Jack Del Rio Wants Raiders Players to Worry About Team; Not Where They Will Play

A vote by NFL owners to move the Raiders from Oakland to Las Vegas was held today, but despite another move for the Silver and Black, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said it is his mission to keep his team focused on the upcoming season, which will be played at the Oakland Coliseum — the team’s aging venue considered obsolete by most NFL standards, Steve Wyche of NFL Network reports.

“My job is to make sure that everybody understands their defined role and that they’re all doing everything they can to execute that role,” Del Rio said Sunday in an interview that will air in full on Monday on Good Morning Football. “Right now, that’s the here and now, playing really good football in Oakland. We’ll need to worry about it and we’ll need to address it but we know we have a season in Oakland for sure, maybe more. So for me, as the head coach, my job, it really won’t change a whole lot.”

The Raiders will play in Oakland in 2017 and have an option to play there in 2018, regardless of the result of the vote. Should the team be approved to move to Las Vegas, a new stadium is not expected to be completed before 2020, so temporary venues would need to be secured.

NFL Expected to Vote on the Raiders Move to Vegas Monday

The Raiders may no longer be the Oakland Raiders as of Monday, as the NFL is expected to take a vote for the teams’ possible move to Las Vegas as early as the 2017 season.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told Mayor Libby Schaaf in a letter Friday that the Ronnie Lott-led Oakland stadium proposal is filled with uncertainty, David Debolt of Bayaareanewsgroup reports.

In the letter obtained by this news organization Saturday, Goodell wrote that the city’s proposal is not “clear and specific, actionable in a reasonable time frame, and free of major contingencies.”

The criticism from the NFL’s top executive came days before NFL owners are expected to vote on the team’s relocation to Nevada and in response to an earlier letter from Schaaf outlining the $1.3 billion development at the Coliseum complex.

Hall of Famer Lott and his investors have proposed building a 55,000-seat football stadium, along with hotels, restaurants and space for a new ballpark for the A’s.

Meanwhile, in Nevada, the Raiders have proposed building a $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat domed stadium near the Las Vegas Strip, relying heavily on $750 million in taxpayer money and a $650 million loan from Bank of America.

“Key issues that we have identified as threshold considerations are simply not resolvable in a reasonable time,” Goodell wrote of the Oakland proposal.

Part of the commissioner’s concerns center on the A’s long-term lease at the Coliseum, a facility they have shared with the Raiders for decades.

Schaaf has previously said the NFL requested that the city “truncate” the lease, and she hoped the request was not a “take-it-or-leave-it condition.” Goodell, in his letter, said, “the long-term nature of the commitment to the A’s remains a significant complication and the resolution of that issue remains unknown.”

“We also accept that you do not wish to exercise (and may not be able to exercise) the contractual termination rights related to the A’s,” the commissioner noted.

Lott’s proposal, which includes a $600 million commitment from money-management firm Fortress Investment, sets aside 15 acres for the A’s, if they choose to stay at the Coliseum.

At a rally with fans on Saturday, Schaaf said there is no conflict with the A’s, and the city has given the NFL as much detail as it can.

“We have gotten as clear as we can get without the Raiders at the table,” Schaaf told the crowd inside the Coliseum. “We need the Raiders at the table.”

“We have gotten as clear as we can get without the Raiders at the table,” Schaaf told the crowd inside the Coliseum. “We need the Raiders at the table.”

City officials have said that it has been more than a year since they have met directly with the team’s owner, Mark Davis, who has committed to the Las Vegas deal.

Goodell acknowledged and thanked Oakland city officials, specifically Schaaf, for being “accessible, creative and diligent in exploring alternatives.”

Latavius Murray exits Oakland

After spending 3 short seasons with the Oakland Raiders, The Minnesota Vikings announced early Thursday morning that they have reached an agreement to sign (former) Oakland Raiders Pro Bowl  RB Latavius Murray.  Specifics of the deal are yet to be released.   A sixth-round draft pick out of UCF in 2013, Murray has rushed for 2,278 yards and 20 touchdowns in his short Raider career. The 27-year-old rushed for 1,066 yards and six touchdowns in 2015, his lone Pro Bowl season.

In 2016 for Oakland, Murray played in 14 games and rushed for 788 yards and 12 touchdowns. At 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, he averaged 4.0 yards per carry last season and is currently averaging 4.2 yards per carry throughout the entirety of his career.

The move leaves the Raiders a little thin at RB, with DeAndre Washington, Jalen Richard and Taiwan Jones in place.  I expect the Raiders to add to that list with the biggest possibility in signing Viking RB Adrian Peterson to replace Murray. Oakland may also look to add a RB in this years NFL Draft in April.

Stay tuned to RAIDERSGAB.com for more exciting Oakland Raiders news!

TMZ: Raiders Aldon Smith Being Investigated for Domestic Incident

TMZ.com reports that Raiders Aldon Smith could find himself in big trouble again, this time with a domestic incident according to the site.

Here’s the story:

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 Smith and the alleged victim and took a report. The case is under “active investigation.”

Smith has not been arrested.

An arrest would be catastrophic for Smith’s career — he’s currently suspended by the NFL for multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy. Smith was expected to be reinstated in March, on the assumption he stayed out of trouble. An arrest could undo his prospects.

Jack Del Rio and the Raiders Talking Contract Extension

The Raiders and head coach Jack Del Rio have started discussions on a contract extension, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. This comes on the heels of the team’s first playoff appearance in 14 seasons.

Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie was given a four-year extension in July, and the Raiders plan to give quarterback Derek Carr a long-term deal this offseason as well.

Del Rio has two years left on his contract. He has a 19-13 record in his first two regular seasons with the Raiders, and — along with McKenzie — has changed the culture after 13 straight nonwinning seasons.

The Raiders lost their last two games of the season after Carr broke his leg, including a 27-14 loss in Houston in the first round of the playoffs.

“With the players, they totally believe” in Del Rio, McKenzie said in December. “That’s No. 1. That’s what you want, is the players to believe, trust, and to know that they’re going to be able to compete day in and day out.”

Raiders Give Las Vegas Stadium Authority a Proposed Lease Agreement

Raiders executives gave the Las Vegas Stadium Authority a proposed lease agreement Thursday and also told board members they are preparing for the upcoming NFL owners meetings in March in their latest pivot toward southern Nevada, Elliott Almond of Bayareanewsgroup reports.

President Marc Badain and general counsel Dan Ventrelle highlighted the board’s first meeting since the Raiders filed for relocation to Vegas last week.

The team’s administrators didn’t offer any more details about how a proposed $1.9 billion domed stadium would be funded, said Jeremy Aguero, whose economic, fiscal and policy research firm is helping guide the stadium authority.

Aguero said Badain told the board the Raiders prefer a 62-acre property west of Interstate 15 and the Mandalay Bay resort known as the Russell site. Finding a suitable site to build a 65,000-seat stadium for the Raiders and UNLV’s football team has been 0ne of the major questions about the relocation.

The Raiders could ask for a relocation vote at the owners meetings March 26-29 in Phoenix. They need 24 of the 32 owners to approve the move.

Aguero said the Raiders must submit details to the stadium authority about how they would fund the project once they get NFL approval.

The current deal includes $750 million from a hotel tax approved by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Brian Sandoval and a $500 million contribution from the Raiders and NFL. But the sticking point has been a $650-million investment from the Adelson family, which owns the Las Vegas Sands Corporation.

The relationship with billionaire Sheldon Adelson remains a hurdle because NFL rules prohibit casino owners from having an ownership stake in a team. The Adelson family wants a percentage of the Raiders as part of the stadium deal.

Raiders Promote Todd Downing to Offensive Coordinator; Peetz to New QB Coach

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The Raiders have officially announced that quarterbacks coach Todd Downing has been promoted to offensive coordinator and Jake Peetz will be the new quarterback coach, the Associated Press reports.

News of the changes on the staff first emerged Tuesday and the Raiders announced the first changes to coach Jack Del Rio’s staff since he took over in 2015 on Saturday.

Oakland allowed the contracts of offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave and defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson to expire after the team’s first playoff berth in 14 years. Musgrave is now quarterbacks coach in Denver.

Downing closely with quarterback Derek Carr as his position coach the previous two years, helping him grow from an up-and-down rookie season to a stellar campaign in 2016 with 3,937 yards passing and 28 touchdowns before a broken leg in the second-to-last game of the regular season derailed Oakland.

Report: Raiders to File Relocation Papers to Move to Vegas

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The Raiders will file relocation papers to move from Oakland to Las Vegas, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

After a year of planning, debate, and bold action, after many years of a sub-par stadium option in Oakland, the Raiders have made a firm decision on their future.

The stunning move, one that should be made official in the coming days, is expected to add a new city to the NFL’s ever-changing landscape. The Raiders would need 24 votes from the league’s owners to formally make the move, a vote that will come this spring.

The city of Oakland has made no progress to keep the team, sources say. It has not come up with a stadium proposal that league or independent sources believe is credible. At this point, it is only a matter of time before they officially leave.

This decision comes on the heels of — but not directly related to — the Chargers’ swift move from San Diego to Los Angeles.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said “if the (Raiders) decide that they can’t make it work in Oakland and they decide that they want to file for relocation, then their window is from when they get eliminated from the playoffs to Feb. 15.” They will file before that window closes.

There are still questions, including whether or not the Raiders do the deal for the $1.9 billion Las Vegas Stadium project with the help of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson or not. That was the original plan — the Adelson family would contribute $650 million, the Raiders would contribute $500 million, and there would be $750 million in Clark County hotel room tax revenue. They have not yet come to terms.

Earlier in December, the Raiders presented a plan to NFL owners to finance the stadium with the help from Goldman Sachs advisors. Either option would work.