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Redskins DB DeAngelo Hall retired after 14 seasons in the NFL.

The No. 8 overall pick of the 2004 draft, Hall was a Falcon for his first four seasons, earning Pro-Bowl nods in 2005 and 2006, and had a brief and ill-fated stay with the Raiders, but he will be remembered as a Redskin. Hall spent the final 10 seasons of his career in Washington, earning an additional Pro-Bowl honor in 2010 and recording 23 interceptions from 2008-13. Injuries limited Hall to just 22 games over his final four seasons, but he still put together a quality career. Hall is reportedly mulling TV and front office job offers.
May 14 - 11:51 AM

Raiders waived RB Elijah Hood.

A 2017 seventh-round pick, Hood was spun in some circles as a potential heir apparent for Marshawn Lynch. Hood struggled in camp and preseason, however, and couldn't get on the field as a rookie. The Raiders saw more potential in undrafted rookie backs behind Lynch, Doug Martin, DeAndre Washington, and Jalen Richard.
May 7 - 6:10 PM

Raiders OT Kolton Miller is working exclusively at left tackle during rookie minicamp.

"We like [Miller] at left tackle," head coach Jon Gruden said. "He can bend, he's got the length that you're looking for and he's a sharp kid...that doesn't mean that's where they're going to end up, though." Miller is still projected to start at right tackle, but the Raiders could be wary that LT Donald Penn, who underwent Lisfranc surgery in December, won't be ready for camp. Miller earned second-team All-Pac 12 while blocking Josh Rosen's blind side in 2017, but Penn's availability remains of the utmost importance for Oakland's offensive line.
May 6 - 4:22 PM

Raiders waived/failed physical LB Cory James.

James hurt his knee late last season and obviously still has a ways to go in his recovery. He logged 56 tackles over 455 defensive snaps last year while earning PFF's No. 44 inside linebacker grade out of 52 qualifiers. The Raiders have bolstered their linebacking corps this offseason by adding Tahir Whitehead and Derrick Johnson.
May 4 - 4:53 PM

Raiders released DE Armonty Bryant.

Bryant, who signed with Oakland less than a month ago, was released with a "non-football illness designation." The 27-year-old has been suspended three times for substance abuse violations since entering the league as a fifth-round pick in 2013. His last NFL action came with the Lions in 2016 when he recorded five tackles and three sacks over 104 defensive snaps.
May 4 - 4:49 PM

Updating an earlier report, the Raiders have cancelled their visit with free agent LB Brian Cushing.

Cushing had been scheduled to meet with the Raiders on Sunday, but it appears Oakland has already filled its linebacker quota after signing ex-Chief Derrick Johnson. Injury-prone and coming off a second PED suspension, Cushing hasn't garnered much interest this offseason. Despite his baggage, we'd expect the 31-year-old to resurface on a cheap one-year deal at some point.
May 4 - 3:45 PM

Free agent LB Brian Cushing will visit the Raiders on Sunday.

Cushing has experienced a quiet market since being let go by the Texans in February. He met with Seattle early in free agency but left his visit without a contract. This would fall in line with Jon Gruden's other veteran signings, including fellow linebackers Derrick Johnson and Tahir Whitehead. Cushing was limited to just five games last season after serving a 10-game ban for PEDs. That was the second time he's been popped for performance-enhancing drugs.
May 4 - 2:52 PM

Raiders agreed to terms with LB Derrick Johnson, formerly of the Chiefs.

Johnson visited Oakland Thursday and came away with a concrete offer. Despite coming back from his second Achilles tear since 2014, Johnson was reasonably effective for the Chiefs last season. In their apparent blueprint to corner the market in 'veteran' talent, the Raiders are likely aware the 13-year pro turns 36 in November.
May 4 - 1:05 PM

Free agent LB Derrick Johnson is visiting the Raiders on Thursday.

Johnson would certainly fit the Raiders' apparent plan to get older this offseason, but that does not mean he would be a bad signing. Despite coming back from another Achilles tear, Johnson was reasonably effective for the Chiefs last year. The 13-year pro will turn 36 during the season.
May 3 - 9:16 AM

PFT's Mike Florio reports Redskins president Bruce Allen "hopes to return" to the Raiders.

Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman confirms the report, adding that the feeling is mutual. Per Florio, Allen would return to the Raiders in an executive-type role with no personnel decision-making, but a "significant role in managing the business." Allen is currently believed to be running the show with the Redskins alongside senior VP of player personnel Doug Williams. Allen leaving the Redskins could be viewed as a win for Washington. Allen and coach Jon Gruden have a relationship dating back to their previous Raiders days and again with the Bucs.
Apr 30 - 7:44 PM

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said "it’s always a possibility" the team re-signs LB NaVorro Nowman.

"[The door is] never closed with quality players," McKenzie added. 29-year-old Bowman remains a free agent despite being effective for the Raiders after coming over from San Francisco last season. He has not been linked to any teams outside of Oakland.
Apr 28 - 7:45 PM

Cowboys acquired DT Jihad Ward from the Raiders in exchange for WR Ryan Switzer.

Ward has undergone two surgeries to his left foot over the past three seasons and also had a knee operation in 2016. Even when healthy, he hasn't been effective. He'll compete to rotate with David Irving, Maliek Collins, and Richard Ash on Dallas' interior line.
Apr 28 - 6:26 PM

Raiders acquired WR Ryan Switzer from the Cowboys in exchange for DT Jihad Ward.

It was obvious the Cowboys would part ways with a receiver following their acquisition of Tavon Austin, but it's surprising Switzer was the one to go. Taken in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Switzer was primarily limited to special teams in Dallas his rookie year. He'll likely be Oakland's primary kick and punt returner since the team dealt special teams ace Cordarrelle Patterson to New England in April.
Apr 28 - 6:05 PM

Cardinals traded up with the Raiders and selected UCLA QB Josh Rosen with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Arizona gave up pick Nos. 15, 79, and 152 to get their quarterback of the (very near) future. Sam Bradford will likely start Week 1 but obviously has a laundry-list injury history. Rosen (6’4/226) made 30 starts as a Bruin, going 17-13 and completing 60.9% of his passes at 8.0 yards per attempt with a 59:26 TD-to-INT ratio. UCLA ran a pro-style offense wherein Rosen made anticipation throws and ran traditional play-action plays, so he is advanced conceptually. His tape reveals a mechanically-sound technician with picturesque footwork and delivery, albeit with passing efficiency that dipped sharply on downfield throws and risk-taking tendencies that hurt his consistency. Rosen missed time with a throwing-shoulder injury as a sophomore and two concussions as a junior. Ideally, 21-year-old Rosen will get stronger and iron out his decision making. Long term, Rosen has drawn comparisons to Eli Manning and Trent Green.
Apr 26 - 9:14 PM

Raiders waived DE Darius Latham.

A third-year UDFA, Latham went undrafted due in part to character concerns. He served a four-game ban for violating the league's substance-abuse policy last season. He made just three appearances. Latham turns 24 in November.
Apr 26 - 4:18 PM

Free agent OLB Lamarr Houston worked out for the Raiders.

It's the first team connected to Houston. 30-year-old Houston had five sacks after serving out a 10-game suspension last season and would fall in line with the buy-low veterans Jon Gruden has targeted. Houston spent his first four years in Oakland.
Apr 18 - 4:41 PM

According to ESPN's Todd McShay, Georgia ILB Roquan Smith is "the guy [the Raiders] want" at No. 10 overall.

"Roquan Smith is the guy," McShay said on a conference call Wednesday morning. "I don’t know that they would be willing to give away additional picks later to go up and get him. But he’s the guy they want." Smith and Va. Tech's Tremaine Edmunds are the top-two inside linebacker prospects in this class, and the Raiders seem to prefer Smith. In Oakland, Navorro Bowman remains a free agent, and the team has no clear heir in the middle. McShay compared Smith to Luke Kuechly and Jonathan Vilma. Extraordinarily athletic, Smith is a force both in the run game and coverage.
Apr 18 - 1:01 PM

Seahawks signed K Sebastian Janikowski, formerly of the Raiders, to a one-year contract.

The 40-year-old spent all of last year on injured reserve and wasn't re-signed by the Raiders, who are moving forward with Giorgio Tavecchio as their kicker. Janikowski boasts one of the strongest legs in football, though his career success rate is barely over 80 percent. Still, he should be a noticeable upgrade on Blair Walsh, who made just 21-of-29 attempts for the Seahawks last season.
Apr 13 - 4:29 PM

Broncos signed P Marquette King, formerly of the Raiders, to a three-year, $7 million contract.

Released by the Raiders because he liked to dance too much for his position, King is annually amongst the league's best punters. His 42.7 yards was third in net punting average last season. He will replace Riley Dixon, who remains under contract but struggled in 2017. It's a solid, if ultimately minor, move for a club that will be playing the field position game with Case Keenum at quarterback.
Apr 5 - 2:24 PM

Free agent OLB Junior Galette will visit the Raiders on Friday.

Galette appeared close to signing with the Browns last week, but nothing came of it. Coming off back-to-back torn Achilles, Galette managed three sacks with the Redskins last season.
Apr 5 - 12:13 PM

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