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Johnny Manziel is exciting, but Raiders will pass

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — The Raiders had Johnny Manziel in for visit at the start of the week and here’s why I’m pretty sure they won’t pick him at No. 5 in next month’s draft. First off, none of the quarterbacks in this year’s draft are Top 10 picks and general manager Reggie McKenzie has said he strictly goes […]
  • 8 days ago
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Preseason opponents announced

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — The Oakland Raiders have home games against Detroit and Seattle, and road contests at Minnesota and Green Bay this upcoming preseason, released Wednesday by the NFL. Date Opponent Time TV Aug. 7-11 at Minnesota Vikings TBA KTVU/KICU Aug. 14-18 DETROIT LIONS TBA KTVU/KICU Aug. 22 at Green Bay Packers 5 p.m. PT CBS/KPIX Ch. 5 […]
  • 9 days ago
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Raiders take in Mettenberger’s pro day

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo met with Louisiana State quarterback Zach Mettenberger Tuesday before his Pro Day today. Here is the (short) book Mettenberger, who is projected to be a second-round pick in next month’s draft. The 6-foot-5, 224-pound Mettenberger is coming off major knee surgery and won’t run a […]
  • 9 days ago
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Warner says Raiders got a steal in Schaub

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Well, the Redskins signed former Cal and Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson today to a three-year, $24 million contract with $16 million guaranteed. So ends the #DJaxtoOakland fan movement. The Raiders and Jackson had mutual “warm” interest but it never got any further than that, despite what some reports said. Meanwhile, future Hall of Famer Kurt […]
  • 16 days ago
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Raiders cut Brisiel; Ford signs with Jets

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — The Raiders released veteran right guard Mike Brisiel Tuesday, and they didn’t use the post-June 1 designation, so they will take on the $3.93 million hit in dead money and get it off the books. The move frees up $1.38 million in salary cap space, and Oakland is now roughly $14.5 million under the cap, […]
  • 17 days ago
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Rogers hopes he and Brown can do it again, plus Jones-Drew’s contract terms

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Last season’s starting 49ers cornerbacks, Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown, are back together again, reunited Monday afternoon when Rogers joined his former teammate in signing with the Oakland Raiders. ”We were a big part of the puzzle that turned San Francisco’s defense around, so hopefully we can translate that over here and be even better,” […]
  • 18 days ago
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Raiders sign former 49ers CB Rogers

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — The Raiders signed former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers on Monday afternoon. He joins former teammate Tarell Brown as newest members of Oakland’s secondary, and will play in the slot. Rogers will likely back up Brown and D.J. Hayden, and play extensively in the team’s nickel defense. (I guess it’s possible that Rogers beats […]
  • 18 days ago
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Ex-49er DB Rogers visiting Raiders

SFGate.com (Mike Lerseth) — Free agent defensive back Carlos Rogers, who was released by the 49ers earlier this month in a cost-cutting move, is expected to visit the Raiders today. The 32-year-old Rogers was a three-year starter for the 49ers and had nine of 17 career interceptions while playing in San Francisco. The 6-foot, 199-pound Rogers was a first-round […]
  • 18 days ago
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Raiders interested in DeSean Jackson; no visit scheduled yet

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — The Oakland Raiders are one of nine teams interested in former Eagles and Cal receiver DeSean Jackson, league sources said. Jackson, 27, was released by Philadelphia Friday, an hour after a story by NJ.com said he had gang ties. There were also reports that Jackson missed meetings and that he and coach Chip Kelly didn’t […]
  • 20 days ago
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Jones-Drew grew up a Raiders fan, says McFadden has a leg up on him

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Maurice Jones-Drew has a chip on his shoulder … so does every other free agent the Raiders have signed the past month. Join the club. It’s almost like that’s the first question general manager Reggie McKenzie is asking potential players … But the running back, who officially signed a three-year deal Friday, has another thing […]
  • 21 days ago
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Raiders also bring back Pat Sims

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — The Raiders, while they were adding running back Maurice Jones-Drew, also re-signed defensive tackle Pat Sims to a one-year contract Friday, according to agent Rick Smith. The run-stuffing Sims, 28, played well in spurts last year, but both sides seemed like they were ready to move on at the end of the season. But a […]
  • 21 days ago
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RB comes home, as Jones-Drew agrees to terms

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — The Raiders added another veteran with something to prove, agreeing to terms with former Jaguars and De La Salle High running back Maurice Jones-Drew Friday morning. The 3-year deal is pending a physical. Jones-Drew sustained a season-ending Lisfranc injury in 2012. Last season, Jones-Drew appeared in 15 games and rushed for 803 yards and five […]
  • 21 days ago
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Jones-Drew in for a visit

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Former Jaguars and De La Salle High (Concord) running back Maurice Jones-Drew is meeting with the Raiders Thursday night and Friday. The 2011 NFL rushing leader met with the Steelers and the Jets are reportedly also in the hunt, but league sources said the Raiders are now the front-runner for the free agent’s services. Oakland […]
  • 22 days ago
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McKenzie: “We’re not looking for stop-gaps”

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Part 2 … Here are the highlights from the rest of my conversation with general manager Reggie McKenzie today: ^ On trading for quarterback Matt Schaub, and signing older veterans in free agency: “We’re not looking for stop gaps,” McKenzie said. “The young guys can see we’re serious about winning.” ^ McKenzie and the Raiders […]
  • 24 days ago
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Losing Veldheer was a blow to McKenzie

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — I had a good talk with Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie on the phone today. McKenzie is at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando and we talked about new quarterback Matt Schaub, and McKenzie also had his strongest comments on left tackle Jared Veldheer leaving to date. McKenzie said the Raiders were targeting Schaub (as […]
  • 24 days ago
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