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Tough-guy Maiava happy to be a Raider

The signing of Kaluka Maiava comes straight out of the Reggie McKenzie-Dennis Allen handbook when it comes to personnel.
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Posted on Thursday, March 14th, 2013
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Raiders reportedly talking to Terence Newman

A year after gambling on aging cornerbacks and getting burned, the Raiders will host 34-year-old Terence Newman Thursday, according to a CSN-Bay Area report.
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Posted on Thursday, March 14th, 2013
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Raiders sign three veterans in free agency

Kaluka Maiava

Kaluka Maiava

The Raiders signed defensive tackle Pat Sims, linebacker Kaluka Maiava and defensive end Jason Hunter on Wednesday in what amounts to the addition of solid players, even if they arent household names. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
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Raiders meeting with two veteran free agents

The Raiders reportedly are interested enough in linebacker Nick Roach and defensive tackle Pat Sims to schedule meetings with both players at some point this week, according to reports. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
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Update on Raiders moves in terms of salary cap

The Raiders entered Tuesday $8.5 million under the salary cap. Releasing free safety Michael Huff, wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and defensive lineman Dave Tollefson freed up an additional $8.75 million in cap room. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
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Raiders release Heyward-Bey, Huff, Tollefson

The Raiders massive overhaul reached a fevered pitch Tuesday with the release of the following veterans: wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, free safety Michael Huff and defensive lineman Dave Tollefson. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
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Veteran LB visiting Raiders, Adams not tendered contract

Former Cleveland Browns linebacker Kaluka Maiava is scheduled to visit the Raiders at some point this week, according to an NFL Network Tweet. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
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All 17 Raiders UFAs free to seek deals

As the new league year started at 1 p.m., all 17 of the Raiders unrestricted free agents hit the open market.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
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Raiders let all unrestricted free agents hit the market

Beat writer Jerry McDonald confirmed that free agency started without the Raiders re-signing any of their 17 unrestricted free agents. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
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Potential targets for Raiders in free agency

By Jerry McDonald

A look at positions of need and players the Raiders might consider when free agency opens at 1 p.m. Tuesday:

Cornerback

The most expensive cornerbacks figure to be Aqib Talib (Patriots) and Sean Smith (Dolphins), with Talib having the most baggage in terms of character but also the most skill. Smith’s size (6-foot-1, 210 pounds) and ability probably put him out of general manager Reggie McKenzie’s price range. Keenan Lewis (Steelers) had an excellent season and is only 26. Brent Grimes (Falcons) is 29 and coming off a torn Achilles, so the Raiders might be reluctant to go in that direction. Greg Toler (Cardinals) is a year removed from an ACL injury and is a year younger than Grimes. Cary Williams (Ravens) held up in coverage on a championship team.

Defensive line

If the Raiders are looking to squeeze a last double-digit sacks season out of a veteran player, John Abraham (Falcons) and Dwight Freeney (Colts) are available, although both probably will be looking to go to a contender. Some names to keep in mind: Elvis Dumervil if Denver declines to pay him the $12 million he is due, and 49ers interior linemen Isaac Sopoaga and Ricky Jean Francois.

Linebacker

Paul Kruger (Ravens) is an option if the Raiders plan to play lots of 3-4 defense and surprise everyone by spending big. Erin Henderson (Vikings) is a two-down player who can stop the run. Lorenzo Alexander (Redskins) is a good locker-room guy and a special-teams standout. Shaun Phillips (Chargers) has been a thorn in the Raiders’ side for years as a pass rusher.

Offensive line

Phil Loadholt (Vikings) would fit nicely at right tackle in the Raiders’ gap and power blocking scheme, but he will be costly. Other players who could get snapped up quickly for big bucks include tackle Sebastian Vollmer (Patriots), tackle Jake Long (Dolphins), tackle Andre Smith (Bengals) and guard Andy Levitre (Bills). The second tier includes tackles Sam Baker (Falcons) and Jermon Bushrod (Saints). The Raiders have seen plenty of AFC West opponent Louis Vasquez (Chargers), who probably would come cheaper than fellow guard Brandon Moore (Jets).

Wide receiver

The Raiders have needed a smart, tough, productive veteran for a few years. Greg Jennings (Packers) has a history with McKenzie.

Tight end

Jared Cook (Titans) hasn’t had the kind of production to match his talent, and Tony Gonzalez (Falcons) reportedly wants to avoid training camp altogether not to mention make $7 million. Fred Davis (Redskins) is on the mend from a torn Achilles and could be had at a decent price. Delanie Walker (49ers) isn’t a move-the-chains receiver but is a punishing blocker, a special-teams player and a locker-room guy.

Running back

The Raiders need a reliable backup. Ahmad Bradshaw (Giants) has been productive in that role. Michael Turner (Falcons) is past his prime but could be a factor in a reduced role.

Quarterback

Presuming Carson Palmer returns, the Raiders are looking for a third quarterback to go along with Terrelle Pryor. Quarterbacks on the market include Jason Campbell (Bears), Tarvaris Jackson (Bills) and Drew Stanton (Colts).

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Posted on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
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