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Del Rio hopeful Raiders, 49ers renew preseason series

Del Rio hopeful Raiders, 49ers renew preseason series

INDIANAPOLIS -- The 49ers and Raiders have not played in the exhibition season for the past five years. And that’s something Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said he hopes changes in the near future.

Del Rio, speaking Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine, told Bay Area reporters it just makes sense for the two Bay Area teams to meet annually during the exhibition season – if for no other reason than to cut down on travel.

The teams have not played each other since violence erupted at Candlestick Park during and after a 49ers-Raiders exhibition game in August 2011.

Jed York, the 49ers’ CEO, recommended the series be postposed for “some period of time.”

Del Rio said he is hopeful the annual series will be renewed and seemed to also be interested in joint practices with the 49ers.

The 49ers have held joint practices in recent summers with the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans.

Two hours after Del Rio made his comments, 49ers general manager John Lynch also said he was in favor of re-booting the series during the exhibition season.

"There are things that were going on that have to do with some things in the parking lot, but we can get over that," Lynch said. "If we present that in the right way, I think that’s good for the league. It’s good for our community. I’m a big fan of Jack’s, a big fan of their roster and what they’ve done with it. I think that would be great."

Rashaan Melvin says he cheated Raiders fans during season with the team

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Rashaan Melvin says he cheated Raiders fans during season with the team

Rashaan Melvin said his goodbyes to the Raiders after the Lions announced a deal that would bring the cornerback to the team.

But Melvin's farewell to the Silver and Black was a bit of a sad one. Melvin said he felt as though he cheated the fans:

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Im thankful for every opportunity God has placed in my life. We all must go through some things to get to what is actually meant for us. I greatly appreciate the Oakland organization for giving me the opportunity to further my career this past season. I respect the raiders organization, I respect the tradition, and I respect the die hard fans that has and will forever believe in raider nation. I feel like I cheated the fans, and organization, and a long list of players that came before me that made the organization what it is. It was always a life time dream of mine to wear the silver and black. It really hurt me that I wasn’t able to be myself, and play the style of play that I know I was capable of playing. To all my guys in that locker room I appreciate you guys for making the year special through everything. I cherish the relationships that were created on and off the field. I respect you guys, and I wish you boy’s the best!! Y’all ball out for the City of Oakland 1 more time or for however long y’all there! Respect!! #22 #raidernation ✊🏾✊🏾

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This, of course, appeared to be more of him not feeling as though he played to his potential. Playing for the Raiders had been a dream of his.

Melvin only started in seven games last season which could be partly why he's feeling the way he's feeling. 

"To all my guys in the locker room, I appreciate you guys for making the year special through everything."

'Stop playing:' Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown takes jab at Bills

'Stop playing:' Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown takes jab at Bills

Antonio Brown is now a member of the Raiders -- which means he is not going to play for the Bills despite some strange rumors he would be Buffalo-bound.

So, naturally, Brown made sure to put a reaction on Instagram to double-down on this:

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Stop playing #FakeNews #Historical

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"Stop playing."

This is in addition to him saying it was "Fake news" at the beginning of the month: 

And anything sports-related and bring Drake into the mix is very much appreciated.

It appears Brown is more than happy with his decision to sport silver and black.