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  Raiders | Michael Crabtree has chip on shoulder    Fri Apr 24, 07:30 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree said he has a chip on his shoulder since he did not receive a lot of interest in free agency and believes he has a lot to prove in 2015.

Footballguys view: That chip may only weigh him down. Crabtree's game has really fallen off, and he's never fulfilled the potential he had coming out of Texas Tech years ago. He needed a fresh start, but we're not going to go crazy projecting him to have a big season in 2015. To paraphrase Dennis Green, "he is who we thought he was."

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  Raiders | Interest in Adrian Peterson     Sat Apr 18, 03:31 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is drawing interest from the Oakland Raiders.

Footballguys view: That would be an upgrade for the Raiders. Earlier this offseason, they added Trent Richardson to compete with Latavius Murray for the starting job. Even though we like Murray (and had our heart broken by Richardson), Peterson would be an obvious choice as the lead back in Oakland. Throw the Raiders into the mix with the Cardinals and Cowboys as teams that are interested in acquiring the veteran supterstar.

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  Raiders | Vic Beasley worked out    Fri Apr 17, 05:13 PM

Clemson LB Vic Beasley worked out for four Oakland Raiders representatives Friday, April 17. Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton was one of the people present at the workout.

Footballguys view: Beasley is one of the best pass-rushers in the 2015 NFL draft. He can bend around the corner with ease, and he has good burst to get to the quarterback. Beasley needs to learn more pass-rushing moves if he wants to truly dominate in the pros.

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  Raiders | Will meet with Marcus Peters     Wed Apr 15, 01:40 PM

Washington CB Marcus Peters is scheduled to meet with the Oakland Raiders this week, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Peters was kicked off the Huskies last year after multiple infractions with the coaching staff. He has the size, speed and athleticism to dominate on the outside. Some in the scouting community have compared his skill set to that of Aqib Talib (Broncos). The Raiders could use as much help in the secondary as they can even though they selected D.J. Hayden in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft.

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  Raiders | Michael Crabtree financials    Tue Apr 14, 01:08 AM

Updating a previous report, the Oakland Raiders are giving free-agent WR Michael Crabtree (49ers) a one-year, $3 million deal with another $2 million in incentives, a source said Monday, April 13.

Footballguys view: For decades, the Raiders have been the "second chance" team. They've taken on once highly touted players who have lost their way to see if they can rejuvenate their careers. Sometimes it works, but we'd say most of the time it doesn't. Crabtree's numbers fell off with the 49ers. Part of that was bad quarterback play, but part of it was him. We'll see if a change of scenery helps energize the veteran receiver.

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  Raiders | OAK expected to add Michael Crabtree    Mon Apr 13, 08:03 PM

Free-agent WR Michael Crabtree (49ers) is expected to sign with the Oakland Raiders as early as Monday, April 13.

Footballguys view: This sounds like a Raiders move. They need all the help they can get at the wide receiver position, so Crabtree is going to get a shot. A change of scenery (and a better passing quarterback) will be good for the veteran, but we're not expecting much from him in 2015.

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  Raiders | Oakland interested in Michael Crabtree    Mon Apr 13, 01:10 PM

Free-agent WR Michael Crabtree (49ers) is receiving interest from the Oakland Raiders, according to a source. The Raiders are one of three teams showing the most interest in Crabtree.

Footballguys view: This sounds like a Raiders move. Crabtree is not the same player he used to be, but the Raiders are desperate at the position.

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  Raiders | OAK interested in Randy Gregory?    Wed Apr 8, 08:01 PM

Former Nebraska LB Randy Gregory could be a draft target of the Oakland Raiders. Gregory is considered a top prospect, but his draft status came into question when he admitted at the NFL combine that he tested positive for marijuana use. Considered one of the best pass-rushers in the draft, Gregory could be a target for the Raiders with the 35th overall pick if he were to fall in the draft. The Raiders could also consider trading down from the No. 4 spot, in order to select Gregory in the No. 10-20 range.

Footballguys view: We'll see if Gregory falls on draft day because he failed to pass the "idiot test" at the combine. Every player under the sun knows they will be drug tested at the combine, and getting caught (again, third-known positive test) could show signs of a greater problem. Gregory has admitted that kicking weed has been difficult for him during his life, but now he's ready to turn away from the inebriation offered from the cheebah.

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  Raiders | Sign exclusive rights free agents    Wed Apr 8, 05:19 PM

Oakland Raiders DE Denico Autry, TE Brian Leonhardt, OT Matt McCants, RB Jamize Olawale and DB Neiko Thorpe were all signed as exclusive rights free agents Wednesday, April 8.

Footballguys view: Leonhardt is a player we'd like to highlight here for fantasy owners in super deep dynasty leagues. He was signed by the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2013 after playing college football at Bemidji State. Olawale was a converted wide receiver and fullback who the Raiders signed off the Cowboys practice squad in 2012. The former North Texas standout is only a fullback and special teams player with little (almost non-existent) fantasy value.

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  Raiders | Breshad Perriman to meet with OAK    Wed Apr 8, 01:18 PM

Central Florida WR Breshad Perriman is scheduled to meet with the Oakland Raiders before the 2015 NFL Draft, according to sources.

Footballguys view: At 6'2" 215 pounds, Perriman is more explosive than other receivers his size. He can get off the line of scrimmage quickly and cleanly, and Perriman does a good job maintaining his speed out of the break. He's raw as a route-runner, but his physical skill set make him an intriguing option for teams in the late first or early second round. The Raiders have a poor group of wide receivers, and adding Perriman would be a boost for the offense. If they pass on Kevin White or Amari Cooper in round one, the Raiders could target Perriman later in the draft.

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  Raiders | Brandian Ross signs tender    Wed Apr 8, 12:15 PM

Oakland Raiders CB Brandian Ross signed his restricted free-agent tender Tuesday, April 7. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

Footballguys view: Ross will play on special teams and as the Raiders third safety behind Nate Allen and Charles Woodson. During his pro career, Ross has played strong safety, free safety and even slot corner when called upon.

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  Raiders | Andre Holmes remains in Oakland    Tue Apr 7, 11:23 PM

Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders WR Andre Holmes signed his one-year tender Tuesday, April 7, and the deal is worth $1.542 million. He was present and active for the team's first strength and conditioning workout Tuesday.

Footballguys view: Holmes was tendered so low as a restricted free agent that if he'd left on the open market, the Raiders would receive no compensation. He's got speed, but he'll compete for a reserve role in Oakland. Expect them to add a wide receiver via the 2015 NFL draft....perhaps with a premium pick.

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  Raiders | Financials for Larry Asante    Tue Apr 7, 11:23 PM

Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders FS Larry Asante signed his one-year tender Tuesday, April 7, which is worth $1.542 million, according to a league source.

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  Raiders | Marquette King signs on dotted line    Tue Apr 7, 11:22 PM

Oakland Raiders P Marquette King has signed his restricted free-agent tender.

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  Raiders | Rod Streater signs tender    Tue Apr 7, 11:21 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Rod Streater has signed his restricted free-agent tender.

Footballguys view: The second-round tender will pay Streater $2.356 million this season. We'll see if he can bounce back after a disappointing 2014. Streater only played in three games last year after fracturing his foot early in the season. He'll have a chance to prove himself as the Raiders lack talent at the position.

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  Raiders | Sean Richardson signs tender    Tue Apr 7, 06:04 PM

Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers SS Sean Richardson signed his restricted free-agent tender for the Oakland Raiders. It is valued at $2.55 million for one year, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Richardson was given an original-round tender by the Packers. As an undrafted free agent, Green Bay won't receive compensation if they refuse to match exact terms of the Raiders' offer by the deadline of April 13th.

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  Raiders | Larry Asante signs tender    Tue Apr 7, 04:14 PM

Oakland Raiders FS Larry Asante signed his restricted free-agent tender Tuesday, April 7.

Footballguys view: Asante was a restricted free agent who joined the Raiders last October, playing 170 snaps for them in 2014. He'll compete for a reserve role on the roster.

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  Raiders | Andre Holmes signing tender    Tue Apr 7, 02:45 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Andre Holmes is reportedly signing his restricted free-agent tender Tuesday, April 7.

Footballguys view: Holmes was tendered so low as a restricted free agent that if he'd left on the open market, the Raiders would receive no compensation. He's got speed, but he'll compete for a reserve role in Oakland. Expect them to add a wide receiver via the 2015 NFL draft....perhaps with a premium pick.

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  Raiders | Michael Crabtree in Oakland Monday    Mon Apr 6, 11:26 AM

Free-agent WR Michael Crabtree (49ers) is visiting the Oakland Raiders Monday, April 6.

Footballguys view: This sounds like an Oakland move. For years, the Raiders have taken veterans who don't work out only to give them a second or third chance. Crabtree hasn't gotten much interest on the open market, but the Raiders might be one of the few teams (only?) to give him a shot.

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  Raiders | Michael Crabtree to visit Oakland    Fri Apr 3, 11:19 AM

Free-agent WR Michael Crabtree (49ers) will visit the Oakland Raiders next week, according to a source.

Footballguys view: This sounds like an Oakland move. For years, the Raiders have taken veterans who don't work out only to give them a second or third chance. Crabtree hasn't gotten much interest on the open market, but the Raiders might be one of the few teams (only?) to give him a shot.

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  Raiders | J'Marcus Webb signed    Thu Apr 2, 02:08 PM

Free-agent OT J'Marcus Webb (Vikings) signed with the Oakland Raiders Thursday, April 2. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: J'Marcus Webb has bounced around a bit, and had less-than-spectacular stints with Chicago and Minnesota. Webb has played 55 games with 45 starts, and two postseason starts. He's never been more than average at best and while he may get some starts for the Raiders, we are not excited by the prospect.

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  Raiders | Antonio Smith to be released    Tue Mar 31, 04:07 PM

Oakland Raiders DE Antonio Smith will be released, according to a source informed on the move.

Footballguys view: The Raiders will save $3.2 million with the move. A 16-game starter last year, Smith failed to make much of an impact. Now on the open market, the Houston Texans may show interest in Smith since he played from 2009-13 with Texans DC Romeo Crennel. A tackle for the Raiders, Smith would play end for the Texans.

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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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  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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