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Raiders Ink QB Mike Glennon to Backup Carr and Peterman

The Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent quarterback Mike Glennon, the Associated Press reports.

The addition of Glennon on Friday gives the Raiders a second backup to Derek Carr along with Nathan Peterman.

Glennon is entering his seventh season in the NFL.

He was originally a third-round pick by Tampa Bay in 2013 and also has played with Chicago and Arizona. He has played in 27 games with 22 starts during his career.

He has completed 60.9 percent of his passes, averaging 6.5 yards per attempt with 35 TDs, 20 interceptions and an 84 passer rating.

Raiders Ink Former Bengals Linebacker Vontaze Burfict to a One-Year Deal

In what can only be described as an ‘interesting’ move based on the wide out they just made a huge move for, the Raiders announced they have signed Cincinnati Bengals bad boy linebacker Vontaze Burfict to a deal.

Burfict was the player who back in 2016 knocked out new Oakland wide out Antonio Brown during the final critical moments of a wild card playoff game in Cincinnati, giving him a concussion and costing the Bengals the game as he drew a 15-yard penalty for a hit to the head.

Tuesday Burfict said that he and Brown will be just fine with them both now wearing the silver and black.

“We’re on the same team. It’s one goal. It’s all positive, man,” Burfict told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“He’s a great player. … I’m going to approach him just like I do all my other teammates. … There’s nothing negative here. We’re on the same team. We’re trying to win a championship here.”

A report from the NFL Network says that Burfict and the Raiders have agreed to a one-year contract worth about $5 million, including incentives.

Burfict spent seven seasons with Cincinnati, highlighted by a 2013 season in which he led the NFL with 177 tackles and made the Pro Bowl, his best season in the Queen City.

Raiders to Visit with Former Bengals Linebacker Vontaze Burfict

The Raiders are going to have a chat with one of the NFL’s bad boys, as NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports the team is going to sit down with recently released Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict.

The meeting between the now free-agent linebacker and the Raiders could take place today in Oakland, just a day after the Bengals let him go.

It would be a good fit for Burfict, a player who has had issues with the NFL over both high and late hits over the years, as Oakland defensive coordinator Paul Guenther spent more than a decade on former coach Marvin Lewis’ staff in Cincinnati, serving as the defensive coordinator from 2014 to 2017, so he knows all about Burfict.

Guenther left the Bengals before the 2018 season to join Jon Gruden in Oakland as the teams new defensive coordinator.

Raiders Introduce New Wide Out Antonio Brown to the Media

A moment most thought would never happen took place on Wednesday, as new Raiders wide out Antonio Brown was introduced to the media and fans alike in a press conference at the Raiders facility.

Brown, no longer sporting the yellow mustache that he kept the last few weeks, spoke at length about joining the silver and black, and even before that made a trip to the home of new QB Derek Carr.

“It’s not about me being successful, it’s about the organization being successful. If the organization is successful, then I’ll be successful,” Brown said in his press conference.

Here’s a couple videos of what went on Wednesday in Oakland.

Raiders Wrap Up the Best WR in the Game; Deal Two Picks to Pittsburgh for Antonio Brown

The Raiders just got themselves a whole lot better, and only had to give up a third and fifth round pick in this years draft to do it.

Early Sunday morning the team made a deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers for Steelers unhappy wide out Antonio Brown, bringing the Raiders their best wide out threat in years to go along with QB Derek Carr.

As Adam Schefter of ESPN reports, Brown and agent Drew Rosenhaus more or less put the deal to Oakland together, as the Steelers appeared to have something in place for Brown late Thursday, early Friday sending him to the Bills, but Brown said he would not report to Buffalo.

Brown tweeted a picture of himself wearing Oakland’s Silver and Black late Saturday night and issued a second post of himself and Raiders quarterback Derek Carr when they were teammates on the AFC Pro Bowl squad.

The Raiders, as expected, also will make Brown the highest paid wide out in the game, giving him a reworked contract that covers three years and pays $50.1 million (with a maximum value of $54.1 million) with $30.1 million of it guaranteed.

It’s a massive upgrade to the Raiders passing game, as the team sent Amari Cooper packing during the season to the Cowboys, but now get a player who should, if he stays motivated, be as good as any in the game based on his past performances.

Last season Brown was second on the Steelers with 104 catches 1,297 yards, numbers that should only be better playing in Jon Gruden’s offense in Oakland.

With three first-round picks and now Brown in the fold, the Raiders are going to look a LOT different in 2019.

Raiders Coach Jon Gruden Says the Health of RB Marshawn Lynch is Top Concern

Last season the injury to Marshawn Lynch derailed the Raiders offense, as he lasted just six games, rushing for 376 yards.

If he can be healthy and contribute to the team in 2019, it will only make them better, but that’s a huge question mark for head coach Jon Gruden and the team.

Gruden on Thursday said that the health of Lynch and where he stands for 2019 is the number one priority right now.

It should be an interesting two weeks while the team waits to hear about Lynch, where his head is at and where his health is at if he’s coming back in 2019.

Raiders Introduce Mike Mayock as the Teams’ New General Manager

The Raiders moved quickly on Monday to change the culture of their franchise, as they announced the hiring of new GM Mike Mayock.

Mayock comes to Oakland from the NFL Network, where he was a longtime draft analyst. He also interviewed “10 or 12 years ago” with late Raiders owner Al Davis.

“I flew out here clandestinely to meet Mr. Al Davis and he took me into this building, and he hid me for eight hours and he grilled me on everything, as you know, and I came out of the building that day with my head spinning,” Mayock said. “Nobody ever knew for a couple of years that he and I had talked about a potential job with the Oakland Raiders that long ago. So, I think the harmonic convergence of what’s happened today is kind of cool.

“I’m jacked. I’m juiced. I’m ready to go and there’s nobody I’d rather go to war with than [coach] Jon Gruden and [owner] Mark Davis.”

Mayock replaces Reggie McKenzie, who was fired after almost seven years back on December 10th.

Raiders at Chiefs NFL Week 17 Capsule

OAKLAND (4-11) at KANSAS CITY (11-4)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE — Chiefs by 14

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Raiders 6-9; Chiefs 8-6-1

SERIES RECORD — Chiefs lead 64-53-2

LAST MEETING — Chiefs beat Raiders 40-33, Dec. 2

LAST WEEK — Raiders beat Broncos 27-14; Chiefs lost to Seahawks 38-31

AP PRO32 RANKING — Raiders No. 31; Chiefs No. 4





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Chiefs can clinch AFC West and No. 1 seed in playoffs with win. … Kansas City has won seven of last eight against Raiders. … Oakland WR Dwayne Harris returned punt 99 yards for touchdown last week against Broncos, ending team’s 10-year streak without punt return TD. … Oakland has not allowed opposing QB to throw for 300 yards in nine straight weeks. … Raiders QB Derek Carr has NFL-best streak of 325 passes without interception. … Raiders RB Doug Martin ran for 107 yards against Denver, his first 100-yard game since Week 11 of 2015. … TE Jared Cook has 868 yards receiving this season, fifth most in Raiders history. … Chiefs are 6-1 at home this season. … Kansas City has won 20 of last 22 against AFC West. … Chiefs are 13-4 in December over past four seasons. … Chiefs have scored franchise-record 530 points this season. … QB Patrick Mahomes leads NFL with 48 TD passes. He is second with 4,816 yards passing. … Travis Kelce has five 100-yard receiving games. He leads league among TEs with 1,274 yards receiving. … Chiefs are tied for second in NFL with 49 sacks. DE Chris Jones has sack in NFL-record 11 consecutive games. He has 15 1/2 this season. … Chiefs LB Dee Ford has 12 sacks and six forced fumbles. … Andy Reid needs one win to pass ex-Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer (205) for seventh-most wins in NFL history. … Fantasy tip: Martin and Raiders RB Jalen Richard are both solid plays against porous Kansas City defense, which is equally inept defending run and pass. So is Carr, even though he threw for just 167 yards last week against Denver.