Oakland Raiders hope short term rentals pay off long term

The Raiders have been busy this off season. They have the money to spend and have been accumulating talent. Thirteen new faces will be wearing the Silver and Black in 2014 but for how long? Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen both are presumably on the hot seat and have made short term deals with a number of their free agents in order to avoid “dead money” disasters that were seen...
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Oakland Raiders Draft Preview

1. Pick Five Narrowed Down To Two Targets Michael Conroy/Associated Press The Quarterback and Outside Linebacker position were the two most prominent positions that people thought the Raiders would target at pick 5.  This is no longer the case for Oakland. Oakland has two main targets at number five, one of which will likely be available.  First, is Jake Matthews.  With Greg Robinson...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

TOJ Roundtable – New York Jets Roster Building Edition

The Turn On The Jets Roundtable is back to debate issues surrounding the New York Jets. Make sure to give all of the writers a follow on Twitter and if there is a question you want to see us debate, leave it in the comment section! What did you think of the New York Jets approach to free agency in March and what transactions, if any, do you expect in April? Joe Caporoso - The...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Raiders release guard Mike Brisiel and save 1.38 million in cap space

Today the Oakland  Raiders released former starting guard Mike Brisiel, according to Scott Bair of Brisiel started 30 games over the past two seasons, but was out of a job after the Raiders signed Austin Howard to man right guard. He signed a five-year, $20 million contract in 2012, but took a pay cut last year after they abandoned the zone […] The post...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Tale of the Tape: Austin Howard

The Raiders have been signing free agents left and right this offseason, going mostly with older veterans with a history of good to great production. Perhaps the one signing that bucked the trend was when the Raiders signed Austin Howard, a large offensive tackle who started every game in the last two seasons at right tackle for the Jets. Howard is a physical specimen, standing...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Former GM shares his thoughts on Jets’ offseason

Former NFL General Manager, and Jets fan, Ted Sundquist, shares his thoughts on John Idzik’s offseason approach. Sundquist notes that while Jets fans are now asking for more money to be spent on high-profile free agents—such as DeSean Jackson—each GM’s approach is different, and Idzik has a calculated one. “Idzik manages money more effectively than Mike Tannenbaum, Breno...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders still looking to spend on free agents

The Oakland Raiders have already signed eight new players and traded for a ninth since the start of free agency. They have not handed out any really big contracts other than the one voided when Rodger Saffold failed his physical, but they haven’t been bringing in bargain basement deals either. The Raiders have added LaMarr Woodley, Justin Tuck, Antonio Smith, Tarrell Brown, Austin...
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Raiders will have Austin Howard play guard, not tackle

According to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle,  the Raiders signed free agent offensive lineman Austin Howard to play guard, not tackle. Turns out there was a twist. #Raiders signed Austin Howard to play guard and not right tackle, & are hoping/expecting Watson starts at RT — Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) March 24, 2014 var ACE_AR = {Site: '898551', Size: '468060...
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Reviewing Raiders revamped offensive line

The Oakland Raiders played with maybe the most rag-tag group of offensive lineman ever in 2013. Needless to say major upgrades were needed. With the largest cap space in the NFL Reggie McKenzie had money to spend and has done well after two big hits early. The Raiders have refused to hand out any large deals this off-season and Jared Veldheer, although very reliable was a casualty...
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Oakland Raiders sign OT Austin Howard

This is an overpay for Austin Howard, who has been a solid, but unspectacular right tackle for the Jets in 2 seasons as a starter, grading out 31st among offensive tackles on Pro Football Focus in 2012 and 47th in 2013. Giving him 30 million over 5 years with 15 million guaranteed looks bad in comparison to some of the deals given to right tackles recently. Sebastian Vollmer (4 years...
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March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

USA Today gives Oakland Raiders D- for free agent moves

USA Today has given grades for free agent moves thus far and chose the Oakland Raiders for the dubious honor of receiving the worst grade of any team in the league. While one team, the Cincinnati Bengals, received an incomplete, no one received a letter grade worse than the D- handed to the Raiders. By the time the piece was written, the Raiders had signed eight free agents. Offensive...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders Offseason: The Roller Coaster First Week Of Action

To say that the first week of the new NFL calendar year was a rollercoaster ride for the Raiders would be a supreme understatement.  The rising optimism of having close to $70 million in cap space began to spiral down the tracks when the team was unable to come to terms with Rashad Jennings, Jared Veldheer, and Lamarr Houston on new contracts. They had to void the new contract...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Jets: Defending John Idzik

New York Jets General Manager John Idzik is entering his first full off-season with the team, and thus far, he’s been relatively quiet. He’s let big-time free agents like Darrelle Revis, Alterraun Verner, Vontae Davis, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie sign on with other teams. It’s easy to get frustrated with all of these non-moves considering the Jets have $27.9 million dollars...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Are the Oakland Raiders Better After First Wave of Free Agency?

Al Bello After a tumultuous start to the free agency period in which the Oakland Raiders watched three of their top free-agents leave town and had a controversial failed physical void their lone free-agent signing, GM Reggie McKenzie and the Raiders have righted the ship and they can now hold their head high now that the dust is beginning to settle. On the first day of free agency...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Grading week one of Oakland Raiders free agency

Day one of the free agency frenzy left fans breathing heavily into paper bags. Lamarr Houston was gone as was Jared Veldheer and the only new player coming to Oakland was Rodger Saffold (who would soon be leaving again). All the cap space for making moves was still in Reggie McKenzie’s pocket and Raider Nation was quickly bracing for full panic mode. What a big difference six days...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders: free agency recap

After six days, the Oakland Raiders have made some not-so-big moves. Coming into the offseason with more than $60 million to spend, some may have expected general manager Reggie McKenzie to make some big splashes. However McKenzie is not like deceased former owner/general manager Al Davis, who wanted every big name player and would give them outrageous overpriced contracts that...
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

One problem with first 48 hours of Jets’ free agency: everything

One problem with first 48 hours of Jets’ free agency: everythingIf the New York Jets’ first 48 hours of free agency could be summed up in an Eric Hutchinson album title, which is actually a horrible concept on my part and I apologize, it would have to be That Could’ve Gone Better. Hands down. Shall we review? Though I was not necessarily high on re-signing right tackle Austin...
March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Jets finally spend green, make deal with OT Giacomini

The Jets finally opened their checkbooks Wednesday night, making their first free-agent signing. The team agreed to terms with offensive tackle Breno Giacomini, who spent the past three seasons as the starting right tackle for the Seahawks. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Giacomini visited the Jets on Wednesday and they secured a deal for him to replace Austin Howard as their...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Jets swiftly hire Howard's replacement in Giacomini

BY NICK ST. DENISThe New York Jets wanted to lock up right tackle Austin Howard well before he could sniff free agency, but as time went on, it became clear he was destined for the marketplace.Howard ended up signing on with the Oakland Raiders Tuesday (sorry, man), leaving a relatively crucial void on Gang Green's front.The Jets swiftly filled that void, announcing Wednesday...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Why the Raiders over-paid Saffold, Howard

The Raiders looked to be sitting pretty riding into free agency. They had a large amount of cap space and the will, it appeared, to re-sign their own to-be free agents plus a few others. A day after free agency, the Raiders have signed three players, only one of which was in Oakland last season. Arguably the team’s best three players (and certainly the team’s best three free...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders: Austin Howard signed as new right tackle

Oakland Raiders: Austin Howard signed as new right tackle The other signing the Oakland Raiders made on the first day of free agency was for former New York Jets right tackle Austin Howard. The 5-year, $30 million deal with $15 million guaranteed is a prize for the former undrafted free agent. Like Rodger Saffold, it is a gross overpayment for a average player Howard has been...
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

TOJ New York Jets Free Agnecy Tracker – DAY TWO

And we are back for more free agency madness. Make sure to check yesterday’s thread for our thoughts on the New York Jets day one activity (or inactivity). Also follow on Twitter and Facebook for the most up to date commentary. What will Wednesday bring for the New York Jets? Let’s get into it… 10:55 AM – I woke up this morning to find Jets fans in a state of panic. Austin...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders agree to terms with Austin Howard

The Raiders have agreed to terms with former Jets OT Austin Howard, per multiple reports. The deal is for 5 years and has a max value of $30 million, with half of that - $15 million - guaranteed. Howard had made the Raiders his first place to visit, yesterday, and the team didn't let him leave the building once there. Howard is a massive man, standing 6'7"...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders land former Jets OT Austin Howard

The Oakland Raiders finally made a “splash” in free agency after signing former Jets offensive tackle Austin Howard on Tuesday night. Raiders reached agreement with former Jets OT Austin Howard on a five-year, $30 million deal, including $15M gtd, per source. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2014   var ACE_AR = {Site: '898551', Size: '468060', CallType...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders: Top 5 Free Agents left to target after day 1

The Oakland Raiders signed two offensive linemen, Rodger Saffold and Austin Howard and re-signed running back Darren McFadden on day one of NFL free agency. Not super sexy names that many in Raider Nation were hoping for, but good solid football players who will contribute to the team. And now that the first day of overspending and insane deals is over, the Raiders will likely be...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

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