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Le’Veon Bell wins his freedom, but will he win his contract?

Le'Veon Bell made a big bet last year. The ante? $14.54 million, minus federal taxes, state taxes, and agent fees. The payoff? Still to be determined. The good news for Bell is that he’ll get a chance to finally pull the lever, watch the three wheels spin, and hope to see and hear a trio [more]

Report: Raiders’ stadium announcement not expected this week

It appears the Raiders and Oakland are dotting their i’s and crossing their t’s in negotiations. But an official resolution of the team’s home for 2019 is not expected this week, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Lease terms for the Coliseum are under discussion and up for review, per Gehlken, with next [more]

Who will make a move for Antonio Brown?

Now that the Steelers officially are trying to trade Antonio Brown (not to be confused with the six weeks during which they were unofficially trying to trade him), what happens next? By preventing Brown or his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, from talking to other teams, the Steelers control the process, making their compensation the first order [more]

Raiders may end up in Oakland for two more years

At a time when it appeared that the Raiders may be leaving Oakland immediately, they may be staying. For two more years. According to Phil Matier of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Raiders and Oakland are close to a deal that would keep the team at the Coliseum for 2019, and possibly for 2020. “All [more]

Jordy Nelson “wasn’t happy” to leave Packers, but just wants to move on

Wide receiver Jordy Nelson is set to play at Lambeau Field in 2019, but not as often as he would have liked. Nelson was released by the Packers last year and signed a two-year deal with the Raiders, who will pay a visit to Green Bay during the regular season. During a recent appearance on [more]

PFT’s Free Agent Top 100

The following are PFT’s top 100 free agents for the start of the 2019 league year. The rankings include prospective unrestricted and restricted free agents, as well as released players. The list will be updated as events warrant, with signings, tags and re-signings denoted when announced and/or reported. 1. Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. 2. [more]

Al Davis wanted to sign Rickey Henderson, A’s said no

The Oakland A’s might be resigned to losing first-round pick Kyler Murray to football this year. But when faced with an opportunity in the past, they actually held onto their guy. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, all-time stolen base leader Rickey Henderson was being pursued by Raiders owner Al Davis, before his [more]

Reggie McKenzie joins Dolphins’ front office

Reggie McKenzie has accepted a job in the Dolphins’ front office as a senior personnel executive, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. The Raiders fired McKenzie in December after seven seasons as their General Manager with coach Jon Gruden taking over a bigger role in football operations. McKenzie, 56, spent eight years as director [more]

Local officials “cautiously optimistic” for Raiders return to Oakland

Since the Raiders don’t seem to have many reasonable options, it appears that reasonable minds have been able to set aside differences. According to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Raiders continue to talk about playing one more year in Oakland, and Coliseum Authority executive director Scott McKibben expressed hope that a deal could [more]

Raiders announce addition of five assistant coaches

The Raiders have announced five new additions to Jon Gruden’s coaching staff. That quintet includes defensive line coach Brentson Buckner, whose move from Gruden’s former employers to Tampa to his current ones was reported in January. Mike Trgovac had that job last season and is moving into a senior assistant role. Kirby Wilson has been [more]

Oddsmakers think OBJ will remain a Giant

Chatter regarding a potential trade of Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. returned to the front burner on Thursday, when Jay Glazer made an OBJ trade Glazer’s bold prediction for the offseason. The oddsmakers aren’t significantly persuaded, so far. Via BetOnline.ag, the Giants are viewed as an even-money favorite to retain Beckman. The 49ers, who consistently [more]

Birmingham officials don’t know where the Raiders talk came from

If you thought you were surprised that the cities of Tucson and Birmingham were making a proposal to host the Raiders next year, imagine being the mayor of Birmingham. Because he knew nothing about it at the time. According to Howard Koplowitz of AL.com, leaders in Birmingham were caught off guard by the report of the [more]

Cliff Branch to assist Jon Gruden, Raiders in scouting receivers at combine

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is looking to the franchise’s past to help find a key part of their future. According to Luke Straub of USA Today, former Raiders wide receiver Cliff Branch said he has accepted an invitation from Gruden to sit with him and General Manager Mike Mayock at the NFL Combine later [more]

Raiders having “meaningful, productive” talks with Oakland

For at least the past couple of weeks, all signs have pointed to a Raiders’ return to Oakland for one last season. With the sides having “meaningful and productive” talks since resuming negotiations late last week, a deal appears closer than ever. “I will confirm that we, late last week, started sitting down and talking [more]

Betting odds have Dolphins as the favorites to draft Kyler Murray

Kyler Murray, Oklahoma’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, is the most intriguing prospect in this year’s NFL draft. The intrigue may end with Murray in Miami. The Dolphins are the betting favorites to draft Murray in April. (Yes, you can bet on which team will draft Murray.) The current odds have the Dolphins at +150 favorites. After [more]

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