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Raiders bring in Helu, Smith

By The Sports Network, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Alameda, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Raiders on Wednesday officially announced the signings of running back Roy Helu and linebacker Malcolm Smith. No details were released by the club on either contract. On Tuesday, ESPN.com reported Helu and the Raiders have agreed upon a two-year, $4 million deal, while NFL.com reported Smith reached an undisclosed agreement with the team. ...

Raiders finalize deal with Hudson

By The Sports Network, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Alameda, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Raiders have officially announced the signing of center Rodney Hudson, the team's most notable acquisition so far of this offseason. NFL.com reported Monday that Hudson, the top player at the position on this year's free agent market, agreed to a five-year, $44.5 million contract that will make the ex-Kansas City Chief the highest-paid center in...

Raiders sign LB Lofton

By The Sports Network, 3 months 3 weeks ago
Alameda, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Raiders signed linebacker Curtis Lofton on Wednesday. Lofton joins the Raiders after spending the last three seasons with the New Orleans Saints. A defensive team captain the past two years, Lofton had 144 tackles in 2014. Prior to joining the Saints, Lofton played for the Falcons, which drafted him in the second round in 2008. The Oklahoma...

Report: Raiders bring in Helu, Smith

By The Sports Network, 3 months 3 weeks ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Raiders will reportedly sign running back Roy Helu and linebacker Malcolm Smith. According to ESPN.com, Helu and the Raiders have agreed upon a two-year, $4 million deal, while NFL.com reports that Smith has reached an undisclosed agreement with the team. Helu, 26, rushed 40 times for 216 yards and a touchdown last season and added two receiving scores...

Raiders release Nick Roach, Usama Young

By The Sports Network, 3 months 4 weeks ago
Alameda, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Raiders have released linebacker Nick Roach and safety Usama Young. The Raiders made the moves Friday citing failed physicals for both players. Roach signed with the Raiders prior to the 2013 season and started every game that year. But he missed the entire 2014 season with concussion symptoms. The 29-year-old Roach originally entered...

Maurice Jones-Drew announces retirement from NFL

By The Sports Network, 3 months 4 weeks ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - Former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones- Drew has announced his retirement from the National Football League. Jones-Drew spent last season with the Oakland Raiders. He carried the ball just 43 times for 96 yards in 12 games. The 29-year-old spent the first eight seasons of his career with Jacksonville, totaling 1,804 rushing attempts for 8,071 yards...

Raiders release S Branch

By The Sports Network, 4 months 1 day ago
Alameda, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Raiders released strong safety Tyvon Branch on Tuesday. Branch was due $5.5 million in salary in 2015. He has failed to stay healthy the past two seasons, missing 13 games with a broken foot last season and 14 games in 2013 with a broken leg. The 28-year-old Branch played seven seasons with Oakland and registered more than 100 tackles...

Chargers, Raiders exploring options in Los Angeles

By The Sports Network, 4 months 1 week ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders are each exploring possible relocation options in Los Angeles. The teams released a joint statement late Thursday to reveal their issues, which include the unsuccessful attempts to find new stadium deals in their current cities. "We have both been working in our home markets to find a stadium solution for many years, so...

NFL Draft: AFC Team Needs

By John Gworek, 4 months 2 weeks ago
NFL Combine is under way, so it’s a good time to take a look at what each team might be looking for in Indianapolis.  Keep in mind these could change once teams start adding free agents on March 10, so we’ll revisit this just before the Draft in late April. Here are the top needs for each AFC team: AFC EAST New York JetsFirst-Round Pick: No. 6What They Need:...

Grading the NFL’s New Coaching Hires

By Mark Ross, 4 months 3 weeks ago
For the second offseason in a row, seven NFL teams have hired new head coaches. Unlike last year, however, the most recent coaching carousel took a few unexpected turns. While Atlanta, Chicago and the Jets all fired their head coach on Dec. 29, the day after the regular season ended (also known as Black Monday), the most surprising dismissal came when Denver fired its head coach the day...