Ten things that will prevent Raiders from relocating to Las Vegas


Ten things that will prevent Raiders from relocating to Las Vegas

Editor's note: The above video was recorded on September 6  

Last week the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee (SNTIC) recommended raising the hotel tax in Las Vegas to assist in paying for a 65,000-seat domed football stadium, which would be partially financed by Casino Executive Sheldon Adelson, that is being promoted for the Oakland Raiders. The next step is for Governor Brian Sandoval and the Nevada State Legislature to approve the committee's recommendation.

[NEWS: Committee approves $750 million for Raiders stadium in Vegas]

Observers believe that approval will be a mere formality.

As a proponent of Oakland's longterm viability as the vibrant home of three professional sports teams (essentially down to two with the Golden State Warriors' proposed move to Chase Center arena in Mission Bay by 2019) there are several major hurdles before any Nevada-bound moving vans show up at Raiders' HQ in Alameda.

Here is my starting lineup for 10 nonstarters of the Raiders going all neon to the Vegas Strip.

1. Lawsuits by Nevadans who aren't allowed to vote for this stadium funding issue.
2. NFL owners' vote of 3/4 of teams approving the relocation.
3. Relocation fee: Rams paid $550 million to move from St. Louis to Inglewood. NHL expansion fee of $500 million for the hockey team slated to begin skating in Las Vegas in 2017. There has been no public discussion of what the Raiders' Las Vegas relocation fee will be. Where will this money be coming from?
4. Sheldon Adelson's $650 million dollar investment in the proposed $1.9 billion dollar stadium. Will the NFL approve a casino operator's cash?
5. Mark Davis has guaranteed $500 million dollars. Does that include the $100 million the NFL earmarked for Mark to build a stadium in Oakland?
6. Oakland and Alameda County lawsuits to repay $200 million dollars of outstanding bond payments for remodel of the Coliseum.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars' interest in relocation to Las Vegas.
8. Oakland A's stadium plans could influence last minute Raiders decisions.
9. City of Oakland and Alameda County announcing their best and last stadium plan for the Raiders.
10. Hail Mary pass of a ridiculous price paid by a local billionaire to purchase the team from Mark and Carol Davis and then spend their own money build a new Al Davis Stadium in Oakland.

Honorable mention:
- Stadium outcome in San Diego for new Chargers stadium in November vote.
- Raiders option to move into Inglewood Stadium with LA Rams.
- Raiders option to move into Levi's and share with 49ers similar to the success of NY Jets and NY Giants in MetLife Stadium.
- Remodel Oakland Coliseum for football only and rename it Al Davis Stadium.
- Ronnie Lott's development group working with Oakland to build a new stadium on Coliseum site.
- NFL voting against Vegas and forcing Davis' hand to sell control of team.

The next chapter of "Raider's of the Lost Park" won't be the final chapter...

Source: Raiders trading veteran WR Patterson to Patriots


Source: Raiders trading veteran WR Patterson to Patriots

The Raiders are trading receiver/kickoff returner Cordarrelle Patterson to the New England Patriots, a league source told NBC Sports Bay Area on Sunday afternoon.

The Raiders will receive a fifth-round pick, while sending a sixth-round pick back to New England, according to the NFL Network. Patterson must pass a physical to complete the transaction, NFL Network is also reporting.

The moved frees $3.25 million in salary cap space for a Raiders team that was up against the NFL spending threshold. Former Washington receiver Ryan Grant is reportedly visiting the Raiders’ Alameda complex soon. Grant is available after a failed physical voided his free-agent deal with Baltimore. He passed a physical in Indianapolis, NFL Network reported, but left the Colts without a contract. Grant is a surehanded target who averaged 12.7 yards per receptions and had just three drops in 63 targets. 

The Raiders will likely add another receiver if Grant doesn't come aboard. One of head coach Jon Gruden's preference could be found in the NFL draft if Grant goes elsewhere.

The Raiders also added receiver Griff Whalen, a Stanford alum who has some returning experience, before free agency began. 

Patterson proved a productive, explosive member of last year’s offense, primarily as a gadget player. Patterson finished the season with 31 catches for 309 yards, and had 13 receptions for 121 yards and two touchdowns.

He never became a steady, standard receiving option, and wasn’t able to shed his reputation as a relatively poor route runner. That likely made him expendable in  Gruden’s eye. He needs quality routes and steady hands from his wideouts.

That outweighs Patterson’s prowess returning kickoffs. The two-time All-Pro averages 30.2 yards per kickoff return over five seasons, with five return touchdowns to his credit.

The Patriots are well known for excellent special teams play, and needed a returner with Dion Lewis leaving for Tennessee in free agent. The Super Bowl runners up now have a dynamic returner and gunner to pair with solid coverage and return units.

This is a developing story. Check back for further details.

Raiders 2018 offseason scorecard


Raiders 2018 offseason scorecard


Veteran additions
WR Jordy Nelson (cut by Green Bay): 2 years/$15 million, $13 million guaranteed
CB Rashaan Melvin (UFA; Indianapolis): 1 year/$6.5 million
LB Tahir Whitehead (UFA; Detroit): 3 years/$18 million, $9 million guaranteed)
S Marcus Gilchrist (UFA; Houston): 1 year
RB Doug Martin (cut by Tampa Bay): 1 year
FB Keith Smith (UFA; Dallas): 2 years/$4.2 million
TE Derek Carrier (UFA; L.A. Rams): 3 years/$7 million
DE Tank Carradine (UFA; San Francisco): 1 year
LB Kyle Wilbur (UFA; Dallas): 2 years/$3.25 million
LS Andrew DePaola (UFA; Chicago): 4 years/$4.27 million
WR Griff Whalen (but by Baltimore)

Re-signed/extensions/contract tenders offered
DT Justin Ellis (UFA): 3 years/$15 million; $6 million guaranteed)
TE Lee Smith (UFA): 3 years
K Giorgio Tavecchio (ERFA): 1 year/$555,000
DE/LB Shilique Calhoun (ERFA): 1 year/$630,000
S Erik Harris (ERFA)
DE James Cowser (ERFA)
OL Denver Krikland (ERFA)

CB Sean Smith (released)
CB David Amerson (released; Kansas City)
RT Marshall Newhouse (released)
LB Aldon Smith (released)
WR Michael Crabtree (released; Baltimore)
DL Denico Autry (UFA; Indianapolis)
CB TJ Carrie (UFA; Cleveland)
WR Cordarrelle Patterson (traded, along with a sixth-round pick, to New England for fifth-round pick)  

S Reggie Nelson (UFA)
K Sebastian Janikowski (UFA)
LB NaVorro Bowman (UFA)
LS Jon Condo (UFA)
QB EJ Manuel (UFA)
S Keith McGill (UFA)

UFA-Unrestricted free agent: Free to sign with any team
ERFA-Exclusive rights free agent: Player has no outside negotiating power

NOTE: Contract figures obtained by, league sources, NFLPA sources or

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1. First round:
No. 10 overall
2. Second round:No. 41 overall
3. Third round: No. 75 overall
4. Fourth round: No. 110 overall
5. Sixth round: No. 185 overall
6. Sixth round: No. 192 overall
7. Sixth round: No. 210 overall*
8. Sixth round: No. 212 overall*
9. Sixth round: No. 216 overall*
10. Sixth round: No. 217 overall*
11. Seventh round: No. 228 overall
* compensatory pick