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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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  • RNOraiderFan

    We have a bunch of scrub players, but we have a body st every spot now. I’m very interested in what Reggie does in this draft. That will tell us who he signed for camp fodder and who he signed to be a starter. Things that make you go hummmmmm
    1 Trade down with the fins! According to draft value chart our pick is worth 2200. We would get their #12, value 1200, their #42 500. Plus one of their 3rds 350 and their 5th 120.
    That would be a great move, plus the fins have 2 second rounders and 2 third rounders. The fins can then get Fisher.

  • R8ER MIKE

    good morning O !!
    hows the GreenParty V.P. today ??

  • Marks hair

    Tits was forced to can knapp. He would have stripped his playcalling duties if he didn’t believe in him. . Tits liked him. Strike one

  • R8ER MIKE

    Charlie Says:

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

    ZERO SIDELINE EMOTION.

    *********************
    if thats the comparison…. lets dress him up
    in a three piece suit and one of those fedoras !! lol lol

  • RaiderRockstar

    So you are willing to give DA the benefit of the doubt under this scenario but not Palmer?

    ***

    @silver

    Allen was a rookie last year. Palmer was a 10-year vet.

    thats the difference

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Charlie…

    Steelers already had decades long continuity where it counted (owner, gm) as well as position coaches and co-ordinators. They had the foundation built.

    Reggie is still building that foundation, and you have to acknowledge the possibility that DA may not be the man who carries thru that process.

    Also, Cowher and Tomlin are completely different to Allen. Both those HCs are the fiery screaming shouting sideline active HCs. Tomlin also was able to succeed so well again because that foundation was long built when he came in. He just had to carry on.

    Allen might not be the Cowher. Sparano (for example) might end up being the Cowher in Reggie’s foundation building, and then some other guy 10 years later could end up being our Tomlin.

  • Charlie

    GG

    They got four year deals because that is what it took for them to take the job.

    Everyone in the NFL knew how bad this was going to be.

    DA could have stayed put and went to the playoffs with Peyton and waited for the Bear or Eagle job.
    Reggie could have done the same in GB.

    tHE Oakland “opportunity” without picks and over the cap by $30 million was simply not very attractive.

  • willy91137

    I think the Oakland Raiders will have a new owner in a couple of year

    there is lots of money out there and lots of people want by an NFL franchise is

    I hope we get an owner like Kraft I look for this to happen

    Mark Davis can’t run the team his dad left him a freaking mess and with no stadium

    the season tickets are lowest in the NFL luxury boxes are cheap compared to other stadiums and the

    somebody with deep pockets will swoop them in here and by this team

  • RNOraiderFan

    With the trade to the fins…
    1 pass rusher
    2 FS
    3 CB
    3 RB. Lattimore
    4 ROT or OG
    5 LB
    6 666 get 3 developmental/ project players
    7 QB and name him the starter over Pryor and Flynn

  • Sound Bound

    Reggie may doing what he’s got to do, but don’t expect much out of scrubs and last stop players. Good coaches make in game adjustments. Always wondered why we came out in the second half a laid an egg. DA needs to improve. Reggie needs to build around Pryor. Noire free passes. Honeymoon is over. Get it done

  • Charlie

    GG

    Sparano failed in Miami with all his screaming and yelling because he did not have a good enough team.

    Gruden and Del Rio got fired because their teams were not very good.

    Those were all good coaches who failed because of lack of talent.

    Dungy won a Super Bowl and was very similar to Landry.

    DA is the least of our problems right now.
    Let’s get some talent then we can judge.

  • SnBG

    Coaches that get fired within 2 years shows that mngmt and ownership has no guts. Reg has guts. He’s willing to take the heat while he builds responsibly and through the draft

  • RNOraiderFan

    #562, well said.

  • REALLIONAIREB

    Did u guys see Wes Welker at the work out???

    Dude took his shirt off and I was like that’s an NFL body!!!

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Reg/DA will need at least 3 yrs before we can fairly criticize them.
    ==================================================
    Yeah, bcz criticizing Tits for hiring Krapp to begin with, stubbornly sticking with his Krapp’s scheming and play calling all season, and refusing to even activate TP almost the entire season is unfair criticism.

    3 years from now, those would be fair criticisms.

    Right now it’s best just to ignore Tits’ fkups.

    It’s unfair to mention them or to judge Tits.

    It’ll be OK to criticize Tits in 2016.

  • nycraider

    Charlie Says:
    April 11th, 2013 at 8:06 am
    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.
    ——————-
    Charlie, i understand the contracts of Routt and Wimbley. Your missing the point. In July , Reggie says we will compete for a playoff spot, instead of cutting seymour and saving 7.5 mil, he gives him a new contract which hurts our cap space this year, franchises Branch but then gives him a long term deal which hurts us this year, restructures Palmer which hurts us this year. Signs Briesel with a big signing bonus that hurts us if he’s cut . So my point is Reggie either miscalculated our talent level or didnt take the opportunity to rebuild last year like he’s doing this year. Why is that so hard to admit

  • SnBG

    Sometimes a head coach is limited with his game day adjustments because of the players he has

  • RNOraiderFan

    I would like to see Reggie succeed. I would also like to see Mark keep this team and buy some jogging suits to wear on the sidelines and up in the booth. You gots to dress the part Mark!

  • Moose

    Don Jones Arkansas State SS 2013 5-11

    191 4.41 Raiders still love speed working Jones out after Jags

  • guest123

    Good coaches fail because of lack of talent

    -or-

    Bad coaches win because of a surplus of talent

    Both are extreme examples and not the norm.

    Usually it takes good coaching to bring along the good talent.

    Kind of chicken and the egg thing here.

    I look for Dennis Allen to get the most out of the players Reggie’s bringing on board. And if he can’t get that progress on a weekly basis, then fire him and get someone in who can STAT.

  • SnBG

    Charlie, i understand the contracts of Routt and Wimbley. Your missing the point. In July , Reggie says we will compete for a playoff spot, instead of cutting seymour and saving 7.5 mil, he gives him a new contract which hurts our cap space this year, franchises Branch but then gives him a long term deal which hurts us this year, restructures Palmer which hurts us this year. Signs Briesel with a big signing bonus that hurts us if he’s cut . So my point is Reggie either miscalculated our talent level or didnt take the opportunity to rebuild last year like he’s doing this year. Why is that so hard to admit

  • SnBG

    Sorry my dog jump up and I hit the send button on post 571 before I could comment

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Charlie Says:
    April 11th, 2013 at 8:19 am

    GG

    Sparano failed in Miami with all his screaming and yelling because he did not have a good enough team.

    Gruden and Del Rio got fired because their teams were not very good.

    Those were all good coaches who failed because of lack of talent.

    Dungy won a Super Bowl and was very similar to Landry.

    DA is the least of our problems right now.
    Let’s get some talent then we can judge.

    ====

    Those examples you gave again highlight the NFL is always getting harder for first-time HCs. They get 2-3 years max to show something. Not just w-l’s but them as a HC, as a people manager, etc. Raheem got the team into the playoffs, but that wasnt enough, when another year later he lost the lockerroom and the product was putrid. Bad continuity was evident in 2-3 years, he was let go. Schiano will get 2-3 years too. The HC has to show of himself….when i say show something…he has to show himself, own it, be more commanding, aplomb, confident, not wishy-washy, and show the football acumen itself (adjustments innovations etc).

  • RNOraiderFan

    I think Dennis brings out the best in our DB’s that’s it tho. Hopefully our LB’s coach is solid and our DL coach is supposed to be great I just can’t tell.

  • http://polarityblog.com Silverandblack666

    “@silver

    Allen was a rookie last year. Palmer was a 10-year vet.

    thats the difference”

    A lot of truth to that.

    He is no loger a Raider so on to the next topic….do you think we will trade down or take a chance at #3?

  • http://polarityblog.com Silverandblack666

    Tiger is even through 2

  • guest123

    Raheem Morris never led the Bucs to the playoffs. He did take the team to a suprising 10-6 record though.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    REALLIONAIREB Says:
    April 11th, 2013 at 8:21 am
    Did u guys see Wes Welker at the work out???

    Dude took his shirt off and I was like that’s an NFL body!!!
    =============================================
    Tits gets a bonus for keeping his shirt on.

    Impossible for the players to practice when they’re laughing hysterically.

  • RNOraiderFan

    As Far as our O, we need the big 3 to be great. QB, 3 down stud RB, & true #1 Wr.

  • guest123

    RNOraiderFan Says:
    April 11th, 2013 at 8:32 am
    As Far as our O, we need the big 3 to be great. QB, 3 down stud RB, & true #1 Wr.

    ^^^^^^^

    We have none of this.

  • RNOraiderFan

    Our whole offense is good, but we need a few of those WOW players

  • DJ Johnny

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    April 11th, 2013 at 7:46 am
    Tiger is teeing off now!

    I wanna see Tiger, Bubba and Lefty going toe to toe, but it probably won’t work out that way. There’s always some unknown that emerges…or senior guy like Watson etc. and an Olazabel or something.

  • RNOraiderFan

    If we got a big 3 we would be back in business!

  • http://polarityblog.com Silverandblack666

    “We have none of this.”

    Not true we have 1/2 a RB

    We only need a WR, QB and another RB to play the 8 games McFadden cant.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Point being, first year looked like a winner 10-6, but he rode the previous HC’s coattail. Following that, two bad years, it was enough, he got canned, they recognized bad continuity. Why wasnt he kept on for another 2 years “in case”? The positive sign of 10-6 not enough.

    Allen engineered 2-14, and if he starts off say 0-4, or 1-6, you think the media/fans/beat-writers wont be applying a very hot-seat? That Mark/Reggie wont be thinking “bad continuity” turn it over to someone else?

  • RNOraiderFan

    I think our D could be suprizingly great or a disaster. Can’t wait til September!!!

  • http://polarityblog.com Silverandblack666

    “I wanna see Tiger, Bubba and Lefty going toe to toe, but it probably won’t work out that way. There’s always some unknown that emerges…or senior guy like Watson etc. and an Olazabel or something.”

    Jim Furyk is 4 under currently your leader.

  • SnBG

    Those examples you gave again highlight the NFL is always getting harder for first-time HCs. They get 2-3 years max to show something. Not just w-l’s but them as a HC, as a people manager, etc. Raheem got the team into the playoffs, but that wasnt enough, when another year later he lost the lockerroom and the product was putrid. Bad continuity was evident in 2-3 years, he was let go. Schiano will get 2-3 years too. The HC has to show of himself….when i say show something…he has to show himself, own it, be more commanding, aplomb, confident, not wishy-washy, and show the football acumen itself (adjustments innovations etc).
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    So then stop all the complaining about Reg/DA, give them the NFL norm of 3 years. It would be great if the Raiders could a little normal

  • RNOraiderFan

    Trade with the Fins should be the plan on draft day.
    1,2,3,3,4,5,6,6,6,7 would be a nice stable of young players.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Mark (admittedly a rookie owner) even put Allen on the hot-seat towards end of Allen’s first year.

    Reggie admitted Allen will have to show something this year (year 2) or he may be on the hot-seat.

    Allen isn’t safe for four years if year 2 is bad again. Again, not just w-l’s, but also what Bob Marley touched on in one of his posts, about how Allen has to show command of adjustments and preparation, show the team is competitive and progress is being made etc.

  • The_Judge37

    At least this guy hasn’t been out of football for over a year, even though his 2.8 yards per carry is practically the same thing.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    SnBG Says:
    April 11th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Those examples you gave again highlight the NFL is always getting harder for first-time HCs. They get 2-3 years max to show something. Not just w-l’s but them as a HC, as a people manager, etc. Raheem got the team into the playoffs, but that wasnt enough, when another year later he lost the lockerroom and the product was putrid. Bad continuity was evident in 2-3 years, he was let go. Schiano will get 2-3 years too. The HC has to show of himself….when i say show something…he has to show himself, own it, be more commanding, aplomb, confident, not wishy-washy, and show the football acumen itself (adjustments innovations etc).
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    So then stop all the complaining about Reg/DA, give them the NFL norm of 3 years. It would be great if the Raiders could a little normal

    =====

    Haven’t been complaining about Reggie. Just DA. Acknowledging he IS on the hot-seat 2013. He’s not safe, not safe for four years (no matter what). And making a HC safe for four years isn’t ideal — no fire lit under them.

  • RNOraiderFan

    I say give Reggie 5 years Cuz the mess he came into. I’m willing to be chill and let the man work. In 3 more years from now we’ll know enough about him to pass judgment.

  • The_Judge37

    Haven’t been complaining about Reggie. Just DA. Acknowledging he IS on the hot-seat 2013. He’s not safe, not safe for four years (no matter what). And making a HC safe for four years isn’t ideal — no fire lit under them.
    ——

    He and Reggie are safe this year because of the new Roster and cap situation.

    Then next year, there will be an entirely new roster, so he’ll have a pass for 2014.

  • The_Judge37

    RNOraiderFan Says:
    April 11th, 2013 at 8:42 am
    I say give Reggie 5 years Cuz the mess he came into. I’m willing to be chill and let the man work. In 3 more years from now we’ll know enough about him to pass judgment.
    ——

    RevokeThePass2013

  • REALLIONAIREB

    Lol

  • beechraider

    Nycraider Says:
    April 11th, 2013 at 8:23 am
    Charlie Says:
    April 11th, 2013 at 8:06 am
    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.
    ——————-
    Charlie, i understand the contracts of Routt and Wimbley. Your missing the point. In July , Reggie says we will compete for a playoff spot, instead of cutting seymour and saving 7.5 mil, he gives him a new contract which hurts our cap space this year, franchises Branch but then gives him a long term deal which hurts us this year, restructures Palmer which hurts us this year. Signs Briesel with a big signing bonus that hurts us if he’s cut . So my point is Reggie either miscalculated our talent level or didnt take the opportunity to rebuild last year like he’s doing this year. Why is that so hard to admit
    ———————-
    NYC, for some very hard to admit. but you have to understand Big Reg was a rookie GM. The rebuild is on which is exciting, Reg is no longer a rookie GM and will bring us to a much better place in the future..Peace

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    I gotta run. Nice chatting/debating with you all. Have a great day. Looking forward to hearing more Raider news thru the day.

  • REALLIONAIREB

    Lol crazy

  • R8drinOK

    RNOraiderFan Says:
    April 11th, 2013 at 8:39 am
    Trade with the Fins should be the plan on draft day.
    1,2,3,3,4,5,6,6,6,7 would be a nice stable of young players.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I like it…maybe we can still grab Star Lotulelei if he’s gone get G Jonathan Cooper or NT Sylvester Williams (just as good as Floyd) out of NC. I’d like to get Kyle Long with the 2nd rd pick.