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Former Raiders Second-Round Pick Lamarr Houston Announces Retirement

After two years out of football, Lamarr Houston is officially walking away from the game, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.

The former second-round pick announced Wednesday that he is retiring after eight active seasons in the NFL. Houston, drafted by the Raiders in 2010, signed a one-day contract with the team Wednesday and will be placed on the club’s reserve/retired list.

Houston spent his first four seasons in Oakland, where he played in 64 games, logged 16.5 sacks and was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team in 2010. After his rookie contract expired in 2014, Houston signed a lucrative five-year deal with the Bears. The edge rusher, however, failed to live up to the contract and spent more time off the field dealing with injuries than on the field.

Houston’s injury woes began in his first year in Chicago when he tore his ACL during a sack celebration while the Bears were down 25 points to the Patriots. Houston returned in 2015 to play 16 games and pick up eight sacks, but struggled to stay on the field thereafter, playing in just 12 games over the next two years.

The Bears cut Houston in Sept. 2017, only for the pass rusher to end up in Houston. The Texans waived him in November, and Houston landed back with Chicago, with whom he spent his final five games.

Could QB Derek Carr Be on the Chopping Block for the Raiders This Offseason?

Numberfire.com has out a list of one player for each AFC team they think might be on the chopping block this offseason.

For the Raiders the site has picked QB Derek Carr as the player that could find himself released. Here’s what they have to say about Carr getting cut.

Oakland Raiders – QB Derek Carr

Dead Cap Hit $5M, Cap Saving $16.5M

It may have escaped the attention of a large part of the free football-watching world, but Derek Carr was not terrible for the Oakland Raiders in 2019. He completed 70.4% of his passes on his way to 4,054 yards and 21 touchdowns. He was fourth among quarterbacks with 500 or more dropbacks with a 0.20 Passing NEP per dropback (out of 20).

However, there is still this nagging thought that Jon Gruden and Carr are just not a match made in heaven and not one that the Raiders want to maintain as they head to Las Vegas. The saving the team could make by cutting him would be considerable, after all. The question of where the Raiders would go at quarterback after cutting him has no obvious answer. But it would not shock me if Carr were in a different uniform in 2020, and the Raiders had another guy under center in Sin City.

Raiders Ink CB Nevin Lawson to a One-Year Extension

Cornerback Nevin Lawson has agreed to a one-year contract extension with the Raiders, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Lawson played in 11 games, including five starts, for the Raiders last season after signing a one-year free agent deal last offseason.

The 28-year-old Utah State alum had 23 tackles and five passes defensed after serving a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

He is due to serve a one-game suspension to start the 2020 season for using his helmet as a weapon during the Raiders’ Week 17 loss to the Broncos.

Introducing the Brand New Las Vegas Raiders

It’s an historic day, as today the Raiders officially become one with the city of Las Vegas. Introducing the ‘Las Vegas Raiders.’

Raiders Rookie RB Josh Jacobs Unlikely to Go Sunday Against Denver

Raiders rookie running back Josh Jacobs is not expected to play in Sunday’s regular season finale against the Broncos according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Jabobs was already trying to play through a fractured shoulder that cost him Weeik 14 and Week 16 when he underwent a surgical procedure Christmas Day for what has been described as a “superficial skin infection”.

With the Raiders still clinging to faint hopes of an AFC Wild Card berth, they would undoubtedly prefer to have their stud rookie in the lineup but it would be foolish to risk further injury.

Even if Jacobs somehow suits up, he will be far less than 100-percent in a far-from-ideal matchup at Mile High Stadium.

Raiders Rookie RB Jacobs Said Surgery ‘Went Great’ and Was the ‘Fastest Surgery Ever’

Raiders rookie running back Josh Jacobs posted on social media that his procedure “went great” and was the “fastest surgery ever” according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Wait, what? Apparently Jacobs underwent surgery on his lower leg on Christmas Day and shared a photo with his leg bandaged up to the knee.

Rapoport added that, “The early word on Jacobs is that the procedure he had last night should not affect his status for Sunday. That is the hope. Expect to get some clarity today.”

Jacobs was already dealing with a shoulder injury that cost him Weeks 14 and 16 so it is unknown exactly what the nature of the leg injury is or when it happened.

The Raiders have a chance to make the playoffs with a win and some help, meaning Jacobs and company will likely do everything possible to get him on the field come Sunday. DeAndre Washington will continue to work as the offense’s lead back if Jacobs remains sidelined.

Video: Raiders Sweep the Chargers, Top Los Angeles 24-17

The Raiders are out of the playoff race, but still played for pride on Sunday and pulled out a 24-17 win over the Chargers in Los Angeles.

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Video: Raiders Look for Sweep of the Chargers in AFC West Battle in Los Angeles

The Raiders look for a rare sweep over Philip Rivers and the Chargers on Sunday when the teams do battle in week 16 in Los Angeles.

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