Antonio Brown feels pressure to perform for Raiders fans in Oakland

Antonio Brown feels pressure to perform for Raiders fans in Oakland

ALAMEDA – Antonio Brown knows the Raiders are moving to Las Vegas next year. That was part of the attraction donning silver and black, to capitalize on Nevada’s lack of state tax. And, you know, the glitz and glam of a destination city doesn’t hurt.

The star receiver was sensitive to this being the last season in Oakland, and was adamant that performing well here matters before the move.

“For me to be here in Oakland, a part of the Oakland Raiders and be able to be on the last team that’s ever going to be here in Oakland, it’s something special in itself,” Brown said during his introductory press conference. “So, there’s pressure in that, there’s excitement in that and there is a lot that comes with that, and I’m here today ready to embrace all that.”

Brown got a taste of local Raiders fans on Tuesday. He met up with Derek Carr at the quarterback’s Livermore house around noon, and then two went to work out at a local park.

Word travels fast, and fans showed up to watch this impromptu session.

“I was at the park earlier, throwing some routes, and some guys from Oakland were out there watching,” Brown said. “They were pretty excited when I caught one long pass. They were excited for me to jump in the Black Hole. I’m looking forward to the experience. I’m looking forward to leaping into the Black Hole, get our fans excited, celebrating with Derek, celebrating with the guys.

"I’m just here today, just the beginning of a great journey. Hopefully you guys are excited moving forward.”

Brown reported to the East Bay a day before the trade and new contract became official, and made a good impression.

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“It has been a great experience, but it has been going really fast,” Brown said. “I’m just trying to take it in but it’s all God’s plan, man. It’s an honor to be here with Mr. Mayock, Mr. Gruden and around some great players. It’s a great opportunity and I’m ready to just get to work and serve some fresh air and some new energy around here and hopefully it develops some great attributes.”

Las Vegas Raiders formally announce name change, dropping Oakland


Las Vegas Raiders formally announce name change, dropping Oakland

The Raiders started scrubbing Oakland from their name a few weeks back. Taking the city’s name off social media accounts was the most public step. Then, the team removed the word from the top of their Alameda training facility, where the organization will conduct business into July.

There were some legal maneuverings already in the works, and all that was a prelude to Wednesday's announcement.

The Silver and Black’s affiliation has formally changed: They are now the Las Vegas Raiders.

We all knew that was going to happen. The team applied for relocation to Las Vegas and the league approved it with a 31-1 vote back in March 2017. The Raiders remained in Oakland, with that name attached, for three seasons while their state-of-the-art stadium was being built just off the Las Vegas Strip.

On Wednesday afternoon, in front of the in-construction Allegiant Stadium, Nevada governor Steve Sisolak formally announced their new name. The announcement was made with owner Mark Davis, team president Marc Badain and several players in attendance, including quarterback Derek Carr, right tackle Trent Brown and tight end Darren Waller.

"The Raiders were born in Oakland and played 13 seasons in LA," Davis said. "Both cities will always be part of our DNA. But today, we begin a new chapter in our storied history. On Jan. 22, 2020, we are now the Las Vegas Raiders. And today, Las Vegas becomes our nation's capital."

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The Raiders formally will move to Las Vegas after training camp in Napa, when their new training facility in nearby Henderson, Nev. will be complete.

The Silver and Black will execute free-agent signings, run the NFL draft and conduct their offseason program in Alameda. The team is scheduled to play in Las Vegas starting in the preseason.

Raiders' Mike Mayock says move to Las Vegas beneficial for free agency


Raiders' Mike Mayock says move to Las Vegas beneficial for free agency

Las Vegas has long been a city where Americans go to escape the mundane aspects of their lives and dive head-first into the debauchery and freedoms that come with “Sin City.”

Once the 2020 NFL season kicks off, there will be a new mode of entertainment for those who descend on The Strip, as the Raiders will open up play at Allegiant Stadium and re-brand as the Las Vegas Raiders.

Primarily known as a vacation destination, Raiders general manager Mike Mayock is confident the organization’s new zip code can help attract some of the best free agents the NFL has to offer.

“I think first and foremost, we go from a 13-percent state tax in California to a zero-percent state tax in Nevada,” Mayock told's Eddie Paskal. “The players and their agents are very aware of that.”

In addition to the financial savings, Mayock says the new digs for the Silver and Black will be on par with the best organizations in the NFL.

“I've heard more comments about what our new stadium looks like. You know, that black exterior, the sleekness of it. People are fired up about the Raiders in Vegas.

“I think there's a real excitement about Jon Gruden leading the Raiders into Las Vegas and it extends financially, extends to our facilities, we're gonna be a first-rate operation in every single facet and I think that energy will trickle through into free agency.”

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Will free agents indeed flock to Vegas to join Gruden and what was a 7-9 team in 2019?

The front office certainly thinks so.