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Updating a previous report, the Raiders, not the 49ers, are expected to hire ex-Colts GM Ryan Grigson to a front office position.

Of course they are. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported on Thursday that it was the Niners that wanted Grigson, but PFT's Mike Florio reports that's flat out false, and Grigson's move to the Raiders is a "done deal." It's unclear what position Grigson will fill, but he'll work next to GM Mike Mayock.
Jan 4 - 10:29 AM

Former Giants GM Jerry Reese turned down an interview for the Raiders' GM position.

Reese has yet to resurface since the Giants fired him last season and apparently he had no interest in joining forces with Jon Gruden in Oakland. The Raiders are seeking a GM to replace Reggie McKenzie, who was let go earlier this month. Whoever succeeds McKenzie will be answering to Gruden, who has reportedly gained "total control" of the organization. The dysfunctional Raiders aren't even sure where they'll be playing next year.
Sun, Dec 23, 2018 11:21:00 AM

Raiders waived LB Emmanuel Lamur.

The ex-Vikings and Bengals reserve had struggled to get on the field this season. Lamur's Raiders career ends after 145 snaps. 2019 will be his age-30 campaign.
Tue, Dec 18, 2018 05:38:00 PM

Raiders waived RB C.J. Anderson.

With Doug Martin's health no longer a question mark, Anderson has been cut loose after one week in Oakland. With Spencer Ware's (shoulder) health in doubt, perhaps the Chiefs will consider a waiver claim after they worked out Anderson last week.
Tue, Dec 11, 2018 05:11:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport named Redskins GM Bruce Allen as a potential candidate for the Raiders' GM vacancy.

RapSheet noted that Jon Gruden has "final say" in the Raiders' organization, and he has longtime ties to Allen from their days together in both Oakland and Tampa Bay. Allen has had an hilariously unsuccessful tenure in Washington for nearly a decade, but cronyism reigns supreme throughout the NFL. RapSheet also mentioned Lions exec Jimmy Raye and ex-Bucs GM Mark Dominik as GM candidates for the Raiders, who are scheduled to move to Las Vegas in 2020.
Mon, Dec 10, 2018 04:51:00 PM

Raiders fired GM Reggie McKenzie.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports McKenzie was given the option to stay on the rest of the season, but he decided to walk away now. Despite Jon Gruden saying all of the right things when he was hired, this pairing never seemed likely to last. For better or worse, Gruden will now build the front office and scouting department in his image. As for McKenzie, it was not always smooth sailing, but his drafts in 2014 (Khalil Mack, Derek Carr) and 2015 (Amari Cooper) landed three premier players -- two of which were traded away this year seemingly with little input from McKenzie -- and set up Oakland's surprising 12-4 run through the 2016 season, the year in which McKenzie was also named NFL Executive of the Year. It is possible McKenzie lands another high-profile job in the near future.
Mon, Dec 10, 2018 12:34:00 PM

Raiders waived DE Fadol Brown.

A second-year UDFA, Brown generated some offseason hype in pad-less practices but ended up playing just 175 ineffective snaps. He will likely be stashed back on the practice squad with an eye toward signing a reserve/future contract in January.
Tue, Dec 4, 2018 05:46:00 PM

Raiders waived WR Johnny Holton.

The move makes room for TE Darren Waller, who was signed off the Ravens' practice squad. Holton had been running behind Marcell Ateman in Oakland.
Mon, Nov 26, 2018 03:48:00 PM

Raiders waived S Obi Melifonwu.

The Raiders telegraphed this move when they waived/injured Melifonwu in August. The No. 56 overall pick of last year's draft, Melifonwu could not get healthy as a rookie and then barely practiced during the offseason. That was enough for impatient coach Jon Gruden to move on. Still only 24, Melifonwu should pretty quickly get a second chance elsewhere if his health cooperates.
Tue, Oct 23, 2018 05:21:00 PM

Cowboys acquired WR Amari Cooper from the Raiders in exchange for a first-round pick.

The 3-4 Cowboys — who have featured an unwatchable passing offense this season — are going for it in the wide-open NFC East while the 1-5 Raiders are accelerating their tank in year one of coach Jon Gruden's 10-year, $100 million contract. One of the most inscrutable players in football, Cooper has baffled the past two seasons after beginning his career with back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns, but he is still only 24 with loads of talent. There are better offenses he could have joined in terms of goosing his production, but he will be the centerpiece of the Cowboys' previously receiver-desperate attack. Cooper is under team control through 2019.
Mon, Oct 22, 2018 03:09:00 PM

Rams released K Cairo Santos.

Santos spent two games in L.A. His release should mean Greg Zuerlein is returning for Week 7 against the 49ers.
Tue, Oct 16, 2018 05:05:00 PM

Raiders released LB Derrick Johnson.

35-year-old Johnson started Week 1, but the Raiders quickly realized his legs were gone. He had played more than 20 snaps in a game just once since Week 2. Johnson was an All Pro-type player for the Chiefs during his prime, but twin Achilles' tears sapped his explosion as he aged. It was always a poor plan for the Raiders to feature him this season.
Tue, Oct 16, 2018 04:04:00 PM

Browns declared QB Tyrod Taylor, LB James Burgess, OG Austin Corbett, TE Seth Devalve, DT Devaroe Lawrence, WR Damion Ratley and CB Tavierre Thomas inactive for Week 4 against the Raiders.

Taylor cleared the concussion protocol but is still bothered by a back injury. Without him, the Browns will turn to Drew Stanton as the backup to Baker Mayfield. FS Damarious Randall, who had been questionable with a heel injury, is active for Sunday's tilt in Oakland.
Sun, Sep 30, 2018 03:44:00 PM

Free agent DT Johnathan Hankins is visiting the Raiders on Wednesday.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Raiders "want" to sign Hankins. The 26-year-old had a very quiet market after his surprising release from the Colts in March, but has visited multiple teams despite not landing a contract. Now that Week 1 is through, veteran minimum deals aren't guaranteed. However, Hankins will surely want to make more than the basement level.
Wed, Sep 12, 2018 09:36:00 AM

Free agent WR Martavis Bryant is talking with the Raiders about a possible return.

Adam Schefter reported Bryant is facing a possible year-long suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, but he could still play until the actual suspension is handed down. It's still an odd occurrence, even for coach Jon Gruden and the 2018 Raiders. Released by Oakland following a dismal training camp just 10 days ago, Bryant's career was thought to be hanging by a thread. We give up on trying to figure out Gruden's blueprint for building a team.
Tue, Sep 11, 2018 06:13:00 PM

Free agent WR Brice Butler visited the Raiders Monday.

Oakland signed WR Brandon LaFell Monday morning so it's entirely possible they're already out on Butler. Signing him wouldn't make much sense anyways since Butler is only 28 and the Raiders have strictly shown interest in players approaching their age-35 season. An explosive deep threat, Butler is sure to find a team willing to give him an opportunity soon.
Mon, Sep 3, 2018 02:27:00 PM

Giants claimed DE Mario Edwards off waivers from the Raiders.

The Raiders tried to find a trade partner for the No. 35 overall pick of the 2015 draft but there were no takers. Edwards' career got off to a promising start as a rookie, but he has been plagued by injury ever since, particularly hip and neck issues. Those are serious ailments for a football player. Edwards appeared in 14 games last season but rated as sub-replacement by Pro Football Focus. He's still only 24 but is unlikely to return much value for the G-Men.
Sun, Sep 2, 2018 12:44:00 PM

According to ESPN's Jordan Raanan, the Giants discussed trading Davis Webb to the Raiders.

However, that ship has likely sailed as Oakland acquired A.J. McCarron from Buffalo on Saturday. The Giants made the exceptionally rare choice of rostering four quarterbacks—Eli Manning, Kyle Lauletta, Alex Tanney and Webb—to begin the season. Raanan expects Webb to stick around, though it sounds like New York would be open to moving him if the right offer came along.
Sun, Sep 2, 2018 11:09:00 AM

Raiders released QB E.J. Manuel.

After both Manuel and Connor Cook bombed as Derek Carr's backup over the past two seasons, the Raiders have moved on to future failed backup AJ McCarron. New coach Jon Gruden is throwing darts, and doing so with alarmingly poor accuracy.
Sat, Sep 1, 2018 08:12:00 PM

Raiders released WR Martavis Bryant.

It's an utter nightmare for a Raiders team having a cataclysmically bad offseason/summer under old-is-new coach Jon Gruden. Gruden surrendered the No. 79 overall pick for Bryant during April's draft. As for Bryant, this is essentially a career-ender. Players almost never come back from one indefinite suspension. This will be Bryant's second. Going on 28, he seems unlikely to be readmitted to the league. It's a sad development for football fans everywhere, as Bryant had the potential to be one of the top playmakers in the league. The Raiders have a dumpster fire depth chart on both sides of the ball.
Sat, Sep 1, 2018 04:36:00 PM

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