McKenzie: No update on potential Aldon reinstatement, won't count him out

McKenzie: No update on potential Aldon reinstatement, won't count him out

ALAMEDA -- Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie sat down with local beat reporters on Thursday morning, but didn’t come armed with breaking news.

Aldon Smith had not yet been reinstated to the NFL. Smith applied for reinstatement on Oct. 2, according to ESPN, and commissioner Roger Goodell would have to rule on the application within 60 days only if all the application requirements were met. If the requirements weren't met, the NFL could remain silent on the matter. 

That 60th day comes on Friday, but it’s unclear whether a ruling will come then, or at all in the near future.

McKenzie and the Raiders remain in wait-and-see mode regarding their star edge rusher, who was banished at least one calendar year on Nov. 15, 2015 for violating the NFL substance abuse policy.

“I was hoping I could give you guys something,” McKenzie said with a smile. “But (the NFL) will let us know in due time. I’m sure they’re in communication with each other on that, but they don’t fill us in on anything with that process.”

Smith isn’t allowed to have direct contact with Raiders coaches or front office personnel, save the player engagement director, though information can be relayed through representatives.

The Raiders have been completely reliant on Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin off the edge and could certainly use Smith’s help as a rotational pass rusher.

If he is reinstated Friday or later this year, Smith could make an impact for the Raiders without much practice time.

“We would go through the proper channels to see where he is physically and mentally and all that,” McKenzie said. “But, to totally discount this year, we wouldn’t do that.”

As a reminder, here’s the reinstatement procedure, taken direcly from the NFL Substance Abuse Policy:

Any Player who has been banished under Stage Three may apply formally in writing for reinstatement no sooner than 60 days before the one-year anniversary date of the letter so banishing him.

The application should include all pertinent information about the Player’s:

(a) Treatment;
(b) Abstinence from Substances of Abuse throughout the entire period of his banishment;
(c) Involvement with any Substances of Abuse related incidents; and
(d) Arrests and/or convictions for any criminal activity, including Substances of Abuse-related offenses.

Set forth below are the procedures to be used when an application is received by the Commissioner.

1. Within 45 days of receipt of the application, the Player will be interviewed by the Medical Director and the Medical Advisor, after which a recommendation will be made to the Commissioner with regard to the Player’s request for reinstatement.

2. The Player will execute appropriate medical release forms that will enable the Commissioner’s staff and NFLPA Executive Director’s staff to review the Player’s substance abuse history, including but not limited to attendance at counseling sessions (individual, group and family); attendance at 12-step and other self-help group meetings; periodic progress reports; and all diagnostic findings and treatment recommendations.

3. The Player will submit to urine testing by an NFL representative at a frequency determined by the Medical Advisor.

4. The Player will agree in a meeting with the Commissioner or his representative(s) to comply with the conditions imposed by the Commissioner for his reinstatement to the status of an active Player.

5. All individuals involved in the process will take steps to enable the Commissioner to render a decision within 60 days of the receipt of the application.

NFL free agency: Raiders sign QB Mike Glennon to back up Derek Carr


NFL free agency: Raiders sign QB Mike Glennon to back up Derek Carr

Derek Carr, meet your new backup.

The Raiders signed journeyman quarterback Mike Glennon, the team announced Friday afternoon. Contract terms were not immediately disclosed.

Glennon, 29, is a five-year veteran. He started 13 games in his rookie year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013, but has played in only 14 over the last four seasons.

Glennon signed a three-year deal with the Chicago Bears worth $18.5 million guaranteed in 2017, but was released after one season (and four starts) in the Windy City after he lost the job to Mitchell Trubisky. He played two games with the Arizona Cardinals last season, but was released in March.

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The Raiders released AJ McCarron on March 14, and were in the market for a No. 2 QB. It's possible the Silver and Black could also draft another. They attended former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins' pro day, as well as Heisman Trophy-winner Kyler Murray's.

This story is being updated. 

Curtis Riley signs with Raiders to boost short-handed secondary

Curtis Riley signs with Raiders to boost short-handed secondary

The Raiders continued fleshing out their secondary on Friday agreeing on terms of a contract with safety Curtis Riley, the team announced Friday. The former New York Giant visited the team’s Alameda facility on Thursday and left without a deal, but he ended up taking the Raiders offer despite interest from other teams.

Riley hinted at a pact on Twitter on Friday, saying he was coming to the Bay Area. He’ll exchange coasts after starting all 16 games at free safety with last year’s Giants. He had 75 tackles, four interceptions and five pass breakups for that squad.

He’ll have an opportunity to play significant snaps in the Raiders secondary. High-priced free-agent signing Lamarcus Joyner is also a free safety, but is expected to play slot cornerback regularly in 2019, likely shuttling back and forth between positions.

Riley could step in as the free safety in sub packages that defenses spend significant time in nowadays. Erik Harris will compete for that role opposite strong safety Karl Joseph.

The Raiders have options in the secondary now, with the aforementioned safeties and depth at cornerback. Gareon Conley’s a virtual lock to start at one outside cornerback spot. Daryl Worley’s expected to return on a second-round free-agent tender, through Thursday’s signing Nevin Lawson will compete for time there as well. Last year’s fourth-round pick Nick Nelson will have to fight for time with this new defensive back depth chart.

The Raiders could well draft another defensive back as well, especially if a good one slips and becomes a great value pick.

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News of Riley’s agreement should excite quarterback Derek Carr. Riley’s a fellow Fresno State alum. and was teammates with Carr in 2013.

The Raiders also had interest in George Iloka, who played with defensive coordinator Paul Guenther in Cincinnati. Iloka visited the Raiders complex Thursday, but left without a deal and scheduled other visits.