Posts Tagged ‘Oakland Raiders’

The Oakland Raiders agreed to terms Friday with free-agent linebacker Derrick Johnson, a longtime member of the rival Kansas City Chiefs, according to NFL Network’s Michael Silver.

Johnson had spent all 13 seasons of his NFL career in Kansas City, earning four trips to the Pro Bowl over that span. The 35-year-old saw action in 15 games last year, registering 71 tackles and one forced fumble.

The Raiders signed veteran linebacker Tahir Whitehead in free agency, but the position remains one of concern for Jon Gruden’s crew as the offseason crawls along.

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Amari Cooper will be a member of the Oakland Raiders for the foreseeable future as the club officially announced Monday they’ve exercised his fifth-year option through the 2019 season.

Cooper burst onto the scene in his first two years with the club, becoming just the third player in NFL history to record 1,000 receiving yards and 70 catches in each of his first two seasons. That prolific start to his career would see the former Alabama star claim a spot in the Pro Bowl both years.

Cooper struggled to match that production last campaign, recording just 48 catches on 96 targets, but did find the end zone seven times.

The Oakland Raiders have every intention of hanging onto pass-rusher Khalil Mack, even though the two sides don’t appear to have made significant progress in extension talks.

“This is going to be a big contract and all sides are trying to make everything work,” general manager Reggie McKenzie told Steve Wyche of NFL Network on Wednesday. “It’s about the end result. One thing I know is that we love Khalil Mack and we want to make him a Raider for life.

“We’ll get through all the other stuff. We understand the business part of it. Everybody is aware of everything and nobody is surprised. Everything, on all sides, has been positive. I can’t stress that enough.”

With one year remaining on his rookie deal and his contract situation unresolved, the 27-year-old has stayed away from the Raiders’ voluntary portion of offseason workouts. The 2016 Defensive Player of the Year and three-time Pro Bowler is reportedly looking for at least $65 million guaranteed on his next deal.

Mack registered a double-digit sack total in three of his first four campaigns in the NFL.

Former Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers defender Aldon Smith was arrested for the third time in two months and is being held on $500,000 bond by the San Francisco Sheriff’s department, according to ESPN.

Smith was arraigned on Thursday with three charges of violating a protective order, which stems from his domestic violence charge on March 12. He had been ordered to wear an ankle monitor that measured alcohol use through sweat. The 28-year-old was booked for violating a condition of his electronic monitoring, according to a Sheriff’s spokesperson.

The former first-round pick’s fiancee, who he had been initially arrested for abusing, told TMZ Sports that the two are “no longer together.”

Smith was released by the Raiders after being charged with domestic violence. He last played for the Raiders during the 2015 season and is currently suspended by the league stemming from a hit-and-run incident in August 2015.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 19: Ndamukong Suh #93 of the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Hard Rock Stadium on November 19, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Free-agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is scheduled to visit the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Suh was released by the Miami Dolphins shortly after the beginning of the league year on March 14. He’s reported to have met with the New Orleans SaintsTennessee Titans, and Los Angeles Rams since then.

The 31-year-old remains one of the best in the game at his position, ranking as Pro Football Focus‘ No. 5 interior defender last season.

He would solidify a Raiders line that’s built around defensive end Khalil Mack.

Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden recently had a face-to-face meeting with free-agent running back Doug Martin, sources told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Gruden “came away impressed with (Martin) as a person,” according to Rapoport, and Oakland is expected to make a strong push to secure the veteran in free agency.

Marshawn Lynch has one year remaining on his contract, but the Raiders can cut him without incurring any dead money and would save nearly $6 million.

Martin has been all or nothing during his six seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He had two seasons with over 1,400 yards rushing (2012, 2015), but failed to break 500 in his other four seasons.

Martin missed 31 starts during those four seasons, due to either injury or suspension.

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is well aware of new head coach Jon Gruden’s intensity, and he’s ready to embrace it.

“I want him to be tough on me,” Carr said, according to Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area. “For anyone who thinks I want him to be a different way has no clue about me or how I play football or how I prepare to play this game. I don’t need to tell stories about how I prepare or manage myself.”

Carr was recently selected for this third straight Pro Bowl as a replacement for Super Bowl-bound Tom Brady. The honor comes on the heels of one of his worst statistical seasons, as he completed just 62.7 percent of his pass attempts for 3,496 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions – all regressions from 2016.

Heading into his fifth season, he expects Gruden to bring out his best.

“He’s going to demand of me. He’s going to push me,” he said. “He’s going to make me be the best version of myself.”

Gruden spoke highly of Carr at his introductory press conference on Jan. 9, saying, according to 95.7 The Game: “He has a great arm talent, he’s athletic, he’s got natural leadership skills … he’s got a huge upside … very, very excited to have him as our quarterback.”