How each Raiders free agent signing will upgrade the team

Leading into free agency, the Oakland Raiders targeted three players who were seen as difference makers. The kind of player where adding him alone would represent a big upgrade to the team. Unfortunately for the Raiders, none of them ended up in Oakland with Randall Cobb re-signing with the Green Bay Packers, Ndamukong Suh signing with the Miami Dolphins and DeMarco Murray signing...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders' Free Agency Report Card

No other team in the NFL has signed more free-agents than the Oakland Raiders. After posting a 3-13 overall record in 2014, the Raiders are among the teams needing fresh faces the most heading into next season.With free agency slowing down after two weeks, it's now time to evaluate the team's roster moves.Rodney Hudson, center: After signing Hudson to a historic $44.5 million contract...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders sign OLB Malcolm Smith

Malcolm Smith follows his former linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. to Oakland, where he is now the defensive coordinator. That makes sense, but it’s not clear what his role will be in Oakland. The Raiders paid him 7 million over 2 years, which suggests he’ll be a starter, after spending most of his career as a reserve in Seattle. Free agent signing Curtis Lofton is locked in at...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders Plan of Attack for the 2015 NFL Draft

With the Draft just over the horizon, it’s time to take a detailed look at each team’s acquisitions and losses and gauge a plan of attack for how they should approach the first three rounds of this year’s draft.  We’ll start with the lowly Tampa Bay Bucs and work our way all the way up to the Super Bowl Champs in New England.  The Oakland Raiders are up on this cool...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Taking a Look at Roles for Raiders FA Signees

View image | The Oakland Raiders announced their 10th free agent signing of the offseason with a two-year deal worth up to $8 million in place with running back Trent Richardson.  The former No. 3 overall draft pick will look to join a long list of successful reclamation projects in the history of the Silver and Black.  This is his third team and the man will...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Grading week one of Raiders free agency

The first week of free agency is up… well almost, it started on Tuesday March 10 so there is technically one day left to the first week but who’s counting. In that first week, the Oakland Raiders have signed nine players: Center Rodney Hudson Defensive tackle Dan Williams Linebacker Malcolm Smith Linebacker Curtis Lofton Running back Roy Helu Quarterback Christian Ponder...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Biggest remaining needs for the Oakland Raiders

With the first three days of free agency now in the books, the Oakland Raiders have added seven new players to the roster: Linebacker Malcolm Smith Linebacker Curtis Lofton Defensive Tackle Dan Williams Safety Nate Allen Center Rodney Hudson Running back Roy Helu Tight end Lee Smith With those signings, the Raiders have clearly aimed to upgrade their run game and their run defense...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

The 10 best value free agent signings in 2015

Armed with the largest salary cap in NFL history, teams have opened their checkbooks this in an attempt to add players that will hopefully make them a contender. As a result, the start of free agency has been fast and furious, filled with one big contract after another. This kind of free-wheeling environment, where logic goes out the window and “keeping up with the Joneses” becomes...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Raiders sign 7; more likely

The Raiders yesterday announced the signing of six of the players with which they had agreed to contract terms over the negotiation window and free agency. Today, the Raiders have also announced the addition of safety Nate Allen to their roster, their seventh player of free agency to date. The players the Raiders have signed as of publishing are: Rodney Hudson, center, 25 years old...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Recent Signings Give Oakland Raiders Long-Lost Identity

As many football fans well know, the Oakland Raiders have been bad for a long time. They've sported an offense that can't get out of its own way and a defense that's been downright offensive to watch.But the Raiders' recent free-agent signings indicate the team is bringing back a part of itself that's been missing for too long—an identity.The acquisitions of center Rodney Hudson...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Raiders reach deals with DT Dan Williams, LB Curtis Lofton

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders bolstered their front seven on Wednesday by agreeing to contracts with free agent defensive tackle Dan Williams and linebacker Curtis Lofton. Lofton said in a text to The Associated Press that he had agreed to a three-year deal with the Raiders. A person with knowledge of the deal said Williams has agreed to a contract pending a physical...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Raiders sign DT Dan Williams, LB Curtis Lofton

The Oakland Raiders are trying to revamp their defense in free agency and have agreed to contracts with defensive tackle Dan Williams and linebacker Curtis Lofton on Wednesday, reports ESPN’s Michael C. Wright. Raiders signing Dan Williams and Curtis Lofton per source. Getting Williams pulled them out of Knighton sweepstakes. — Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) March 11...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Raiders don’t impress on first day of free agency

The Oakland Raiders were supposed to be going after big time upgrades in free agency, instead, they disappointed most of their fans on day one. After talk of guys like Randall Cobb and Ndamukong Suh, the Raiders ended up with Malcolm Smith, Lee Smith and Roy Helu. Not exactly names that are going to knock you on your butt with excitement. The one guy who was supposed to be the big...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Seahawks: Malcolm Smith Departure Shouldn't Sting

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith is headed to the Oakland Raiders, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. A Super Bowl MVP two years ago, Smith lost a prominent role in the Seahawks linebacking corps in 2014 due to the steady play of Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright and Bruce Irvin. All three of those linebackers are the future for the Seahawks, so there simply wasn't a place for...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders To Sign 2013 Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith

The Oakland Raiders will sign former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith on Tuesday, according to reports.Smith, who is 25, adds to an already young and talented Raiders' linebacker corps. He will likely line up at middle linebacker between third-year pro Sio Moore and second-year stud Khalil Mack, giving new head coach Jack Del Rio and defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Raiders add former Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith

Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. is already paying dividends as the Oakland Raiders have signed linebacker Malcolm Smith. He played outside linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks where he won the Super Bowl MVP award two years ago. It is assumed that the Raiders will move Smith to middle linebacker where the team has absolutely no one right now after cutting Nick...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Seattle Seahawks sign linebacker with a funny name

Free agency doesn’t begin for another week, but yesterday the Seattle Seahawks got a jump-start on improving their 2015 roster by signing a linebacker with a funny name. According to a report by Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, the Seahawks have signed Mister Alexander: Seahawks have signed linebacker Mister Alexander, according to a source — Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider)...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Smith goes from MVP to barely seeing field for Seattle

PHOENIX (AP) Malcolm Smith stood out for always being in the right spot. He was waiting to corral Richard Sherman's fourth-quarter deflection for the clinching interception in the NFC championship a year ago to send Seattle to the Super Bowl. His eyes were up and focused on Peyton Manning's fluttering pass that fell into his arms for a pick six in the second quarter of last year...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

5 Bold Predictions for Super Bowl XLIX

The one thing we do know about the upcoming Super Bowl is that we can expect the unexpected. As has been the case in every title bout of the modern era, under-the-radar players will step up and play a major role in the outcome of the game. We saw this firsthand last year when Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith earned Super Bowl MVP honors. What about former Dallas Cowboys cornerback...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

3 under the radar Super Bowl MVP candidates

The eventual Super Bowl MVP is often easy to predict long before the game even begins. That’s because superstar players tend to do heroic things on the NFL’s grandest stage. Of the players who have received the prestigious MVP hardware, over half have been quarterbacks (26), and only nine have been defensive players. It wasn’t difficult to predict that, say, Aaron Rodgers as...
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January 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Seahawks Injury Report: Kam Chancellor, Russell Okung, Malcolm Smith

The Seattle Seahawks will have a chance to gain ground in the NFC West when they host the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, but will have several injuries to overcome: #457937166 / Seattle had to add a few names to an already lengthy injury list this week prior to it's Week 9 matchup with Oakland. One of those names is safety Kam Chancellor, who was held out...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

The Future of the Seattle Seahawks’ Linebackers is Now

Looking at the Seahawks’ linebacking corps this preseason, it was clear that there was a remarkable surplus of young talent that would serve the team well. Injuries and needs elsewhere in the defense this Sunday are dictating that we see some of that young talent in action against the Oakland Raiders. What we’ll see is not just how some of these young backers play in the regular...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

The Seattle Seahawks are absolutely loaded at the linebacker position

In the Pete Carroll-John Schneider era, the Seattle Seahawks have generally dedicated six or seven of their 53-man roster spots to linebackers, and the decision of who to keep has never been harder. The team must make their first cuts from 90 to 75 by this Tuesday afternoon, and the final cuts to 53 are due next Saturday, August 30. With K.J. Wright as the only returning starter...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Seattle Seahawks: one final move to make this offseason

The Seattle Seahawks have been busy this offseason granting contract extensions, signing draft picks, and grabbing free agents like defensive tackle Kevin Williams. All the moves have been justified and are solid, but the linebacker position still needs to be addressed. Linebackers Malcolm Smith, K.J. Wright, and Bobby Wagner are all set to become free agents in just a few years...
June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Bruce Irvin has hip surgery, doesn’t expect to miss any games

Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Bruce Irvin underwent hip surgery on Monday. Didn’t want this to get out but I’m fine! Will b back by training camp! For all u people saying this a make or break year for me! — Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) June 2, 2014 Irvin doesn’t plan to miss any games. If I woulda missed any games I wouldn’t have got it I decided to proceed because...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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