Raiders’ Las Vegas lease agreement approved unanimously

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After looking like the Oakland Raiders relocation to Las Vegas may get pushed back until 2021, the Raiders have gotten their lease agreement approved unanimously by the Las Vegas Stadium Authority Board.

One of the first to report the news was Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Rick Velotta.

With the approval, the stadium is back on track to be completed for the 2020 campaign.

Interestingly enough, this news comes on the same day that the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers’ announced that their new stadium would get pushed back one season due to inclimate weather.

The news also means that Raiders owner Mark Davis will not have to be looking for a temporary home for his team for multiple seasons prior to their relocation.


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Raiders GM McKenzie: ‘I want Derek [Carr] to be a Raider his entire career’

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Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie went on radio to clear up some of the latest rumors, including that Raiders quarterback Derek Carr’s “patience is wearing thin”, per NFL Media’s Mike Silver.

However, McKenzie doesn’t see it that way. On 95.7 The Game this morning, he told JT the Brick, “We’re going to make sure [Carr’s] contract gets done . . . I want Derek to be a Raiders his entire career.”

All the panic and worry amongst the NFL about Carr’s contract is ludicrous. There is not another player in the league that is more valuable to their organization than Carr is to Oakland.

In addition, McKenzie told JT the Brick that the Raiders “want Derek and Derek wants to be here.”

The interest is mutual and it is only a matter of time before a very lucrative contract is agreed upon.


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Raiders’ Marquette King thinks Draymond Green is better than Michael Jordan

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Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King rarely shies away from controversy on social media, and Thursday certainly wasn’t any different from an average day, as King took to Twitter to demonstrate just how little he knows about NBA basketball.

With the NBA playoffs in full swing, King proclaimed Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James is better than former Chicago Bulls shooting guard Michael Jordan, before going on to take his analysis to a laughable level in his following tweet.

By King’s logic, not only is James better than Jordan, but the Golden State Warriors’ third-to-fourth option on offense in Draymond Green is also better than the greatest player of all time.

This likely goes without saying for most, but it’s likely time for King to keep his analysis focused on the gridiron.


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5 reasons why Raiders’ Derek Carr is more valuable than Andrew Luck

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Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck are going to start being compared more often moving forward.

That is true not only because of some of their similar attributes, but also because of Carr’s current contract situation on the heels of Luck’s six-year $140 million contract.

As Carr gets prepared for his payday, here is a look at five reasons why Carr is more valuable than Luck.

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No. 1, Carr turns the ball over less

The first and most glaring stat one must look at when comparing Luck and Carr each player’s propensity to turn the ball over.

Over the last three seasons, Carr has thrown 31 interceptions to Luck’s 41. Those stats also include Carr’s rookie season, which is often plagued by interceptions for quarterbacks, and Luck missing nine games in 2015 due to injury.

Carr is on an upward trend when it comes to taking care of the ball, totaling just six interceptions in 2016, whereas Luck’s interception total has been in the double digits for three straight seasons.

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Chargers OL Dan Feeney only 2017 draft pick yet to sign

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Los Angeles Chargers rookie guard Dan Feeney is the only rookie player from the Bolts’ 2017 draft class that has yet to sign, per LA Daily’s Jack Wang.

After the release of former Chargers guard Orlando Franklin, Los Angeles needs a ton of help on the offensive line and is sure to get this done sooner, rather than later.

Despite not currently having a contract in place, Feeney has still been present as a full participant in minicamp thus far.

There’s little doubt that Feeney understands his value, and the fact L.A. got an absolute steal by landing him in the third round, meaning negotiations may drag a bit longer.

More news on Feeney and all of the Chargers rookie class as it comes in.


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Chargers sign safety Rayshawn Jenkins, add punter Toby Baker

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The Los Angeles Chargers have signed their fourth round selection from the 2017 NFL draft in safety Rayshawn Jenkins, as well as signed free agent punter Toby Baker.

Baker had just completed a tryout with Los Angeles, and impressed the coaching staff enough to earn a contract with the team. Meanwhile, Jenkins is the second-to-last player signed from the 2017 NFL draft for the Bolts, with the only player remaining being Chargers rookie guard Dan Feeney.

Here is what L.A. had to say on their roster moves via a press release Wednesday.

The Los Angeles Chargers made several transactions on Wednesday, signing safety Rayshawn Jenkins, the team’s fourth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, to a four-year contract, while also signing punter Toby Baker.

Jenkins becomes the sixth 2017 draft pick to sign with the team.

Baker, meanwhile, is a 6-3, 210-pound rookie from Arkansas who recently participated in the Chargers’ rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis.

Baker was the Razorbacks’ featured punter his final two seasons in Fayetteville. He appeared in 26 total games, punting 101 times for 4,340 yards (43.0 avg.) with a long of 60 and 27 punts that sailed beyond 50 yards. A three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection, Baker ranked 13th in the nation as a senior in 2016 with a 44.4 yard average.

The Chargers also announced Wednesday that the team has waived tackle Mason Zandi.

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Chargers CB Casey Hayward leaves practice with ‘tweaked’ ankle

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Los Angeles Chargers Pro Bowl cornerback Casey Hayward left practice early today with an ankle injury, per LA Daily News’ Jack Wang.

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn’s optimism about Hayward’s condition was a welcome report as he is not a player that Los Angeles can afford to lose. Last season, Hayward led the NFL in interceptions with seven, posted 57 tackle, 20 passes defensed and an incredible Pro Football Focus player grade of 88.9.

His counterparts, cornerbacks Jason Verrett and Trovon Reed, had poor PFF grades of 63.6 and 69.9 respectively and Verrett was only able to finish one quarter of the season on the field.

Verrett should bounce back this year and Chargers general manager Tom Telesco wisely added rookie defensive backs Desmond King and Rayshawn Jenkins to the mix, however, none of that diminishes how important Hayward is to this Bolts defense.

More news on Hayward’s condition as it comes in.


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Raiders’ Beth Mowins will be first women to broadcast nationally televised NFL game

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Oakland Raiders preseason broadcaster Beth Mowins just landed a gig with ESPN’s Monday Night Football and is set to become the first women to ever broadcast a nationally televised NFL game, per the Oakland Raiders.

Mowins will be partnered with former Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan to call the second game of the ESPN doubleheader kicking off the NFL regular season in Week 1 of 2017.

The game will include two of Oakland’s AFC West division rivals in the Los Angeles Chargers and Denver Broncos.

She is still expected to broadcast the Oakland preseason games on the Raiders broadcasting network, and it should serve as good practice before she is put on the big stage of MNF — which Mowins is sure to excel at it.

This is just the latest in a succession of Raiders moments where the organization is proving to be at the forefront of equality and innovation.


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Raiders stadium in Las Vegas might not be ready until 2021

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The Oakland Raiders might have to wait one more year until they head to Las Vegas. They were originally expected to move in 2020 to Sin City, but now it is looking like the move will be pushed back one more year.

The Raiders currently do not have a lease agreement and one needs to be agreed upon before construction of the stadium can begin.

Once there is an agreement, it still must be approved by the NFL owners, which can only be done at an NFL owners meeting.

There is an owners meeting May 22-23, but not again until October, per NBC Sport’s Scott Bair.

“If you miss the May deadline and push to October, we would lose a year,” Raiders President Marc Badain said after a Las Vegas Stadium Authority board meeting Thursday.

Seven days is an extremely short window to finalize a lease of this magnitude, but it may be the deadline the Raiders are facing if they still desire a 2020 move-in date.

Facing multiple seasons without a planned temporary home isn’t an ideal situation, however, Raiders owner Mark Davis will not be without options to rent out space.


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Chargers reveal their 2017-18 Chargers Girls squad

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The Los Angeles Chargers just announced 28 new members of the organization that will be on the field at least 10 Sundays per year.

After a long tryout process, the Chargers have selected their 2017-18 Chargers Girls dance squad.

This was one of the most competitive years in tryouts, which means L.A. should expect an impressive squad.

In addition to dancing on game days, the girls will also serve as ambassadors for the Chargers when they travel abroad to international destinations. Fans can find the Chargers’ official press release on the news below.

The Los Angeles Charger Girls, one of America’s top professional dance and cheerleading teams, today unveiled the 28 members of its 2017-18 dance squad.

With hundreds of talented hopefuls originally auditioning on May 6 at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, the 28 members of this year’s team were selected from a group of 65 finalists who completed a five-day audition process that culminated with panel interviews and a final dance routine on May 11 at The Novo at LA Live.

“The pool of talent auditioning for this year’s team was both deep and impressive,” said Charger Girls Director Lisa Simmons. “Los Angeles draws an incredible amount of talented dancers and performers with exceptional backgrounds and extensive experience working in this industry. We had to make some tough decisions in narrowing the field to the final 28. This level of competition has helped ensure that we’ll have one of our finest squads ever.”

Given the Charger Girls’ history of serving as ambassadors for the organization both nationally and abroad, with international trips that have included Australia, Germany, Mexico, Guam and Japan among other destinations, dancers from around the world showed up for preliminary auditions.

The 2017-18 Charger Girls are comprised of women who range in age from 19 to 36 from a variety of backgrounds, including one dancer from Taipei, Taiwan. With nine returning veterans and 19 first-time Charger Girls, the group features a real estate professional, an actor, an events manager and students from Cal State Long Beach, Azusa Pacific University and Cal State Fullerton.

To meet the entire 2017-18 team, visit: LA Charger Girls.


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