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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 continue to play waiting game with Mario Edwards Jr.

The Raiders still don't know much about Mario Edwards Jr.'s neck injury. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

The Raiders still don’t know much about Mario Edwards Jr.’s neck injury. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

SAN FRANCISCO — The Raiders are continuing to play the waiting game on the significant neck injury suffered by rookie defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr.

“He’s got to have some series of test that he’s going to have to go over here in the next month or so,” Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Tuesday. “Once we find out that, we’ll have some more answers. But right now, it’s still the same. We just don’t know.” Continue Reading

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Mark Davis talks … to Tim Kawakami

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis, left, shakes hands with St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke, right, as Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II looks on after an NFL owners meeting Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Houston. The owners voted to allow the Rams to move to a new stadium just outside Los Angeles, and the San Diego Chargers will have an option to share the facility. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

 (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

In his first in-depth interview since finishing third in “a three-horse race” for Los Angeles, Mark Davis confirmed he wants to extend his Coliseum lease for a year.

He also talked about last week’s “great great” meeting with honchos in Las Vegas  (He spent 45 minutes with Steve Wynn!!!) and a bit about San Diego, which he called “a phenomenal place.”

He said there could be other Bay Area locations that might interest him, but once again ruled out sharing Levi’s Stadium.

Davis said it’s up to Dean Spanos now to determine what happens in SoCal.

Listen to the interview here.

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Libby Schaaf wants to talk new stadium, but Raiders are focused on lease extension for now

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf speaks during a NFL meeting with Oakland Raiders fans at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. Fans expressed their feelings to the NFL officials about their Oakland Raiders potential move back to Los Angles. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said the Raiders focus seems to be on a lease extension and she then hopes to re-engage new stadium talks. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

SAN FRANCISCO — With the Raiders’ chances of moving to Los Angeles having renewed hope, Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf said the team’s focus seems to be geared on securing a lease extension at O.co Coliseum.

“It’s my impression that’s the Raiders’ priority,” Schaaf said Monday at a Super Bowl 50 host committee press conference. “That’s the communications that I’ve heard from them. Of course, I’m anxious to get them back to the table to talk about a new stadium.”

Schaaf isn’t involved in the lease extension talks, with takes place between the Raiders and the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority, but she did say she believes those talks have begun. Continue Reading

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Justin Tuck announces retirement

Justin Tuck announced his retirement Monday after 11 NFL seasons . (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Justin Tuck announced his retirement Monday after 11 NFL seasons . (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck announced his retirement on Monday.

“After months of praying and careful consideration, I have decided to retire from the game of football,” Tuck announced in a Facebook post. “I’ve had 11 great years and honestly I leave with very few regrets.”

A two-time Super Bowl champion with the New York Giants, Tuck spent his final two NFL seasons in Oakland, although a torn pectoral muscle limited him to five games in his final NFL season. Continue Reading

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Chargers staying in San Diego for 2016 // Maybe forever

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Don’t bury the Los Angeles Raiders just yet. On the same day he reached a tentative deal to share the Rams’ future stadium in Inglewood, San Diego Chargers’ owner Dean Spanos said he would keep the team in San Diego for the upcoming season while working with officials on a stadium deal.

If a deal is reached, that means the Raiders would get the option to move to Los Angeles, and they would appear likely to exercise it.

Here is the statement from Spanos:

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Super Bowl 50: Great Raiders moments and more

Receiver Fred Biletnikoff, left, and quarterback Ken Stabler celebrate after the Oakland Raiders defeated the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI in Pasadena, Calif. Jan. 9, 1977.  (AP Photo/File)

Receiver Fred Biletnikoff and quarterback Ken Stabler celebrate after the Raiders defeated the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI in Pasadena. (AP Photo/File)

Super Bowl 50 is just nine days away from kick off at Levi’s Stadium. With the Bay Area hosting its first Super Bowl in 31 years, it’s a natural time to look back at the Raiders’ history in the game.

Our staff has spent the past weeks (and in some cases months) working on Super Bowl content and we’re about to pump that into hyperdrive over the next week and a half.

Here’s some of the work we’ve produced so far. We hope you enjoy: 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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Las Vegas Raiders? Don’t bet on it

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Forget the Alamo. Vegas wants the Raiders. But don’t schedule any weekend Sin City benders this autumn or any other. The NFL has never been bullish on having a team in the legal gambling capital of the country.

Still, what’s the harm in talking. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Mark Davis is scheduled to meet Friday with billionaire casino magnate and Republican sugar daddy Sheldon Adelson. Adelson’s company is planning a $1 billion football stadium near the UNLV campus.

Below is a short story I wrote fro the sports section:

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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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