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Ryan Switzer: Cowboys didn’t ask me to do things I’m “capable of doing”

After the Cowboys traded for Tavon Austin, they said that their plan for Austin this season is to use him as “a web back” in a role similar to the one Lance Dunbar used to fill out of the backfield. Austin has been a wide receiver to this point in his career and it appears [more]

Gruden: Raiders needed a pass-rusher other than Mack and Irvin

The Raiders were willing to take a chance on pass-rusher Arden Key in the third round, since the reward was worth the risk of a third-round pick. And they’re hoping he’s ready to play a role this year, to take some of the pressure off veteran pass-rushers Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin. According to Matt Kawahara [more]

Kolton Miller starting his career at left tackle

Kolton Miller is starting his career at left tackle. Will he start at left tackle? The Raiders have Donald Penn, a three-time Pro Bowler, including each of the past two seasons. But Penn is 35 and continues to rehab from Lisfranc surgery on his right foot in December. Miller, the Raiders’ first-round pick, started 14 [more]

P.J. Hall signs rookie deal with Raiders

The Raiders announced the signing of another draft pick on Sunday. Defensive tackle P.J. Hall has agreed to a four-year deal with the team. Hall was selected in the second round of last week’s draft. Hall comes to the Raiders after four strong years at Sam Houston State. He left the school as the all-time [more]

Raiders sign sixth-round pick Azeem Victor

The Raiders have a member of their 2018 draft class under contract. The team announced that linebacker Azeem Victor has agreed to a four-year deal. Victor was selected in the sixth round of the draft with the 216th overall selection. Victor spent four years at the University of Washington, but missed time in each of [more]

Would a new contract make Tom Brady feel more appreciated?

When recently asked whether he believes he’s appreciated by the Patriots, quarterback Tom Brady led with “I plead the fifth” and followed with a non-answer. So if there’s an issue with the extent to which Brady feels appreciated, what better what to show him appreciation than to give him more money? Consider the broader context [more]

Jon Gruden on Mo Hurst: He’s cleared medically, judge him on the field

Raiders coach Jon Gruden is dismissing talk that rookie defensive lineman Maurice Hurst can’t play because of a heart condition. Hurst’s heart was much discussed as he dropped from a potential first-round prospect to the fifth round of the draft, but Gruden told reporters the heart issue is not an issue. “I’m not going to [more]

Raiders cut Armonty Bryant and Cory James; sign six undrafted rookies

The Raiders parted ways with a couple of players on Friday while also welcoming six undrafted rookies to the roster. Defensive end Armonty Bryant was released with a non-football illness designation and linebacker Cory James was waived with an injury designation. Bryant signed with the team in April and James, a 2016 sixth-round pick, ended [more]

Raiders call off Brian Cushing visit with Derrick Johnson in the fold

Maybe the Raiders do have enough veteran linebackers after all. Friday brought a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN that the Raiders were scheduled to meet with former Texans linebacker Brian Cushing on Sunday, but it appears the deal they struck with former Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson has led to a change in plans. Schefter [more]

Brian Cushing set to visit Raiders

The Raiders signed Derrick Johnson this week and they added Tahir Whitehead, Kyle Wilbur and Emmanuel Lamur earlier in the offseason, but they may not be done adding veteran linebackers to their roster. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that former Texans linebacker Brian Cushing is set to visit with the team on Sunday. It’s the [more]

Raiders add Derrick Johnson

A longtime Chief is staying in the AFC West. Derrick Johnson, the linebacker who has played his entire 13-year career in Kansas City, has agreed to terms with Oakland, according to NFL Network. Chiefs fans won’t enjoy seeing Johnson in the Silver and Black, but he makes a lot of sense for what the Raiders [more]

Derrick Johnson visiting the Raiders

The Raiders could be returning the favor for the Chiefs drafting their G.M.’s son. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, former Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson is visiting the Raiders today. The Chiefs released Johnson in February, and he insisted he wasn’t ready to retire. The 35-year-old hasn’t visited or met with anyone (that we’ve heard [more]

Vadal Alexander suspended four games for PED violation

The Raiders took two offensive tackles in the draft and that make the competition for spots on the 53-man roster tighter at the position in the coming months. That could be bad news for Vadal Alexander, who didn’t do anything to help his chances of making the team again this year by getting suspended. The [more]

Bruce Allen on Oakland rumors: “I’m not going there”

Bruce Allen denied the suggestions that he might be leaving for Oakland. Or playing baseball. The Washington team president said during an interview with Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller on on SiriusXM NFL Radio, that there was nothing to the recent talk in league circles that he might reunite with Jon Gruden. “Well, first of all, [more]

Monday’s #PFTPM puts a bow on the draft

The draft is over. But it hasn’t been over for long. So there’s still plenty to discuss about the draft. And so we did, on Monday’s #PFTPM podcast. The full 75-minute episode can be heard by clicking below. Or it can be downloaded where podcasts are available. (I think; I never know how this stuff [more]

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