Aldon Smith to be arraigned Friday on probation violation

Suspended Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith is due in court Friday for two matters, one being an arraignment on a probation violation, CSNBayArea.com reported Thursday. The report did not state the origin or exact nature of the probation violation. The arraignment was listed in the Santa Clara County criminal case index, the report said. Smith is…

Las Vegas stadium would cost taxpayers $750 million

If Las Vegas hopes to lure the Raiders from Oakland, it’s going to require the biggest public contribution ever made for the construction of a football stadium. Via multiple reports, a panel meeting on Thursday pegged the price for taxpayers at $750 million. That leaves roughly $650 million to be paid by private contributions, with any…

Journeyman Richard Gordon arrested for hitting girlfriend, had AR-15 in car

Journeyman tight end Richard Gordon hasn’t stayed in any one place long, but he’s managed to keep finding work in the NFL. That might get a little tougher now. According to Brian Hamacher of NBCMiami.com, the veteran blocker was arrested on battery charges Tuesday after allegedly punching his girlfriend, amid concerns he was going to do…

Raiders see DeAndre Washington as an every-down back

As a fifth-round draft pick, Raiders rookie running back DeAndre Washington isn’t guaranteed a roster spot. But a month before training camp, the Raiders think Washington can make a big impact on their offense. Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave says Washington, who ran for 1,492 yards and added 385 receiving yards last year at Texas…

Jack Del Rio: DJ Hayden can redefine himself this year

The needle has been pointing up for the Raiders this offseason after they added several free agents to a developing roster built around young players like Khalil Mack, Amari Cooper and Derek Carr. Cornerback DJ Hayden joins Mack and Cooper as recent first-round picks in Oakland, but not on most lists of reasons to feel optimistic…

Raiders see Amari Cooper growing more comfortable in his role

Part of the reason the Raiders are feeling so confident this offseason is the large base of young talent they’ve assembled. And the fact that some of the brightest of those youngsters are still learning gives them that much more reason for hope. “I always joked around last year that three years ago, he was…

Oakland is still trying to keep the Raiders (even though Mark Davis wants to move)

Raiders owner Mark Davis has made it clear that he plans to pursue opportunities in Las Vegas regardless of whether Oakland finally kick-starts an effort to build a stadium in the team’s current home. Meanwhile, Oakland may finally be kick-starting an effort to build a stadium in the team’s current home. The kicking is leading…

LaMarr Woodley “not stressed” over the fact no team has called

Longtime NFL outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley would like to keep playing football. But since it’s June and he’s a free agent and his phone still isn’t ringing, he’s not worrying about it. “I’m involved in a lot and have a lot of things going on,” Woodley said, via Hugh Bernreuter of MLive.com. “Other people can…