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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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News conference schedule for 3 p.m. to make “Important Announcement on Future of the Oakland Raiders”

An Oakland Raiders fan holds a sign asking the team to stay instead of moving to Southern California as the Oakland Raiders play the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter of their NFL game at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

A news conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday to make an announcement regarding the Raiders’ future. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

The Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority has called for a 3 p.m. news conference on Thursday to make an “important announcement of the future of the Oakland Raiders.”

Raiders owner Mark Davis is scheduled to attend and the presumption is the announcement will revolve around the one-year lease the Raiders have acknowledged negotiating with the JPA. However, the press release states the JPA plans to “meet the media to discuss developments with the Oakland Raiders and the team’s 2016-17 football season (and beyond).” 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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Raiders will ‘host’ game in Mexico; Davis not eyeing south of the border relocation

Mark Davis and the Raiders will play the Houston Texans in Mexico City on Nov. 21.

Mark Davis and the Raiders will play the Houston Texans in Mexico City on Nov. 21.

SAN FRANCISCO — The Raiders are taking a home game south of the border.

The NFL announced Friday the Raiders will host the Houston Texans for a Monday Night Football game Nov. 21 in Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca.

“I’ve always believed in Mexico, Mexico City, the Hispanic fan base of the Raiders and how large it is,” Davis said. “It just makes all the sense in the world.” Continue Reading

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NFL commissioner pledges to help keep Raiders in Oakland

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell believes Raiders owner Mark Davis wants to find a long-term solution in Oakland. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

 (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

The first question Roger Goodell faced Friday was a familiar one: what about the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers now that the Rams are back in Los Angeles.

As he’s been saying all week, the commissioner pledged “to do everything possible” to help get new stadiums built in their current cities.

“The league supports both of these teams, but we are working very hard with not only the teams but the communities to try to find a solution that works for everybody,” he said. “This has to work for the communities, and it has to work for the teams long-term”

For San Diego, which has first dibs on joining the Rams in Los Angeles, the path looks clear: come up with a stadium deal (Downtown or Mission Valley) and put a measure on the November ballot for voters to decide whether they want to help pay for it.

Oakland may be a tougher nut to crack considering that polls have shown little voter support for helping pay for a new stadium. So how can the NFL really help?

I asked NFL Senior Vice President Eric Grubman Friday about past reports that the league would consider developing a stadium in Oakland. The NFL had looked into to buying the Inglewood land, which the Rams later acquired.

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J.J. Watt on Khalil Mack: ‘I really respect his game’

J.J. Watt overtook Khalil Mack for the sack title on the season's final day this season. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

J.J. Watt overtook Khalil Mack for the sack title on the season’s final day this season. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO — The Raiders’ Khalil Mack missed out on the NFL’s sack title this season when Houston Texans’ star J.J. Watt overtook with a three-sack effort in the season finale.

Watt said Thursday he knew it was going to take a big effort on the season’s final Sunday to move ahead of the Raiders’ second-year star. Continue Reading

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Stabler supporters file faux legal brief to plead his Hall of Fame case

FullSizeRender 2SAN FRANCISCO — The supporters of Ken Stabler have filed a legal brief arguing for the legendary Raiders’ quarterbacks election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Well, not really, but a faux document was circulated Wednesday to plead the case for Stabler, who died July 8 from complications of colon cancer, as Saturday’s Hall of Fame vote in San Francisco nears. Continue Reading

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