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Jennings says he’s joining Raiders

Latest write-thru of ever-changing Raiders moves . . .

The Raiders appeared close to adding Rashad Jennings as a backup to running back Darren McFadden Tuesday as well as the confirming the addition of safety Reggie Smith.

The only announcement made by the club was the signing of cornerback Joselio Hanson, who started five games for the Raiders last season and is the third cornerback added to the roster in the past week.

The NFL Network and CBSsports.com have reported the Raiders are nearing a deal with quarterback Seneca Wallace to join Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor.

Jennings has gained 944 yards on 228 carries over three seasons for the Jacksonville Jaguars as the primary backup for Maurice Jones-Drew. He averaged just 2.8 yards per carry (282 yards, 101 carries) in 2012 for a Jacksonville team that went 2-14.

Jennings tweeted Wednesday evening, “It’s official, I’ll be rocking that Black and Silver this yr.’’ and implored Raider Nation “let’s go make it happen.’’

It wasn’t official enough for the Raiders to make an announcement however as they worked on contract details.

Considering McFadden’s propensity for injury _ he’s missed 23 games and has never played a full season _ running back is a position where the club is in need of depth.

Smith tweeted he was returning to California and included an instagram photo of himself working papers with a Raiders insignia. Smith played four seasons with the 49ers before signing with the Carolina Panthers as a free agent, but didn’t make the Panthers roster out of training camp and didn’t play last season.

Hanson, who had five starts for the Raiders last season, joins Tracy Porter and Mike Jenkins in a position group that includes Chimdi Chekwa, Brandian Ross, Phillip Adams and converted running back Taiwan Jones.

Wallace has 17 starts in nine seasons, having played two seasons with the Cleveland Browns after playing seven years with the Seattle Seahawks.

With salary cap space dwindling, the Raiders are at a point where it will be difficult to make many moves for players other than those at or near minimum wage _ Hanson probably qualifies _ unless they restructure McFadden.

The Raiders primary focus is on adding players through the NFL draft, April 25-27.
At present the Raiders have selections in the first (third overall), third and fourth rounds, three in the sixth round and one in the seventh round.

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  • Marks hair

    Swampy bottom.ha
    I was just wondering if I missed something..

  • willy91137

    with Pryor at quarterback and DMC at running back that is a lot of speed in the backfield

  • SnBG

    The Raiders 8-8 seasons were an illusion. In 2011 the AFC West was a joke. No team was better than 8-8. No matter who was coaching last year Manning would have beaten us twice. That would’ve made us 6-10. If one more team had beaten us we would have been 5-11. When you have bad, undisciplined whiny overpaid players you’re going to fall to the great teams no matter who the head coach is.

  • RaidingTexas

    Charlie Says:

    Not sure how old you are but did you ever see Tom Landry coach?

    ZERO SIDELINE EMOTION.

    ————————————————-

    A more recent example: Tony Dungy.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Trade DMAC!

    Can I get a RRS co-sign, even if it is four years late?

  • SnBG

    Old enough to have seen Landry etc. Yes.
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;
    You have some problem with someone being old enough to have seen Landry?

  • Marks hair

    Everybody loves the 3 ots. If someone wants a top ot, qb, de or cb…..3 is the spot to trade into..

  • http://polarityblog.com Silverandblack666

    “I got the sense you were inferring that Mr. Davis simply did not value continuity and in some way felt the carousel was an effective means of motivation.”

    As many in here will tell you, I defended AL until his death for even his dumbest moves that he made often later in his life.

    No one knows what Al was thinking but we do know that he wanted to go out a winner and he mortgaged the future to do it. And here we all are today which is why I have no opinion on DA and am trying to give RM a fair shake.

    Only 2 things I do not agree with since his arrival, the Knapp hire and the way he shipped Palmer out of town. Otherwise he has done a great job IMO.

  • http://www.safc.com/the-club/stadium/about-the-stadium-of-light neilb

    Last years top 10 trade downs in the draft:

    -Minny goes from #3 to #4, gets a 4th and a 7th.
    -Tampa trades down from #5 to #7, gets a 4th.
    -Dallas trades up from 14 to 6, only costs a 2nd.
    -Seattle trades down from 12 to 15, get a 4th and a 6th.

    From JFB on Saturday.

  • guest123

    One very critical change for the good is Reggie running the show entirely his way. No meddling from the owner or anyone else looking over his shoulder.

    The whole reason we were dysfunctional all these years is because there were always two or more channels of authority. The head coaches word and Al Davis’s word. They often conflicted and sent a muddled message through the organization.

    You CANNOT run any enterprise with two channels of authority. I have learned this lesson up close and personal. The Indians start to run roughshod over the chiefs. The accountability up and down the chain is reduced to finger pointing and excuses.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    DA has no track record.

    1 year leading the 20th ranked defense in Denver followed by featuring one of the worst Raider units in history is nothing to be proud of.

    That he was a competent position coach is irrelevant these days, starting with this Draft but specially come 2014 Reggie will bring in the players and he has to do it by working side by side with the Head Coach.

    It remains to be seen if DA is the guy you want asking Reggie for players to fit his schemes and then turning those guys into a winning team, not saying he can’t, just saying 2013 is the year for him to show Reggie he is the guy he wants leading this Franchise.

    And DA won’t be judged by wins or losses but on how prepared the team is week in and week out, by how he adjusts during games and how he uses his players to put them in the best position to make plays, he failed that test last year, he should have a better chance in 2013 with a year under his belt and no Knapp.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    SnBG Says:
    April 11th, 2013 at 7:19 am
    DA will be here for at least 2 more years. Sorry fellows, you’ll have to live with it.
    =====================================
    Now there’s a pleasant thought.

    Thanks for ruining my day.

  • Charlie

    GG

    DA has a four year.

    While I have has been as frustrated as you over the last ten years of embarrasment, DA is not feeling any more pressure to win this year versus last year.

    He is part of a multi year (minimum 3) fix.

    Everyone in the NFL knows we had a lousy team last year.
    Expectations will go up as roster talent goes up.
    For the Raiders that will comethrough the draft.

    I expect no more than 7 wins this year with the hope of being competitive in most games.

  • guest123

    #3 pick in the draft will be a 4-5 year deal worth about $5.75 mill per year.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Out, have a nice day people.

  • http://www.safc.com/the-club/stadium/about-the-stadium-of-light neilb

    RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    April 11th, 2013 at 7:41 am
    SnBG Says:
    April 11th, 2013 at 7:19 am
    DA will be here for at least 2 more years. Sorry fellows, you’ll have to live with it.
    =====================================
    Now there’s a pleasant thought.

    Thanks for ruining my day.

    ###################################################

    Coach Allen grinding his hips ruined mine.

  • SnBG

    Sorry Charliesays, these reg/da haters got me so fired up I skipped you post and thoght they were slamming an older gentleman

  • guest123

    Coach Allen grinding his hips ruined mine.

    ^^^^^^
    +1

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Bob Marley Says:
    April 11th, 2013 at 7:40 am

    DA has no track record.

    1 year leading the 20th ranked defense in Denver followed by featuring one of the worst Raider units in history is nothing to be proud of.

    That he was a competent position coach is irrelevant these days, starting with this Draft but specially come 2014 Reggie will bring in the players and he has to do it by working side by side with the Head Coach.

    It remains to be seen if DA is the guy you want asking Reggie for players to fit his schemes and then turning those guys into a winning team, not saying he can’t, just saying 2013 is the year for him to show Reggie he is the guy he wants leading this Franchise.

    And DA won’t be judged by wins or losses but on how prepared the team is week in and week out, by how he adjusts during games and how he uses his players to put them in the best position to make plays, he failed that test last year, he should have a better chance in 2013 with a year under his belt and no Knapp.

    ====

    Very well said again.

    Especially the start of the last paragraph. What I was trying to emphasize as well.

  • Charlie

    Guest

    Correct.

    Another big miss was Mr. Davis’ disregard for the importance of player character the last ten years.

    IMO this was the biggest issue that plagued Mr. Davis in the new NFL ESPECIALLY IN THE CAP ERA.

    In today’s game one stroke of a pen sets up a player for life. If he does not love football and is not willing to work at getting better you then get Sands, Kelly, JR, McClain etc.

    Back in the Raider dynasty years, many players needed to work a second job to live.
    Character issues were a bit less important because those guys needed the money and Mr. Davis paid well. It is well documented the success the Raiders had with Tooz, Art Powell, Hendricks, Villapiano, Stabler, Davidson, Alzado etc etc. All free spirited guys that enjoyed an adult beverage now and then but knew when it was time to get to work.

    The Raiders also had several “player coaches” like Shell, Otto, Upshaw, Brown, Freddy etc. that knew when it was time to get to work and get serious. Most “performance” related problems never even got to Madden or Flores.

    The last ten years are evidence of what not bringing in character guys does to a football team. Many of the picks just lacked talent. Most also lacked the character necessary to compete in the NFL.
    In today’s game you must be willing to work at your craft. If you do not want to do that you will not be effective in the NFL.
    Reggie and DA are looking for a totally different mindset ESSENTIAL IN TODAY’S GAME.

  • StarUkulele

    Good Morning Raider Nation!!!

  • http://polarityblog.com Silverandblack666

    Tiger is teeing off now!

  • Gdog

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    April 11th, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Tom Kelly is getting paid 1 Million dollars

    Nnamdi 250K guaranteed

    Huff less than 2 million a year

    Stanford Routt ZERO I think he is out of football

    Rolando McClain 700K

    There is about 50 million dollars of Al Davis money for a measly 4 million dollars in the bargin bin!

    Did we over pay?

    There is no denying it now!

    >>>>

    They wouldn’t be playing for the Browns, or Jags for that. They are playing for a RING now, instead of money.

    Thats why we need to figure out how to be a playoff team NOW. Or remain bottom feeders. I don’t think Reggie realizes this yet…

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Good morning Nation and Green Party.
    Long live the ODB!

  • http://www.safc.com/the-club/stadium/about-the-stadium-of-light neilb

    Golf? Never really liked it.I drive one if that helps.

  • nycraider

    Charlie Says:
    April 11th, 2013 at

    Everyone in the NFL knows we had a lousy team last year.
    Expectations will go up as roster talent goes up.
    For the Raiders that will comethrough the draft.

    I expect no more than 7 wins this year with the hope of being competitive in most games.
    —————————
    just curious, why didnt reggie blow it up last year and why did he say in july we would compete for a playoff spot. i have no problem with rebuilding just surprised at how many give reggie a pass for missing something that apparently was so obvious

  • SnBG

    I’m not talking about winning yet. I’m talking about Allen as a rookie HC, a coach who is on the hot-seat, a coach needing to impress his GM and Owner and fans this year…he cannot afford to act like a Belichick Silent General. He has to SHOW himself. Like a second job-interview. Because the odds are we are going to still be a sub 500 team, so it’s not gonna do Allen any good being a Shell2.
    We really don’t know what Shell2 could have done, Davis fired him to quick also. He wanted to discipline the players and Davis didn’t like that. Shell was coach of the yr.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Charlie…

    The worst thing is Allen feeling safe, and for FOUR years. Sorry but this isn’t 1970 anymore. Young coaches get 2 years to show something. Raheem Morris for instance. They couldn’t put up with it anymore, he showed nothing, out of his depth, they realized that and canned the entire coaching staff. Look how much better the Bucs were last year under a new rookie HC. And Schiano SHOWED himself. Raheem never did. He just stood there stunned trying to be a silent general, interning his way thru.

    Bad continuity isn’t feasible to any NFL org. If the HC doesnt SHOW SOMETHING worth persevering with in 2 years he is often toast.

  • Sound Bound

    Allen is motionless on the sidelines. Like Shell II was. The dude needs to fire it up, get it on.

    Also, seems his numbers are dropping. Last I heard he had a 47% national approval rating while 27% thought he was doing a good job. 22% of pollers questioned thought he’d improve while a whopping 89% felt what you saw last year was what you get. 78% felt Reggie should have kept Hue Jackson while 55% were indifferent. 98% believe we will never be the same Raiders while 39% like the idea of going vanilla and blending in with the other 31 teams. 12% felt that would improve the win/loss record. 75% are ok with Palmer leaving while 91% feel Pryor will be the starter over Flynn. 84% want DMAC to remain with the team, while 76% felt Lechler was let go because he wasn’t a ‘Reggie guy’. 97% feel Mark Davis needs to upgrade his hair style, while 96% don’t know what color it should be, 14% are ok with the dirt infield and 89% feel it works to the Raiders advantage. 78% we will have 0-4 wins, 81% like 5-8 wins, 56% voted 9-12 wins, while 3% would see 13-16 wins.

    http://www.mockmy2013draft.org/pollresults/oakland

  • guest123

    @ gdog,

    those guys aren’t playing for a super bowl! One of them is out of football entirely!

    If they had a better offer from the Jets, Browns or Jags, even 10% more…I bet you they take it.

    They ended up in a place where they could fit onto cap strapped winning teams. Nobody thinks that they are essential cogs to super bowl runs.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I wasn’t impressed with Reggie last season, but he is doing better this season. I don’t like how he handled CP and his trade, or the rumors that we are interested in Geno, but his FA signings have been impressive.
    CBs: better than last year and the year before that.
    LBs: upgrade
    We will add another S in the draft, and I think Reggie will go DL with his 1st pick.

    Not bad Reggie. Just don’t draft Floyd.
    Draft Star!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    DA is still a dumb titty monkey who laughs like a hyena after losses.

  • http://www.safc.com/the-club/stadium/about-the-stadium-of-light neilb

    Time to go.

    Have a good one.

    Later Raiders.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Sound Bound Says:
    April 11th, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Allen is motionless on the sidelines. Like Shell II was. The dude needs to fire it up, get it on.

    Also, seems his numbers are dropping. Last I heard he had a 47% national approval rating while 27% thought he was doing a good job. 22% of pollers questioned thought he’d improve while a whopping 89% felt what you saw last year was what you get. 78% felt Reggie should have kept Hue Jackson while 55% were indifferent. 98% believe we will never be the same Raiders while 39% like the idea of going vanilla and blending in with the other 31 teams. 12% felt that would improve the win/loss record. 75% are ok with Palmer leaving while 91% feel Pryor will be the starter over Flynn. 84% want DMAC to remain with the team, while 76% felt Lechler was let go because he wasn’t a ‘Reggie guy’. 97% feel Mark Davis needs to upgrade his hair style, while 96% don’t know what color it should be, 14% are ok with the dirt infield and 89% feel it works to the Raiders advantage. 78% we will have 0-4 wins, 81% like 5-8 wins, 56% voted 9-12 wins, while 3% would see 13-16 wins.

    http://www.mockmy2013draft.org/pollresults/oakland

    ====

    Thumbs up.

  • Sound Bound

    willy91137 Says:
    April 11th, 2013 at 7:36 am
    with Pryor at quarterback and DMC at running back that is a lot of speed in the backfield
    ————————————————
    Damn right. But don’t let the anti Pryor/DMAC crowd know this. If DA has any brains, he’ll make it happen.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Chico,

    TP doesn’t have arm talent?! Are you talking about strength? I hope not.

  • guest123

    The worst thing is Allen feeling safe, and for FOUR years. Sorry but this isn’t 1970 anymore. Young coaches get 2 years to show something. Raheem Morris for instance. They couldn’t put up with it anymore, he showed nothing, out of his depth, they realized that and canned the entire coaching staff. Look how much better the Bucs were last year under a new rookie HC. And Schiano SHOWED himself. Raheem never did. He just stood there stunned trying to be a silent general, interning his way thru.

    ^^^^^^^^^

    Raheem never showed himself? He led his team to a 10-6 record the year the Packers won the Super Bowl. Ironically if the Giants would have lost the final game, the Bucs would have gotten the Packers spot in the playoffs that year.

    Raheem quickly took over Gruden’s sputtering team and took them to the playoffs. They started out 4-2 the year he got fired. The Bucs had a rash of injuries that year and tanked losing the last 10 games and giving up 40+ avg per game that last 10 games.

    Raheem lost the lockerroom. Plain and simple. That’s why he was fired.

    Don’t go giving coach Schiano so much credit either. He got the Bucs to sign off on $135 million in free agency spending last year. While the year before that Raheem had to work with peanuts.

  • SnBG

    Because of the cap issues,,,as the capologist will tell you,,,,Reg and DA have quite a mess to clean up. Everyone that picks on them is not understanding the cap and finn issues. Reg/DA will need at least 3 yrs before we can fairly criticize them.

  • beechraider

    Nycraider Says:
    April 11th, 2013 at 7:48 am
    Charlie Says:
    April 11th, 2013 at

    Everyone in the NFL knows we had a lousy team last year.
    Expectations will go up as roster talent goes up.
    For the Raiders that will comethrough the draft.

    I expect no more than 7 wins this year with the hope of being competitive in most games.
    —————————
    just curious, why didnt reggie blow it up last year and why did he say in july we would compete for a playoff spot. i have no problem with rebuilding just surprised at how many give reggie a pass for missing something that apparently was so obvious
    ——————–
    NYC, good point. my guess is a rookie gm mistake.

  • guest123

    Reg/DA will need at least 3 yrs before we can fairly criticize them.

    ^^^^^^^

    Life isn’t fair though. Results are anyone remembers. I don’t think anyone but their mommas want to extend them the benefit of the doubt for 3 years. Win or die.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    DA’s “cream” is QBs like Leinart and Flynn, safe sound check-down move the chains bore you to death with a ‘stay the course’ system, and even when it’s failing miserably mid-game, keep doing what you’ve been doing, keep at what was practiced during the week, little to no adjustments, no shaking things up.

    Got to win but also got to be entertaining and go-for-broke if youre losing.

  • guest123

    NYC, good point. my guess is a rookie gm mistake.

    ^^^^^^^

    Agreed, will add that Reggie might have gotten stuck in an ego moment, thinking he could compete with that roster and that coaching staff. His ego has to be ratcheted down a bit since then.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    DA is a wishy washy titty monkey.
    “I believe in Knapp’s ability and his scheme”, a year later knapp was fired and we switched back to the old scheme that worked before.

    Titty monkey is clueless when it comes to offense. Why do you think we kept Saunders and hired TS.

    Fire Titty Monkey!

  • Charlie

    GG

    The Steelers have never done it that way.Tomlin and Cowher all had bad years but stayed with the team.

    Most good organizations realize that coaching is relatively small percentage of the complete picture.

    If it was not that way then coaches would represtent the majority of team payroll.

    Our roster talent has been pathetic and given our cap issues and lack of picks it will be a three year turnaround.

    Pete Carroll 7-9 First season 14-18 first TWO seasons

    Mike Shanahan 6-10 First season 11-21 first TWO seasons (in Washington)

    Belichick 36-44 in Cleveland 5-11 first season 16-16 first TWO seasons (in NE)

    Reid 5-11 First season 16-16 first two seasons

    None of these coaches faced the challenges we have in Oakland. Missing 3 of your top four picks in your first two drafts slows the building process a bit. So does being $30 million over the cap when you take the job.

  • 00tt00

    Raider O Says:
    April 11th, 2013 at 8:01 am
    DA is a wishy washy titty monkey.
    “I believe in Knapp’s ability and his scheme”, a year later knapp was fired and we switched back to the old scheme that worked before.

    Titty monkey is clueless when it comes to offense. Why do you think we kept Saunders and hired TS.

    Fire Titty Monkey!
    ================
    i think titty monkey does believe in knapps ability and scheme….he just fired him to save his own arse

  • Charlie

    Beech/NYC

    Because of our lack of picks and horrible contracts he could not do it all in one year. Last year, Wimbley and Routt were huge hits.
    This year alone we will set an NFL record for dead money at my unofficail estimate of $48 million.

    It is not only the size of the contracts but the nature of the contracts. What the Raiders did prior to Reggie was almost unheard of in the cap era. See below:

    Most NFL contract guarantees contain language which allows a club to reduce the amount they owe a released player by the amount of his new deal with another club (an “offset”). Since Routt’s contract doesn’t have this language, he has been getting paid this year from both the Raiders and the Chiefs. Routt counts $10,785,334 in dead money on Oakland’s cap. Without the restructuring, his dead money would only be $3,333,334. Routt made $15 million for the one season he played under this deal.

    Kamerion Wimbley is the other major dead money charge for the Raiders at $9.9 million. McKenzie attempted to renegotiate the five-year, $48.5 million contract Wimbley received last year, but didn’t have much leverage because $6.5 million of his 2012 base salary was fully guaranteed without an offset at signing. He released Wimbley on March 16th, a day before the remaining $4.5 million of his $11 million 2012 base salary, his $11 million 2013 base salary and $2 million of his 2014 base salary became fully guaranteed. Kevin Boss and John Henderson, who were also released, are receiving $2 million and $1.5 million payments, respectively, from the Raiders this year because of salary guarantees without offsets.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    I agree with those that say that Reggie is doing the right thing cleaning house. Heck I would not be surprised if he traded DMAC on draft day.

    I also agree with those that say that this coaching staff is not competitive and is not the ideal group to develop young players. heck, the big 3 f HC, OC, & DC are relatively cheap guys with very, very little experience.

    I just don’t like the order RM is doing things: first clean up the roster then look for a coaching staff to develop them…

  • SnBG

    Post 534, that is a national poll of people that don’t have a deep understanding of the Raiders. An accurate poll would be of this blog and true raider fans. From what I can see the majority of posters here say give Reg/DA a chance. Take a vote of this blog and you will see the light

  • SnBG

    I vote Reg/Da stay and be properly evaluated in 2015

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    #537…

    Keypoints i wanted to make

    1. Giving a HC four years safety isn’t an ideal signal you want made, and is not done anymore in the NFL (bad continuity). You want the HC to feel pressure, have his weekly/monthly KPIs. Coughlin was on the hot-seat the year before and DURING the year of the Giants first SB win. Coughlin was a goner otherwise. He felt the pressure to perform, take it a notch higher…and that’s a seasoned veteran HC and long-time NFL man.

    1b. Falcons the last few years, they’re all on the hot-seat. Ever more now. That’s what you want them to feel.

    2. Raheem was a dead fish the year he lost the lockerroom. He was a dead fish the previous year in good times. But in bad times, it’s the wrong attitude/persona to show — dead fish. Raheem got canned. He admitted later HC’ing was a huge jump he wasnt ready for (despite years of being a co-ordinator/DB coach), and acknowledges its about re-earning a reputation back at square one, and if he gets a HC gig again will know more now about how to be a better HC. There was a great article about Marc Trestman’s 30+ year journey to where he is now as NFL HC, how it took him much longer than Pete Carrol who was his peer at one time, and how he learned many things that finally made him realize how to make a good HC.