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Report: Raiders in ‘serious’ talks with Texans about trade for Schaub

By Steve Corkran
Sunday, March 16th, 2014 at 3:22 pm in Oakland Raiders

The Raiders are in “serious” talks with the Houston Texans about a trade for veteran quarterback Matt Schaub, according to a report by a Houston radio station.
Schaub, 32, is the kind of experienced quarterback the Raiders are looking for while they continue to search for a long-term solution.
Journeyman Trent Edwards, fourth-year player Terrelle Pryor and second-year player Matt McGloin are the only quarterbacks on the Raiders roster.
Coach Dennis Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie said in recent months that they aren’t sure if the Raiders quarterback of the future is on their roster.
McKenzie added that he is inclined to go with a veteran in 2014 as his starter, while a younger quarterback learns under the veteran.
That younger option might be Pryor or McGloin, or it could be a quarterback that the Raiders select in the NFL draft in May. The Raiders hold the No. 5 pick in a draft that features numerous attractive quarterbacks.
Schaub still has three years left on a contract that calls for him to earn $10 million in base salary in 2014, $12.5 million in ’15 and $14.5 million in ‘16. The Raiders are flush with salary cap space and can accommodate such a salary.
Schaub is fresh from his worst season since he became a starter in 2007. He had 10 touchdown passes and 14 passes intercepted last season. That prompted coach Gary Kubiak to bench Schaub.
McKenzie traded for veteran quarterback Matt Flynn last offseason and anointed him the starter. Pryor beat out Flynn in training camp, and the Raiders released Flynn early in the season after Flynn started one game.
In other news, linebacker Rob Jackson and defensive end Alex Carrington are scheduled to visit the Raiders in the coming days as the Raiders continue their wide-ranging search to revamp their defense.
Jackson, 28, played mostly special teams and as a reserve linebacker during his six seasons with the Washington Redskins.
However, he also flashed as a potential starter when he filled in for 14 games in 2012.
The Raiders are set at all three linebacker spots, with 2013 starters Kevin Burnett, Nick Roach and Sio Moore under contract for 2014. The Raiders also added veteran linebacker LaMarr Woodley via free agency Thursday.
Jackson played in only 10 games his first three seasons. He appeared in 44 of 48 games the past three seasons. Fourteen of his 15 starts came in ’12.
Already, the Raiders signed four players that are expected to compete for starting jobs next season.
Defensive end Justin Tuck, defensive lineman Antonio Smith and cornerback Tarell Brown are the others besides Woodley.
Carrington, 26, started nine of the 44 games he played for the Buffalo Bills the past four seasons. He played in only three games last season and recorded 10 tackles.

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Raiders slated to meet with another veteran defender

By Steve Corkran
Sunday, March 16th, 2014 at 2:46 pm in Oakland Raiders

Linebacker Rob Jackson is scheduled to visit the Raiders early next week as the Raiders continue their wide-ranging search to revamp their defense. Read the rest of this entry »

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McFadden officially back with Raiders for seventh season

By Steve Corkran
Saturday, March 15th, 2014 at 2:21 pm in Oakland Raiders

The Raiders on Saturday finalized a one-year contract with running back Darren McFadden that keeps the 2008 first-round draft pick in a silver-and-black uniform for a seventh season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Raiders bring back one of their own

By Steve Corkran
Saturday, March 15th, 2014 at 10:12 am in Oakland Raiders

The Raiders took a break from signing other teams’ free agents to re-sign one of their own Saturday, with safety Usama Young returning on a two-year contract.
Young, who turns 29 in May, started one of the 12 games he played for the Raiders last season.
For now, he is in line to compete for the starting job at free safety. That changes if the Raiders re-sign veteran Charles Woodson, which isn’t a sure thing.
Young started only 26 games during his first seven NFL seasons. However, he is regarded as a valuable player because of his ability to fill in at both safety spots and play special teams.
Young is the third of Oakland’s 18 unrestricted free agents to be re-signed. Offensive lineman Khalif Barnes and running back Darren McFadden signed extensions earlier this month.
The Raiders have spent most of their time in recent days targeting free agents from other teams.
Earlier this week, they signed defensive linemen Justin Tuck and Antonio Smith, linebacker LaMarr Woodley and cornerback Tarell Brown, in addition to meeting with several other players who played for other teams last season.

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Raiders defensive ways in free agency continue in earnest

By Steve Corkran
Friday, March 14th, 2014 at 5:08 pm in Oakland Raiders

The Raiders added two more potential starters for their defense Friday with the signings of defensive lineman Antonio Smith and cornerback Tarell Brown.
Those signings combine with the addition of defensive end Justin Tuck and linebacker LaMarr Woodley on Thursday. All four are potential starters for a defensive unit depleted by the defection of free agents such as defensive end Lamarr Houston, defensive tackle Vance Walker and cornerback Tracy Porter, as well as others still unsigned.
Smith posted five sacks for the Houston Texans last season, his 10th in the NFL. He spent his first five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, the past five with the Texans.
Smith signed a contract that has the potential to net him $9 million over two seasons. Brown signed a one-year contract for $3.5 million, all of it guaranteed.
Brown, 29, spent all seven of his NFL seasons with the 49ers. He played in 100 games during that time, including 47 starts. He started 10 games last season.
Brown gives the Raiders a reliable option as a starter opposite second-year player D.J. Hayden, who played mostly as an extra defensive back last season before an injury sidelined him for the latter part of the season.
Mike Jenkins and Porter started at cornerback for the Raiders last season. Porter signed with the Washington Redskins. Jenkins remains unsigned.

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Raiders free agent frenzy continues, with three more vets on way for visits

By Steve Corkran
Friday, March 14th, 2014 at 10:09 am in Oakland Raiders

Veteran defensive end Antonio Smith and veteran offensive tackle Michael Oher are the latest players on their way to Alameda to meet with Raiders officials about the prospect of wearing silver and black next season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Raiders get defensive once again, add another big-name veteran

By Steve Corkran
Thursday, March 13th, 2014 at 3:47 pm in Oakland Raiders

The Raiders further bolstered their defense by signing veteran outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley to a two-year contract Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Raiders sign top-notch DE to replace Houston

By Steve Corkran
Thursday, March 13th, 2014 at 2:01 pm in Oakland Raiders

The Raiders helped redirect the spotlight from their waffling on their first high-profile move in free agency by signing veteran defensive end Justin Tuck on Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Saffold fails physical _ Raiders deal off

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 7:13 pm in Oakland Raiders

Offensive lineman Rodger Saffold, who agreed to terms on a five-year contract worth a maximum of $42.5, failed his physical and won’t be joining the Raiders, the club announced Wednesday evening.
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Raiders announce Howard signing

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 5:18 pm in Oakland Raiders

Raiders press release . . .

The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent T Austin Howard, General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Wednesday.
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