Raiders let Murray, 2017 free agent class hit open market

Raiders let Murray, 2017 free agent class hit open market

The Raiders’ exclusive negotiating window for many of last year’s contributors has come to a close. A baker’s dozen will become unrestricted free agents on Thursday afternoon and, as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, can start taking calls from other teams.

There are four starters and several key contributors in the group, including running back Latavius Murray, linebackers Malcolm Smith and Perry Riley and cornerback DJ Hayden.

Several of those players (a complete list can be found below) won’t be brought back. All will hit the open market, a common practice for the Raiders and their unrestricted free agents. The open markets can set a value for their players that the Raiders can meet or reject. If it’s lower than the Silver and Black’s initial valuation, then a bargain can be had.

The Raiders have most key contributors under contract, and could look for upgrades over guys with expiring contracts.

Murray’s the biggest name in the group. A Pro Bowler two seasons ago, Murray scored 12 touchdowns and averaged 4.0 yards per carry as part of a rushing rotation with Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington.

The Raiders allowed him to reach the open market, though they haven’t eliminated a possible return. Left tackle Donald Penn went through a similar experience last season. He took some visits, but ended up staying with the Raiders.

Murray should have interest from several teams, but he’s one of several veteran running backs set for the market. Time will tell if it’s a bull or a bear. The latter might help bring Murray back, which would please many in the Raiders locker room including quarterback Derek Carr.

It’s possible another team will offer a better deal to a rusher who might have one big chance at free agency. The Raiders might try to find a veteran like Adrian Peterson or Eddie Lacy, or mine talent in the NFL draft.

Head coach Jack Del Rio was clear to say Murray isn’t being discarded.

“That’s a fluid situation. We’re not closing the door on anybody,” Del Rio said last week. “:There are a lot of players on our roster (heading for free agency). We’d love to have them all back. It doesn’t always work that way. We’ll work through it the best we can and try to remain in contact with all of our players and retain those we can. I wouldn’t close the door prematurely on anybody.”

The Raiders are expected to tender restricted free agent defensive lineman Denico Autry and most of their exclusive rights free agents.

Here’s a complete list of Raiders free agents:


-- LB Malcolm Smith
-- S Nate Allen
-- CB DJ Hayden
-- QB Matt McGloin
-- WR Andre Holmes
-- OT Menelik Watson
-- LB Perry Riley
-- LS Jon Condo
-- LB Daren Bates
-- S Brynden Trawick
-- RB Latavius Murray
-- TE Mychal Rivera
-- DT Stacy McGee

-- DL Denico Autry

Exclusive rights
-- WR Seth Roberts
-- TE Gabe Holmes
-- OL Denver Kirkland
-- S SaQwan Edwards

Raiders sign linebacker with Paul Guenther connection


Raiders sign linebacker with Paul Guenther connection

The Raiders entered this free agency period needing defensive help throughout the depth chart. They signed presumptive starters earlier in this veteran acquisition process, but didn’t stop there.

The Silver and Black have added depth this week especially, signing a key cog in linebacker Emmanuel Lamur on Wednesday afternoon.

Lamur spent the last two years in Minnesota and the previous four in Cincinnati with new Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. Guenther was his position coach from 2012-13 and his DC from 2014-15. He also knows Raiders linebackers coach David Lippincott from the Bengals days

Lamur has primarily been a reserve, but Guenther gave him an opportunity to start in 2014. He had 59 tackles and two interceptions in 13 starts that year as a strongside linebacker.

The Raiders have options at that spot, but no firm starter at this stage if Bruce Irvin plays defensive end full time.

Lamur hasn’t played much defense the last two years, but is known as a quality special teams contributor. The Raiders have signed several of those players in an attempt to improve coverage and returns.

All told, the Raiders have signed 14 unrestricted free agents with a shot to make the 53-man roster since last week began. The roster will turnover significantly in Jon Gruden’s return to the Raiders, and it’s possible he signs more players in coming days.

The Raiders are still looking for upgrades at receiver, and might add another bargain defensive lineman.

Report: Ndamukong Suh calls off meeting with Raiders


Report: Ndamukong Suh calls off meeting with Raiders

Ndamukong Suh won’t meet with the Raiders, after all. The star defensive tackle cut Alameda out of his free-agent tour, according to NFL Network, choosing instead to head home after stops in New Orleans, Tennessee and the L.A. Rams.

NFLN reports that Suh had dinner with Rams coach Sean McVay on Tuesday night, and was due in Oakland the following day. The Rams made a solid impression

Suh is reportedly mulling options from all three aforementioned playoff teams, all of which have more working salary-cap space and other stalwarts along the defensive line.

That’s surely a disappointment for the Raiders, who have had interest in Suh dating back to his last free-agent experience in 2015. The Silver and Black couldn’t afford him then. It seems unlikely they can afford him now, with precious little salary-cap space remaining after being active in free agency’s second wave.

The Raiders also hope to lock Khalil Mack up long-term with a massive extension this offseason.

It’s uncertain at this stage whether player or team cancelled the meeting, or exactly why it was called off. The Raiders could still sign a veteran defensive tackle, and/or acquire one early in the NFL Draft.