NFL free agency: Tyrell Williams signs reported $44M Raiders contract

NFL free agency: Tyrell Williams signs reported $44M Raiders contract

The Raiders receiver corps fell into disrepair last season, after Amari Cooper was traded, Jordy Nelson was battling knee issue and several veteran subs ended up on injured reserve.

A complete positional overhaul was required. That has happened quickly, with two major additions in a less than a week.

The Raiders traded for elite receiver Antonio Brown on Saturday night. Then they agreed on terms of a contract with former L.A. Chargers wideout Tyrell Williams, a soure confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area. ESPN's Adam Schefter was first to report the news. The Raiders made the deal official Wednesday night.

Schefter reports the Raiders are giving Williams a four-year contract worth $44 million.

Williams was one of the top receivers available in free agency. He’s 6-foot-4, 205 pounds and runs like the wind. He had a 1,000-yard season in 2015 and has produced steadily ever since. He had 41 catches for 653 yards and five touchdowns on 65 targets, and averaged 15.9 yards per reception.

He’s a dynamic No. 2 option behind Brown, a clear-cut No. 1, and one of the NFL’s best receivers. The Raiders passing game has the talent required to produce steadily and show vast improvement over a 2018 unit devoid of speed outside tight end Jared Cook that averaged just 234 yards per game.

Nelson would be a solid No. 3 if he is retained. The Raiders paid his 2019 roster bonus in the 2018 season. The team would save $3.5 million in cap space but incur $1.8 million in dead money. His salary becomes fully guaranteed on Friday.

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The Raiders could also let Seth Roberts go this offseason. He’s scheduled to make $4.65 million in 2019, and none of it is guaranteed.

The Brown-Williams combination is dangerous in its own right, and gives quarterback Derek Carr excellent weapons in the pattern. It looks better (on paper, anyway) that the Michael Crabtree-Amari Cooper duo from 2016, when both guys exceeded 1,000 yards.

Derek Carr praises Jon Gruden, Mike Mayock for Raiders' rookie class

Derek Carr praises Jon Gruden, Mike Mayock for Raiders' rookie class

One week after the Raiders announced Mike Mayock as their general manager, the former longtime NFL draft analyst found his first assignment: The College Football Playoff National Championship. 

Clearly, he liked what he saw at Levi's Stadium. The Raiders selected four players -- defensive end Clelin Ferrell, running back Josh Jacobs, cornerback Trayvon Mullen and receiver Hunter Renfrow -- from the national championship. These players came from winning college programs in Clemson and Alabama, and it showing on and off the field.

Quarterback Derek Carr has taken notice to the maturity of the Raiders' rookie class, giving a round of applause to Mayock and coach Jon Gruden.

"They already understand what it means to be a top-level pro, and their effort and determination is there. The only thing that's gonna stop them is circumstance. These guys are completely understanding of what it means to be a professional at this league, and you have to give a lot of credit to Mr. Mayock and coach Gruden," Carr said on the Raider Cody Podcast.

"They sought these guys out. They interviewed them. They obviously went through that rigorous process with the draft and things like that." 

Mayock and Gruden's draft picks are panning out so far for the 3-2 Raiders.

Jacobs looks like a future star and already has 430 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground. He also has added another 77 yards receiving. Renfrow ranks third on the team in receptions (12) and receiving yards (101). Ferrell missed last game with a concussion. He has 10 tackles, one sack and three tackles for a loss. 

Even late-round draft picks like defensive end Maxx Crosby and tight end Foster Moreau look like contributors for years to come. 

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Carr and the Raiders are enjoying their bye week after a big Week 5 win over the Bears in London. The QB is staying in shape, though, and had tight end Derek Carrier over for a home workout this week. One of the first subjects they brought up was the team's rookies. 

"They're all professionals. You don't look at these guys as rookies, they're just pros," Carr said. "They get it. They're able to contribute, they know their weaknesses, they know their flaws, they're OK admitting their flaws." 

Through the early portion of the season, the Raiders have surprised many with a winning record after an offseason full of drama and headaches. And their rookies are a big reason why.

NFL rumors: Raiders' Richie Incognito fined for penalties in London


NFL rumors: Raiders' Richie Incognito fined for penalties in London

Raiders general manager Mike Mayock knew the Raiders weren't signing a "Boy Scout" when they brought in offensive lineman Richie Incogntio this offseason, and Incognito reportedly picked up his first two fines in Silver and Black this weekend. 

The NFL reportedly fined Incognito $21,054 for a chop block and unnecessary roughness in the Raiders' Week 5 win over the Chicago Bears at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, according to NFL Media's Tom Pelissero. 

The offensive lineman served a two-game suspension earlier this season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy after threatening to shoot people and punching a hole in the wall at the Arizona funeral home where his father's body was kept. Incognito pleaded guilty to a pair of misdemanors from the incident, and he pleaded guilty to another misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge from a separate incident at his grandmother's home two days later. 

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Including suspensions, Incognito now has forfeited $716,953 in salary in his NFL career, according to Spotrac data. 

The Raiders signed Incognito to a one-year contract this offseason, and he has become a key part of the Raiders' newfound run-based identity. Since Incognito's Week 3 debut, the Raiders ranked sixth in the league in rushing yards (445) entering Sunday.