Raiders' pursuit of relocation to Las Vegas ready for next step

Raiders' pursuit of relocation to Las Vegas ready for next step

The Raiders continue charging hard for Las Vegas. That’s been the case for almost a full year, with steady progress and commitment toward relocating away from their East Bay home.

The Raiders secured $750 million in public financing from a new tax on Las Vegas area tourists, a revenue stream rubber stamped by Nevada’s governor. They have backing and private investment from casino magnate Sheldon Adelson available if a deal can be reached.

They also told the Las Vegas Stadium Authority board this week they have financing secure on a $1.9 billion stadium project with or without Adelson’s support.

The Raiders believe their stadium deal is ready to go. They believe there is no viable option in Oakland to prevent a big move.

They have long planned to file for relocation this month, though the NFL Network reported Saturday that it will happen. There has been no real doubt this would occur after the 2016 season.

Owner Mark Davis has not wavered in his desire to move the Raiders in 2017.

After relocation papers are filed – that could happen this week -- NFL owners will vote to approve the Raiders application. The team needs 24 votes to move. A vote seems likely to occur at the spring NFL owners meetings in March.

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, the Raiders are still negotiating with Adelson to secure his financial backing. Losing his support won’t deter the Raiders ultimate goal. 

Davis has said he plans to play the next few seasons in Oakland, even if the Raiders are approved for relocation, while the new stadium is being built.

Raiders remain on a receiver hunt as their top target signs elsewhere


Raiders remain on a receiver hunt as their top target signs elsewhere

The Raiders missed out on signing Ryan Grant. The former Washington receiver visited the team’s Alameda training complex, but left without a contract and ultimately chose to sign a one-year, $5 million deal with Indianapolis.

The lost that one, but are undeterred in their quest to upgrade the receiver corps.

They already signed Jordy Nelson and let Michael Crabtree walk, hoping for steady production and quality locker room leadership in the exchange.

Cordarrelle Patterson was traded to New England on Sunday, creating a spot in the position group.

The Raiders tried to fill it with Grant. No go, no matter.

They hosted veteran Eric Decker on Tuesday, according to multiple reports. They also declared interest in Allen Hurns, a player the Jaguars released Tuesday morning.

Hurns listed the Raiders among interested teams – he said there were 10 in total – in an interview with KFNZ radio in Charlotte, N.C.

Hurns has a 1,000-yard season to his credit – his biggest year came with now-Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson as Jacksonville's O.C. -- and two relative down years since. Injuries have also played a part in that.

Decker had a stellar four-year run with Denver and the New York Jets, but was less effective during two seasons in Tennessee. The 31-year old has experience in the slot, and could be a productive No. 3 option in Jon Gruden’s offense.

Gruden doesn't mind working with veteran receivers, something clear from his past and willingness to add Nelson as a major contributor. 

Even if the Raiders don't land a veteran receiver, they could also look for a receiver in the NFL draft.

Amari Cooper will remain the No. 1 option. Seth Roberts has $4.45 million guaranteed in 2018. Johnny Holton, Isaac Whitney and Keon Hatcher are also on the roster.

Report: Ndamukong Suh set to meet with Raiders


Report: Ndamukong Suh set to meet with Raiders

After visiting the Titans, Saints and Rams, free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will make a stop in the East Bay.

Recently released by the Dolphins, Suh will visit with the Raiders on Wednesday, according to ESPN.

The former No. 2 overall pick made it through just three seasons of a six-year, $114 million deal he signed with Miami prior to the 2015 season.

The 31-year-old Portland, Oregon native last made the Pro Bowl in 2016 and was last earned First-Team All Pro honors in 2014.

In 16 games with the Dolphins last season, Suh recorded 4.5 sacks and 48 combined tackles.