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  Raiders | C.J. Wilson back with Oakland    Wed Mar 25, 11:48 PM

The Oakland Raiders re-signed free-agent DT C.J. Wilson to a two-year contract Wednesday. March 25. His deal is for two years and $4.6 million.

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  Raiders | Latavius Murray to compete to start    Wed Mar 25, 01:54 AM

Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said Tuesday, March 24, that he expects RB Latavius Murray and RB Trent Richardson to compete for the starting tailback job. 'I think it will be a competitive situation,' Del Rio said.

Footballguys view: If Richardson can stay in shape, stay healthy and get motivated then he's got tremendous physical ability. The problem is, we haven't seen him flash that ability since his rookie season (2012) in Cleveland. Murray is an ascending player with speed and power. We're putting our chips on Murray to win this job.

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  Raiders | Trent Richardson to compete for starter    Tue Mar 17, 02:12 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Trent Richardson will be competing with RB Latavius Murray for the starting running back position this offseason.

Footballguys view: Murray has to be considered the frontrunner here. Richardson may have more natural talent, but it has not been on display since his rookie season in 2012--and he may never be the player he could be. Stay tuned.

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  Raiders | Trent Richardson signs with Oakland    Tue Mar 17, 12:58 PM

Free-agent RB Trent Richardson (Colts) signed with the Oakland Raiders Tuesday, March 17. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: This is a Raiders move all the way. For years--decades even--the Raiders have been the final stop for once highly-touted players who lost their way. Sometimes the reclamation projects work out, and sometimes they don't. Talent isn't a question with Richardson--but motivation and lack of durability certainly are. We'll see if he can beat out Latavius Murray for the starting job in training camp.

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  Raiders | Denarius Moore finished in Oakland?    Mon Mar 16, 08:36 PM

Free-agent WR Denarius Moore is unlikely to re-sign with the Oakland Raiders, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Footballguys view: Moore just needs a fresh start. Talent is not a question, but staying healthy certainly is. He's never played a full 16-game season in his pro career, and last year Moore was only active for 10 games. If healthy, he has the speed to attack a defense vertically and can be a decent deep threat. We'll see if there's a few teams willing to take a chance on him.

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  Raiders | Matt Schaub released by Oakland    Mon Mar 16, 04:56 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Matt Schaub was released Monday, March 16.

Footballguys view: When Christian Ponder was signed in free agency, it spelled the end of Schaub's time with the Raiders. This move saves the Raiders $5.5 million in cap space. As a backup (Denver?), Schaub wouldn't be a terrible addition.

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  Raiders | Christian Ponder signed    Fri Mar 13, 07:35 PM

Free-agent QB Christian Ponder (Vikings) has signed with the Oakland Raiders. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Now that Ponder has signed, we'll likely see the release of Matt Schaub in the near future. Ponder is going to backup Derek Carr in 2015.

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  Raiders | James Dockery signed    Fri Mar 13, 06:25 PM

Free-agent CB James Dockery (Panthers) has signed with the Oakland Raiders. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Raiders | Expected to sign Christian Ponder    Fri Mar 13, 04:29 PM

Free-agent QB Christian Ponder (Vikings) is expected to sign a one-year deal with the Oakland Raiders, according to a source.

Footballguys view: If (when) Ponder is signed, then we should see Matt Schaub released.

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  Raiders | Christian Ponder visiting    Fri Mar 13, 03:21 PM

Free-agent QB Christian Ponder is scheduled to meet with the Oakland Raiders Friday, March 13, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Ponder hasn't generated that much interest...a shock to no one. We'll see the Raiders continue to look for backup options behind starter Derek Carr.

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  Raiders | Not pursuing Greg Hardy    Fri Mar 13, 02:48 PM

Free-agent DE Greg Hardy (Panthers) is not receiving interest from the Oakland Raiders at this time, according to a source.

Footballguys view: At this time is the key phrase here. Hardy is one of the best pass-rushers in the game, but off-field concerns is keeping his market somewhat cool. There will be more than a few teams interested if they feel he's going to stay out of trouble.

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  Raiders | Jermaine Gresham not option for OAK now    Fri Mar 13, 02:47 PM

Free-agent TE Jermaine Gresham (Bengals) had contract talks with the Oakland Raiders, but those talks appear to be dead at this point, according to sources.

Footballguys view: The Raiders were involved in minor discussions with Julius Thomas (Jaguars), but that didn't heat up. Gresham was thought to be their primary target at tight end, but now it looks like the process has cooled off. We can't imagine teams lined up around the block for Gresham, so perhaps the two sides will be able to work something out.

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  Raiders | Add Nate Allen    Thu Mar 12, 01:16 PM

The Oakland Raiders signed FS Nate Allen (Eagles) Thursday, March 12. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: A move we'd label as curious here. Allen is regularly burned by opponents, and now the Raiders will have to deal with that defensively. He'll be in the backfield at free safety next to strong safety Charles Woodson.

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  Raiders | Oakland high on Ryan Mathews    Thu Mar 12, 12:34 PM

Free-agent RB Ryan Mathews (Chargers) has always had a suitor in the Oakland Raiders.

Footballguys view: We'll see how this whole deal ends up. Mathews agreed to a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles Wednesday, March 11, but he has yet to officially sign. He may choose to go elsewhere since the Eagles are expecting to sign DeMarco Murray.

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  Raiders | Malcolm Smith contract details    Thu Mar 12, 12:25 PM

Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders LB Malcolm Smith signed a two-year contract worth $7 million.

Footballguys view: Smith knows Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr from when Norton was with the Seahawks, so the move makes sense. Mostly a depth addition, Smith has mostly been a weakside linebacker, but might play a little at middle as well.

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  Raiders | Oakland still pursuing DeMarco Murray    Wed Mar 11, 07:11 PM

Free-agent RB DeMarco Murray (Cowboys) is still in the mix for the Oakland Raiders. The Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys are also in the running, and Murray has been in contact with the Eagles Wednesday, March 11.

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  Raiders | Lee Smith signs    Wed Mar 11, 05:56 PM

Free-agent TE Lee Smith (Bills) signed a three-year, $9 million deal with the Oakland Raiders Tuesday, March 10.

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  Raiders | Curtis Lofton signing    Wed Mar 11, 12:13 PM

Free-agent LB Curtis Lofton (Saints) is signing an undisclosed deal with the Oakland Raiders Wednesday, March 11.

Footballguys view: Lofton and Malcolm Smith give the Raiders two new inside linebackers and makes one wonder what will become of Sio Moore, who is versatile might not have a home in the base defense if Lofton and Smith are both everydown players.

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  Raiders | Dan Williams signs    Wed Mar 11, 12:12 PM

Free-agent DT Dan Williams (Cardinals) is signing an undisclosed deal with the Oakland Raiders Wednesday, March 11.

Footballguys view: Williams is the reason that Jack Del Rio and Terrance Knighton did not reunite on the Raiders. Williams gives the Raiders the ability to switch to 3-4 looks with his nose tackle experience.

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  Raiders | Raiders still in on DeMarco Murray    Wed Mar 11, 01:09 AM

Free-agent RB DeMarco Murray (Cowboys) is still a target for the Oakland Raiders despite the RB Roy Helu Jr. deal, a source said Tuesday, March 10.

Footballguys view: The Raiders have to spend their money on something other than a center. Still, it looks like Murray is much more likely to land with the Jaguars or Cowboys right now.

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Roy Helu player page


  Raiders | Roy Helu joining Oakland    Tue Mar 10, 09:04 PM

Free-agent RB Roy Helu (Redskins) has agreed to terms with the Oakland Raiders on a two-year deal worth a little more than $4 million, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Helu joins the Raiders as a reserve running back. He can back up Latavius Murray and give them a good change-of-pace back as a receiver out of the backfield. We'll see if the Raiders will also pick up superstar DeMarco Murray as they're reported to be interested.

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  Raiders | Curtis Lofton to visit    Tue Mar 10, 08:19 PM

Free-agent LB Curtis Lofton (Saints) is scheduled to meet with the Oakland Raiders.

Footballguys view: Lofton isn't what he used to be, but he could work on any team looking for veteran depth at the linebacker position.

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  Raiders | Oakland pursuing DeMarco Murray    Tue Mar 10, 05:58 PM

Free-agent RB DeMarco Murray (Cowboys) is being pursued by the Oakland Raiders, according to a source.

Footballguys view: That would be a huge move for Oakland. They have Latavius Murray as the lead back right now, but DeMarco would be an incredible upgrade.

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  Raiders | Unlikely to land Terrance Knighton    Tue Mar 10, 04:43 PM

Free-agent DT Terrance Knighton (Broncos) is highly unlikely to sign with the Oakland Raiders. However, there remains plenty of interest in Knighton on the open market, but the Denver Broncos aren't involved in talks to re-sign him.

Footballguys view: Things change pretty quickly around here. The Raiders were frontrunners earlier in the day, and now they're going to move in a different direction. We'll see if the Colts lead the charge for Knighton now.

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  Raiders | Jermaine Gresham visiting    Tue Mar 10, 04:29 PM

Free-agent TE Jermaine Gresham (Bengals) is expected to visit with the Oakland Raiders Tuesday, March 10.

Footballguys view: Gresham seems to be their top target at tight end. They missed out on--or rather, did not want to pay big money for--Julius Thomas, so the Raiders go to plan B.

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  Raiders | Lee Smith expected to sign     Tue Mar 10, 04:28 PM

Free-agent TE Lee Smith (Bills) is expected to sign with the Oakland Raiders, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Smith is a huge blocker, but that's about it. We can't see much fantasy value here--especially if (when) the Raiders sign Jermaine Gresham.

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  Raiders | Malcolm Smith joins    Tue Mar 10, 04:12 PM

Free-agent LB Malcolm Smith (Seahawks) reached an agreement with the Oakland Raiders Tuesday, March 10, according to sources.

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  Raiders | Jermaine Gresham on target list    Tue Mar 10, 01:51 AM

The Oakland Raiders are still pushing to sign free-agent TE Jermaine Gresham (Bengals).

Footballguys view: Gresham was arguably their top target at the tight end position. He's never quite played up to his potential as a pro, but Gresham is a good all-purpose player. He would give young QB Derek Carr a reliable target underneath.

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  Raiders | Oakland made push for Julius Thomas    Mon Mar 9, 10:19 PM

The Oakland Raiders made a push for free-agent TE Julius Thomas (Jaguars) Monday, March 9, but he has agreed to a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Footballguys view: The Raiders didn't have as much interest as originally reported. They might have been third or fourth in line to get the talented tight end.

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  Raiders | Rodney Hudson coming to Oakland    Mon Mar 9, 09:32 AM

Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent C Rodney Hudson has agreed to a five-year, $44.5 million deal with the Oakland Raiders Monday, March 9.

Footballguys view: The Raiders get the best center on the open market with this move. They also steal Hudson away from division rival, the Kansas City Chiefs. Hudson is laterally agile, and he's capable of being a "sticky blocker" at the second level. He has the strength to hold his own against a bull-rusher, and Hudson could be a Pro-Bowl level center for the next decade.

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  Raiders | Raiders looking at Jermaine Gresham    Sat Mar 7, 11:46 PM

Free-agent TE Jermaine Gresham (Bengals) is drawing interest from the Oakland Raiders, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Gresham hasn't lived up to his potential yet as a pro. He's a good receiver and a good blocker, but he doesn't really stand out in either category. The Raiders could have interest, but at what price? We can't imagine Gresham getting a deal similar to what Julius Thomas (Broncos) is going to get on the open market.

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  Raiders | Raiders interested in Da'Norris Searcy    Sat Mar 7, 10:24 PM

Free-agent SS Da'Norris Searcy (Bills) was contacted by the Oakland Raiders Saturday, March 7, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The Raiders have to do something to fill the hole at safety since they released Tyvon Branch. Searcy should generate quite a bit of interest on the open market. He was rated as the third best free agent safety by Pro Football Focus for his play last season and the upside he has left at age 26.

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  Raiders | Rod Streater receives tender from OAK    Sat Mar 7, 12:20 PM

Oakland Raiders restricted free-agent WR Rod Streater received a second-round tender offer from the team, according to a source.

Footballguys view: There's no question Streater will be back in Oakland with that kind of price tag. We'll see if the young receiver can keep developing into a favorite target for second-year quarterback Derek Carr.

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  Raiders | OAK places low tender on Andre Holmes    Sat Mar 7, 11:00 AM

Oakland Raiders restricted free-agent WR Andre Holmes received the lowest tender offer from the Raiders. The Raiders would not receive any compensation if Holmes signs with another team.

Footballguys view: This is a sign the Raiders would be comfortable letting him go. Holmes is an up-and-coming receiver who could generate a bit of interest from teams. Holmes would only be owed $1.5 million if he signs the tender.

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  Raiders | Nick Roach, Usama Young cut    Fri Mar 6, 07:15 PM

Oakland Raiders LB Nick Roach (head) and FS Usama Young (knee) were both released Friday, March 6, with failed-physical designations.

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  Raiders | Oakland makes sense for Percy Harvin    Fri Mar 6, 06:38 PM

New York Jets WR Percy Harvin may make perfect sense for the Oakland Raiders, with Harvin expected to be released by the Jets.

Footballguys view: A malcontent veteran who has failed to play up to his potential? Sounds like a Raiders target. Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave maximized Harvin's talent with the Minnesota Vikings in 2012.

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  Raiders | Stefen Wisniewski will not return    Fri Mar 6, 05:22 PM

Oakland Raiders impending free-agent C Stefen Wisniewski is not a player the Raiders are interested in re-signing this offseason, according to a source.

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  Raiders | Darren McFadden unlikely back with Oakland    Thu Mar 5, 08:23 PM

Oakland Raiders impending free-agent RB Darren McFadden is not expected to be re-signed this offseason. The Raiders will be looking for competition for RB Latavius Murray.

Footballguys view: Nobody is shocked. McFadden's pro career has been set back by injuries and inconsistencies. The Raiders have waited years for McFadden to play up to his enormous potential, and it just hasn't happened. At this point in his career, we'll likely never see it.

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  Raiders | Perfect fit for Ndamukong Suh?    Thu Mar 5, 05:36 PM

Detroit Lions impending free-agent DT Ndamukong Suh will meet with the Oakland Raiders next week, according to a source familiar with the Raiders' plans. Suh could be a perfect fit in head coach Jack Del Rio's four-man defensive front. General manager Reggie McKenzie wasn't afraid to throw around cash last offseason, and Oakland has more than $57 million in salary cap space in 2015.

Footballguys view: One of many places Suh will see over the next week, even if the hot rumor is all about him in a Dolphins uniform. He could be a sharp fit for them and they have the money. Him in the middle of the defensive line in Oakland would be nasty in all the best meaning of the word. Then again, he'll have his pick of landing spots so this may not be his last stop.

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  Raiders | LaMarr Woodley released    Thu Mar 5, 05:02 PM

Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders LB LaMarr Woodley was officially released Thursday, March 5.

Footballguys view: The Raiders have plenty of cap space, so it's not a matter of money. Woodley was a bit of a disappointment given his injuries. They have to money to go after some serious talent and they will.

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  Raiders | Ndamukong Suh to visit    Thu Mar 5, 02:54 PM

Free-agent DT Ndamukong Suh (Lions) is expected to visit with the Oakland Raiders next week.

Footballguys view: Suh's magical mystery tour will stop in Oakland, and in terms of the good old Silver and Black rep, he would be a great fit with his propensity for stomping on quarterbacks. But Suh if wants championship, this might not be a great choice.

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  Raiders | Randall Cobb could see Raiders' attention    Wed Mar 4, 10:30 AM

Green Bay Packers impending free-agent WR Randall Cobb is expected to be aggressively pursued by the Oakland Raiders, according to sources. The Raiders have $56.6 million to spend, and Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie helped draft him four years ago.

Footballguys view: McKenzie's connection with Cobb might give the Raiders a bit of an advantage over a team like the Jaguars. Cobb is reportedly seeking a deal that pays him around $9 million annually, and that won't be difficult for him to find on the open market.

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  Raiders | Tyvon Branch officially cut    Tue Mar 3, 05:16 PM

Oakland Raiders SS Tyvon Branch was officially released, as expected, Tuesday, March 3.

Footballguys view: Due a $5.5 million salary in 2015, the Raiders look to get Branch off the books. He's talented, but injuries over the last two years have held him to just five regular season games during that span. Any team interested will have to feel comfortable about his ability to stay healthy in the future.

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  Raiders | LaMarr Woodley will be released    Sun Mar 1, 07:07 PM

The Oakland Raiders plan to release DE LaMarr Woodley, a league source said Sunday, March 1. He made just five tackles in six games before his season ended due to a torn biceps.

Footballguys view: The Raiders save $5.187 million against the salary cap without adding any dead money with the transaction. Last year, the Raiders added a bunch of older free agents like Woodley and it just didn't work out. Woodley is not the same player he used to be, and there may not be much interest in him on the open market.

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  Raiders | Raiders interested in Julius Thomas?    Fri Feb 27, 09:38 PM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent TE Julius Thomas is drawing interest from the Oakland Raiders, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.

Footballguys view: The Raiders could have interest, but they might not be the favorite to land Thomas. He grew up in the area, and Thomas was a Raiders fan as a kid. The Raiders could use a guy like Thomas on offense, but he's expected to get plenty of interest on the open market.

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  Raiders | Maurice Jones-Drew on the bubble?    Wed Feb 25, 04:17 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew could be on his way out of Oakland after a disappointing 2014 campaign. The veteran running back played in 12 games and averaged just 2.2 yards on 43 carries.

Footballguys view: Of course Jones-Drew is on the bubble. We could see the team go in a different direction (Reggie Bush?) as Jones-Drew isn't the player he used to be.

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  Raiders | OAK may make run at Randall Cobb    Wed Feb 25, 07:24 AM

Free-agent WR Randall Cobb (Packers) may be targeted by the Oakland Raiders if he reaches free agency.

Footballguys view: The Raiders have a ton of money to spend in free agency, and we're expecting them to make a run at several big players. Cobb would be a great fit in the offense, and he'd give Derek Carr a quality target.

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  Raiders | Nick Roach may sit out next season    Wed Feb 25, 07:15 AM

Oakland Raiders MLB Nick Roach (head) is still having headaches related to a concussion he suffered last season, and he may not play next season according to team sources.

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  Raiders | Giorgio Tavecchio signs    Mon Feb 23, 03:03 PM

The Oakland Raiders signed PK Giorgio Tavecchio to an undisclosed contract Monday, Feb. 23.

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  Raiders | Might not be interested in Julius Thomas    Fri Feb 20, 12:32 PM

The Oakland Raiders might not have as much interest in impending free agent tight end Julius Thomas (Broncos) as originally thought. An Oakland native, many expected Thomas to land with the Raiders if the Broncos let him leave in free agency.

Footballguys view: The Raiders have a lot of needs and sinking a ton of money into a tight end might not seem prudent. He certainly would be a big help to second-year quarterback Derek Carr, but the Raiders could also choose to address that need in the draft.

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