Raiders Cut Richardson

Bye Bye Trent Richardson.  According to ESPN.com, the Oakland Raiders released Richardson on Monday as part of the team’s first wave of cuts.  Like all NFL teams, Oakland has until 4:00pm today (Tues) to trip down to 75 players.  You can place the release of Richardson along with the Buffalo release of RB Fred Jackson as the first of the “notable” cuts that we will hear more of today and in the next weeks as teams get down to their 53 man roster for the season.

Obviously the Raiders were not on the bubble about keeping Richardson.  With a backfield jammed up with Latavius Murry, Taiwan Jones, Roy Helu and Marcel Reece,  Oakland had much better options than keeping Richardson.  Now looking for his 4th team in as many years, it may be the end of the road for the third overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.  He got off to a bad start in Oakland, showing up to training camp slightly overweight, then failing to impress coaches rushing for only 42 yards on 15 carries in three pre-season games.   Oakland Head Coach Jack Del Rio said on Aug 26th that “We’ve got to see some of the explosiveness that he had when he was a young man playing for the Crimson Tide there.”   The only explosiveness anyone saw out of Richardson was to his wallet, as he walks away from the Raiders with $600,00 in guaranteed money that Oakland gave him when he signed a 2 year deal back in March.

After being drafted as the overall 3rd pick in 2012 by the Cleveland Browns, Richardson was dealt away to Indy barely on month into the 2013 season to Indy for a 2014 Firs Round Draft pick.   In Indianapolis, Richardson did not impress.  On his first carry in an NFL play off game against the Chiefs, he fumbled his first carry, leading to a KC touchdown.  The Colt’s cut him in March of this year and he was picked up by Oakland a few days later.

If there is a team looking to sign Richardson, they may have a hard time locating any film of him other than his Alabama plays that would include any “highlights” of his capabilities.  It looks like this my be the end of Trent Richardson’s NFL playing days..

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Former Raiders QB Ken Stabler Named as a 2016 HOF Senior Nominee

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While it comes sadly after his passing, Raiders fans may finally get to see their Super Bowl QB, Ken Stabler, go into the Hall of Fame, as today he was nominated as a senior member into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Here’s the story at NFL.com:

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Senior Committee nominated former Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler and former Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins guard Dick Stanfel for the Class of 2016.

The committee considers players who have been retired for more than 25 years.

When Stabler passed away at age 69 in early July, his candidacy for the Hall of Fame drew a groundswell of renewed support.

A member of the 1970s All-Decade Team, Stabler was arguably the NFL’s top quarterback from the time he assumed starting responsibilities in 1973 through 1977.

In that five-year span, Stabler captured an MVP award (1974) and a Super Bowl Ring (1976), leading the Raiders to the playoffs each year en route to a 50-11-1 regular-season record. Twice he led the league in touchdowns and completion percentage, while earning a reputation as a comeback artist as well as the most accurate passer in the game.

Because the Raiders were a mainstay in the playoffs and on national television — often against the dreaded rival Steelers — Stabler played a starring role in some of the most famous plays in history: “The Holy Roller,” “Ghost to the Post,” and the “Sea of Hands.” After Stabler’s 30-yard touchdown run appeared to seal a 1972 playoff victory for Oakland, Pittsburgh’s “Immaculate Reception” robbed him of another trip to the Super Bowl.

Raiders WR Andre Holmes Has Fracture in Hand

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Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes has a fractured hand, Jimmy Durkin of Bayareanewsgroup reports. This according to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Holmes left midway through Sunday’s practice after he was knocked to the ground following a reception. He didn’t participate in Tuesday’s practice and is not on the field for Wednesday’s session.

When asked about Holmes on Tuesday, Del Rio said he didn’t think the fall in Sunday’s practice was related to his absence.

“I don’t know that anything directly from that fall is causing anything,” Del Rio said of Holmes. “He’s a guy that will bounce back in short order.”

Schefter reported that Holmes is expected to be out 3-4 weeks.

No proposal on keeping Raiders in Oakland

 

Nov 20, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fans tailgate while holding signs the read "Stay in Oakland" before the NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today Sports,  there were no votes or final decisions on two proposed stadium projects presented at a special NFL meeting on Los Angeles in Schaumburg Illinois yesterday.   But if anything seemed clear after the meetings wrapped Tuesday afternoon, it was the dire portrait of the Raiders’ future in Oakland.

“The Oakland Raiders have great fans in Oakland city and the county of Oakland and a lot broader territory,” said Eric Grubman, the executive vice president of NFL Ventures and business operations. “But the facts on the ground are that there’s been no viable proposal that’s been made to the Raiders.”

St. Louis had its stadium task force present to an NFL committee in May as it tries to keep the Rams. A group from San Diego presented its plan to keep the Chargers on Monday. Only Oakland hasn’t presented anything, and there’s no sense that will change anytime soon.  Meanwhile, the Raiders – who are free to leave their lease after the season – are pushing a joint stadium project in Carson, Calif., with the Chargers. The Rams are pitching a separate stadium project in Inglewood. Both sides presented to the full membership for the first time Tuesday.

Asked afterward if Oakland can still work for the Raiders, owner Mark Davis said: “I don’t know. I don’t know.”

The issue, according to Grubman, is that any proposal presented must be specific, attractive to a team and actionable. Based on that standard, Grubman said, there is no proposal for the Raiders to consider.  A plan submitted to Oakland and Alameda County leaders in June by San Diego-based businessman Floyd Kephart included a provision that would require the Raiders sell 20% of the club to Kephart’s development company for $200 million, the Mercury News reported.

Grubman said he requested the meeting that took place with city and county officials last month. “What I would say is we had a fair and open discussion, but it was not specific around a proposal,” Grubman said. “I was disappointed – not for the league. I’m disappointed for the fans, because there’s no proposal on the table that can give us something to go to work on.”  The expectation is the NFL will make a decision before Super Bowl 50 in February on placing one or two teams in L.A. for the 2016 seasons. A refundable seat deposit campaign, relocation fee analysis and temporary facilities all were part of the discussion at this meeting.

Davis and Chargers chairman Dean Spanos addressed the other owners before former San Francisco 49ers executive Carmen Policy presented the Carson plan Tuesday and expressed “just the fact that Dean and I have been working together for about six months and we’ve made a lot of progress and we were excited to show the membership what we’ve done,” Davis said. “This is just the start of the process,” Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan said. “It’s very, very premature for anybody to be jumping to conclusions.”

Stay tuned to RAIDERSGAB for developing stories on the future of the Raiders in Oakland..

Video: Jason La Canfora Gives You Three Things to Know on the Raiders

Raider and Chargers Fans Support The Building of a Stadium

Jason La Canfora is in Napa Valley where he takes a look at the three keys to the Oakland Raiders upcoming season.

NFL Exec Says No Viable Plan to Keep Raiders in Oakland

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NFL owners met in Chicago on Tuesday to discuss possible relocation to Los Angeles. The outcome didn’t sound good for Oakland, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

Executive vice president of NFL ventures and business operations Eric Grubman made a resounding statement regarding the city of Oakland’s proposal — or lack thereof — to keep the Raiders.

“The facts on the ground are that there’s been no viable proposal to the Raiders,” Grubman said after the Special League Meeting on Los Angeles. “… As of yet, there’s no proposal for the Raiders to consider.”

Added Grubman: “If a proposal is made at any stage, and it’s not actionable … it’s really not something the club could act upon.”

Raiders GM Says ‘There’s a Chance’ Team Inks DT McDaniel

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The Seahawks released defensive tackle Tony McDaniel on Sunday after signing Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner to extensions.

Jerry McDonald of Bayareanewsgroup reports the Raiders have likely made contact with McDaniel, a starter who has experience with defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr.

Asked if McDaniel could be added to the roster, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said, “There’s a chance.”

Officers Punished for Detainment of Raiders Safety Nate Allen

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Officials say four southwest Florida police officers have been punished for the wrongful detainment of Oakland Raiders safety Nate Allen, the Associated Press reports.

Fort Myers police Chief Doug Baker said Thursday the arrest was isolated and not deliberate.

Allen, who lives in southwest Florida in the offseason, spent several hours in a holding cell in February after a 16-year-old girl said he performed a lewd act at a traffic light. Allen denied the accusation, saying he was on a cellphone call from the time he left a nearby restaurant until he was stopped. No charges were filed, and Allen was eventually released.

An internal police investigation determined the officers involved violated state or agency policies and were assigned disciplinary actions. The investigation’s report ends with an apology from Baker to Allen.