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Monday
May042015

Raiders Release WR James Jones

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(OAKLAND) -- After one season, the Oakland Raiders have taken wide receiver James Jones off of the roster.

When the Raiders added free agent Michael Crabtree last month and rookie Amari Cooper in last week's draft, Jones, 31, became expendable.

Jones appeared in all 16 games for Oakland last season, starting 10, where he caught 73 passes for 666 yards and six touchdowns. 

The Raiders signed Jones to a three-year deal last season worth $11.3 million. No money was guaranteed after the first season of the deal and cutting Jones didn't cost the Raiders any money against the cap.

The Green Bay Packers selected Jones in the third round out of San Jose State in 2007. 


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Saturday
Apr252015

Raiders Preparing for NFL Draft

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(ALAMEDA, Calif.) -- The Oakland Raiders are hopeful headed into Thursday's NFL Draft.

New head coach Jack Del Rio and general manager Reggie McKenzie wouldn't give away who they are targeting on Thursday, but said they're doing everything they can to improve the roster.

"We always hope that you get some productive players," McKenzie said. "We were excited and happy that they were productive. We’re just trying to get it right. We want to get the player that we feel can best help our team and that’s what we’re going to do. Whether there’s pressure or not, I want to hit on my seventh-round pick, too."

Del Rio comes over from the Broncos after spending the last three seasons as the defensive coordinator.

"The measurables are one piece, the college film is one piece. Live exposure, watching them interact with their teammates, is one piece. Background checks are another piece," said Del Rio, who was the 68th pick in the third round of the 1985 draft. "There’s so many different factors. Their health is obviously a big piece. That’s one of the main reasons you have the combine, to collect the medical data on some of these prospects. Play history is obviously a big part of it, what guys have done. Productive guys tend to remain productive guys."

The Raiders have failed to make the playoffs since their Super Bowl appearance in the 2002 season and have the fourth pick in the draft.


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Tuesday
Apr212015

Analyst: Two Teams Needed For Carson Stadium Success

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(CARSON, Ca.) -- As the NFL moves towards its inevitable return to the Los Angeles media market, as many as three teams have interest in relocating.

A financial report has concluded that the proposed $1.7 billion stadium in Carson, California would require two teams in order to be a profitable venture.

As the Chargers and Raiders negotiate with San Diego and Oakland respectively for new stadium deals in their current markets, both teams have made it known of their interest to relocate to Los Angeles.

The report discovered that if one team were to play in the stadium the city of Carson budget would face, "annual fiscal losses in most of the first 30 years."

The Rams are currently the frontrunner to be the first team to move to Los Angeles, as owner Stan Kronke is moving forward with plans to build a stadium in Inglewood.

 


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Tuesday
Apr142015

WR Michael Crabtree Leaves 49ers for Raiders

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(OAKLAND) -- Wide receiver Michael Crabtree reportedly has signed an agreement to join the Oakland Raiders. The deal is for one year and $3 million, with another $2 million in incentives, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Crabtree's production decreased last season, and he appeared to lose explosion from a 2013 Achilles injury. Crabtree has had just two 100-yard receiving games in 24 games since he returned from his injury. His highest yardage total in 2014 was 85 yards, and he averaged 10.3 yards per reception on 68 catches.

Crabtree has a chance to be a starter for Oakland, which badly needs receiving weapons for second-year quarterback Derek Carr.


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Friday
Apr032015

Antonio Smith Joins Broncos

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Denver Broncos have agreed to a one-year contract with defensive lineman Antonio Smith.

Smith's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Smith will make $2 million in 2015.

The 33-year-old Smith comes to the Broncos after playing one season with the Oakland Raiders. He started all 16 games in 2014 recording 20 tackles, three sacks, and one forced fumble. The Raiders cut Smith on Tuesday.

Smith is reunited with Broncos defensive line coach Bill Kollar, who served as Smith's defensive line coach for five seasons in Houston.

Smith has played 11 NFL seasons since being drafted by Arizona with the 135th overall pick of the 2004 NFL Draft. Since then he's played in 156 games, recording 302 tackles, 44.5 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, and one defensive touchdown.


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Tuesday
Mar312015

QB Matt Schaub Inks 1-Year Deal with Ravens

NFL(OWINGS MILLS, Md.) -- The Baltimore Ravens and free agent quarterback Matt Schaub agreed to a one-year contract on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 33-year-old Schaub spent last season with the Oakland Raiders, serving as the backup quarterback to Derek Carr. He finished the 2014 campaign 5-of-10 for 57 passing yards and two interceptions.

Schaub was originally selected by the Falcons out of Virginia in the third round of the 2004 NFL draft. He spent three seasons in Atlanta before finding success with the Houston Texans. In seven seasons in the Lone Star State, the two-time Pro Bowler was 1,951 of 3,020 (64.6 passing percentage) for 23,221 yards with 124 touchdowns and 78 interceptions.

With the Ravens, Schaub will replace backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who left as a free agent for the Buffalo Bills.


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Saturday
Mar212015

Dual Team Stadium Moves Forward In Los Angeles

IStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As Stan Kroenke moves forward with his stadium efforts in the Los Angeles market, another stadium proposal has received the green light.

The stadium would serve as the home for both the Chargers and Raiders, should both teams choose to leave San Diego and Oakland respectively. Both teams are seeking a new venue in their current market and have threatened to move if they do not receive a stadium proposal to their liking.

"We have all been extremely encouraged by the sky-high level of support we have found for the stadium project," Chargers attorney Mark Fabiani said in a statement regarding the Los Angeles proposal.

The proposal has received over 14,000 petition signatures to place a stadium in Carson. The next step will be to put the ballot up for local election. 

Currently the Jets and Giants are only teams in the NFL that share a stadium.


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Tuesday
Mar172015

Oakland Raiders Sign RB Trent Richardson

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(ALAMEDA, Calif.) -- The Oakland Raiders signed free agent running back Trent Richardson, the team announced on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Last week, the Colts cut the 24-year-old Richardson after nearly two seasons in Indianapolis. In 15 games in 2014, he rushed for 519 yards and three touchdowns on 159 carries.

Richardson was originally selected by the Browns out of Alabama with the third overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. During his three-year career, he has rushed for 2,032 yards and 17 touchdowns on 614 attempts.

Richardson is expected to compete with Latavius Murray for the starting running back job with the Raiders.


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Saturday
Mar142015

Raiders Sign QB Christian Ponder

Tom Dahlin/Getty Images(ALAMEDA, Calif.) -- The Oakland Raiders signed free agent quarterback Christian Ponder on Friday.

Ponder spent the last four seasons with the Vikings and will be reuniting with offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave in Oakland.

Ponder has played in 38 games with 36 starts, throwing for 6,658 yards, with 38 touchdowns, 36 interceptions and a 75.9 passer rating.

Ponder's signing means that veteran Matt Schaub's days are numbered in Oakland.  Ponder is expected to compete with second-year quarterback Derek Carr.


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Friday
Mar132015

Cowboys Sign RB Darren McFadden

NFL via Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) -- The Dallas Cowboys signed running back Darren McFadden to a two-year deal, according to ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer.

Dallas let Pro Bowler DeMarco Murray walk away and sign with the Eagles on Thursday and acted fast.

McFadden has battled all sorts of injuries during his career, but played 16 games for the Raiders last year for the first time in his seven year career McFadden had 534 yards on 155 carries last year after starting the season as a backup.

Oakland drafted McFadden with the 4th overall selection in the 2008 NFL draft.


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