NFL turns it back, kicks Colin Kaepernick to the curb

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Today, the NFL will induct college football’s brightest players into its fraternity, with the opening round of the 2017 draft. For San Francisco 49er fans, today might be the day they finally get their new quarterback.

But what ran the last guy out of San Francisco? Simply put, former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick just took a knee.

It’s the story that the NFL wants the common fan to forget about. While known domestic abusers and players with rap sheets as long as paper towel rolls are consistently given second chances in the league, Kaepernick, the man who was brave enough to do what so many athletes won’t, is out of a job.

Kaepernick was virtually kicked out of the NFL following his national anthem racial injustice protests during the 2015-2016 season. The current blacklisting of Kaepernick has firmly cemented the NFL as the most conservative institution in all of professional sports.

And this conversation, that looked to be finally fading away off of the NFL’s long list of PR issues, has now been given new life. The free agent quarterback was recently named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2017, a strong accolade for an athlete who is unlikely to throw a pass in 2017.

Jim Harbaugh, who coached Kaepernick in San Francisco from 2011 to 2014 during a golden age for the Niners, wrote the article that appeared alongside the Milwaukee native in Time Magazine.

“At times in our nation’s history, we have been all too quick to judge and oppose our fellow Americans for exercising their First Amendment right to address things they believe unjust,” Harbaugh said on Kaepernicks’s protest. “Rather than besmirch their character, we must celebrate their act. For we cannot pioneer and invent if we are fearful of deviating from the norm, damaging our public perception or-most important-harming our own personal interests.”

Harbaugh was not alone in his not-so-subtle shots at the NFL for not embracing Kaepernick. Appearing on ESPN’s First Take last month, outspoken Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman asserted that Kaepernick was treated unfairly during free agency.

“Obviously he’s going to be in a backup role at this point. But you see quarterbacks, there was a year Matt Schaub had a pretty rough year and got signed the next year,” Sherman said. “So it has nothing to do with football. You can see that. They signed guys who have had off years before.”

It is true that Kaepernick has not been a particularly good quarterback for the last couple of years.

However, he is still a relatively young player who brought the 49ers to two NFC championships and a Super Bowl appearance. His unemployment status just does not add up.

Additionally, with such a dearth of versatile quarterbacks currently in the league, it is almost unfathomable how no team has given Kaepernick a workout or even a glance.

All this boils down to an unfortunate fact: the NFL’s brand and fan base are too deeply attached to overt displays of patriotism. Kaepernick thus becomes the ultimate poison.

Other pro leagues like the NBA have openly encouraged players to use their position as influential public figures to speak out on issues, especially those of racial inequality.

So here’s a message to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the 32 league owners. Don’t turn your back on your Black players.

Someone take a stand and give Kap a second chance under center. Your team can become a league pioneer for racial justice if you just let him take a knee on your sideline next season.


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Lynch agrees to terms with Raiders

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The over one-month long saga involving former Seattle Seahawk running back Marshawn Lynch and the Oakland Raiders has finally come to an end.

Lynch has agreed to terms with Oakland. His deal has a $3 million base salary with a bonus worth $2 million if he rushes for more than 1,000 yards in 2017, per Mike Garafolo.

The deal also includes a second year at $3.5 million.

Lynch was not technically a free agent, so the Raiders had to swing a deal with Seattle for the rights to the Oakland native. Since the Seahawks would have taken a $9 million cap hit if they cut him, a favorable trade deal was able to be made.

The Raiders will give Seattle their fifth-round pick in 2018 in exchange for the Seahawks’ 2018 sixth-round pick, according to Mike Garafolo.

If Raider Nation wants to celebrate the signing of the former Cal Bear, they can join Lynch at an autograph signing and block party this Thursday in Oakland, per the Star Telegram’s Clarence Hill Jr.

Lynch has also taken to twitter to express his excitement in joining the Raiders.

Update: Lynch has passed his physical and the deal should be finalized soon, per the NFL Network’s Omar Ruiz.

 

Raiders work out two running backs

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The Oakland Raiders are still not done looking at running backs. It has been a few days since former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was supposed to sign with Oakland, but the official deal has still not come to fruition.

The Raiders have just recently worked out the two former college running backs below.

Former Coastal Carolina RB De’Angelo Henderson worked out with the Raiders, per Draft Diamonds.

Henderson is listed at 5-foot-7, 208 pounds. He is another small back, but he is more of a bruiser than a speedster. He ran a 4.49 second 40-yard dash at the combine, which is fast, but not electrifying.

He has a nose for the end zone, scoring in 35 straight games in his college career. However, there is a worry that his production came from playing weak competition.

Regardless, he has good burst to be a productive one-cut runner and provides a good option to catch the ball out of the backfield.

He seems to be a talented prospect who can do a little bit of everything. His size combined with coming from a smaller school might cause him to fall a little farther in the draft.

He is projected to go in the fifth or six round, according to CBS Sports.

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Also, former Southern Utah RB/WR Raysean Pringle had a workout with Oakland last week, according to his own twitter account. 

Last season, he ran the ball 63 times for 417 yards and six touchdowns. His stats are not impressive and he is not expected to be drafted, but he might be an under the radar guy that McKenzie will look to bring in as an undrafted free agent.

It would likely be a dream come true for Pringle, for he would be returning to his hometown of Oakland, Calif. to play in the NFL if general manager Reggie McKenzie looks to sign him after the draft.

McKenzie is obviously not content with the running back position. The team didn’t seem happy with Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray during the regular season last year and definitely not this offseason; they never even offered him a contract.

McKenzie also picked up two running backs last off-season in RB Jalen Richard and RB DeAndre Washington.

McKenzie looks like he wants to bolster the running back position through the draft even if Lynch is going to sign in the coming days.

Marshawn Lynch expected to sign short-term incentivized contract.

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After the months-long saga of whether former Seattle Seahawk running back Marshawn Lynch will return to the NFL, it seems his return will become official rather soon.

The news came out yesterday that Lynch will be traded to the Oakland Raiders, once he signs a short-term contract with heavy incentives, per ESPN’s Ed Werder. 

This is great news for Oakland. They are able to bring in the Oakland native for a cheap and incentive laden contract.

 

 

With general manager Reggie McKenzie expected to get a bargain contract, he will have filled a major need for a power running back. The deal will also make the city of Oakland excited about the upcoming season after the team won their relocation vote to move to Las Vegas a few weeks ago.

The deal is also expected to get done today, according to Raiders Daily and ESPN Las Vegas’ Joe Arrigo.

We will update everyone as soon as the expected news breaks.

 

Raiders, Saints odds-on favorites to land CB Richard Sherman

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It didn’t take long after Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman asked his team to seek a trade for him for the odds-makers to launch their prop bets. However, fans may be surprised to learn that the Oakland Raiders are indeed one of favorites to land the brazen CB.

Here are today’s odds for Sherman’s services as released Friday by Bookmaker.eu:

New Orleans Saints +300
Oakland Raiders +400
Atlanta Falcons +500
Dallas Cowboys +550
Tennessee Titans +600
Seattle Seahawks +800
Jacksonville Jaguars +1200
Green Bay Packers +1600
New England Patriots +3000
Field +350

The No. 2 best odds may excite some who desire to have Sherman don the Silver and Black, but it’s highly unlikely Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie will trade his philosophy and begin pursuing high-priced players on the market now.

The most telling thing from these odds doesn’t have anything to do with the Raiders, rather, it’s how long the Seahawks rank on this list.

For those that may be wondering, Sherman would be just the latest in a line of Seahawks to make the move to the Bay Area. A list that includes Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. as well as linebackers Malcolm Smith and Bruce Irvin.


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POLL: Should Raiders trade for Richard Sherman?

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It has been a busy day for the Oakland Raiders as news that Oakland native and retired Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch’s plans to come out of retirement and join the team after meeting with Raiders coach Jack Del Rio Wednesday.

However, Lynch isn’t the only Seahawks player that Oakland should be interested in with news that Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman is on the trading bloc.

Almost simultaneously with today’s Lynch news, Seahawks general manager John Schneider confirmed the rumors surround his cornerback Richard Sherman on the Brock and Salk show on ESPN Wednesday stating “what you’ve seen lately in the news is real.”

Despite the reality of the Sherman reports, NFL history has shown fans that placing a player on the trading block (or even beginning negotiations with other teams for that matter), doesn’t assure that anything will happen for anyone involved.

As such, it remains unlikely that Sherman truly ends up traded away from Seattle unless another team is willing to pay an extremely hefty price.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie should at least entertain the idea of seeing what it would take to swing a deal for the outspoken cornerback, however, he should do without overpaying.

A fact that will likely leave Oakland on the outside looking in on the Sherman sweepstakes as free agency talks begin to heat up again with the 2017 NFL draft drawing close.

Fans can voice their opinions on whether or not Sherman is worth pursuing via the poll below.


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Marshawn Lynch visits Oakland Raiders’ facility: ‘intends to un-retire and play again.’

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With all the recent drama involving the Oakland Raiders and former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, Lynch is finally visiting the Raiders facility, per the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

It was never clear if Marshawn to Oakland was going to happen, but it seems like it is heading in a positive direction.

General manager Reggie McKenzie has been very conservative in going after free agent running backs, including Adrian Peterson and Lagarette Blount, so maybe he knew all along that Lynch was expected to sign. Seattle has also given the “ok” to Lynch talking with the Raiders, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

With all this recent news, Adam Schefter expects that Lynch will eventually sign.

Maybe Mckenzie knew he couldn’t spend a ton of money going after LB Zach Brown because he would have to pay the Oakland native’s contract soon, whatever the total may be if Lynch signs.

Nevertheless, this is an exciting day for the Raider Nation. Nothing has happened yet, but it seems like Lynch will be an Oakland Raider sometime in the near future. It is a great move to help bolster the running back position, for he fits perfectly with RB Jalen Richard and RB DeAndre Washington to provide a dangerous one-two punch for the Oakland offense.


Update:

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Lynch “intends to un-retire and play again.”

Zach Brown 1-year deal worth just $4.65M with Redskins

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Two days after the Oakland Raiders were considered in the driver’s seat to sign linebacker Zach Brown, Brown signed a paltry one-year deal with the Washington Redskins worth $4.65 million, per the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

It was initially reported that Brown was looking for at least $6 million per year, but despite his second-best tackle total in the NFL in 2016, the market wasn’t there for the inside linebacker.

For Washington owner Dan Snyder (who has very deep pockets), to only have to pony up $4.65 million to secure Brown is surprising as well as telling of how Oakland gauged his value.

The Raiders featured inside linebackers Malcolm Smith and Perry Riley Jr. in 2016. However, the team let Smith walk uncontested due to his inflated stats and appear not sold on bringing Riley back for unknown reasons at this point.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie will now likely turn his attention the draft at the end of April in order to fill this significant void in Oakland’s No. 26 ranked defense.


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The Oakland Raiders are the preferred destination for RB Adrian Peterson

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Despite it being April 3, future hall of fame running back Adrian Peterson is still a free agent.

There were rumors that the former Minnesota Viking had too high of an asking price at the beginning of free agency. Now, he seems to have lowered the number in order to visit some title contending teams, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Peterson visited Seattle a few weeks ago, but nothing seemed to come of it. Today, he is visiting the New England Patriots in hopes to sign with a Super Bowl contender.

Nevertheless, Peterson’s eyes are still set on the Oakland Raiders. However, the feeling is not mutual, according to Sirius XM Radio’s Eddie Borsilli.

Oakland still wants to acquire RB Marshawn Lynch and is therefore not interested in Peterson at the moment. That could change very quickly if Lynch changes his mind about making a comeback or the Seattle Seahawks make it difficult to acquire the Oakland native. If so, the Raiders could easily be in the market for Peterson.

Personally, it doesn’t make a ton of sense why they are so set on bringing back Lynch. There are plenty of good options available in the draft or in free agency, like Peterson and RB LeGarrette Blount.

Maybe the Raiders need a good PR move for the city of Oakland, by signing Lynch, after winning their relocation vote 31-1 one week ago today.

Raiders pursuing RB Marshawn Lynch

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With former Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray heading to Minnesota, the Raiders need to find their new starting running back through free agency or the draft.

Names like Joe Mixon and Adrian Peterson have been linked to the Raiders, but it seems like Oakland was never interested in Peterson and there is no guarantee the Raiders will have a chance to draft Mixon. In addition, Raiders owner Mark Davis might want to shy away from Mixon based on his recent legal history.

Oakland seems like they have plans of their own to bring in running back Marshawn Lynch.

According to 95.7 the Game’s Greg Papa the Raiders are talking to someone who didn’t play in the NFL last season. There are not many running backs who fit that mold, so everyone’s mind went straight to Marshawn Lynch.

With the recent rumors floating around, many Raider players have taken to twitter to express their interest in having the former Seahawk join the team.

With all this talk, it definitely seems the Raiders are talking to Lynch. However, that doesn’t mean the deal will happen, for he is still under contract with the Seahawks. Therefore, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll would have to either trade Lynch or cut him to make him available for Oakland.

Nevertheless, this move makes sense for a variety of reasons.

1. The Raiders have the need

The Raiders need a running back and Lynch fits the mold of the type of running back they need. Oakland needs a first and second down back that can win in short yardage situations and down in the red zone. There is no doubt Lynch is a dominant short yardage back.

2. Lynch is the perfect compliment

Running backs Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington are the perfect compliment to Lynch. Lynch provides the power in the run game and Richard and Washington provide the speed and help in the passing game via dump offs and screen passes.

3. Lynch is from Oakland

In addition, Lynch is from Oakland and has always dreamed of being able to play there. He has the motivation to play for the Raiders and Oakland has the need at running back for it to make sense.

The rumor is legit, but will the move actually happen? We will have to wait and see, but Raider Nation should be excited about the possibility of Lynch in Oakland.