5 players the Raiders must move on from in 2016

How young is too young for this Oakland Raiders team?That's the question general manager Reggie McKenzie has to ask himself this offseason. Established veterans like Charles Woodson won't be returning in 2015, leaving the team with an experience vacuum. McKenzie could choose to invest in the older players he has. Or, he could stick to the principles he learned in Green Bay and bid...
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Raiders Activate S Nate Allen From I.R. & Waive WR Marcus Thigpen

The Oakland Raiders announced Saturday that they’ve activated S Nate Allen from short-term injured reserve list and waived WR Marcus Thigpen. The Raiders also re-signed S Tevin McDonald to their practice squad. Allen, 27, signed a four-year, $23 million contract that included $11.8 million guaranteed with the Raiders back in March. He stands to make base salaries of $2.9 million...
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November 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Officers punished for falsely detaining Nate Allen

In February, Nate Allen spent  5 1/2 hours in a holding cell in Fort Myers, Fla. after he was arrested for masturbating in his vehicle.  The Oakland Raiders safety was released when police became convinced the accusations were fabricated. Five months later, Allen received an apology for the incident and the officers involved were punished. From the Southwest Florida News-Press...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Officers punished for detainment of Raiders safety Allen

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Officials say four southwest Florida police officers have been punished for the wrongful detainment of Oakland Raiders safety Nate Allen. Fort Myers police Chief Doug Baker said Thursday the arrest was isolated and not deliberate. Allen, who lives in southwest Florida in the offseason, spent several hours in a holding cell in February after a 16-year-old girl...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Officers punished for detainment of NFL player Nate Allen

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Officials say four southwest Florida police officers have been punished for the wrongful detainment of Oakland Raiders safety Nate Allen. Fort Myers police Chief Doug Baker said Thursday the arrest was isolated and not deliberate. Allen, who lives in southwest Florida in the offseason, spent several hours in a holding cell in February after a 16-year-old girl...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Derek Carr doesn't have far to go for the Raiders to win

By James Arcellana This may sound far fetched, but the Oakland Raiders can win some games even if Derek Carr is unable to take a step forward in his second season. As long as Carr doesn’t take a step backwards, his performance in 2014 was good enough to win, but only with a better supporting cast around him. The Raiders have been so bad for so long, many feel like they need a...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Four Oakland Raiders who have to produce in 2015

In response to a 3-13 season last year, the Oakland Raiders were very busy this off-season looking to improve every aspect of the organization. They brought in new head coach Jack Del Rio along with his new staff of assistants, they were aggressive in free agency and made smart and disciplined decisions in the draft. All in hopes that this upcoming season will mark the turnaround...
July 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Five predictions for the Oakland Raiders defense in 2015

Yesterday, I made five predictions for the Oakland Raiders offense in 2015. Today’s task is much harder, making five predictions for the Raiders defense in 2015. Why is it more difficult? Because I don’t have nearly the same level of confidence in the defense as I do in the offense. Last season, the two biggest issues on defense were pass rush and pass coverage. Unfortunately...
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July 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Three Goals for Raiders safety Nate Allen in 2015

Reggie McKenzie showed mostly phenomenal restraint during free agency. His pickups were mostly solid, few starters, and depth driven. On March 12th, he decided to open the wallet for…Nate Allen? I was absolutely stunned, not so much the signing, but the amount. We’ll get to that in a bit. Allen has the eyes of RaiderNation upon him. In 2015, he needs to: Justify the Contract...
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June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Safety Nate Allen: It really hit me that things are changing to win now

The Oakland Raiders signed safety Nate Allen to a four-year, $23 million contract with $11.8 million guaranteed this offseason with the hopes he can pair up with veteran Charles Woodson to create a dynamic duo. Allen will play free safety or the 'centerfielder' in defensive coordinator Ken Norton's cover 3 defense and he likes the direction the team is heading. “Oakland just...
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June 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Five positions for the Raiders that still need to be upgraded

The Oakland Raiders added a number of key players to the team this past offseason. Last week we wrote a piece on the top five offseason moves for the Raiders. This week, we look at the five position groups that the Raiders needed to upgrade this offseason but did not do a very good job of addressing. 5. Safety The Raiders signed Nate Allen this offseason but he isn’t exactly a...
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June 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Disagreeing with Bleacher Report’s best/worst offseason moves for the Raiders

Bleacher Report writer Russell Baxter published a piece listing the best and worst move for every NFL team today. The two listed for the Oakland Raiders are both somewhat confusing for anyone following the team closely. According to Baxter, the best move made by the Raiders this offseason was the signing of safety Nate Allen while the worst move was the signing of Christian Ponder...
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May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders try to claim safety D.J. Swearinger but fail

Oakland will have to make due with Charles Woodson and Nate Allen at safety.Per reports, the team attempted to claim former Texans safety D.J. Swearinger off waivers, but they were denied when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- the team with the highest priority -- snagged him. also would've been outbid by the Jaguars, who owned...
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May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders still have the chance to upgrade their secondary with these guys

The Oakland Raiders went through the free agency period and the NFL Draft an added a few pieces to their secondary, but most believe they did not do enough. They added a starting safety in Nate Allen but many believe he is not a long term solution at safety. He has had a knack for making big plays, but has also gained a reputation for allowing big plays. At the corner position the...
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May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Nate Allen can't wait to play alongside Charles Woodson

Nate Allen was the object of ire for many a Philadelphia fan. But now, with a new start in Oakland, the former Eagles safety is looking forward to a new start -- and a chance to play alongside one of the best to ever suit up. "Having C-Wood (Charles Woodson) back there is big for the entire secondary," Allen told reporters after the team's minicamp. "He's played corner, nickel,...
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April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders continue to look for safeties

The Oakland Raiders have clearly focused their attention on the safety position this offseason. After cutting Tyvon Branch, they signed Nate Allen while also bringing back both Charles Woodson, Brandian Ross and Larry Asante. They also already had former seventh round draft pick Jonathan Dowling under contract. In addition, they tried to snag Green Bay Packers safety Sean Richardson...
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April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Tale of the Tape: new Raiders safety Nate Allen

Photo courtesy of For my second 2015 Tale of the Tape, I wanted to review new free agent safety Nate Allen and get an idea what kind of player he was. Unlike Rodney Hudson, Dan Williams or Curtis Lofton, Allen’s signing brought more scorn and derision than it did praise or hope. This made me curious because Pro Football Focus had him rated with a respectable-if-not...
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April 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Bleacher report ranks a Raiders signing as one of the best of free agency

The Oakland Raiders were unable to lock down any of the big name free agents that they were after this offseason. So after swinging and missing on guys like Ndamukong Suh, Randall Cobb and DeMarco Murray, the Raiders changed courses and signed a group of young players with upside. The idea being that the group will help the team by providing smaller upgrades throughout the roster...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders counting on coaches to make sure free agents aren’t overpaid

Two of the free agent signings by the Oakland Raiders are guys that are not exactly studs at their respective positions. Safety Nate Allen and linebacker Curtis Lofton are experienced starters in the league but are also guys who were allowed to walk by their previous teams for a reason. But despite the fact that they were not seen as high value free agents, the Raiders gave them...
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March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

New Raiders safety Nate Allen speaks out on stadium issue

The Oakland Raiders have a new safety in Nate Allen and he hopes that the team remains the Oakland Raiders. All this LA talk sounds like nonsense. Oakland is where I want to be. — Nate Allen (@NAllen29) March 24, 2015 As part of the courting process for Allen, Raiders defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson attended a Golden State Warriors game with the then free agent safety...
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March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Which Raider Has the Best/Worst Contract?

Best: Derek Carr View image | Derek Carr has been dubbed the savior of the Oakland Raiders.  He played excellent football this season while surrounded by a pretty weak core on offense. Carr signed a rookie deal worth about 5.3 million over 4 seasons.  This is a small price to pay for a franchise Quarterback (hopefully). Sure, Carr still has to continue...
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March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders sign S Nate Allen

The Raiders needed safety help next to Charles Woodson, as they released Tyvon Branch, who has missed 28 games over the past 2 seasons, and Brandian Ross, who has played in Branch’s absence in each of the last 2 seasons, has struggled. This 4-year, 23 million dollar deal with 11.8 million guaranteed is a risky move for the Raiders. If Allen plays like he did last season, when he...
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March 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders Sign Former Eagles Safety Nate Allen

The Oakland Raiders' defense has a new member.Reports say former Philadelphia Eagles' safety Nate Allen has agreed to a long-term contract. The details of the deal have not been disclosed.Allen, 27, intercepted four passes, forced one fumble and was in on 62 tackles in 2014. He should become the Raiders' starting strong safety for next season.The Raiders were looking to sign a replacement...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders' overhaul continues with signing of safety Nate Allen

  The Oakland Raiders added another new starter to their defense, signing former Philadelphia safety Nate Allen to a four-year contract on Thursday to fill the hole created when Tyvon Branch was released. General manager Reggie McKenzie has been busy to start the free agency period, having already added new starting defensive tackle Dan Williams and middle linebacker Curtis Lofton...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Oakland Raiders sign former Philadelphia Eagles safety Nate Allen

The Oakland Raiders are getting some help for their secondary by looking to the NFC East… AROUND COVER32 First and 10: The 10 worst NFL free agent signings so far in 2015 QB Rankings: Rating every QB from 1-32 based on needing them for one drive According to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter (who apparently subsists on coffee and breaking news and requires neither food nor rest...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss
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