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NFL free agency rumors: Le'Veon Bell contract decision appears imminent

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NFL free agency rumors: Le'Veon Bell contract decision appears imminent

On the second day of NFL free agency's early negotiating period, Le'Veon Bell is the talk of the town.

Well, multiple towns, as the football world awaits the star running back's decision.

Oakland and Las Vegas are two of those towns, since sources told NBC Sports California's Scott Bair over the weekend that the Raiders are interested in the three-time Pro Bowl pick.

Fans of the Silver and Black then will be happy with Bell's latest Twitter follow.

Sources told Bair late Tuesday morning that the Raiders still are "in the hunt" for the ex-Steeler, who would join former teammate Antonio Brown if he chooses the Silver and Black. 

Earlier Tuesday morning, Bell seemed to indicate he knew where he was going. When ex-Raider (and American Ninja Warrior host) Akbar Gbajabiamila asked if he could tell people where Bell was headed, the All-Pro gave him the go-ahead.

Naturally, Gbajabiamila hadn't told anyone on Twitter as of this blog's publication.

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Perhaps Bell is just waiting for the clock to strike midnight. That's when Bell says he will release his "Life's A Gamble" mixtape. 

The tracklists don't include a team, but at least Bell will have some music to link to when the tweet announcing his destination goes viral. 

NFL odds: Raiders' Josh Jacobs a favorite to score first Las Vegas TD

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NFL odds: Raiders' Josh Jacobs a favorite to score first Las Vegas TD

The Raiders’ home opener in Las Vegas is scheduled for Sept. 21 on “Monday Night Football” against the New Orleans Saints.

Which player will score the first regular-season touchdown at Allegiant Stadium?

You can bet on that proposition at the Westgate sportsbook, which posted odds on 18 players.

“They always talk about things that are established years later. Trivia-type things, like who was the player that scored the first touchdown at the stadium in Las Vegas,” Westgate vice president of risk Jeff Sherman said. ” We just wanted a wagering option similar to that.”

The Saints are 4½-point favorites over the Raiders, and the total is 50½ points.

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New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara is the 5-1 favorite to score the first TD, Saints wideout Michael Thomas is the 6-1 second choice, and Las Vegas running back Josh Jacobs is the 8-1 third pick.

SEE FIRST LAS VEGAS TOUCHDOWN ODDS HERE

 

2021 NFL Mock Draft: Raiders pick North Dakota State QB Trey Lance

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2021 NFL Mock Draft: Raiders pick North Dakota State QB Trey Lance

Is there room in Las Vegas for yet another quarterback? Maybe.

In a 2021 NFL Mock Draft by CBS Sports, writer R.J. White has the Raiders selecting North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance with the No 12 overall pick in the first round. 

The keyword White uses here is “upside,” and that word is synonymous with Jon Gruden’s offensive strategy. He wants it all.

But what would that mean with who they have right now? 

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Derek Carr holds that top spot, and despite the rumors of him and Gruden not seeing eye-to-eye, the two apparently get along swimmingly. Naturally, sometimes they’ll bump heads, but that’s standard.

Behind him is Marcus Mariota who has the experience and is a great leader. He also stands to push Carr to be a better quarterback. He’s signed through 2021 with Nathan Peterman, a Gruden favorite, rounding up the current squad.

For Carr, well, it could initially appear to be bad news for the QB who was booed off the field for the team’s final game in Oakland, but that might not be the case.

He sent a strong message to the haters after that happened, but the Mariota pressures could be a positive. He’s not going anywhere, but this could be a glimpse into the future. 

[RELATED: Carr sends message to the haters]

But … for the heck of it. Here’s a clip of Lance:

Carr gets a lot of hate. That was one of Pat McAfee’s questions when he spoke to former Raiders receiver Jordy Nelson recently. But he knows that’s all part of the package. Despite some rumors of trade talks during the combine, those appeared to have died down.