Sunday will be an emotional day for the Raiders as they take the field at the Oakland Coliseum for the final time. (No really, this is it.)
The Raiders have lost three straight games to drop out of playoff contention, but many expect the emotions of the moment to carry them to a win over the 4-9 Jaguars and give Raider Nation one final party in the Black Hole.
A former member of the Silver and Black has a different idea, though.
D.J. Hayden was selected by the Raiders with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. The Houston cornerback played four seasons with the Silver and Black before Oakland elected not to re-sign him after the 2016 season. He spent a year with the Lions before signing with the Jaguars last offseason.
Now a member of the Jaguars, Hayden has his own plans for the Coliseum's farewell.
"Oh yeah, I had this game marked," Hayden said, via the AP. "I am excited. They didn’t bring me back. So, know what I’m saying? Gotta make them pay for it.
"Wouldn’t it be nice, be sweet? Just to go in there and just whoop a--. We have to go out there and do it. We can’t talk about it. We have to be about it."
Hayden never lived up to his billing with the Raiders, and the Silver and Black could have success targeting him this weekend. So far this season, Hayden is allowed quarterbacks to complete 71.1 percent of their passes and compile an 87.9 passer rating. He hasn't allowed a touchdown, however.
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With a little bulletin board material supplied, perhaps Derek Carr will try to make his former teammate pay Sunday in what will be an emotional day in the East Bay.
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 Raiders.com'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.
Free-agent wide receiver Antonio Brown is a suspect in a felony battery case stemming from an alleged incident outside his Hollywood, Fla. home.
Brown and his trainer, Glen Holt, allegedly battered the driver of a moving truck, Hollywood police said Tuesday.
Holt was charged with one count of felony burglary and one count of felony battery. Police attempted to speak to Brown regarding the situation but were unsuccessful.
Police hoped to contact Brown in order to determine whether to bring battery charges against him.
The receiver hasn’t played since Week 2 of the NFL regular season after being released by the New England Patriots. Prior to that, Brown spent training camp with the Raiders before demanding his release following a bizarre sequence of confrontations with management.