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Franchise tag predictions for all 32 NFL teams

Which quarterback should the Vikings tag? Are the Steelers likely to franchise Le'Veon Bell for the second straight year? NFL Nation reporters forecast which teams will (or won't) use the tag, and which players are prime candidates.

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Barnwell: Could Gruden clean house? Offseason moves to improve AFC West teams

The Raiders could move on from Marshawn Lynch, Michael Crabtree and more expensive veterans. But should they? Let's pick out five offseason moves to improve each AFC West team.

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Raiders’ Derek Carr says Amari Cooper ‘was out there playing on one foot’

Outside of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football, Amari Cooper was practically nonexistent in last season. After two 1,000-yard seasons to begin his NFL career, he had less than 700 receiving yards in 2017.

Many of Raider Nation, including myself, thought Cooper’s poor play was a result of promoting Todd Downing to offensive coordinator and the general struggles that the 2017 Oakland offense experienced.

His quarterback seems to believe that injuries played a...

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Todd Downing lands in Minnesota as Senior Offensive Assistant, joining another former Raiders QB coach

Another one of Jack Del Rio’s Raiders staff has found a job elsewhere. Embattled Offensive Coordinator, Todd Downing, is set to join the Vikings under the title of Senior Offensive Assistant according to Adam Caplan. Downing was Derek Carr’s QB coach for two seasons in 2015 and 2016 with great success. That had him on the radar across the NFL as an Offensive Coordinator candidate. So, instead risk losing him, Jack Del Rio took a risk and promoted him to OC, letting former OC Bill...

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Todd Downing lands in Minnesota as Senior Offensive Assistant, joining another former Raiders QB coach

Another one of Jack Del Rio’s Raiders staff has found a job elsewhere. Embattled Offensive Coordinator, Todd Downing, is set to join the Vikings under the title of Senior Offensive Assistant according to Adam Caplan.

Correction on job title: senior offensive assistant. His first job in the NFL was with #Vikings (2001). https://t.co/r6B942PAPv

— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) February 18, 2018

Downing was Derek Carr’s QB coach for two seasons in 2015 and 2016 with great success. That had...

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David Amerson Signed By Chiefs

Former NC State All-American Cornerback David Amerson has been signed by the Kanas City Chiefs. Almost two weeks ago, Amerson was released by the Raiders. The Silver-and-Black signed him to a 4-year $38 million contract prior to the 2016 season. Unfortunately, Amerson missed the final 9 games of 2017 with a foot injury. The Chiefs are looking to add depth to their already strong secondary, and did that by signing Amerson to a 1-year contract worth up to $6 million. The base salary is $2.25...

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Raiders Reportedly Considered Offer To Trade Up For Derek Carr In 2014

The Raiders 2014 draft has the potential to be one of the most remarkable drafts the NFL has ever seen. Khalil Mack already has a Defensive Player of the Year award on his resume and Derek Carr finished third in…Continue Reading

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Levi Damien

What condition the position is in pre-free agency: Offensive tackle

We check on each Raiders position ahead of free agency to give it a condition of either Strong, Stable, Unstable, Serious, or Critical.

Starters: Donald Penn, Marshall Newhouse Backups: Vadal Alexander, David Sharpe, Jylan Ware Free Agents: None

Penn enters the second year of a two-year restructure he signed after holding out of last year’s training camp. He has been the team’s starting left tackle since he was signed after being cut by the Buccaneers in 2014. He has made the Pro Bowl...

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What condition the position is in pre-free agency: Offensive tackle

We check on each Raiders position ahead of free agency to give it a condition of either Strong, Stable, Unstable, Serious, or Critical. Starters: Donald Penn, Marshall Newhouse Backups: Vadal Alexander, David Sharpe, Jylan Ware Free Agents: None Penn enters the second year of a two-year restructure he signed after holding out of last year’s training camp. He has been the team’s starting left tackle since he was signed after being cut by the Buccaneers in 2014. He has made the Pro...

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Derek Carr Speaks Glowingly Of Marshawn Lynch

It was a difficult and underwhelming season this year for the Raiders, but it doesn’t seem to have affected the relationship of Derek Carr and Marshawn Lynch. Carr appeared Friday on Sirius XM NFL’s Mad Dog Radio and spoke glowingly…Continue Reading

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Levi Damien

NFL free agency 2018: Raiders looking to be players

Don’t look now, but free agency is coming up fast. It’s inside a month until the league year ends and Jon Gruden and the Raiders are already looking at players to bring in.

The first step in that process was to look at what he had on the roster already, a process which Gruden told the Mercury News this week that he has completed.

Part of that process includes deciding which of their own free agents they want to bring back. Middle linebacker NaVorro Bowman, defensive lineman Denico...

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NFL free agency 2018: Raiders looking to be players

Don’t look now, but free agency is coming up fast. It’s inside a month until the league year ends and Jon Gruden and the Raiders are already looking at players to bring in. The first step in that process was to look at what he had on the roster already, a process which Gruden told the Mercury News this week that he has completed. Part of that process includes deciding which of their own free agents they want to bring back. Middle linebacker NaVorro Bowman, defensive lineman Denico...

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Levi Damien

Jon Gruden raves about Raiders new Secondary coach Derrick Ansley: he’s ‘going to be a star’

Gruden may see a lot of himself in his new Secondary coach.

Recently it occurred to me while taking an overview of the Raiders new coaching staff just how impressive it is. Starting with Defensive Coordinator Paul Guenther and on through a staff filled with extensively experienced coaches, many of whom made lateral moves to join Jon Gruden’s new staff.

One coach that was not mentioned among them was new Secondary coach Derrick Ansley. Not because he isn’t an impressive hire, but because...

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Levi Damien

Breaking: Chiefs sign David Amerson to 1-year deal

The game of defensive backs carousel between the Raiders and Chiefs continues. Today the Chiefs officially signed former Raiders cornerback David Amerson, a little over a week after the Raiders released him.

The deal is for one year and worth as much as $6 million according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Amerson had been claimed by the Raiders off waivers from Washington early in the 2015 season. He ended that season second in the league in passes defended (29) only to his new teammate,...

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Carr blames Cooper’s down year on injuries

The Oakland Raiders are coming off a disappointing season. One year after reaching the playoffs, they would fall quickly to 6-10. Both quarterback Derek Carr and wideout Amari Cooper would take tremendous steps backwards. But Carr knows why Cooper had such a rough year: injuries.“He would never say it to you – no one would ever say it to you – but I’ll say it to you to have his back. That man was out there playing as hard as he could and giving everything he could and, honestly, a...

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Jon Gruden raves about Raiders new Secondary coach Derrick Ansley: he’s ‘going to be a star’

Gruden may see a lot of himself in his new Secondary coach. Recently it occurred to me while taking an overview of the Raiders new coaching staff just how impressive it is. Starting with Defensive Coordinator Paul Guenther and on through a staff filled with extensively experienced coaches, many of whom made lateral moves to join Jon Gruden’s new staff. One coach that was not mentioned among them was new Secondary coach Derrick Ansley. Not because he isn’t an impressive hire, but because...

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Levi Damien

Dion Jordan harrowing story make Oakland an ideal landing spot for former elite pass rush prospect

Substance abuse had this former third overall pick bust out of the NFL. He has turned his life around, returned to the NFL, and is looking for a home.

The first draft for Reggie McKenzie in Oakland, he didn’t have a first round pick. That had been traded away the previous year as part of the deal to bring Carson Palmer to Oakland. McKenzie would have to wait until his second year to get a crack at the first round in what was considered a pretty weak class.

After a 4-12 season, the Raiders...

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Oakland Raiders 2017 Position Review: Cornerbacks

Our position review series rolls on; this time we take a look at the Raiders cornerbacks.

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Report Says Crabtree And Smith Not Part Of Raiders Plans For Next Season

There have been a number of reports since late December indicating the Raiders intend to part ways with wide receiver Michael Crabtree. Whether that changed when Jon Gruden arrived is anyone’s guess, but Gruden’s comments earlier this week made it sound like Crabtree at least has…Continue Reading

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Oakland Raiders 2017 Position Review: Cornerbacks

Our position review series rolls on; this time we take a look at the Raiders cornerbacks.

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