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Why Are the Raiders Working Out Top QB Prospect Kyler Murray?

The news on Monday took the NFL by storm, as it broke that the Oakland Raiders, a team already chock full of quarterbacks, is working out top draft prospect Kyler Murray.

One would think that the Raiders, who already have declared Derek Carr as their starter at quarterback in 2019, are playing with fire and hurting their Superbowl betting odds if they mess around and try to take Murray in the draft.

Carr tweeted out an interesting pic of himself pointing to his eyes Monday night after hearing the news, basically stating that he’s well aware of what Oakland is doing.

The biggest question is – why?

A team with plenty of star power now with Antonio Brown leading the wide out core, why would the Raiders even mess around with trying to go after Murray, who could even go as high as first overall to the Arizona Cardinals.

Murray is a great prospect, but if you want to mess up this team before it even gets started – mess this thing up by drafting a quarterback and ticking off the veterans that are working hard to try and make Oakland a real contender in 2019.

This season Carr has to be the starter. He is in the midst of a five-year, $125 million extension signed in 2017, and while it is a monster contract, the Raiders have Carr locked up and can’t mess this up with picking up Murray.

What’s even worse about the Murray workout is that after they are done with him, they’ll go work out Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

With the fourth overall pick, Murray probably will be gone, but Haskins could still be on the table. Why again would the Raiders mess around with such a thought?

It’s all on Jon Gruden, who seems to love to grab quarterbacks anywhere he can (hence the team signing Mike Glennon and Landry Jones), but while that’s fine and good as they are for sure backups to Carr, if the Raiders spend a first-round pick on Murray or Haskins, then Gruden is sending a clear message that he’s already got his eyes on the future quarterback spot for the Raiders.

And with that, it is not going to include that of Carr, who it seems he is going to try to get rid of as soon as he can, which is not going to be easy to do with the contract the team gave him back in 2017.

Raiders Come to Terms with Free Agent RB Crowell, LB Marshall

The Raiders free agency purge continues, as Thursday they came to terms with running back Isaiah Crowell and linebacker Brandon Marshall.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter states that Crowell will earn up to $2.5 million on a one-year deal, while Marshall’s deal is worth up to $4.1 million.

Crowell last year with the Jets rushed for 685 yards, six scores, and he put up 4.8 yards per carry.

He set a franchise mark with 218 rushing yards in a week five win over the Broncos, which accounted for a lot of his yards on the season.

The Jets released Crowell when they signed free agent Le’Veon Bell.

The 29-year-old Marshall had spent the last six seasons with the Denver Broncos, and was on the roster when the team won Super Bowl 50.

Denver decided not to exercise their team option with two years left on his contract, allowing Marshall to become a free agent.

Last season he played in 11 games, putting up 42 tackles.

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.