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Raiders working out Lamarr Houston today

The Raiders are fully committed to their past, beyond bringing their old coach back this offseason. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Raiders are working out veteran outside linebacker Lamarr Houston today. He was their second-round pick in 2010, and played his first four seasons there before moving to the Bears in [more]

Aldon Smith transferred to a substance-abuse center

After showing up at the sheriff’s department with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.40 percent, former NFL linebacker Aldon Smith is getting the help he obviously needs. Via the Bay Area News Group, Smith has been transferred to an in-patient substance-abuse center. He’s due to return to court on May 3. Smith faces a variety of [more]

Seahawks sign Sebastian Janikowski

Getting a visit with the Seahawks paid off for kicker Sebastian Janikowski. The Seahawks announced that they have signed Janikowski. According to multiple reports, it is a one-year deal. Janikowski visited with the team earlier this week. Janikowski didn’t play at all during the 2017 season because of a back injury and the Raiders made [more]

Reggie McKenzie on Khalil Mack: Everything’s been positive

Khalil Mack didn’t report to work with other Raiders players for the start of the team’s offseason work this week, but General Manager Reggie McKenzie says all is well between team and player. Mack is looking for a new contract as he enters the final year of the deal he signed as a rookie and [more]

Report: Aldon Smith had blood alcohol level of 0.40

Aldon Smith arrived at the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department for ankle monitoring Friday with a blood alcohol level of 0.40, Evan Sernoffsky of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Smith immediately was arrested for a violation of his parole. He appeared briefly in court Wednesday and remains in jail custody, per Sernoffsky, with his next destination [more]

Bill Belichick to Cordarrelle Patterson: We’ll make you the player you should be

The Patriots acquired wide receiver/kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson in a trade with the Raiders this offseason and Patterson called the development an “exciting” one during an appearance on NFL Network Wednesday. Patterson ran through how he found out about the trade from Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie and then started talking to players from the [more]

Khalil Mack reportedly wants $65 million guaranteed

As Raiders pass rusher Khalil Mack stays away from the team’s offseason program, it’s becoming more clear that a connection exists between Mack’s absence from the team arises from the absence of a long-term deal for Mack. Via Steve Wyche of NFL Media, Mack wants at least $65 million in guarantees as part of a [more]

Bruce Irvin tweets he’s asked for, received, permission to play punt return against Marquette King

Now that he’s no longer teammates with new Denver Broncos kicker Marquette King, Oakland Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin seems fired up about the chance to play against his former colleague. King was released by the Raiders on March 30 and he signed a deal to join Oakland’s AFC rival less than a week later. Irvin, [more]

Marquette King willing to be a “zombie” to survive in NFL

The punter who not long ago was dead man walking in Oakland is willing to make like an extra in The Walking Dead. Former Raiders, now Broncos, punter Marquette King expressed a willingness to strip his personality from his on-field performances if that’s what it takes to keep his NFL gig. And he made it [more]

Report: Sebastian Janikowski visiting Seattle

Kicker Sebastian Janikowski will fly to Seattle on Tuesday to meet with the Seahawks, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The former Raiders kicker also visited the Chargers. The Seahawks began the process of replacing Blair Walsh when they signed Jason Myers in January, but coach Pete Carroll has acknowledged the team would like to add [more]

Raiders re-sign all their exclusive rights free agents

The Raiders have all of their exclusive rights free agents under contract for the 2018 season. Word had already gotten out that they re-signed kicker Giorgio Tavecchio and linebacker Shilique Calhoun, but the team made those signings official along with the returns of defensive end/linebacker James Cowser, safety Erik Harris and offensive lineman Denver Kirkland [more]

Raiders waive Andrew East

The Raiders waived long snapper Andrew East, Field Yates of ESPN reports. It is not surprising given the Raiders signed Andrew DePaola to a four-year deal worth up to $4.27 million after deciding not to re-sign Jon Condo. DePaola played all 15 games for the Bears last season. East has never played a regular-season game. [more]

Khalil Mack doesn’t show for start of Oakland’s offseason program

Among the many 2014 first-round picks who have earned but not received long-term contracts is Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack. The fifth overall pick four Aprils ago, 2016 NFL defensive player of the year still hasn’t gotten the financial reward that the rookie wage scale kept from him. Mack may now be doing something about it. [more]

Jon Gruden’s back to coaching today, sort of

Even though Jon Gruden has had three months to prepare for his first day of coaching actual Raiders players today, he’s going to actually ease into it today. The Raiders are among the teams kicking off their offseason conditioning programs today, but he’s not going to be too fiery no matter how fired-up he is [more]

Marquette King is fired up about playing at altitude

NewRaiders coach Jon Gruden apparently put a low premium on punters, but Marquette King‘s likely to be very happy at high altitude. Via Peter King of SI.com, the new Broncos punter has flourished in games in Denver, with his already strong leg having even more pop there. In five games in Denver, his 39 punts [more]

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