Raiders jump Cowboys to take quarterback Connor Cook

The Raiders didn’t really need another quarterback, but they made an aggressive move to get one Saturday. Oakland traded in front of Dallas to take Michigan State’s Connor Cook with the 100th overall pick. The Cowboys obviously wanted to find a guy this weekend, after a deal to acquire Paxton Lynch in the late first…

Report: Some teams think Raiders 2nd rounder Jihad Ward needs knee scope

The Raiders took Illinois defensive tackle Jihad Ward with the 44th overall pick of the draft on Friday night, adding to a defense that they’ve been building up over the last few years through free agency and the draft. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, some teams were concerned about the health of Ward’s knee…

Goodell on Vegas: “All of us have evolved a little bit on gambling”

As if Raiders owner Mark Davis offering $500 million toward a stadium wasn’t enough of a sign people were serious about the possibility of the Raiders actually going to Las Vegas, the league’s continually softening stance on Sin City should be. Via Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was asked on ESPN Radio…

Raiders grab West Virginia safety Karl Joseph with 14th pick

With the retirement of Charles Woodson, the Oakland Raiders were in need of some additional help in the secondary. They found it in West Virginia safety Karl Joseph, selecting him with the 14th pick in the draft. Joseph will join Nate Allen and Reggie Nelson in the back of the Raiders defense. Allen appeared in…

Raiders owner pledges $500 million for Las Vegas stadium

Mark Davis is probably getting comped on this trip to Las Vegas, because he’s willing to drop half a billion dollars there. Via Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com, the Raiders owner told the Southern Nevada Tourism and Infrastructure Committee meeting that he was ready to commit $500 million toward a stadium there to bring his team to…

Mark Davis will commit to pursuit of relocation if Las Vegas stadium funding is approved

If one specific thing happens in Vegas, the Raiders could be staying in Vegas. According to Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News, owner Mark Davis plans to make a commitment on Thursday to pursue relocation to Las Vegas if financing for the proposed $1.3 billion stadium is approved. Roughly two-thirds of the funds…

Raiders close in on first ever season-ticket sellout

Amazingly, the Raiders have never sold out their season tickets, at any point in franchise history. Even more amazingly, the Raiders may soon be doing just that. Via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com, owner Mark Davis said Sunday that the Raiders are “on the verge” of accomplishing the historic feat. “We’re excited as hell,” Davis said.…

Reggie McKenzie feels more pressure for this year’s draft

The Raiders have added players like linebacker Khalil Mack, quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Amari Cooper in the last two drafts and they were major players in free agency this offseason, leaving the team with a roster that many think is capable of bringing them their first winning season since 2002. The team building…

Marshawn Lynch turns 30, still isn’t officially retired

On Friday, retired NFL running back Marshawn Lynch turned 30. But there’s still one curious glitch regarding Lynch’s retirement. He still hasn’t officially retired. Unofficially, Lynch announced his retirement during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 50. The Seahawks officially acknowledged the move. But the Seahawks have yet to make the official roster move that…

Nick Moody will cooperate with Aldon Smith prosecution

Free-agent linebacker Nick Moody didn’t deliberately stiff arm the Florida criminal justice system, after all. Or, if he did, he has had a change of heart. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Moody will be testifying at the trial involving allegations against Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith for DUI and leaving the scene of…

Nick Moody defies court order in Florida

NFL players are now regularly giving the finger to the Florida criminal justice system. In the same month that Rams running back Tre Mason failed to show up for an arraignment in connection with marijuana possession charges and more (Mason later appeared), free-agent linebacker Nick Moody disregarded a court order in connection with charges pending against…

Free agent Khalif Barnes arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

Preston Parker isn’t the only unsigned NFL player to run into trouble with the law recently. Offensive lineman Khalif Barnes was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in California on Sunday. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Barnes was pulled over at around 4 p.m. and taken to jail in Santa Rita after failing field…

Derek Carr: 7-9 isn’t going to cut it

The Raiders saw the impact of drafting players like linebacker Khalil Mack, quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Amari Cooper last season when they went from winning seven games over to seasons to a 7-9 record. It was a big step forward for the organization that left a foundation that the team has buttressed through…