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Free agent CB Vontae Davis is visiting the Raiders on Wednesday.

Davis has visited the Bills, Browns, and 49ers in the last week and is now onto Oakland. The 30-year-old (in May) is eligible to sign whenever he pleases and should be making a decision in the next two or three weeks before free agency opens on March 14. The Raiders already released CB David Amerson earlier this month and likely will do the same with CB Sean Smith sooner than later.
Feb 21 - 2:06 PM

Chiefs signed CB David Amerson to a one-year, $2.25 million contract.

Amerson can earn another $3.75 million through incentives. This, of course, is not the destination the Raiders would have picked. Amerson, 26, stays in the AFC West with Kansas City, which needs a starting right cornerback across from LCB Marcus Peters with Kendall Fuller in the slot. Amerson was a 2015 revelation in Oakland after a trade from Washington, then fizzled out immediately after signing a 2016 five-year, $34 million deal. On a one-year prove-it contract with the Chiefs, Amerson will have full motivation in 2018.
Feb 16 - 8:03 PM

Raiders released CB David Amerson.

The move is not a surprise, but it was a disappointing one after the Raiders gave Amerson a five-year, $34 million deal before the 2016 season. Amerson went right in the tank, only starting 21 games over the next two years and getting progressively worse whenever he suited up. As T.J. Carrie is a free agent, the Raiders are left with Sean Smith, Gareon Conley, and Dexter McDonald atop their cornerback depth chart. They need to try to keep Carrie after a breakout year at slot corner.
Feb 5 - 5:38 PM

MMQB's Peter King expects impending free agent Le'Veon Bell to "go to the highest bidder" and names the Raiders as a team to "watch" for Bell.

King doesn't do much reporting in terms of breaking news anymore, but he still has many connections throughout the league. The new staff in Oakland has been mum when it comes to Marshawn Lynch's future with the team, so Beast Mode could very well be one-and-done for his hometown Raiders. Oakland could use that money to go after a younger stallion like Bell, but he'll have no shortage of suitors should he reach the open market. It's going to be tough for the Steelers to use the franchise tag on Bell again this year since they have very little cap room at the moment. However, creating cap space is a relatively simple task.
Jan 22 - 10:59 PM

Seahawks hired Ken Norton as defensive coordinator.

Norton coached the Seahawks' linebackers from 2010-2014 and is a "comfortable" hire, reuniting with Pete Carroll. He signed a deal on January 8 to work as the 49ers' assistant head coach/linebackers, but Norton can break that contract for a higher-up position. Norton coordinated abominable defenses in Oakland the past two years. After his firing this past season, the Raiders' defense played better down the stretch under John Pagano. Both of Seattle's coordinator hires -- including OC Brian Schottenheimer -- have been thoroughly uninspiring.
Jan 15 - 5:35 PM

Rich Gannon won't join Jon Gruden's coaching staff in Oakland.

He was a leading candidate to be the team's QBs coach, but had a change of heart on his flight to Oakland earlier this week. Gannon told The Game 95.7 that he didn't think he could match Gruden's intensity and wasn't sure he could commit to a full-time position. With the former MVP bowing out, the Raiders could opt not to hire a QBs coach. Gannon has provided color commentary for NFL games on CBS since his retirement in 2005.
Jan 10 - 5:59 PM

The Las Vegas Review-Journal's Michael Gehlken reports the Raiders will interview Packers director of football operations Eliot Wolf for a job in Oakland's front office.

35-year-old Wolf was passed over for the Packers' GM job in favor of Brian Gutekunst and appears to be looking at outside jobs. He's currently in Cleveland interviewing to possibly join ex-Packers front office man John Dorsey. In Oakland, another ex-Packers executive, Reggie McKenzie is running the show. Wolf's dad, Ron, worked with McKenzie and Jon Gruden in Green Bay.
Jan 9 - 9:01 PM

Packers director of football operations Eliot Wolf will interview for a position in the Browns' front office Tuesday.

He also has an offer from the Raiders. Wolf was passed over for the Packers' general manager job, and it looks like he is ready to move on to pastures new. New Browns GM John Dorsey worked in the Packers' front office for two decades, and he has already stolen away ex-Packers senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith this January. It is likely Wolf follows Highsmith to Cleveland. A respected evaluator who will almost certainly land a general manager job at some point, Wolf would be a great hire for the Browns.
Jan 9 - 9:19 AM

49ers hired ex-Raiders DC Ken Norton Jr. as assistant head coach.

He'll focus on coaching inside linebackers where the Niners have 2017 first-rounder Reuben Foster looking to stay healthy and become one of the best at his position. Norton is a longtime Pete Carroll assistant who coached with Carroll at both USC and in Seattle as a linebackers coach. His tenure in Oakland as defensive coordinator lasted 2.5 seasons before he was fired in November.
Jan 8 - 6:11 PM

Bengals hired Teryl Austin as defensive coordinator.

Austin was a hot name on the coordinating circuit, drawing strong interest from the Raiders and getting connected to the Packers as well. Although Austin's defenses in Detroit were far from dominant, he maximized the Lions' talent and is one of the league's most respected defensive minds. With DE Carl Lawson, WLB Vontaze Burfict, LE Carlos Dunlap, and CB William Jackson in place, Austin inherits a talented Bengals defense that faded down the 2017 stretch due to injuries.
Jan 8 - 3:43 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Raiders are pursuing Lions DC Teryl Austin to be their assistant head coach.

Rapoport reported Sunday night that Austin is "in negotiations" with the Bengals to become their new defensive coordinator, so this leak could just be an effort to grease the wheels in those talks. All we know right now is Austin is unlikely to stay in Detroit with Patriots DC Matt Patricia expected to take over as head coach.
Jan 8 - 11:30 AM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Jon Gruden's new deal with the Raiders is worth "about $100 million" over 10 seasons.

Reports last week suggested he would get an ownership stake in the team but Gruden has since refuted that claim. Either way, he's about to become the highest-paid coach in NFL history. Greg Olson (the coach, not the tight end), Paul Guenther and Rich Bisaccia are all expected to join Gruden's staff. His introductory press conference is scheduled for Tuesday.
Jan 5 - 1:42 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia is expected to join Jon Gruden's staff in Oakland.

Bisaccia served as Gruden's special teams coordinator for seven seasons in Tampa Bay and, in all likelihood, will follow him to Oakland. Gruden is also expected to bring on Rams QBs coach Greg Olson as his offensive coordinator with Paul Guenther assuming the role of defensive coordinator. These hirings should be made official on Tuesday.
Jan 5 - 1:35 PM

Beat writer Steve Corkran reports the Raiders will introduce Jon Gruden as head coach on Tuesday.

This thing should be announced after Gruden calls the Titans-Chiefs Wild Card game for ESPN on Saturday afternoon. Both Gruden and the Raiders have done a poor job at hiding this for the past week; everyone knows it's going to happen. Gruden hasn't coached since 2008 and has career 95-81 coaching record with a 5-4 mark in the playoffs, including one Super Bowl win with the Bucs. He's expected to chase Greg Olson and Paul Guenther as his OC and DC, respectively.
Jan 5 - 12:38 PM

The league has informed the Fritz Pollard Alliance that the Raiders fulfilled the Rooney Rule in their head-coaching search by interviewing two minority candidates.

The Fritz Pollard Alliance promotes diversity in coaching. According to SiriusXM's Adam Caplan, one of the Raiders' interviews was apparently in-house TEs coach Bobby Johnson. The other is unknown. Fulfilling the Rooney Rule was believed to be the Raiders' final hurdle in luring Jon Gruden out of the ESPN booth.
Jan 4 - 8:30 PM

SiriusXM's Alex Marvez reports presumptive Raiders coach Jon Gruden is expected to hire Rams QBs coach Greg Olson as his offensive coordinator.

The longtime NFL coordinator served as Gruden's QBs coach and offensive coordinator Gruden's final year in Tampa (2008). He was fired from his most recent coordinating job in Jacksonville in the middle of the 2016 season. Olson served as Raiders coordinator from 2013-14. Gruden had previously believed to be targeting Jets OC John Morton, who would be a better hire than Olson.
Jan 4 - 8:06 PM

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis confirmed the Raiders will interview Paul Guenther for their defensive-coordinator vacancy.

Lewis said the Bengals would like Guenther back, but his contract is up, and it appears Guenther will likely serve as Jon Gruden's coordinator in Oakland, though Gruden has yet to officially be hired. Guenther's defense was the strong suit in Cincinnati this season, finishing 18th in total yards, eighth against the pass, and 30th against the run. Guenther was with the team since 2005.
Jan 3 - 1:30 PM

ESPN analyst Jon Gruden admitted there's a "good chance" he takes the Raiders' head-coaching job.

The 54-year-old has been the only name connected to the job to this point. The Raiders need to interview at least one minority candidate to fulfill the Rooney Rule, but it sounds like any other candidate would be wasting his time talking to owner Mark Davis since Gruden is assured the gig. Gruden said the reports of him getting a share in ownership as part of his deal to take the job are completely untrue. Gruden said missing the players and "the grind" drew him back. The move should become official sometime after Gruden calls his last game at ESPN this Saturday.
Jan 3 - 10:40 AM

Bengals DC Paul Guenther is leaving to pursue other opportunities.

Guenther's contract is up, and will not be renewed. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Monday that Guenther is the "leading candidate" to serve as Jon Gruden's defensive boss in Oakland. Gruden's hiring isn't yet official, so it could be a while before we officially hear about Guenther's next move. The Bengals' coordinator since 2014, Guenther by and large did a strong job.
Jan 2 - 5:45 PM

Jon Gruden has admitted he's in talks for the Raiders' head-coaching job.

"My understanding is they’re interviewing candidates this week and they’re going to let everybody know sometime early next week or whenever they make their decision," Gruden said. "(I think) I am being considered, yes. I hope I’m a candidate." Gruden is talking circles around the obvious — that he's replacing Jack Del Rio — because the Raiders must first pretend to comply with the Rooney Rule and interview a minority candidate. Gruden is also calling a Wild Card game for ESPN on Saturday. His return to Oakland should be formalized early next week.
Jan 2 - 1:21 PM


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