the well and get the same people to say the same stuff."

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Raiders Close To Deal To Remain At Oakland Coliseum In 2019

Feb 20, 2019 9:52 AM

The Oakland Raiders are close to a deal to remain at the Oakland Coliseum for the 2019 season and possibly the 2020 season. An announcement is expected over the next few days.

“It’s for one year for sure, with an option for the second year,” said one source.

The Raiders would pay $7.5 million this year with the rent rising to $10.5 million if the team stays on through 2020.

“All of the major issues ... have been resolved,” the source said.

Phil Matier/San Francisco Chronicle

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Cardinals Listed As Favorites To Land Antonio Brown

Feb 15, 2019 8:38 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to trade Antonio Brown this offseason and oddsmakers have noticed.

SportsBetting.AG lists the Arizona Cardinals are the favorite to land the wide receiver at +450 odds.

The remainder of the odds are as follows:

49ers +550

Dolphins +550

Packers +700

Colts +700

Raiders +900

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

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Raiders Have Discussed Returning To Coliseum For 2019

Feb 13, 2019 8:39 AM

The Oakland 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.

Team president Marc Badain and Oakland Coliseum executive director Scott McKibben met last week about a lease for 2019.

The two sides were discussing a $7.5 million lease for 2019 until the Raiders walked away from negotiations when Oakland sued the team and the NFL in December.

Associated Press

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Lions Trying To Avoid Appearing On HBO's Hard Knocks

Feb 12, 2019 9:17 AM

There are five teams that can be forced to appear on HBO's Hard Knocks this season.

The Detroit Lions are trying to avoid being featured, deflecting attention and suggesting the Oakland Raiders.

"I think Jon Gruden is an excellent choice for that show," Matt Patricia said. "I think the Oakland Raiders and everything they've got going on right now would be fantastic viewing for everybody to watch."

The Lions, Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants and Washington Redskins are the five teams that cannot say no to "Hard Knocks" in 2019.

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

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Raiders Still Hope To Play 2019 Season In Bay Area

Feb 8, 2019 3:13 PM

The Oakland Raiders continue to search for a place to play their home games during the 2019 season.

The Raiders are in a lawsuit over their lease at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum while the San Francisco 49ers have blocked their attempt to play at Oracle Park.

“I’m not frustrated,” Davis said in a phone interview Wednesday evening with the Review-Journal. “I’ve said from the beginning, my biggest concern is our fans, and it’s my hope and preference to remain in the Bay Area (in 2019) for them. The fans have always been first in my heart. We do have other options, but the hope is to remain in the Bay Area next season until we move to Las Vegas in 2020, which I remain very excited about.”

The Raiders will move to Las Vegas in 2020.

Michael Gehlken/Las Vegas Review-Journal

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Raiders Not Expected To Play At Oracle Park In 2019

Feb 6, 2019 8:37 AM

The San Francisco 49ers are not expected to waive their territorial rights for the Oakland Raiders to play in Oracle Park during the 2019 season, according to a report.

San Francisco mayor London Breed spoke publicly Tuesday against the Raiders playing in the city.

The Raiders will either play in Oakland or at Levi's Stadium, the Santa Clara, California, home of the 49ers, in 2019.

Nick Shook/NFL

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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.

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