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Raiders bring back S Nate Allen

Oakland Raiders safety Nate Allen was brought back a day after being released.

Oakland Raiders safety Nate Allen was brought back a day after being released.

ALAMEDA _ The Raiders apparently didn’t see enough of safety Nate Allen last season to cut the cord completely.

Two days after Allen was released, the Raiders re-signed the veteran safety to an undisclosed contract Thursday, the club announced. Allen’s salary of $4.9 million would have been guaranteed had he been on the roster Wednesday.

Allen’s original deal had a maximum value of $23 million over four seasons and he earned $6.9 million last season in salary and bonus money. He had an MCL injury in the season opener, didn’t return until the 10th game of the season, and then re-injured his knee and ended the season on injured reserve. Continue Reading

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Raiders release safety Nate Allen

Oakland Raiders safety Nate Allen (20) grimaces in pain after injuring his knee during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif, on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. Allen left the game and did not return. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

Oakland Raiders safety Nate Allen (20) grimaces in pain after injuring his knee during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif, on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. Allen left the game and did not return. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

ALAMEDA _ Safety Nate Allen, one of the Raiders big ticket items in free agency last year, was released Tuesday, the club announced.

 

Allen played in five games with three starts. He had knee injury that didn’t require surgery in the regular-season opener against Cincinnati and began the season on injured reserve/designated for return.

 

When Allen did return, he played ineffectively both in coverage and as a tackler. He reinjured his knee and finished the season on injured reserve.

 

Allen signed a four-year contract with a total value of $23 million last season, He received $6.9 million for his troubles, a including a $4 million roster bonus. Continue Reading

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Raiders QB Ken Stabler inducted into Hall of Fame

Quarterback Ken Stabler is the 25th Raider inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Quarterback Ken Stabler is the 25th Raider inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Attempts to post this from San Francisco were futile . . . better late than never . . .

SAN FRANCISCO _ Ken Stabler wasn’t around to see it, but the Raiders quarterback was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday night at the NFL Honors show at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

 

Stabler, who died in July due to complications of colon cancer at age 69, was one of two senior nominees inducted along with former Washington and Detroit offensive lineman Dick Stanfel.

 

The NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1974, Stabler was a finalist three times in 1990, 1991 and 2003 but never made the final cut. Continue Reading

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Great Raiders moments: RB Marcus Allen recalls making magic on `17 Bob Trey O’ vs. Washington in Super Bowl XVIII

Marcus Allen rushed for 191 yards on 20 carries against Washington in the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/File)

Marcus Allen rushed for 191 yards on 20 carries against Washington in the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/File)

SAN FRANCISCO _ The run as described by NFL Films narrator John Facenda was so moving to the late Todd Christensen that he got choked up just talking about it in an interview for “America’s Game: The 1983 Raiders.”

 

It’s still special to Marcus Allen, whose 74-yard touchdown run helped finish off Washington 38-9 in Super Bowl XVIII on Jan. 22, 1984.

 

“It was really sort of time travel, that’s basically what it was,” Allen said Tuesday at the media center for Super Bowl 50.  “Everything slowed down. My awareness was just off the charts, the things that I could see and the anxiety in people’s faces as I ran by. It was just that slow.” Continue Reading

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Former Raiders DT Antonio Smith winds up in Super Bowl with Broncos after being released

Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith sacks Aaron Rodgers. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith sacks Aaron Rodgers. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

SAN JOSE _ No one had to tell Antonio Smith to enjoy himself when the Broncos were introduced on Opening Night at SAP Pavilion. He was the life of the locker room in bad times as well as good in his one year with the Raiders.

Smith, who played in 16 games as a reserve defensive end, is playing in a reduced role for the Broncos after starting 16 games with the Raiders. Still, he managed 2.5 sacks, just a half sack less than he had with the Raiders.

One year into a two-year contract worth $9 million, Smith was released after the Raiders hired Jack Del Rio. His salary cap number was $4 million and he was 34 years of age, but the move had more to do with scheme than anything else.

Rather than simply cut the cord without a word, Smith said he was given an explanation by Raiders management.

“They said in the direction they were going they didn’t see how I would fit in the new defense,” Smith said. “I’m not a big, two-gap style player. That’s not what I do. I’m a penetrator that works off angles.” Continue Reading

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Raiders cornerback “Old Man Willie” Brown: His big moment in Super Bowl XI came to him in a dream

Willie Brown returns an interception 75 yards for a touchdown against Minnesota on Jan. 9, 1977.

Willie Brown returns an interception 75 yards for a touchdown against Minnesota on Jan. 9, 1977.

How often does Hall of Fame cornerback and Raiders ambassador Willie Brown hear the phrase “Old Man Willie?”

 

“Pretty often,” Brown said. “Like every time I’m out in public.”

 

Brown can thank the late Bill King for that. King was the Raiders peerless play-by-play broadcaster. The call was used in NFL Films highlights and will remain a big part of Raiders history. Continue Reading

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Highlights from an interview with former Raiders coach Tom Flores, owner of four Super Bowl rings

Tom Flores gestures to members of the Los Angeles Raiders as they carry him off the field after their 38-9 victory over the Washington.in Super Bowl XVIII in Tampa Jan. 23, 1984. (AP)

Tom Flores gestures to members of the Los Angeles Raiders as they carry him off the field after their 38-9 victory over the Washington.in Super Bowl XVIII in Tampa Jan. 23, 1984. (AP)

Tom Flores is one of the most noteworthy and also underrated figures in Raiders history. He is the proud owner of four Super Bowl rings _ one as a backup quarterback with the Kansas City Chiefs, one as an assistant coach with the Raiders and two as head coach.

 

Flores not only directed two Super Bowl wins, but did it with teams that played at the absolute peak of their effectiveness on the day that it mattered most. He was the second Hispanic head coach in NFL history (after Tom Fears) and later coached and was president of the Seattle Seahawks. Continue Reading

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Raiders should go with T Jack Conklin, then take their pick in good field of corners, says draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. projects the Raiders taking Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin with the No. 14 pick in the draft. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. projects the Raiders taking Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin with the No. 14 pick in the draft. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. believes the Raiders should first provide protection for quarterback Derek Carr, then look for help at a strong field of cornerbacks in this year’s NFL draft.

Kiper, speaking on a conference call, has the Raiders taking Jack Conklin of Michigan State with their top pick, No. 14 overall.

“They have unrestricted free agents, both tackles,” Kiper said. “I think that could be a major need area for them, protecting Derek Carr is a priority . . . Conklin played left tackle, and played it very, very effectively at Michigan State. He’s an outstanding player. at one point I had him even going a little higher than that. Conklin will be a great pick.”

Raiders left tackle Donald Penn, who has said he wants to return, is indeed an unrestricted free agent. However, Austin Howard, who played well at right tackle before a late-season knee injury, remains under contract. So does Menelik Watson, the presumptive starter during the preseason but lost with an Achilles tear. Continue Reading

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49ers coaching candidate Hue Jackson — his demise with Raiders more to do with circumstance than coaching ability

 

Former Raiders coach Hue Jackson is scheduled to interview with the 49ers. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Staff)

Former Raiders coach Hue Jackson is scheduled to interview with the 49ers. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Staff)

Hue Jackson is scheduled to interview with the 49ers Sunday, four seasons removed from being fired by the Raiders despite finishing 8-8 and one game short of the playoffs.

 

Jackson was many things in his two years with the Raiders, the first as offensive coordinator and second as head coach. Jackson was brash and confident, two traits he passed on to offenses which underwent a remarkable upgrade almost immediately upon his arrival.

 

Owner Al Davis hired Jackson to run the offense for head coach Tom Cable, an arranged marriage which saw the Raiders go from 17 touchdowns to 37 in a single season and go from an anemic 197 points to 410 in 2010.

 

A force of nature during practice, Jackson livened things up with a running stream of trash talk as well as offensive creativity and common sense. One of the first things he did as coordinator was go to running back Darren McFadden, ask him his favorite plays, then immediately add them to the play list. Continue Reading

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Raiders go their separate ways after going from awful to competitive and looking forward to taking the next step

Khalil Mack wants to still be playing at this time next year. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

Khalil Mack wants to still be playing at this time next year. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

ALAMEDA —  The Raiders parted ways Monday with the realization that they’d fought a number of good rounds but simply not enough of them to have their hand raised in victory.

“You can look at it and say we made strides, but we still want to be playing this time of year,” defensive end Khalil Mack said. “You’ve got to look at this and learn from it and not want to ever be in this position again.”

It was a much different vibe than in previous years, being that the Raiders have an established head coach in Jack Del Rio, a nucleus of young players and were outscored by 40 points over 16 games while compiling a 7-9 record. Continue Reading

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