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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]

Report: Tucson and Birmingham want to share the Raiders

The NFL would like the Raiders to find a home for the 2019 season soon. And if scheduling wasn’t enough of a reason why, stopping the flow of crazy talk might be valid too. According to a report in the Arizona Daily Star, the cities of Tucson and Birmingham, Ala. want to split hosting duties [more]

Lions would love to see the Raiders on Hard Knocks so they don’t have to be

Matt Patricia never had to appear on Hard Knocks during his 14 years with the New England Patriots and he has no desire to start now. However, that decision isn’t in Patricia’s hands. The Detroit Lions are one of five teams across the NFL that can be compelled to appear on the annual HBO training [more]

Raiders hire new strength and conditioning coach

The Raiders hope to be healthier and happier this year. Perhaps related to that, they’ve found a new strength and conditioning coach. According to Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area, the Raiders have hired A.J. Neibel to lead that department next season. Neibel spent the last two seasons with the Jaguars, and has also worked [more]

Bengals hire Jemal Singleton as RBs coach

The Bengals are hiring Jemal Singleton as their running backs coach, Jeremy Rauch of Cincinnati’s FOX 19 reports. Singleton is leaving the Raiders after one season. He follows Brian Callahan, who served as the Raiders’ quarterbacks coach last season but recently left to become the Bengals’ offensive coordinator. Singleton began his NFL coaching career in [more]

Offseason is here, and drama will unfold

The NFL never sleeps, thanks in part to the reality that, every year, there’s plenty of drama generated by many of the league’s franchises. So which franchises will be producing the most of it this offseason? Friday’s PFT Live pondered the question in the form of a draft. The process had only one rule: The [more]

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