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Raiders part ways with four player-personnel employees

The Raiders just announced that they are moving forward without long-time scouts Jon Kingdon, Bruce Kebric and Kent McCloughan, as well as George Karras.
The news of Kingdon’s dismissal leaked a week or so ago. He spent 33 years with the Raiders. Kebric logged 31 years, McCloughan 40. That trio represented three-eighths of the scouting department.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie already has hired Shaun Herock and Raleigh McKenzie, Reggie’s twin brother, to help offset the losses.
“This was a very difficult decision because these individuals have been part of this organization for all or parts of four decades,” Reggie McKenzie said in a press release. “We’re grateful for their dedicated service to the Raiders.”
The release states that Kingdon and Kebric were “relieved of their duties,” while Karras and McCloughan opted to retire.
McKenzie is slated to announce the restructuring of the team’s player-personnel department later this month, the release added.
McCloughan wanted to retire earlier than now. However, former owner Al Davis talked him into returning for several more yeras.
“I had talked to Al Davis when I turned 65,” said McCloughan in the release — he joined the Raiders in the mid-1960s as a cornerback, “and he said, ‘Listen, young man: You’re not quitting before I do.’ I owe him a lot. He was so nice to my family and me.
“We had some great years, including when Ron Wolf was with us. We won a lot of games. I had the opportunity to work 47 years with one team. I enjoyed it so much. I thought Al Davis was an outstanding person and boss. I enjoyed the scouting department, the coaches and players I had the opportunity to work with, and I’ll always be a Raider. I’m going out about as good as a person can go out. You couldn’t have written a better story for me.”
Davis, of course, passed away last October.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
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Raiders sign center Miller

Center Colin Miller signed a free agent contract with the Raiders Tuesday, providing depth a position where they are thin behind projected starter Stefen Wisniewski.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
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Update: Branch signs franchise tender

Update: The Raiders announced Branch has signed his franchise free agent tender.

Strong safety Tyvon Branch will sign his franchise tender Monday, guaranteeing him a salary of $6.212 million this season, according to an NFL Network report.
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Posted on Monday, May 7th, 2012
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UPDATE: Raiders live chat Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

UPDATE: Reporter Steve Corkran will field your Raiders questions here on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. Sorry for the switch!

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Posted on Monday, May 7th, 2012
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Seau in Oakland was can’t miss entertainment

Some day either there will be a new football stadium in Oakland or the Raiders will leave town, but they’ll never replace the memories that only a few of us in the business had when watching Junior Seau play at the Coliseum.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
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Nose tackle for multiple Raiders? Kelly

Raiders coach Dennis Allen sat down with Tim Kawakami Wednesday and one of the nuggets during a 20-minute conversation is that Tommy Kelly would be the nose tackle should Oakland employ a 3-4 defense.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
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Report: Shaun Herock to join personnel department

According to longtime Packers beat writer Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee, the Raiders’ scouting overhaul will include the hiring of Green Bay scout Shaun Herock.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
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Raiders statement on Seau’s passing

Here is a statement issued by the Raiders on the death of long-time San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau:

“We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Junior Seau. Junior’s great passion, intensity and love for the game were evident every time he stepped on the football field. He was a formidable competitor who left an indelible mark on the game of football. We extend our most sincere condolences to his family and the Charger organization.”

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Posted on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
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Raiders sign OT Wang

Ed Wang, an offensive tackle who played six games in 2010 for the Buffalo Bills, has signed a contract, the Raiders announced.

Wang (6-foot-5, 321 pounds) was a fifth-round pick by Buffalo in 2010 and was the first Chinese-American player drated into the league. He was a all-Atlantic Coast Conference second team player at Virginia Tech.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
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Raleigh McKenzie to join personnel department

Included among the scouting staff makeover for the Raiders will be the addition of Raleigh McKenzie, the twin brother of general manager Reggie McKenzie.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
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