Report: Outline for funding new Raiders stadium in Oakland emerges

Report: Outline for funding new Raiders stadium in Oakland emerges

Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf is trying to put together a deal that keeps the Raiders in town despite their steadfast desire to relocate to Las Vegas.

A broad outline for financing the stadium has been reached, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The newspaper’s Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross reported on Tuesday night that a funding plan could include $600 million from Lott’s group, $200 million in public funding for infrastructure improvements and $200 from the NFL from its stadium construction loan program.

The Silver and Black haven’t participated in discussions on Oakland stadium prospects, which have been in the news recently.

Former 49ers and Raiders safety Ronnie Lott has been the figurehead of a private investment group with deep pockets, one trying to build a football stadium and ancillary development on the current Oakland Coliseum site.

The deal would also include $300 million from the Raiders, the same amount offered by the team for their coveted Vegas stadium. Again, the Raiders have played no part in these Oakland stadium developments.

It’s being discussed by the Oakland City Council and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, which must approve any proposal for the use of Coliseum land jointly owned by the city and county.

The plan is being expedited to present directly to NFL owners in time to block, temporarily at least, Raiders relocation to Las Vegas and get Raiders owner Mark Davis to again negotiate with local authorities.

The Raiders have already received $750 million to build a stadium in Sin City, using a plan that also includes significant private investment and a sum from the Raiders and the NFL.

They hope to apply for relocation as early as January 2017, with a possible relocation vote in March.

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.

They 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.