Raiders Need a Strategy for Free Agency

View image | gettyimages.com With the 2015 NFL league year set to begin on March 10th, along with free agency, the Oakland Raiders will have plenty of money that they need to spend to both comply with a spending minimum in the new collective bargaining agreement and to upgrade a roster that needs an influx of talent. This is where general manager Reggie McKenzie needs to strike...
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Where Do Oakland Raiders Look To Replace Tyvon Branch?

On Monday, the Oakland Raiders made the release of safety Tyvon Branch official. Branch was a fourth-round selection in the 2008 NFL Draft and while he brought physicality and playmaking instincts to the field, Branch couldn't escape the injury bug in Oakland. In the past two seasons, Branch played in only five games and totaled just 27 tackles.But the past is the past and the Raiders...
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The Oakland Raiders need to grab this interior lineman in the NFL Draft

Glamorous. That’s not the word that comes to mind when thinking about players along the offensive line. And it’s especially not attributed to the guys in the middle of that group, the guards and center. While “skill-position” players get all of the headlines, and offensive tackles get the biggest contracts, interior linemen toil in relative anonymity. But in the center of...
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Raiders Among the Teams Expected to go After Ndamukong Suh

Barring an unexpected long-term agreement between the Detroit Lions and Ndamukong Suh in the next week, the All-Pro defensive tackle will hit the open market come March 10th. In less-than-surprising news Dianna Marie Russini of NBC4 in D.C., is reporting that the Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to be “hot” after the heralded defensive...
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16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Predicting three big signings for the Raiders in free agency

Earlier in the offseason, I did a dream list of free agents the Oakland Raiders should target when free agency began. In preparing that list, I noted that it was more based on who I would love to see the Raiders sign rather than who I think they were actually going to pursue. It was early in the offseason and a lot of things change before free agency starts, including teams re-signing...
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Raiders expected to release veteran LaMarr Woodley after one season

According to Fallon Smith of Comcast SportsNet, the Oakland Raiders are expected to release linebacker LaMarr Woodley. Releasing the veteran pass-rusher would save more than $5 million off their 2015 cap. Woodley, 30, was scheduled to get $3.85 million in base salary and a $1.19 million roster bonus due next week. #Raiders to release LaMarr Woodley this week, per NFL source...
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Raiders Prepare For Big Changes, Part Ways With Pro Bowler

The Oakland Raiders are releasing Pro Bowl edge rusher LaMarr Woodley, CSNBayArea.com reports. Woodley, 30, was a major bust with the Silver and Black. The 6-foot-2, 265-pound hybrid edge rusher looked out of gas, grading out negatively as a pass rusher and run defender (per Pro Football Focus) and posted just five tackles through six games in 2014 before suffering a season-ending biceps...
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Raiders Expected To Release LaMarr Woodley Soon

As expected, the Oakland Raiders will be parting ways with defensive end LaMarr Woodley at some point next week, according to Fallon Smith of CSN Bay Area. Woodley, who signed a two-year deal reportedly worth up to $12 million last offseason after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers, registered five tackles in six games […] Raiders Expected To Release LaMarr Woodley Soon...
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Report: Raiders to release LaMarr Woodley

In a move that pretty much everyone expected, the Oakland Raiders are reportedly set to release free-agent bust LaMarr Woodley after one unproductive season with the team. Woodley, 30, was playing out of position in Oakland’s 4-3 scheme last season. After struggling to see any action in the team’s first six games (five total tackles and zero sacks), the veteran pass rusher missed the...
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Report: Raiders Releasing Veteran OLB LaMarr Woodley

Fallon Smith of CSNBayArea.com reports that the Oakland Raiders will release veteran OLB LaMarr Woodley at some point this week. According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Woodley will free up $5,187,500 in available cap space for the Raiders while creating no dead money. Woodley, 30, wound up signing a two-year contract worth $12 million with the Raiders last March. The agreement...
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The Oakland Raiders are finally trending up

Since losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII, the Oakland Raiders have been the epitome of dysfunction and losing. Oakland has not been back to the playoffs since, only twice (2010, 2011) winning more than five games in a season. The franchise has plowed through eight coaches since that fateful afternoon, ranging from Bill Callahan and Norv Turner, Art Shell and...
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Are the Oakland Raiders finally trending up?

Since losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII, the Oakland Raiders have been the epitome of dysfunction and losing. Oakland has not been back to the playoffs since, only twice (2010, 2011) winning more than five games in a season. The franchise has plowed through eight coaches since that fateful afternoon, ranging from Bill Callahan and Norv Turner, Art Shell and...
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Oakland Raiders: 9 unrestricted free agents

NFL unrestricted free agents - 2015 league year and free agency begins March 10 (4 PM ET) An unrestricted free agent (a player who has completed four or more accrued seasons) may sign with any team without any compensation owed to his old team through the first scheduled day of training camp in late July. At that point, if his old team makes a tender offer by June 1st (110% of...
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A look at Raiders’ free agency possibilities

Last year the Raiders, flush with the highest amount of cap room of any team in the NFL, chose quantity over quality by eschewing most of the big-name free agents available and instead going for players that were once productive but looked like they may be slowing due to age. The strategy made a sort of sense because the team needed a large number of players from free agency due...
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Should the Oakland Raiders draft Amari Cooper or Kevin White?

With the NFL combine now over, the scouting process for the this year’s draft is now fully underway. Prospects were able to show their physical tools and give teams an early look at their potential at the next level. For the Oakland Raiders, the NFL combine left the front office with a lot of homework to do from now until April. The assumption is that the Raiders will draft a offensive...
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Former Browns linebacker, Kaluka Maiava, goes to jail

Former Browns linebacker Kaluka Maiava has turned himself in to serve a jail sentence for assault. It’s only a 15-day sentence for what sounds like a bar fight back in 2013 where Maiava and his brother reportedly walked up to two men and “punched them repeatedly.” “This conviction will have an adverse effect on his ability to join another team and continue playing professionally...
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Should the Oakland Raiders consider a d-lineman in free agency?

In a league where the rules are heavily tilted in the favor of the offense, there aren’t a lot of ways for the defense to fight back. All too often, their role in a game is to slow down the bleeding, not stop it. Dominating on that side of the ball has become more and more rare. But that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. In fact, we’ve seen a few examples in recent years where...
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Weekly Rewind: Tyvon Branch, Reggie Bush, free agency and much more

The official start of free agency is still a couple of weeks away, but teams are already making their cuts, including the Raiders. The NFL Combine is in the books and draft boards are getting worked on. Despite the fact that there are no games to prepare for, there is plenty of work being done. It is no different for us here at Cover32.com as we work to bring you the latest developments...
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Bold prediction suggests Oakland Raiders could bring in huge name free agent

Now that the games are over, the next few months will be spent following the NFL’s off-the-field news. This will include free agency, the draft and random things like the police blotter. In a sport that truly is a year-round endeavor, however, this certainly won’t be a quiet time on the calendar. So with that thought in mind, cover32′s James Merilatt came up with five bold...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Case for Tyvon Branch

Should the Eagles go after Tyvon Branch?Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images A few days ago I wrote about possible trade targets for the Eagles as well as under honorable mentions I had players I would be watching for if they got released. Well, the one I personally hoped would get released, did. On Feb 18th the Oakland Raiders asked safety Tyvon Branch to take a pay cut after two injury...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Despite injuries, cutting Tyvon Branch is a head scratcher

The Oakland Raiders intend to cut strong safety Tyvon Branch, saving a whopping $3 million dollars against the cap. Given the fact that the team has more than $50 million in cap space, and plan on cutting Matt Schaub and others pushing the cap space up towards $60 million, the move is not saving the Raiders a ton of cap space. On top of that, the Raiders have to spend more over the...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the Oakland Raiders spend on a offensive lineman during free agency?

It’s a tough position to evaluate. There aren’t a lot of stats to help with the cause. Styles of play can sometimes skew opinions. And the difference between a win and a loss on any given play isn’t always black and white. But what is clear is that it’s a vital position. Whether a team is run-first or pass-happy, the ability to control the line of scrimmage is the key to...
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Report: Raiders to release safety Tyvon Branch

The Oakland Raiders are pulling the plug on starting strong safety Tyvon Branch's career in Oakland, CBSSports' Jason La Canfora reported Thursday night. The 28-year-old's last two seasons have been plagued by injuries, only appearing five games over that span. When he was healthy from 2009-2011, he was what the Raiders hoped for - a productive starter with more than 100 tackles...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders release Tyvon Branch

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The Oakland Raiders are reportedly cutting ties with Safety Tyvon Branch. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports Oakland is releasing Branch. The 28 year old will become a free agent. Raiders are releasing S Tyvon Branch. Will be very hot in a weak safety market. Signed lucrative deal in OAK not long ago — Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) February...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Raiders Releasing S Tyvon Branch

Jason La Canfora reports that the Oakland Raiders are releasing S Tyvon Branch. La Canfora adds that Branch should have a “very hot” market in the coming weeks. Branch, 28, had another three years remaining on his contract, which includes base salaries of $5.5 million (2015), $6.5 million (2016), and $6.5 million (2017). As things stand right now, Branch as the highest...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss
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