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Vikings make hire of Todd Downing as senior offensive assistant official

The Minnesota Vikings officially announced the addition of former Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing to their coaching staff on Monday. Downing is joining the staff as a senior offensive assistant under head coach Mike Zimmer and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, It’s a return home for Downing, who grew up in Eden Prairie, Minn. and [more]

Chiefs sign David Amerson

The Chiefs have signed cornerback David Amerson, the team announced Friday night. The Raiders cut Amerson on February 5 in Jon Gruden’s first roster move. He missed the final nine games of 2017 with a foot injury, and the Raiders parted ways before his $5.5 million base salary for 2018 became guaranteed. Amerson, 26, has [more]

Derek Carr: Amari Cooper played “on one foot” last season

Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper played “on one foot” last season, according to quarterback Derek Carr. That might explain why Cooper’s third season wasn’t as productive as his first two. “He will never tell you, and he’ll never even talk about it, but that man was out there playing on one foot,” Carr said on [more]

Derek Carr on Raiders: “We have to hit a reset button”

The Raiders made the splash hire of the offseason, bringing coach Jon Gruden out of retirement to coach again. And while quarterback Derek Carr believes the team is close to being a contender, he suggested a new approach will be helpful. During an interview on SiriusXM Friday, Carr said he thinks the Raiders are close. [more]

Gruden need not look far for the “geniuses” who restricted offseason schedule

When he appeared last month on PFT Live, Raiders coach Jon Gruden said he’d deal with the NFL’s restrictive offseason workout rules by complaining about them. And complain about them he is. The complaints derisively refer to the people who made the rules as “geniuses,” but he need not look very far to find them. [more]

Denver, Las Vegas among finalists to host 2019, 2020 drafts

The NFL Draft will be in Dallas this year for the first time and there will be two new hosts in 2019 and 2020. The league has announced that it has narrowed the choices to host the next two drafts to five finalists. They are Denver, Las Vegas, Nashville, Cleveland/Canton and Kansas City. None of [more]

Raiders officially bid farewell to Sebastian Janikowski

The Oakland Raiders have moved on from kicker Sebastian Janikowski, after a relationship that lasted a full generation. “The Raider Nation salutes Sebastian Janikowski as the sun sets on his illustrious career with the Oakland Raiders,” owner Mark Davis said in a statement. “He joined the team as a surprise first-round pick in the 2000 [more]

Sebastian Janikowski plans to keep playing

Kicker Sebastian Janikowski won’t be back with the Raiders for a 19th year, but he does plan to continue playing somewhere. Janikowski missed last season with a back injury that his agent Paul Healy said will not stop him from getting back on the field during the 2018 season. “He plans on getting another job,” [more]

Jon Gruden hopes to get the best out of Michael Crabtree

At the end of the regular season, a report from Oakland indicated that the Raiders would part ways with wide receiver Michael Crabtree before the 2018 season got underway. The Raiders have changed coaches since then and they may also be changing directions when it comes to their plans for Crabtree. In an interview with [more]

Jon Gruden isn’t fond of rules limiting contact with players in offseason

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is already back in a routine of working from sun up to sun down in trying to get re-acclimated to the franchise he led from 1998-2001. However, Gruden isn’t thrilled with the reality of the NFL under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement that significantly restricts access to the players during [more]

Jon Gruden confirms he has met with Marshawn Lynch

Raiders coach Jon Gruden confirmed Wednesday he has talked to Marshawn Lynch “briefly.” Lynch’s agent last week addressed Twitter hearsay that the running back had missed a meeting with the coach, with Doug Hendrickson ripping the “couch potato non verified” rumormongers. “I’ve called several players, introduced myself,” Gruden told Jerry McDonald of Bay Area News [more]

Report: Sebastian Janikowski not in Raiders’ 2018 plans

The Raiders are moving on from Sebastian Janikowski. They have informed the kicker that they do not plan to bring him back for the 2018 season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Janikowski’s future has been in doubt since the Raiders placed him on injured reserve with a back injury on September 9. He had lowered [more]

Report: Falcons to hire Bernie Parmalee as running backs coach

The Atlanta Falcons are hiring Bernie Parmalee to serve as the team’s running backs coach, according to Alex Marvez of the Sporting News. Parmalee has spent the last three seasons serving in the same role as a member of Jack Del Rio’s staff with the Oakland Raiders. With Del Rio being replaced by Jon Gruden [more]

49ers among teams interested in David Amerson

Getting fired is never a great feeling, but there is an upside for NFL players who get released between the Super Bowl and the start of the new league year. There’s a lot less competition for jobs than there is when free agency opens up, which means that you get a lot of eyes on [more]

David Amerson visiting the Texans today

David Amerson is taking advantage of his head start on the market. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the former Raiders cornerback is visiting the Texans today, and has three more visits lined up this week. While it’s still early in the offseason for #mysteryteam to be making an appearance, it makes sense [more]

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