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.

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TMZ: Raiders Aldon Smith Being Investigated for Domestic Incident 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

San Diego Chargers v Oakland Raiders

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


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.

It’s Official – Raiders will file paperwork to relocate

I hope “Sin City” is ready for the Raider Nation, because according to NFL Media’s Ian  Rapoport’s 3:00am tweet this morning, the team  “WILL file relocation papers to move from Oakland to Las Vegas. Pending a vote of the owners, the NFL enters a new world.”   It has been known for a while that Raider’s owner Mark Davis has not been happy with the lack of progress in getting things moving forward in Oakland, and it seems now there is little left that can be done to keep the team in Oakland.  The Raiders will need 24 of 32 votes from the league’s owners to formerly make the move, a vote that will come in March.

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. The news come just days after the San Diego Chargers have officially made their move to Los Angeles.  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that “if the Raiders decide 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.”   With last weeks lost to the Texans in the AFC Wild-Card games, their window to file is now open.

There are still questions, including whether or not Raider’s owner Mark Davis will 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. Terms of this deal have yet to be finalized.

When the team officially files, the NFL and its owners will begin a process that will probably take several weeks. The owners just went through a similar process before the formerly St Louis Rams moved operations to Los Angeles.  This one will be familiar.  The official filing is to include a statement explaining the Raider’s decision, and possibly some words from the commissioner as well.  Then comes the committee meetings to analyze all sides of the move, likely to take between 4 to 6 weeks.  Finally a vote of all the teams owners will take place during the late-March league meeting in Arizona.

Stay tuned to WWW.RAIDERSGAB.COM for more updates on the Raiders move to Vegas!! – ML

Costly Win.. Now What ?!?

Derek CarrSaturday’s 33-25 victory over the Indianapolis Colts should have been a celebration of another Raiders victory in what has been the most exciting Oakland season in years.  Instead, the team and fans are left pondering the next step as the Raider’s star QB (and possible league MVP) Derek Carr suffered a broken fibula in the fourth quarter which will effectively end his season..  Carr was sacked by Colts outside linebacker Trent Cole early in the fourth quarter with the Raiders up comfortably 33-14. Carr’s ankle twisted as he went down and he immediately knew the seriousness.  Oakland Coach Jack DelRio said after the game that “As soon as I got out there, he (Carr) said, ‘I think it’s broke.”  Del Rio went on to add that “I think most athletes have a pretty good idea when something’s going on with their body.”  Reports say that Carr will have surgery Monday and is out indefinitely. Recovery time for a broken fibula can be anywhere from  6 to 8 weeks and the Super Bowl is six weeks away, but it would take an incredibly optimistic recovery and the Raiders to rally behind backup Matt McGloin.

Carr went on Twitter Saturday evening and thanks the fans and teammates for the support he received after the injury, saying, “Thank you to everyone that has been praying for me!  Things happen in life that we don’t always understand, BUT I do KNOW this. I serve a God that loves me and that is the ultimate healer! I am not worried one bit. I will bounce back and be on my feet within no time! Thank you for all of the love that you Raider Nation showed me in that stadium today. I will be back. This is a team sport! So everything WE want is still out there for us! See y’all soon! Good bless and Merry Christmas!”

So now the team and fans will have to rely on QB Matt McGloing, a 4 year pro out of Penn State.  The 12-3 Raiders still are in control of the AFC West, but a lot is riding on their game New Years Day in Denver against the Broncos.  The 11-4 KC Chiefs are right behind Oakland in the standings and have a chance to steal the AFC West Divisional Title from Oakland.  Should Oakland beat Denver, the AFC West crown is theirs and a first round bye.   Should Oakland lose and KC win, the title will go to the Chiefs based on the 2 Chief’s wins over the Raiders.. Either way, Oakland & KC are in the playoffs and could possibly meet again before the end of the season..

Just as important, Oakland need to quickly adjust to life without Carr, thier MVP candidate. The Raiders defense has improved greatly down the stretch and faces a stagnant Denver offense that has scored just two touchdowns in their last three and a half games.  Even the biggest Matt McGloin optimist knows that the Raiders will have to play complementary football at a higher level than it was with Carr. The defense will need to go from “improved” to “weaponized.” The running game will take a greater share of the load. WR Michael Crabtree needs to cut out those drive-killing drops. McGloin is not a “play it safe” type of backup. He will get his money’s worth with aggressive throws, like he did on two third-and-long conversions late against Indianapolis.  Being surrounded by the talent that the Raiders have on offense has could work.  First up though is the need to beat Denver on New Years Day.  Winning three road games with McGloin at quarterback as a wild card team probably isn’t going to happen. Staying at home for the Divisional Round and possibly beyond is a lot more promising.

So who the heck is Matt McGloin?  He was a starting quarterback for Penn State Nittany Lions team from 2010 to 2012. He is the first walk-on quarterback to start at Penn State since scholarships were reinstated in 1949. Prior to his college career, McGloin was a Pennsylvania all-state quarterback while attending West Scranton High School.  McGloin was not drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft, but signed with Oakland as an undrafted free agent in May of that year.  He made the team and began the 2013 season as the 3rd QB behind started Terrelle Pryor and back-up Matt Flynn.  After Flynn played horribly against the Washington Redskins in week 4, McGloin was promoted to be Pryor’s back-up.  He has been good enough for the Raiders to keep him, and now the teams fate rest in his hands for the last regular season game and through the playoffs.  Although he has only thrown 45 times in his NFL career, his confidence is apparent.   He told reporters after Saturday’s game against the Colts that, “I’m ready to go, I feel great, and it has been great working with Derek Carr the past few years and working together and seeing what he has done on the field trying to learn from that. I’m ready to go.” Matt went on to add “I always prepare as if I am a starter, and now I am going to continue and do the same thing,” McGloin said. “Keep my regimen the same, stay focused, stay ready and try to play to the best of my ability.”

Teammates who’ve watched McGloin in practice say he’s up to the task. Raider WR Amari Cooper told ESPN “He’s a great quarterback, I really like him. I’m excited to see what he’s going to do. I’m excited to see how he prepares. Just excited to go out there and be able to work whatever to help him come back and play in games.” Cooper went on the add that “the biggest thing about him that sticks out is just that he is a competitor.”

Well, RaiderNation, I guess we will just have to wait and see.  The teams hopes and dreams for the 2016 season is in McGloins hands now.  Let wish him the best of luck and see what he can do to continue to make this the most exciting Raider season since 2002.. Stay tuned to WWW.RAIDERSGAB.COM for more news on the Oakland Raiders !!