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  Raiders | Marshawn Lynch brings new dimension to Oakland's offense    Mon Jun 26, 08:09 PM

Adam Woodard, from USA Today, reports Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch can bring a new dimension to the offense in 2017. From 2011 to 2014, Lynch had four consecutive seasons with over 1,200 yards rushing. After 'retiring' in 2016, Lynch is back in the NFL and in his hometown of Oakland. If Lynch is as productive as he used to be, his presence will open things up for Derek Carr and the passing game.

Footballguys view: The last time we saw Lynch, he was trudging through an injury-shortened 2015 season with the Seahawks. He only played in 7 games and had a 3.8 YPC average on 111 carries. After taking the year off, Lynch should be refreshed and ready to go. This is the best offensive line he's ever been behind, and that's a scary thought for defenses tasked with stopping him. The AFC West is tough, but Lynch is unlikely to see stacked boxes as the Raiders passing game is so proficient. Lynch is RB10 (2.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Raiders | Derek Carr fully guaranteed $40 million    Thu Jun 22, 11:53 AM

Updating earlier reports, Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr is fully guaranteed $40 million and has more than $70 million in total guarantees. He's under contract through 2022.

Footballguys view: Well, we all know the chances of reaching that 2022 finish line are scant, as teams and players tend to renegotiate before the end of a contract. Hence the large amount of guaranteed dollars. Carr continues to improve his game and if he is back 100% healthy as we expect, you can bet he'll be a great option for Fantasy GMs this season.

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  Raiders | Derek Carr agrees to extension    Thu Jun 22, 10:22 AM

Updating an earlier report, Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr agreed to a five-year, $125 million extension Thursday, June 22, according to sources. The deal makes him the highest-paid player in team history.

Footballguys view: Well, they say if you like it then you'd better put a ring on it. This is the NFL equivalent and is a no-brainer for Oakland-soon-to-be-Las Vegas. Groan-inducing Dad-Jokes aside, Carr is the best player this team has had in a long time and a clear difference-maker. He will be that for your fantasy team too, and is currently going as the No. 8 quarterback off the board with an overall ADP of 72 in early drafting. With Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree to throw to and Marshawn Lynch running the ball, this could be a very potent offense again this year.

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  Raiders | Derek Carr deal near completion    Thu Jun 22, 08:29 AM

Updating previous reports, Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr has a deal in place with the Raiders, and only language remains. It could be finalized this week. Carr could choose to backload the deal because there is no state tax in Nevada and California's tax rate is 13.3 percent. Doing so would save him millions.

Footballguys view: This makes all the sense in the world and is a sane, smart move by the franchise. The backloading of the deal is fascinating for those of you who like finance, but the bottom line is this: Carr is one of the top young quarterbacks in the NFL, and you don't let a guy like that leave.

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  Raiders | Derek Carr close to extension    Wed Jun 21, 03:01 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr is close to agreeing on a contract extension that is expected to pay him around $25 million per season, according to sources. The deal could be announced as early as the end of this week.

Footballguys view: Carr is entering the final year of his contract, and the Raiders should get something done to lock him up before the start of training camp. That's been the expectation, and that's the track the two sides seem to be on. The top number for QBs is Andrew Luck ($24.6 million) and Carr should top that. Once he does, expect the contracts for Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins to fall in line next.

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  Raiders | EJ Manuel eyeing backup role    Fri Jun 16, 09:50 PM

Oakland Raiders QB EJ Manuel has been receiving second-team reps ahead of QB Connor Cook.

Footballguys view: Manuel is a football junkie, has a big arm and the athleticism to keep plays alive with his feet. He failed to impress as a first-round pick for the Bills, but Manuel could put up a fight versus Cook.

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  Raiders | Cordarrelle Patterson making plays at WR    Fri Jun 16, 02:32 AM

Oakland Raiders WR Cordarrelle Patterson has been a 'revelation' as a receiver thus far, according to ESPN's Paul Gutierrez, who indicated Patterson has displayed his playmaking ability throughout OTAs and minicamp.

Footballguys view: Patterson has always had natural athleticism, but he was never able to put it all together during his disappointing time with the Vikings. Perhaps a fresh start with the Raiders in 2017 will help. Patterson is competing for the no3 WR job in Oakland behind Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.

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  Raiders | Austin Howard not cleared yet    Wed Jun 14, 07:55 PM

Oakland Raiders OT Austin Howard (shoulder) has not been cleared to practice at this point and his status for the start of training camp is uncertain.

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  Raiders | Sean Smith feeling healthy    Mon Jun 12, 02:10 PM

Oakland Raiders CB Sean Smith (shoulder) finally feels healthy again after undergoing surgery for a torn labrum suffered last season. Smith said he has put last season behind him and that he is going to have fun moving forward.

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  Raiders | Derek Carr could receive big extension    Fri Jun 9, 06:06 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr has a chance to receive $25 million per season in a contract extension, in the opinion of NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Footballguys view: The Raiders need to get something done with Carr sooner rather than later. Most reports indicate they'll make something happen before training camp. According to OverTheCap.com, the Raiders have over $32 million in cap space at this moment. Getting something done with Carr should not be a problem.

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  Raiders | Jon Feliciano to undergo MRI    Wed Jun 7, 06:43 PM

Oakland Raiders C Jon Feliciano (knee) suffered a knee injury during practice Tuesday, June 7, and was scheduled to undergo an MRI Tuesday, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Feliciano can back up all three interior line positions, so if he team loses him it could be a problem if injuries strike the starters on maybe the best guard-center group in the league. He was in pain and upset when trainers examined him, but eventually walked off of the field under his own power.

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  Raiders | Jared Cook a matchup problem    Fri Jun 2, 10:44 PM

Oakland Raiders TE Jared Cook will be a matchup problem over the middle and help create space for the rest of the offensive playmakers, according to quarterbacks coach Todd Downing. 'He's a matchup nightmare for linebackers and most safeties,' Downing said. 'He really brings a sense in the passing game of a mismatch that we can count on week in and week out.'

Footballguys view: Cook has always been a mismatch nightmare for defenders. He's big, physical and athletic enough to threaten the middle seam. Cook has talent but he's never quite played up to his potential, no matter where he's been playing. Last year with the Packers he showed flashes but was far from consistent. This year with the Raiders, Cook is once again in a robust passing offense but could still underperform. His history is cooked into his current ADP of TE23 (14.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Raiders | Derek Carr would play sans extension    Tue May 30, 05:29 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr said he will play out the 2016 season even if a contract extension is not agreed upon before the start of the season. Carr added that he doesn't want the extension to be a distraction this year. The quarterback's hope is that an extension will be done by training camp.

Footballguys view: The Raiders should work diligently to get this done. Carr is one of the best young quarterbacks in the league, and that new extension is going to be a hefty price tag. He's worth it, and everybody knows it. They don't need to go through any franchise tag scenario with Carr, just sign him to a big money deal and move on. Plenty of teams would love to have the 'problem' of signing Carr.

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  Raiders | Treyvon Hester signs contract    Fri May 26, 05:31 PM

Oakland Raiders seventh-round draft choice DT Treyvon Hester signed his four-year contract Friday, May 26. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Raiders | David Sharpe, Marquel Lee signs deals    Fri May 26, 04:27 PM

Oakland Raiders fourth-round draft choice OT David Sharpe and fifth-round draft choice LB Marquel Lee signed their four-year contracts Friday, May 26. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Raiders | Oakland signs two more picks    Fri May 26, 04:07 PM

Oakland Raiders seventh-round draft picks OT Jylan Ware and S Shalom Luani signed their four-year contracts Friday, May 26. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Raiders | Elijah Hood signs contract    Fri May 26, 04:06 PM

Oakland Raiders seventh-round draft choice RB Elijah Hood signed his four-year contract Friday, May 26. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Hood is a banger who can grind between the tackles. He's not creative or elusive as a runner, but Hood has the power to create his own space with the rock. The rookie from North Carolina will compete for a spot on the 53-man roster and learn behind Marshawn Lynch.

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  Raiders | Amari Cooper wants more    Thu May 25, 09:35 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper said he can have 'a lot more production' and is working to be 'dominant' this season.

Footballguys view: The last two years, Cooper has had over 1,000 yards each season. He's finished as a WR2 in each season, one as a low-end WR2 (2015, 23) and one as a high-end WR2 (2016, WR14). With a healthy Derek Carr and an improved rushing attack, we could see Cooper avoid the late season swoon that he's suffered each year. The ability to be a WR1 is clearly there, and fantasy owners are currently drafting Cooper at WR10 (2.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Raiders | Marshawn Lynch not participating    Thu May 25, 09:25 AM

Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch isn't participating in organized team activities, but he has been present this week getting acquainted with teammates.

Footballguys view: We love the idea of Lynch behind this offensive line, but if Derek Carr is healthy the Raiders will throw the ball a lot, which could limit Lynch's upside. He's also had a year off of football, so what shape he's in and how he handles transitioning back into things will also impact his numbers. That said, if Lynch is motivated as he has been in Seattle, he could have a really nice season and will face few stacked boxes.

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  Raiders | Derek Carr to have extension by training camp?    Mon May 22, 02:57 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr is confident that his agent and the Raiders will have a contract extension agreed upon before training camp begins.

Footballguys view: This one is easy...the Raiders need to sign Carr to a big-money deal ASAP. Getting him done before training camp prevents any sort of distractions in what could be a championship run for the Silver and Black.

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  Raiders | Oakland expects big jump from Amari Cooper    Sat May 20, 01:05 PM

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said the team expects WR Amari Cooper to make a big leap in his play in 2017. McKenzie said Cooper played well early in the 2016 season but struggled a bit at the end of the season.

Footballguys view: His catches and yardage went up each of his two years in the league. His numbers might have been even better last year had it not been for the injury to QB Derek Carr. Cooper is one of the best young receivers in the league, and fantasy owners should consider him a low-end WR1 with upside.

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  Raiders | Marshawn Lynch fitting in    Fri May 19, 11:32 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch is making progress on the field and has 'meshed very well' with the rest of the team, general manager Reggie McKenzie said Thursday, May 18.

Footballguys view: Lynch is no doubt going to be a leader in the Raiders locker room. This may be the best offensive line he's ever run behind, and the veteran -- even after a year off -- should be considered a potential RB1 for fantasy owners. Right now, you can add Lynch at RB17 (4.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Raiders | Derek Carr eyeing extension     Thu May 18, 10:30 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr wants to work out a contract extension this offseason, and general manager Reggie McKenzie said he is confident that a deal will be agreed upon. 'We're going to do everything to make sure this contract gets done,' McKenzie said.

Footballguys view: This is the biggest no-brainer in the history of Earth. Sign Carr to a big money deal, do it as soon as you can, and smile while you write the check. Carr is one of the best young quarterbacks in the league, and he's made the Raiders into a Super Bowl contender. They should get this contract out of the way so it doesn't become a distraction.

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  Raiders | Marshall Newhouse on track for RT job    Mon May 15, 07:44 PM

Oakland Raiders OT Marshall Newhouse is the leading candidate for the starting right tackle job, according to head coach Jack Del Rio.

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  Raiders | Elijah Hood turns heads    Fri May 12, 09:51 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Elijah Hood turned the heads of the offensive staff during rookie minicamp.

Footballguys view: Hood was the power back for the Tar Heels last year. He runs well behind his pads and has better than expected burst when he gets to and through the hole. The Raiders have Marshawn Lynch as the starter, but we have dynasty interest in Hood.

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  Raiders | Marshawn Lynch focused on football    Fri May 5, 11:50 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch is showing 'authentic passion' during workouts, according to head coach Jack Del Rio.

Footballguys view: That's the only type of passion Lynch has. He's not fake, and it fact he's one of the most authentic players in the league. That's one of the many reasons why his teammates love him. Lynch doesn't need the money, he just wants to play football for his hometown team. If they can play better defense in 2017, the Raiders could make a deep postseason run with Lynch toting the rock.

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  Raiders | Oakland announces four UDFA signings    Fri May 5, 03:19 PM

The Oakland Raiders agreed to terms with undrafted free-agents TE Pharaoh Brown (Oregon), WR Ishmael Zamora (Baylor), WR Keon Hatcher (Arkansas) and WR Isaac Whitney (USC) on Friday, May 5.

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  Raiders | Marshawn Lynch joins workouts    Thu May 4, 11:03 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch has joined the offseason training program and has taken part in individual position drills.

Footballguys view: We're so excited to have Lynch back in the league after he was out of football in 2016. Running behind one of the league's best offensive lines, Lynch has a ton of fantasy relevance. Fantasy owners are drafting him at RB30 (7.03) in 12-team PPR leagues...and that ADP should rise to at least RB2 levels by the time August rolls around.

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  Raiders | Gabe Jackson in line for extension    Wed May 3, 08:12 PM

Oakland Raiders OG Gabe Jackson will begin contract extension talks with the Raiders in the near future, according to general manager Reggie McKenzie.

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  Raiders | Derek Carr to start extension talks soon    Wed May 3, 08:06 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr will begin contract extension talks with the Raiders in the near future, according to general manager Reggie McKenzie.

Footballguys view: Carr was a second-round pick, so there was no fifth-year option available to pick up. Entering the final year of his contract, Carr has proven that he's one of the best young quarterbacks in the league. This is the biggest no-brainer in the history of Earth...the Raiders will find a way to get Carr an extension that makes him one of the highest paid players at his position.

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  Raiders | David Sharpe refutes claims about vision     Sun Apr 30, 09:03 PM

Oakland Raiders OT David Sharpe said reports from NFL scouts that he is almost blind in his right eye are false, and general manager Reggie McKenzie said Sharpe is not blind and has 'great peripheral vision.'

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  Raiders | Oakland adds Eddie Vanderdoes    Fri Apr 28, 10:51 PM

The Oakland Raiders selected DT Eddie Vanderdoes with the 88th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.

Footballguys view: He's athletic and powerful, but he has weight and health concerns. If he can be healthy, Vanderdoes could be an impact player in Oakland's defense.


  Raiders | Oakland selects Obi Melifonwu    Fri Apr 28, 09:04 PM

The Oakland Raiders selected Connecticut S Obi Melifonwu with the No. 56 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.


  Raiders | Oakland selects Gareon Conley     Thu Apr 27, 10:54 PM

The Oakland Raiders selected Ohio State CB Gareon Conley with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Thursday, April 27.

Footballguys view: The rape allegations are no joke, and while he took a polygraph and passed we don't know what the end result will be. From a football standpoint, Conley is exceptional and this is a steal. We're leery of applauding too much because of the circumstance but if he is cleared, the Raiders improved their secondary quite a bit.


  Raiders | Marshawn Lynch contract update    Wed Apr 26, 07:02 PM

Updating previous reports, Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch signed a two-year deal worth a base salary of $9 million, according to a source. The deal could be worth as much as $16.5 million.

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  Raiders | Marshawn Lynch will be used on early downs    Wed Apr 26, 02:13 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch is expected to be on the field for first and second downs with the Raiders. RB DeAndre Washington, RB Jalen Richard and FB Jamize Olawale are expected to see time on third down.

Footballguys view: This is the same role Latavius Murray turned into solid RB2 numbers last year. Unless Lynch is horribly out of shape (which seems unlikely considering reports and the Raiders willingness to trade for and pay him), he can reproduce that level of production.

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  Raiders | Marshawn Lynch deal agreed to    Wed Apr 26, 08:29 AM

Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch has agreed to a one-year deal with the Oakland Raiders Wednesday, April 26, and the two teams have agreed to compensation, according to sources. The NFL draft compensation will be a swap of late-round picks in 2018. The deal and swap are contingent on Lynch passing a physical. The one-year deal has a $3 million base salary with a chance to earn $2 million more if he reaches 1,000 yards. The max value of the contract is $8.5 million.

Footballguys view: Lynch should level off at about the third or fourth round with this news. He can easily reproduce Latavius Murray's RB2 numbers from last year despite being away from the game for a year because of the quality of the Raiders offensive line and passing game. He'll have risk, but not appreciably more than other third and fourth round backs.

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  Raiders | Marshawn Lynch, Raiders still talking    Tue Apr 25, 11:34 AM

Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch and the Oakland Raiders are still talking about a revised contract, according to Seahawks general manager John Schneider. 'Nothing really new,'' Schneider said. 'They're still talking. The steps after that were to be that if they came to an agreement, (Raiders GM) Reggie (McKenzie) and I would discuss a form of compensation.'

Footballguys view: The deadline to get something done is likely Thursday or Friday during the 2017 NFL draft. If the Raiders can't work something out to add Lynch he may just stay retired in 2017.

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  Raiders | Oakland interested in Simon Mathiesen    Sat Apr 22, 09:46 AM

The Oakland Raiders contacted Northwest Missouri State PK Simon Mathiesen earlier this week.

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  Raiders | GM optimistic about Derek Carr extension    Fri Apr 21, 03:30 PM

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is optimistic about getting an extension for QB Derek Carr done before training camp, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur.

Footballguys view: We share McKenzie's optimism in this matter. Carr is going to be locked down by the Raiders, and he's certainly proven to be one of the best young quarterbacks in the league. The Raiders are Super Bowl contenders if Carr is healthy come playoff time.

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  Raiders | Marshawn Lynch has until draft day to sign    Fri Apr 21, 03:03 PM

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie hinted he wants a deal done with free-agent RB Marshawn Lynch no later than the start of the 2017 NFL Draft, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur.

Footballguys view: There is a deadline in this situation, and the Seahawks need to accept. Lynch is still under Seattle's books and needs to be traded away or released to make a move to Oakland. He wants to play for his hometown Raiders and they'd be an even better offense with a guy like Lynch toting the rock. We want to see this happen...not because we're fans of the Raiders, but because we want to see Lynch in the NFL again.

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  Raiders | Oakland adds Giorgio Tavecchio    Wed Apr 19, 05:29 PM

Free-agent PK Giorgio Tavecchio (Raiders) signed with the Oakland Raiders Wednesday, April 19. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.


  Raiders | Derek Carr fully participating in OTAs    Tue Apr 18, 09:22 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr's (leg) surgically-repaired right fibula is healed enough to the point that he's able to be a full participant in the team's offseason training program, which began Monday, April 17. 'I've been running, jumping, throwing, cutting, everything,' Carr said. 'So I'm ready to rock. I'm ready to do absolutely everything. I did everything my teammates did today. I'll do everything my teammates will do tomorrow.'

Footballguys view: Great news for the Raiders here. We're certain they won't push him as he continues to heal from his broken leg, but the plan is to have him at full strength for Week 1 of the regular season. With a healthy Carr, the Raiders are a Super Bowl contender in 2017.

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  Raiders | Dan Williams released    Tue Apr 18, 05:00 PM

Oakland Raiders DT Dan Williams was released Tuesday, April 18.

Footballguys view: Williams is a big bodied run stuffer who should get some interest on the open market. He's only a rotational player, and his weight is always a concern, but Williams should have a few teams looking at him. The Raiders clear up $4.5 million in cap space with this move.

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  Raiders | Two Raiders ERFAs sign tender    Mon Apr 17, 08:25 PM

Oakland Raiders exclusive rights free-agent WR Seth Roberts and OG Denver Kirkland signed their tender offers Monday, April 17. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Raiders | Another tender signed Monday     Mon Apr 17, 05:57 PM

Oakland Raiders restricted free-agent DE Denico Autry signed his exclusive rights tender Monday, April 17.

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  Raiders | Derek Carr extension coming?    Mon Apr 17, 02:11 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr may receive a contract extension this offseason.

Footballguys view: A second-round pick in 2014, Carr is in the final year of his rookie contract. With a cap hit of only $1.7 million, Carr is seriously underpaid at this moment. The Raiders will make it right with their young quarterback, and there's likely a deal to be had at some point over the summer.

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  Raiders | Karl Joseph to make a leap    Fri Apr 14, 11:51 PM

Oakland Raiders SS Karl Joseph is going to take a 'big step forward' this season, according to head coach Jack Del Rio.

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  Raiders | No deal between Oakland, Marshawn Lynch yet    Fri Apr 14, 05:50 PM

Updating a previous report, retired RB Marshawn Lynch has not agreed to the parameters of a contract with the Oakland Raiders at this point but a deal is expected to happen.

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  Raiders | Marshawn Lynch-to-Oakland nearing completion    Fri Apr 14, 04:08 PM

Retired RB Marshawn Lynch (Seahawks) agreed to an undisclosed deal with the Oakland Raiders on Friday, April 14, after the Seattle Seahawks granted permission for him to visit the Raiders last week. Oakland must now work out a trade with Seattle before the deal can become official.

Footballguys view: The Raiders already have a high powered offense, but with Lynch they are complete. They'd have balance, toughness and power to dominate opponents. As a fantasy asset, Lynch obviously has RB1 potential with his new team.

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