Khalil Mack was named to the PFWA’s All-NFL team at two positions. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Raiders pass rusher Khalil Mack earned another impressive double feat on Monday when he earned two spots on the Professional Football Writers of America’s All-NFL Team.
Mack was selected as both defensive end and outside linebacker, repeated the feat he accomplished on the Associated Press All-Pro team. He’s the first to be selected at two positions in the same year by either organization. Continue Reading
Interesting story from Jason LaCanfora today on LA and the plight of the Raiders.
Here’s what he wrote:
Where do you place the odds of the Raiders landing? And how long is this Mark Davis’ team?
Don’t make me laugh. Where the hell is he going? Kroenke, for all of his means and wealth and for having shovels in the ground already in a prime location where the NFL league office wanted to build a stadium, had to sweat it out through a challenging process that was clearly controlled by the league. Davis has none of that, and the NFL won’t let him in San Diego to try to undermine their LA project, and Jerry Jones — who made the proposal to get the Rams and Chargers together in the first place — doesn’t want him anywhere near San Antonio. No way Davis gets the votes to go anywhere the league doesn’t want him — and every indication I get is that the league wants two teams in the Bay Area. Beyond that, the league could set the relocation fee easily out of his reach as well. He can huff and puff, but he ain’t blowing anything down, and his best bet is to work really hard securing additional owners and putting that $100 million to work in the Oakland area, or the league will eventually find a big-time owner who will.
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
San Antonio has some advantages as a leverage play for the Raiders, mainly the prospect of public money for a new stadium. But of course there are downsides. One, it seems like a lot of Raiders fans wouldn’t stick with the team if it moved to Texas.
And, San Antonio residents might stick with the Cowboys. At least that’s what Jerry Jones told NBC’s Pro Football Talk last year.
Check out his quote:
Guessing many of you have seen this ESPN report that former former Minnesota Vikings owner Red McCombs called Mark Davis Tuesday night to sell him on San Antonio.
It certainly looks like San Antonio will be the Raiders primary leverage play in trying to get a better deal out of Oakland. While some NFL scribes play up the idea that the Raiders could “seamlessly” fit into San Diego, it’s important to remember that San Diego voters weren’t expected to approve $350 million to help build a new football stadium for the Chargers
What makes anything think they’d do it for the Raiders?
Mark Davis called the Rams move to Inglewood a “loss for the Raiders.” And he doesn’t see staying in Oakland has much of a consolation prize.
While it’s hard to imagine him actually leaving town this year, Davis would make no commitment to staying.
“I don’t know where we will be,” he said. “America, the world is a possibility for Raider Nation.”
Still there is incentive for him to stay. The extra $100 million from the NFL for a new stadium is only available in Oakland.
Announcement of a Rams-Chargers marriage in Inglewood is expected momentarily.
Several reports have the Raiders getting at least $100 million toward a new stadium for stepping aside.
There are dozens of reporters here waiting for official announcement, but it looks as if it will be the Rams and Chargers in Inglewod and the Raiders still in Oakland next season.
The Rams’ Inglewood plan has the most revenue potential for the league and got the most support from owners. That left the Chargers with the option to be the second team there, and it looks like they are likely to take it
LA Times reporting that Commissioner Roger Goodell is taking a compromise proposal to the owners and that Rams, Raiders and Chargers are not in the room.
Looks like this could be resolved tonight with the anticipated outcome that the Rams and Chargers will go to Inglewood.