Oakland Raiders MUST make run at LB Zach Orr

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Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Zach Orr is thinking about making a comeback to the NFL after being advised to retire in January due to having an unformed vertebra.

Just recently, Orr met with Sanford Emery, a West Virginia spine specialist, and the doctors concluded that he is at no more risk than any other player.

As such, Orr is “even more hungry to play” after he got the “taste of the game being taken away” and is looking for an NFL comeback, per NFL Network’s Good Morning Football. 

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With the Oakland Raiders’ weakness at linebacker, Oakland is an intriguing landing spot for the talented Orr who racked up 133 tackles and three interceptions earning him a second-team All-Pro selection in 2016.

With that being said, Orr would immediately be the leader in the clubhouse to win the starting job if he came to the Raiders, for he would be the most established inside linebacker and is only 25-years-old.

Since Orr retired last season, he has no affiliation with the Ravens and is actually an unrestricted free agent, which is great news for any team interested.

With that being the case, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie should immediately go after Orr. His price should not be too high as he just retired from a thought to be career ending injury and he would immediately be the best inside linebacker on defense.

If Oakland can land Orr, it could be the final piece to help turn around this porous Raiders’ defense and make this team into a feared Super Bowl contender.

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 must take look at former Chiefs DT Jaye Howard

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As all of Raider Nation knows, the Oakland Raiders already needed help on the interior of the defensive line even before they lost defensive tackles Stacy McGee and Dan Williams.

Luckily, the Kansas City Chiefs just released a solid player in defensive tackle Jaye Howard.

The Raiders ranked no. 23 against the run giving up 117.6 yards per game in 2016. Howard is a player who would immediately help the defense, for he was rated as one of the best run defenders in 2016, per Pro Football Focus.

Howard isn’t going to be a Pro Bowl player, but he would be a solid addition wherever he lands. He’s the type of player who would give depth and tangible valuable on early downs for Oakland, and his Pro Football Focus grades over the past four seasons reflect his strong contributions: 72.1, 74.2, 78.5 and 63.2.

His grades were on an upward trend until last season; where Howard was hampered by a hip flexor which forced him to miss eight games.

If healthy, signing Howard would be a win-win, as the Raiders would be stealing from a divisional rival while also adding depth to the weakest unit on the team.


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Lynch and Raiders $1.5M apart in negotiations

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Former Seattle Seahawk running back Marshawn Lynch seemed like a shoe-in to join the Oakland Raiders a week ago.

Now, it seems much more complicated.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie seemed to give a soft deadline of the 2017 NFL Draft to get the deal done. If Lynch doesn’t sign by this Thursday, the talk of Lynch joining Oakland might be done, per Las Vegas Review Journal’s Michael Gehlken. 

There are still five days until the 2017 NFL Draft, but it doesn’t look like any side is going to cave.

Lynch and the Raiders are millions of dollars apart, according to the SF Chronicle’s Vic Tafur.

One thing is for certain, McKenzie will not pay Lynch any more than he believes Lynch is worth.

The going rate for running backs, on the market, was set by former Raiders RB Latavius Murray, who got just over three million per season.

A 31-year-old running back, who hasn’t played in over a year, should not be expecting to get any more than Murray got with the Vikings.

Oakland could look to go after Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon if an agreement can’t be reached (Not a bad a second option).

As for now, we will have to wait and see how this situation plays out. The expectation still is that Lynch will become a Raider, but the water is definitely murky. Neither side, McKenzie or Lynch, is known for giving in to others’ demands.

We will update Raider Nation as soon as more comes out about Lynch and the Raiders.

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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WATCH: Raiders QB Derek Carr emphasize his free agency role

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Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is a huge reason for the Raiders’ recent success on the field, however, Tuesday the pro bowl signal caller wanted to discuss what he’s bringing to the table off of it this offseason.

Carr has become increasingly more instrumental off of the field for Oakland not only because of the example he sets for teammates, but he’s also apparently expanded his role by assisting Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie in recruiting free agents.

In a video posted on the team’s official Twitter, Carr had this to say about his responsibilities:

“If I am in town, I am going to be there and show these guys if they are going to be my teammate, they need to see the real me. They need to see that I care all the time, not just when they’re catching touchdowns. Not just when they’re maybe going to sign with us.”

Lest there was any doubt how much Carr cares about this franchise, he put those concerns to rest in fell swoop today.

Carr also mentioned that he indeed met with McKenzie’s recent free agent signings in wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and tight end Jared Cook prior to their choosing Oakland as their destination. No only that, but the 26-year-old All pro stated that he was still actively speaking with them.

Of course, Carr’s sales pitch doesn’t have to be anything extravagant considering his talents and the roster that he is able to boast about in discussions, however, that won’t stop him from giving recruiting his 100-percent effort.

Carr simply knows no other way.


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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.

Pete Carroll on trading, releasing Marshawn Lynch: ‘We’ll deal with that if the time comes.’

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All the recent buzz of former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch signing with the Oakland Raiders seemed to die down with the relocation of the Raiders to Las Vegas, which begged the question: Was the Beast Mode talk a shrewd attempt at distracting fans?

Now that the Raiders’ relocation has been resolved, the rumors of the Oakland native returning to the Bay Area have begun to pick up, and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll discussed his former Pro Bowl running with CSN Bay Area’s Scott Bair.

Carroll also went on to explain that he wasn’t sure Lynch still had the deep passion he needs to play the game.

“It depends on how he has approached this offseason. The mentality of what it takes to play this game the way that he plays it, he really has to be invested and ready. He goes deep when he plays. Whether or not the burn is still inside him, I couldn’t tell that. I know he was kind of playing with the idea.”

Fans should expect Lynch to slow any return while he decides within himself whether or not he possesses the passion necessary to play another season in the NFL.

At that point, even if Lynch does have the passion to play, there is no guarantee Seattle would cut him. According to CSN Bay Area’s Scott Bair, the Raiders would not be willing to part with a draft pick or overpay for Lynch’s services.


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3 defensive tackles to replace former Raider Stacy McGee

Former Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Stacy McGee has signed a five-year $25 million contract with the Washington Redskins.

The deal is a little shocking considering McGee only started in and played in nine games last season. However, he was productive during his limited time on the field. McGee graded out well earning an 80.5 player grade according to Pro Football Focus’s player grades.

 

Consequently, this leaves an opening at defensive tackle for the Raiders. They will have to look to free agency or the draft to replace McGee.

Unfortunately for the Raiders, most of the top defensive tackles on the market have been signed including Kawaan Short, Calais Campbell, Brandon Williams and Chris Baker.

Therefore, the Raiders must look at:

DT Jared Odrick

The former Jacksonville Jaguar was cut this offseason after signing a $42.5 million dollar contract in 2015. He played poorly in 2015 and played in only six games last season. This would definitely be a risky move, but it could provide huge upside if he returns to the form he had when he was a Miami Dolphin. That Jared Odrick was a force stopping the run and would provide much-needed pressure up the middle to help Bruce Irving and Khalil Mack. In addition, Odrick is only 29 years old and could be signed for relatively cheap.

DT Dontari Poe

A popular target for Raider Nation, Poe had a down year in 2016 dealing with a back injury that led to a poor 55.8 PFF grade. However, many people in the NFL, including former 95.7 The Game’s John Middlekauf, think that Poe’s career might be over. Back injuries, especially for defensive linemen, are very tough to come back from. Nevertheless, he is another player that could provide huge upside if he can return to his old form. If Oakland has the opportunity to sign him to a bargain one-year deal, then they should take the flier because his upside is immense.

NT Johnathan Hankins

My favorite target for the Raiders, Hankins tore his pectoral muscle in 2015 forcing him to miss seven games. The injury seemed to carry into the 2016 season resulting in a poor campaign (47.1 PFF player grade). Despite little media coverage, Hankins is still an extremely talented player and would provide exactly what Oakland needs. He is a young player, only 24 years old, and could provide a huge push up the middle to strengthen the Raider’s pass rush. He recorded seven sacks in 2014 (85.9 PFF player grade) and still recorded three this past season despite what was considered a poor year.