Raiders Rumors & News

  • Raiders need money and more to pull off Las Vegas move

    Pro Football Talk "The Raiders have applied for permission to move to Las Vegas. Their ability to secure 24 owner votes surely hinges on their ability to replace the financing that Sands casino owner Sheldon Adelson had planned to contribute. And that Goldman Sachs had planned to contribute. As it stands, the..." February 19

  • Changes to Raiders offense will be “very subtle”

    Pro Football Talk "The Raiders finished seventh in the league in points scored and sixth in offensive yards during the 2016 season, which usually isn’t the kind of year that’s followed by a change in offensive coordinator unless that coordinator is moving on to a head coaching job. Bill Musgrave isn’t a head..." February 16

  • Raiders OC: Carr will have greater say in game plan

    NFL.com "Derek Carr didn't get to finish out his MVP-caliber season after snapping his leg. Yet the quarterback's drastic improvement the past two seasons led to an offseason change at coordinator. With Todd Downing's work as QB coach earning him buzz around the league, coach Jack Del Rio declined to..." February 16

  • NFL sets cap percentages for franchise tags

    Pro Football Talk "The franchise-tag crop report has arrived. Sort of. Prior to 2011, the non-exclusive franchise tenders were determined by averaging the five highest cap numbers at each position from the prior year. Starting in 2011, the tenders are determined by the aggregate sum of the salary cap for the five..." February 15

  • NFL Would Boost TV Ratings, Ad Revenue If US Ban On Sports Betting Lifted, New Report Says

    Legal Sports Report "MoffettNathanson Research released a report called NFL Season Recap – It’s All Over But the Crying (paywall), looking back at 2016-17. Part of the analysis focused on sports betting, and opportunities missed by the NFL to generate more interest and revenue. The NFL has generally tried to..." February 14

  • Some late-season Thursday Night Football games could move to Saturday

    Awful Announcing "With the 2016-17 NFL season, it’s time for the league’s TV’s partners to look ahead for the next season and what teams they’ll lobby for. Due to the Dallas Cowboys’ effect on the ratings in the second half of last season, there’s no doubt that all of the networks will want to maximize the number..." February 14

  • Aldon Smith “cooperating” with San Francisco police

    ESPN "Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Aldon Smith, who missed the 2016 season as part of an NFL-mandated suspension, was mentioned in a report taken by the San Francisco Police Department for an incident that occurred over the weekend, police confirmed Monday. Exact details of the report were not..." February 14

  • Raiders expected to move on from Latavius Murray

    Fantasy Pros "Oakland Raiders beat writer Vic Tafur does not "expect" the team to re-sign running back Latavius Murray this offseason. (Vic Tafur on Twitter) Fantasy Impact Murray, who is an impending free agent, will likely have the chance to test the open market when the free agency signing period begins..." February 13

  • Aldon Smith Under Investigation for Domestic Incident

    TMZ "Oakland Raiders star Aldon Smith is being investigated for what we're told is a domestic incident ... TMZ Sports has learned. Sources tell us cops in San Francisco were called early Saturday morning and responded to a home in the city. Smith owns a house in San Francisco. Police interviewed..." February 13

  • Sheldon Adelson spokesman: Raiders were 'picking his pocket' on Vegas stadium

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "From the start, it seemed like a partnership destined to bring the National Football League to Las Vegas. The Oakland Raiders, one of the iconic franchises in professional sports. The family of casino executive Sheldon Adelson. The Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee. Everyone..." February 12

  • Jack Del Rio set to buck the Raiders’ trend of coaching instability

    Pro Football Talk "Few NFL teams have had the kind of coaching instability seen by the Raiders over the last few decades. Jack Del Rio is poised to change that. The Raiders and Del Rio agreed to a four-year contract extension through the 2020 season, which would be Del Rio’s sixth with the franchise. If Del Rio..." February 11

  • Oakland Raiders re-sign Jack Del Rio to four-year deal

    ALL 22 "Jack Del Rio is staying with the Silver and Black. The Oakland Raiders re-signed Del Rio to new four-year deal, the team announced. “The Raiders have torn up Jack Del Rio’s original contract and rewarded him with a new four-year deal. We are excited to continue building on the strong..." February 11

  • Raiders G.M.: We’ll welcome Aldon Smith when he’s reinstated

    East Bay Times "Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie remains patient with the Aldon Smith situation. While a report surfaced Sunday that Smith will be reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, McKenzie is still in a holding pattern in regard to the suspended Raiders linebacker. “He’s still on the..." February 10

  • Raiders President Marc Badain says financing for Las Vegas stadium won't be an issue

    ESPN "Reaffirming the franchise's desire to relocate to southern Nevada in the wake of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson withdrawing his $650 million pledge last week, Oakland Raiders President Marc Badain told a meeting of the Las Vegas Stadium Authority Board on Thursday that "financing will not be an..." February 10

  • Details on How Much DirecTV is Raising The NFL Sunday Ticket Package in 2017

    Black Sports Online "The 2016 campaign ended in epic fashion, as the New England Patriots came back from down 25 points against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. As football fans wait several months until the game returns, they’ll have to get ready for prices rising for the Sunday Ticket package on..." February 09

  • Oakland Raiders Players Are Roasting Each Other Over Their Celebrity Look-Alikes & It’s Hilarious

    Total Pro Sports "A few members of the Oakland Raiders offense engaged in a playful Twitter back and forth battle late Tuesday night. It led to a full fledged roasting session on which player looked like what celebrity or cartoon character. Offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele started the roast when he stated QB..." February 08

  • Worst NFL free-agent pool ever won't stop desperate teams from diving in wallets first

    CBS Sports "NFL free agency is fool's gold. Always has been. Always will be. Now more than ever. Forever and forever. Amen. I've been singing this chorus and preaching this sermon for roughly a decade now, and nothing has changed. Except, well, the free-agency classes grow shallower and shallower...." February 08

  • Warren Sapp Says Randy Moss Was No Angel ... Hall of Fame Gonna Snub Him Too?

    TMZ "Warren Sapp is FURIOUS with Hall of Fame voters for snubbing Terrell Owens -- and says Randy Moss could be in serious trouble if candidates are being judged by off-the-field behavior. Sapp -- a Hall of Famer himself -- says he's "up in arms" about the Owens situation because the guy is clearly..." February 08

  • DIRECTV raising Sunday Ticket prices for 2017 season

    Sportsnaut "It’s all about supply and demand. And despite what was a perceived regression in terms of television ratings during the 2016 NFL season, the demand is surely still there. It’s the most popular sport in North American. That’s not even up for debate at this point. So leave it to cable and..." February 08

  • Top 10 biggest boom or bust players in 2017 NFL Draft

    Sportsnaut "Heading into the 2017 NFL Draft, there are a few players who find themselves in the “no doubt about it” category. Texas A&M EDGE defender Myles Garrett comes to mind when discussing that type of player. Other prospects quality as flyers and potential steals. There’s a whole other category,..." February 07

  • Aldon Smith: I'm back and nobody can stop me

    ESPN "Aldon Smith last played in an NFL game for the Oakland Raiders on Nov. 15, 2015, having been slapped with an indefinite suspension by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. But a day after the NFL Network reported Smith would be reinstated in March,..." February 07

  • Aldon Smith to be reinstated in March

    CSN Bay Area "Aldon Smith has been banished from the NFL for some time now. It seems his indefinite suspension has an end date. The Raiders edge rusher will be reinstated in March if he remains compliant with the substance abuse policy, the NFL Netwotk reported on Sunday morning. Smith was banished under..." February 05

  • Raiders’ Khalil Mack wins AP Defensive Player of the Year by a single vote

    San Jose Mercury News "Mack did not attend the awards ceremony in Houston and was not available for comment, but posted a message on Instagram. “I want to first thank my fellow NFL peers for this amazing honor,” Mack wrote. “It’s a privilege to play against you week in and week out. To my teammates, you know I..." February 05

  • Derek Carr Wins Castrol EDGE Clutch Player of the Year

    Fox Sports "The Oakland Raiders had an awesome draft in 2014. Saturday, second-round pick Derek Carr joined first-round pick Khalil Mack with post-season award. The 2014 NFL Draft has the most to do with why the Oakland Raiders are relevant now. The Raiders picked Khalil Mack, the best player in that draft..." February 05

  • Kyle Shanahan wanted Garoppolo or Carr when Browns drafted Manziel

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Kyle Shanahan admitted at the Super Bowl Thursday that he really liked Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo coming out in 2014 when he was offensive coordinator of the Browns, and a source said he had him ranked right behind Derek Carr on his QB list. But the Browns traded up in the..." February 03

  • LaDainian Tomlinson on possibility of San Diego Raiders: 'That would be awful'

    ESPN "One of the favorites to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, legendary Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson was asked how he felt about the possibility of his hated AFC Rival, the Oakland Raiders, relocating to San Diego. With the Raiders' stadium deal in Las Vegas..." February 03

  • Vegas stadium official: Raiders 'feel strongly' they can secure finances

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "The Las Vegas Stadium Authority will continue to work with the Oakland Raiders to build a football stadium in Las Vegas that will be shared with UNLV, authority board Chairman Steve Hill said Wednesday. Now that New York-based Goldman Sachs and Sheldon Adelson, chairman and CEO of Las Vegas..." February 02

  • Raiders to officially host Patriots in Mexico City in 2017 NFL season

    CBS Sports "For a second consecutive season, the Oakland Raiders will head south of the U.S. border for a "home" game. This time, they'll be "hosting" the New England Patriots. At his Super Bowl LI press conference Wednesday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed that the Patriots and Raiders will play..." February 01

  • President Trump on Roger Goodell: ‘The commissioner is a dope. He’s a stupid guy’

    Sportsnaut "President Donald Trump isn’t one afraid to ruffle some feathers. It’s his outspoken attitude and ability to go away from the norm that caught the attention of those who voted him into office. As divisive as Trump himself might be, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is an equally divisive figure..." February 01

  • Roger Goodell indicates NFL looking into cutting commercials during broadcasts

    Sportsnaut "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the public in a pre-Super Bowl press conference on Wednesday. He covered many issues including the possibility of the league reducing the number of commercials during a game. The task at hand would be to shorten the time it takes to watch an entire NFL..." February 01

  • Goodell defends Thursday Night Football: Lower injury rate, 'high-quality football'

    CBS Sports ""Thursday Night Football" isn't on its way out. As NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made clear at his press conference Wednesday, it's here to stay. To do so, Goodell cited lower injury rates and "high-quality football." "They're slightly lower than any other games," Goodell said of injury..." February 01

  • 2017 Salary Cap Could Increase By As Much As $15M

    NFL Trade Rumors "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters (per Kyle Meinke) on Wednesday that the 2017 salary cap could go up by as much as $15 million per team. A few months ago, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reported that NFL teams were informed that the 2017 cap is expected to be between $166 million –..." February 01

  • Raiders Move To Vegas “All But Dead”?

    Pro Football Rumors "First casino magnate Sheldon Adelson dropped out of the Raiders’ Las Vegas stadium plan, then investment firm Goldman Sachs bailed. Now, the proposed move to Vegas is “all but dead,” Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal (on Twitter) hears. This week’s events took both the Raiders and the..." February 01

  • Head of NFL refs union: Barbs from players 'very concerning'

    USA Today "The NFL has fined multiple players this season for criticizing individual officials, and the head of the NFL Referees Association doesn’t want to see such incidents become a trend. Scott Green, the former NFL referee and recently appointed NFLRA executive director, told USA TODAY Sports on..." February 01

  • Sources: Financial giant Goldman Sachs backs out of Raiders' stadium deal

    ESPN "The Raiders' proposed move to Las Vegas was dealt another blow Tuesday afternoon when investment bank Goldman Sachs withdrew its financial support for the project, sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. The news comes a day after billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson angrily withdrew from the..." February 01

  • San Diego a possibility if Raiders bust in Vegas

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The chances are admittedly slim, but San Diego officials are clearly intrigued by the possibility of becoming an NFL town again sooner rather than later. In the wake of Tuesday’s news that the Raiders’ bid for Las Vegas is in peril, Mayor Kevin Faulconer spoke with an NFL official to let the..." February 01

  • Raiders will need more than Goldman Sachs to finish Las Vegas deal

    Pro Football Talk "With Sheldon Adelson currently out and Goldman Sachs apparently in as the private partner for the relocation of the Raiders to Las Vegas, the simple reality could be that the Raiders will need more than money to make the thing happen. As one source with knowledge of the dynamics explained it to..." January 31

  • Lott Group responds to Raiders developments

    Pro Football Talk "With Sands casino owner Sheldon Adelson out of the Las Vegas stadium project, the effort to build a stadium in Oakland arguably has gotten a boost. And Ronnie Lott and company appear to be ready to seize on it. “We stand ready to work with the team and NFL to keep the Raiders here at home,”..." January 31

  • 49ers suing Aldon Smith to repay bonus money

    Sportsnaut "As the final act in the broken relationship between the San Francisco 49ers and Aldon Smith, the franchise is suing its former player to recoup bonus money. As pointed out by Dan Werly of The White Bronco, the 49ers are asking for a court order for Smith to repay part of his signing..." January 31

  • Report: NFLPA reviewing relationship with Uber after ‘strike busting tactics’

    Sportsnaut "According to Albert Breer of MMQB, the NFL Players Association is reviewing its relationship with ride-share company Uber in wake of its decision to operate in New York City when the city’s taxis went on strike over the weekend to protest the Trump administrations immigration policy. The strike..." January 31

  • Goldman Sachs May Bail On Raiders

    Pro Football Rumors "On Monday, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson announced he will no longer contribute $650MM to the Raiders’ proposed $1.9 billion stadium in Las Vegas. Soon after, the Raiders issued a press release declaring that Adelson’s withdrawal would not effect their proposed move. Without Sands Corp., the..." January 31

  • Sheldon Adelson Out Of Las Vegas Stadium Deal, Raiders' Future Into Question?

    Deadspin "Famed GOP megadonor and newspaper-destroying toad Sheldon Adelson has backed out of the deal to finance a new Las Vegas stadium for the Oakland Raiders. Adelson was initially slated to pay for $650 million of the $1.9 billion stadium, with the state of Nevada on the hook for $750 million and the..." January 31

  • NFL won’t commit to Orlando Pro Bowl

    Pro Football Talk "This year’s Pro Bowl was more successful than usual, due in part to a sold-out crowd in Orlando and an inexplicably successful effort (fueled by Ray Lewis) to get the players to cast aside their best interests and risk injury by playing hard. Still, the new home of the game won’t necessarily be..." January 30

  • Sold-out Pro Bowl means it surely will continue

    Pro Football Talk "From time to time, the NFL huffs and puffs about the quality of the Pro Bowl. But the Pro Bowl’s house isn’t going to be blown down any time soon. (Even though it should be.) This year, the NFL has offered standing-room only tickets at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, site of this year’s..." January 29

  • Raiders’ $1 rent proposal has ‘no meaning,’ Vegas official says

    East Bay Times "Las Vegas Stadium Authority officials scrambled Friday to explain the significance of a proposed lease agreement in which the Raiders would pay a $1 annual rent fee as part of their relocation to southern Nevada. The $1 rent was part of a 107-page document submitted to the board Thursday during..." January 28

  • NFL and medical marijuana: A Q&A with former Eagles OL Todd Herremans

    ESPN "The conversation about marijuana's place in the NFL is heating up. Earlier this week, it was revealed that the NFL Players Association is working on a proposal that would amend the current drug policy to take a "less punitive" approach to recreational marijuana use among players, and the..." January 28

  • The Super Bowl Sex-Trafficking Myth: Is it the crisis it's cracked up to be?

    SI "Oh, man, we’re about to get robbed. That was Ryan Murphy’s thought when the two sedans ominously pulled up on either side of the car he was sitting in. From the front passenger’s seat of the Ford Fusion parked at a gas station, he breathed a sigh of resignation and reached for his wallet...." January 28

  • Proposed Raiders lease calls for $1 in annual rent to Las Vegas Stadium Authority

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "The Oakland Raiders have submitted a proposed lease agreement to the Las Vegas Stadium Authority that would have the team pay $1 a year in rent for the use of a new dome. The team presented the document at Thursday’s brief authority board meeting as the team awaits a decision from National..." January 27

  • Atlanta gas station pulls Sam Adams beer off shelves ahead of Super Bowl LI

    Statesman "If you're in Gainesville, Georgia and want a Sam Adams beer, don’t go to the Browns Bridge Exxon gas station. The store has pulled all the beer, made in New England by the Boston Beer Company, off the shelves until after the Atlanta Falcons play the New England Patriots in the Super..." January 27

  • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: No compromises if Raiders’ Las Vegas move approved

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday that if the Raiders’ proposed move to Las Vegas is approved, the league would not compromise “any of its policies.” Goodell did not elaborate on those policies while being interviewed on Colin Cowherd’s show on Fox Sports Radio. “One thing we..." January 26