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Suggestion for Raider players commenting on new leg-pad rule: You should have said nothing


I haven't posted a story on Silver and Black Pride in quite a while, but after going through the regular Raiders news this morning I felt I had to comment on this topic. Jerry McDonald wrote an...

Raiders SS Branch to sign franchise tender today


NFL Network's Jason La Canfora is reporting via Twitter that Raiders strong safety Tyvon Branch will sign his franchise tender and report to the team today. While the Raiders and Branch will likely continue discussing a long-term deal, the news guarantees that Branch will be back for the 2012-13 season on the 1-year, $6.22 million contract. The Raiders have multiple OTAs scheduled for mid-May, so the timing of this signing allows Branch to come in and familiarize himself with the new defensive coaching staff and scheme. Excellent news for the Raiders.

Add Leonardo Dicaprio to the long list of celebrity Raiders fans that includes the likes of Tom...


Add Leonardo Dicaprio to the long list of celebrity Raiders fans that includes the likes of Tom Hanks, Larry King, Tiger Woods, etc. Dicaprio was spotted sporting a Raiders cap at a SXSW party.

BREAKING NEWS: ESPN Reports that Oakland Raiders Have Fired Hue Jackson


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Oakland Raiders have fired Head Coach Hue Jackson. The Oakland Raiders will introduce new General Manager Reggie McKenzie in a press conference at 2PM PST, and we'll likely get a denial/confirmation at that point. I'm @ work and can't update this story as it unfolds, so please feel free to add more details as they become available.

Three Oakland Raiders Named to 2012 AFC Pro Bowl Team

22 is reporting that DT Richard Seymour, P Shane Lechler, and K Sebastian Janikowski have been named to the 2012 AFC Pro Bowl team. Speculation leading up to today's announcement also had DT Tommy Kelly, CB Stanford Routt, FB Marcel Reece, and RB/ST Rock Cartwright in the running for Pro Bowl selections. I think a few other Raiders will end up on the AFC roster before all is said and done. Congratulations to these Oakland Raiders for making the 2012 Pro Bowl team, and let's hope they can't go to Hawaii because they're preparing in Indianapolis. GO RAIDERS!

Five Good Questions With Daily Norseman


The Oakland Raiders have to leave the State of California for the first time in over a month, and head North to take on the Minnesota Vikings, the first of four games against the NFC North over the...

Raiders Sign WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh

175 is confirming that the Oakland Raiders have signed veteran wide receiver T.J. Houshmanzadeh to a 1-year deal worth approximately $500K. The 9 year veteran has played with the Cincinnati Bengals from 2001 through 2008 (5 years with Carson Palmer) before two one-year stops in Seattle and Baltimore. Over those 10 years, Housh has caught 616 passes for 7,091 yards and 43 TDs. I have mixed feelings about this move. On the one hand I want the team to do whatever it takes to make Carson Palmer feel comfortable to keep our playoff hopes alive this season. On the other hand, those who worried that Coach Jackson was delusionally remembering Carson Palmer from his All-Pro 2004-2006 era may be having some of those fears confirmed as Jackson again brings in someone with whom he is familiar who had great success in the '04-'06 seasons. The Raiders have not announced a corresponding roster move to make room for Housmanzdeah, who will wear #84. Thanks to Marcofromda510 and R8RFAN12 for being the first to post this information on S&BP.

Raiders Sign S Chinedum Ndukwe


Sorry to break up the flow of our discussion about the future of the QB position for the Oakland Raiders, but I have some other news to report. According to his Twitter page, safety Chinedum Ndukwe has signed with he Raiders. Last week NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reported that Ndukwe had a workout for the Raiders, along with several other players. Ndukwe was originally drafted by the Bengals in 2007 and played with them until last year when he tore his MCL. In 53 career games Ndukwe has managed to rack up 257 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 6 INTs, 3 FRs, and 18 PDs. At 6'2" 225 lbs. Ndukwe has a similar build to Mike Mitchell. The Raiders have not confirmed this transaction or made a corresponding roster move to make room for Ndukwe, but my guess would be that S Ron Parker would be the odd-man out. Ndukwe may also push Jerome Boyd for playing time. So welcome Chinedum Ndukwe to the Raider Nation!

Raiders Add CB Lito Sheppard


Multiple sources, including Jerry McDonald, are reporting that the Raiders have added CB Lito Sheppard to their ranks. The 30 year old Sheppard spent his first 7 seasons with the Eagles before 1 year stints with the Jets and Vikings. Sheppard struggled with the Vikings last year but brings veteran experience to a very young DB corp. With Chris Johnson out after having surgery and rooking CB Demarcus Van Dyke missing the last two practices with an undisclosed injury, the Raiders needed to add to their DB depth. Now if they'd only do the same thing with the LB corp.

Bill Williamson - Camp Confidential: Raiders


ESPN's Bill Williamson just posted a nice write up of some issues and observations from Raiders training camp in Napa. It doesn't provide a lot of new information for those of us who have been keeping on top of things on a day-to-day basis, but summarizes what's been happening in training camp thus far and what to look forward to for the 2011 season. Enjoy.

TCU G/T Marcus Cannon Diagnosed With Lymphoma


As previously reported and discussed on Silver and Black Pride here, Marcus Cannon had previously been diagnosed with a mass in his stomach/groin area, which ended up not being testicular cancer based on a biopsy. Unfortunately, however, the biopsy did confirm that Cannon has a treatable form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and will require chemotherapy. According to the PFT story, the prognosis sounds promising and doctors are "hopeful" that Cannon can continue his football career after 12 to 24 weeks of chemotherapy. The football-related ramifications of this news aside, I think I can speak on behalf of all of Silver and Black Pride when I say that we hope for a successful and speedy recovery for Marcus Cannon.

Raiders Re-Sign Bennett and Loper


National Football Post is reporting that the Raiders have re-signed RB Michael Bennett and G Daniel Loper. Bennett signed a 1-year, $865K contract. Loper signed a 2-year, $4.2M contract. I didn't think Bennett would be back with Louis Rankin back in the fold. I'm glad Loper is back, but $4.2M seems like a lot for a guy who was making near league-minimum before.

Robert Gallery Will Not Return to Raiders in 2011


Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that Robert Gallery and Mr. Davis had a conversation in the past few days and both made the mutual decision that the 7 year veteran would not return to the Oakland Raiders next year. Said Gallery: '"With the end of the league year coming today, and the few conversations I've had with the Raiders and Mr. Davis, we've come to a mutual agreement that it's time for me to move on with my career. I appreciate the start that they and Mr. Davis gave me and I truly have enjoyed my time wearing the silver and black. I wish them well, I thank the fans and I take away great memories of my time in Oakland." So S&BP followers, what are your thoughts on Gallery leaving and the Raiders replacing him on the offensive line?

Not Cool: Shots Fired at McClain's Vehicle in Alabama


Last night shots were fired at Raiders LB Rolando McClain's SUV while he was driving in his hometown in Alabama. Thankfully no one was shot in the incident. Please be safe during the offseason Raiders players!

Raiders Will Not Bring Back DC John Marshall


Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that the Oakland Raiders will not be bringing back John Marshall as defensive coordinator in 2011. Discuss potential successors who share Mr. Davis' schematic philosophies on defense who may be brought in to run the Raiders' defense in 2011. Who fits the bill for the Raiders defense?

Raiders Sign 11 to Reserve/Futures Contracts


In the midst of once again revamping the coaching staff, the Raiders front office has managed not to completely drop the ball and signed the entire practice squad and a few other familiar names to reserve/futures contracts for next year's OTAs and training camp. P Glenn Pakulak WR Damola Adeniji WR Shaun Bodiford TE Kevin Brock DE Tommie Hill G Alex Parsons DB Joe Porter RB Louis Rankin G Roy Schuening LB Quentin Scott FB Manase Tonga The Raiders brought back Rankin about 2 months too late for my liking, I thought he should have replaced Michael Bennett as soon as Bennett hurt his hamstring. I expect Rankin to compete for the 3rd RB spot next season. The others are simply camp hands.


It's Official: Tom Cable No Longer the Head Coach of the Oakland Raiders is reporting that the Oakland Raiders have not picked up the multi-year option on Tom Cable's contract and that he is no longer the head coach of the Oakland Raiders. From T...

Raiders Get 24 Hour Extension to Sellout


Jerry McDonald is reporting that the Raiders have received a 24 hour extension from the NFL league office to sell out Sunday's pivotal game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Get the word out everyone! 2 for 1 tickets still available through TicketMaster with the promo code COMPASS. Get this game sold out and support the Oakland Raiders! UPDATE: Jerry McDonald has reported that the game is officially a sellout and the local blackout has been lifted! Go Raiders!

Raiders add Stevie Brown and Quentin Scott to Practice Squad; Release Slade Norris


As posted on the Transactions page, the Raiders have re-signed S Stevie Brown to the practice squad. The Raiders also signed S/LB Quentin Scott to the practice squad. Scott played at the University of Northern Iowa and signed as an UDFA with the Chicago Bears earlier this year. To make room on the practice squad for Brown and Scott the Raiders released LB Slade Norris, a 4th round draft pick in 2009. Norris made some nice special teams plays in preseason and may make his way onto another roster as a special teamer. At this point we'll just try to forget that he was the guy taken right before Indy WR Austin Collie.

Raiders Sign Rock Cartwright


According to Chick Hernandez of CSN Washington, the Raiders have signed RB/KR Rock Cartwright. Rotoworld does not expect Cartwright to compete for the 3rd RB spot, while Jerry McDonald stated that Cartwright could compete for the role.

Playing to the Crowd: How Rob Ryan Plans to Get the Raiders HC Job


So I was checking out Raiders news sites this evening to see if there was any new word about our head coaching situation and I read a few very interesting quotes from former Raiders defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. First Ryan said that he'd be interested in the Raiders head coaching job if it became available. Then, according to Jerry McDonald, Ryan talked up JaMarcus Russell a little bit, essentially saying he was a dangerous offensive weapon and that he was surprised Russell hadn't reached his full potential yet. Rob, I didn't know you were this genius. Ryan is obviously playing on Al Davis' hopes for an offense led by Russell by hinting that he can get the most out of Russell where Coach Cable has failed to do so. This could get very interesting in the coming weeks.

Raiders Sign KR/PR Yamon Figurs to Futures Contract


Al Davis' obsession with speed continues as ESPN's Bill Williamson is reporting the Raiders signed return specialist Yamon Figurs to a futures contract. Figures, a 3rd round pick in the 2007 Draft, spent his first two years with the Ravens before splitting 2009 between Detroit and Tampa Bay. Figurs' rookie year was his best, as he put up 1309 total return yards with 2 touchdowns. Figurs and Nick Miller figure to compete for the starting KR job in training camp.

The Delhomme Connection


On Sunday, JaMarcus Russell became the second quarterback in the past 14 seasons to throw at least 20 passes, complete less than 30 percent and still win a game. The other QB was the Panthers' Jake Delhomme, who went 7-27 with 1 TD and 4 INTs against the Raiders last season and still eeked out a 17-6 win over the Andrew Walter-led Raiders. Weird that the Raiders would be involved in both those games.

RICHARD SEYMOUR SPEAKS From the Boston Herald: "First of all, I was blindsided by this whole...

RICHARD SEYMOUR SPEAKS From the Boston Herald: "First of all, I was blindsided by this whole event," Seymour, the five-time Pro Bowler, told Borges. "When you get blindsided, you should take a moment to gather your thoughts. I have a lot of personal issues more pressing than football." Seymour said if you want to watch for him with his new team, he’ll be wearing No. 92 on Monday Night. "I’ll be the guy on top of the quarterback," he said. Seymour does plan to play in the opener, obviously. Oh, and did you know he grew up a Raiders fan? Apparently, there are a bunch in South Carolina. Before we go further, it’s worth noting that Seymour has been in regular contact with Raiders coach Tom Cable and owner Al Davis about his issues. And what are they? Well, Seymour has four children, plus, he is the guardian of his 15-year-old cousin whose mother has passed. The 15-year-old had been in school in South Carolina until this year, at which point he was starting in North Attleboro… until the trade. Now, Seymour’s wife and family are moving back to South Carolina (where they are from) and Richard will head to Oakland by himself. "There are a lot of different emotions," Seymour said. "Football was not my main concern at that point. I have had discussions with the Raiders… I’m excited and happy with the way they’re looking at me." Did he ever demand an extension or a guarantee of not being franchised? "There have been conversations," he told Borges, "but I didn’t demand anything to go there. I’m happy to go there, and I told them that. But me and my family have never been separated. This was a difficult transition." He also noted that the NFLPA filed a grievance on his behalf about the five-day letter, arguing that it was not the Raiders’ right to send it to him. "But that’s more of a procedural thing," Seymour said, not really specific to his situation.

Spotlight Matchup of the Week: Chris Morris vs. Jamal Williams My apologies, unforeseen familial...

Spotlight Matchup of the Week: Chris Morris vs. Jamal Williams My apologies, unforeseen familial obligations prohibit me from posting a more in depth analysis of the matchup between Raiders center Chris Morris and Chargers nose tackle Jamal Williams. This post is to serve as an open thread for all of you to discuss how this matchup may affect Monday night's game.

Cable Says He Talked to Richard Seymour; Seymour Wants to be in Oakland: Cable: Real quickly about...

Cable Says He Talked to Richard Seymour; Seymour Wants to be in Oakland: Cable: Real quickly about the Richard Seymour issue. We have attempted to make a deal. There are some issues still between him and the Patriots that are being worked out. Hoping that will be resolved as quickly as possible. We know that the player wants to be here, but we have no control really over those issues. That’s really all I’m going to talk about it for now. Q: Can you tell us how you know he wants to be here? Have you spoken with him? Cable: I have talked to him. Q: So he said he wants to be here? Cable: Yes. Q: Is there a day you have to have him by to play in the opener? Cable: As soon as possible. That’s really the only way to answer that right now.

Is Shawn Merriman Going to Have to Choke a Tila Tequila?


Shawn Merriman arrested for "Maybe" choking his girlfriend Tila Tequila. Suspend his ass Goodell!!!!! Keep him out of Week 1!


Raiders Bringing DT Boone/OL Mahan for Workout

Brad Biggs of NationalFootballPost is reporting that the Raiders are bringing in defensive tackle Alfonso Boone and that the Raiders are likely to sign the veteran if his passes a physical. Boone...

Bucs Sign G Marcus Johnson


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers seem to like our discarded offensive lineman, bringing in backup G Marcus Johnson a day after bringing in C Jonathan Compas. Johnson's starting experience and versatility will get him a roster spot somewhere, I had just hoped it was with the Raiders.

Bucs Claim Compas Off Waivers


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have claimed center Jonathan Compas off waivers from the Oakland Raiders. Good luck to you kid. Go Aggies!

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