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  Raiders | Derek Carr limited at OTAs    Tue May 26, 05:14 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (hand, arm) was limited during organized team activities Tuesday, May 26, and took snaps but did not throw any passes.

Footballguys view: The Raiders are going to ease Carr back as he deals with the finger injury he suffered earlier this month. The injury did not require surgery, so the Raiders will monitor the second-year pro closely and many expect him to be throwing come the start of training camp.

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  Raiders | Curtis Lofton not participating     Tue May 26, 04:02 PM

Oakland Raiders LB Curtis Lofton (undisclosed) did not participate in organized team activities Tuesday, May 26.

Footballguys view: The Raiders signed Lofton to a three-year contract earlier this year. He's a veteran leader with a ton of experience that can help out younger defenders on the team. As a seasoned veteran, Lofton doesn't need to take every single rep during the offseason.

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  Raiders | Derek Carr should be ready before camp    Sat May 23, 08:25 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (hand) expects to be throwing well before training camp begins in July, according to a source close to Carr.

Footballguys view: Good news for the Raiders here. The second-year quarterback could be the guy they've been searching for at the position. The Raiders have put better weapons around him this offseason, and it will be interesting to see if he can make improvements to his game.

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  Raiders | Derek Carr does not need surgery    Wed May 20, 10:14 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) will not need surgery on his injured finger and may be able to throw again before the end of offseason workouts, according to his agent.

Footballguys view: Los Angeles - we mean Oakland - Raiders fans can breathe easy again. Carr looked solid last season, and should take a nice step forward with Amari Cooper in the house. That said, his ADP is around the 14th round, making him a QB3, and that's about right, injury or not.

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  Raiders | Derek Carr injury update    Wed May 20, 08:40 AM

Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) is experiencing numbness in his right ring finger. He hopes to avoid surgery through rest and rehab, and no one close to the situation appears to be overly concerned, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Footballguys view: The injury was first reported as being minor, and we'll have to wait and see if surgery is needed. The longer any sort of surgical procedure is delayed, the longer the recovery process going into training camp. At this time, Carr should be ready to heal and kick off training camp with his teammates....stay tuned.

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  Raiders | Derek Carr has finger injury    Tue May 19, 06:09 PM

Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) has a right ring finger injury that could be surgically repaired. A return for training camp is still achievable, however, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Bad news for the second-year quarterback here. He'll still likely be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, but the young quarterback could certainly use the extra work. The Raiders have put more weapons around him this offseason, and building offensive chemistry on this team is important. We'll have a better timetable for his return when (if) Carr has surgery.

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  Raiders | Latavius Murray excited for new season    Tue May 19, 01:56 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray is looking forward to being the Raiders' starting running back in 2015. 'It's a great feeling, but every day I have to go in there knowing I need to get better every day,' Murray said. 'Every season is a new year for me and it's a year I have to go out and prove something.'

Footballguys view: We love Murray's natural rushing ability. He's a big back who loves to run over, around or by defenders. Murray is swift at the point of the play, and he can wear down a defense as the game goes on. His current ADP is RB20 (4.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Raiders | Andre Debose signs    Wed May 13, 05:00 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Andre Debose signed an undisclosed contract Wednesday, May 13.

Footballguys view: Debose is a pure speed player who can contribute as a return man. He only had one catch last year for the Florida Gators.


  Raiders | Amari Cooper impressing already    Fri May 8, 11:11 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper made a quick impact in the first day of rookie minicamp Friday, May 8, bursting past CB Dexter McDonald to catch a deep touchdown pass. 'It went exactly how I thought it would go,' Cooper said. 'It went pretty good. I made a couple of plays. We looked good out there as a team.

Footballguys view: Cooper should impress immediately. He's a stud receiver with the ability to get open against any type of coverage. We feel he can make an instant impact for the Raiders passing game. His current ADP is WR42 (9.08) in 12-team PPR leagues. Expect that to rise as we get closer to the start of the season.

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  Raiders | Clive Walford confident    Fri May 8, 11:01 PM

Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford said he modeled his game after New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, and general manager Reggie McKenzie said Walford is a 'complete' tight end.

Footballguys view: Walford is not Gronkowski, but he is an athletic move tight end who can make difficult catches seem routine. He has the speed to open up the middle seam of a defense, and Walford goes all out for passes thrown his way. He'll have to improve his consistency as Walford would sometimes disappear from the game during his time in college.

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  Raiders | Amari Cooper signs    Thu May 7, 07:27 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper signed a four-year deal, with a fifth-year option Thursday, May 7.

Footballguys view: Cooper was a great pick for the Raiders. He's got the speed to get by defenders quickly, and he does a good job of tracking passes over his shoulder. Cooper's best asset is his route-running ability. Think of Marvin Harrison (former Colts great) and you have Cooper in terms of quickness and agility. Cooper will immediately help second-year QB Derek Carr, and fantasy owners should look at Cooper as a WR4 with upside.

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  Raiders | James Jones released    Mon May 4, 08:17 AM

Oakland Raiders WR James Jones was released Sunday, May 3.

Footballguys view: This move saves the Raiders $3.5 million on the cap. Jones was getting squeezed out by the additions of Michael Crabtree through free agency and the selection of Amari Cooper in the 2015 NFL draft. We can't imagine Jones attracting a ton of interest on the open market, but he should be able to make a training camp roster.

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  Raiders | Clive Walford added by Oakland    Fri May 1, 09:53 PM

The Oakland Raiders selected University of Miami (Fla.) TE Clive Walford in Round 3 (No. 68 overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft Friday, May 1.

Footballguys view: An interesting addition as this is a guy who isn't exciting, but is a solid pass catcher who is reliable and someone Derek Carr can call on a lot without worrying.

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  Raiders | Amari Cooper fits Oakland's offense    Thu Apr 30, 08:48 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper will provide versatility for a team that plans to run a speed offense with QB Derek Carr. Cooper will be able to line up at different spots if necessary.

Footballguys view: This was an outstanding pick by the Raiders. Cooper's talent is going to be a huge bonus for Derek Carr. Cooper may not be an immediate WR1 in fantasy but in a few years he has that potential. Consider him a low end WR2 but one with upside. He should be one of the top two guys off the board in dynasty rookie drafts.

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  Raiders | Amari Cooper selected fourth overall    Thu Apr 30, 08:34 PM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper was selected fourth overall by the Oakland Raiders in the 2015 NFL Draft Thursday, April 30.

Footballguys view: As expected, the Raiders do the smart thing and get Derek Carr some weapons. Cooper is a dynamic playmaker who will stretch defenses and give the Raiders a huge edge in the passing game.


  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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