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NFL rumors: Raiders tried to trade Antonio Brown before releasing him

NFL rumors: Raiders tried to trade Antonio Brown before releasing him

Antonio Brown might have been trying to get cut last week, but the Raiders reportedly tried to trade him first. 

The Silver and Black "quietly" shopped Antonio Brown around the NFL on Thursday, according to Fox Sports and The Athletic's Jay Glazer. 

Thursday, of course, was a day after Brown angrily confronted Raiders general manager Mike Mayock for fining Brown for missing practice and a walk-through. Brown first posted the fine on his Instagram story -- reportedly after he reached out to social-media consultants to speed up his release -- and continued to stew over it when he returned to the practice field. 

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The day the Raiders reportedly tried to trade Brown was the day news of his confrontation with Mayock broke, and that probably didn't help the Silver and Black find a team to give up something in return for Brown. The four-time All-Pro reportedly had no shortage of interested suitors once he became a free agent Saturday, but the courting period didn't last all that long, as Brown signed with the New England Patriots that same afternoon. 

The Raiders acquired Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers for a third- and fifth-round draft pick just shy of six months ago, and they surely would have liked to get just about anything back as their relationship with the superstar receiver unraveled.

But they didn't, and now the Silver and Black is staring down their final season in Oakland without their best player.  

How newcomer Dion Jordan impacted Raiders pass rush from the inside

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How newcomer Dion Jordan impacted Raiders pass rush from the inside

ALAMEDA – Dion Jordan has played several spots along the line in his NFL career, most of it off the edge. The Raiders need help there but requested he help in another spot on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

“We asked him to go inside and rush,” head coach Jon Gruden said. “We want to keep [Clelin] Ferrell and Maxx [Crosby] and [Benson] Mayowa outside. Dion gives us another guy with length who can go against the guards.”

Jordan’s a superior athlete who stands 6-foot-6, 284 pounds. He’s quick and agile enough to go around blockers, strong enough to go through them.

That certainly helped him work from interior spots over 14 snaps against the Bengals, and he was able to generate some pressure working obvious passing downs. He had a quarterback sack on third down that forced a punt, a run stop and one other quarterback pressure.

His presence was also felt in ways that can’t be quantified in the box score. His teammates said his athleticism helps create chances for others. Maxx Crosby credited Jordan for freeing him some off the edge.

Fellow interior rusher Maurice Hurst, who plays a different, yet effective game getting to the quarterback, liked the new energy Jordan brought to the front.

“He’s a great athlete who gets the guards to kick out to him pretty fast,” Hurst said. “It creates space for some of the other guys. You can run cool things with him. He will really help us inside.”

We’ll see whether Jordan’s role expands as we move forward. He only had three practices to adjust to this Raiders scheme after formally joining the team on Tuesday after his NFL suspension was lifted. More time may allow him to do some different things, or at least prep him to take more snaps helping this pass rush and defensive effort as a whole.

“He’s a great athlete who gets the guards to kick out to him pretty fast,” Gruden said. “It creates space for some of the other guys. You can run cool things with him. He will really help us inside.”

Here is the entire Raiders snap count: 

Offense

Total offensive snaps: 70

Quarterback – Derek Carr 70

Running back – Josh Jacobs 45, Alec Ingold 17, Jalen Richard 16, DeAndre Washington 9

Wide receiver – Tyrell Williams 51, Zay Jones 48, Hunter Renfrow 31, Marcell Ateman 5

Tight end – Darren Waller 66, Foster Moreau 41, Derek Carrier 20

Offensive line – Richie Incognito 70, Kolton Miller 70, Trent Brown 70, Gabe Jackson 70, Rodney Hudson 70, Brandon Parker 2

 

Defense

Total defensive snaps: 63

Defensive line – Maxx Crosby 49, Clelin Ferrell 41, Johnathan Hankins 41, P.J. Hall 35, Maurice Hurst 30, Benson Mayowa 19, Josh Mauro 18

Linebacker – Tahir Whitehead 63, Nicholas Morrow 59, Will Compton 6

Defensive back – Erik Harris 63, Daryl Worley 63, Trayvon Mullen 63, Nevin Lawson 57, D.J. Swearinger 38, Curtis Riley 25, Isaiah Johnson 7

Special teams

Kyle Wilber 20, Dallin Leavitt 18, Carrier 18, Riley 15, Moreau 14, Keisean Nixon 14, Johnson 13, Compton 12, Morrow 9, Harris 9, Lawson 8, Crosby 8, A.J. Cole 8, Trevor Davis 8, Trent Sieg 8, Mullen 6, Daniel Carlson 7, Hurst 5, Whitehead, Worley 5, Denzelle Good 3, Parker 3, Washington 3, Brown 3, Miller 3, Jackson 3, Incognito 3, Jordan 2, Mayowa 2

Raiders sign veteran linebacker Preston Brown, add another new face

Raiders sign veteran linebacker Preston Brown, add another new face

ALAMEDA -- The Raiders added another veteran defender on Monday, signing Preston Brown to supplement the linebacker corps. Brown worked out for the Silver and Black and officially joined the team in the wake of Sunday’s 17-10 win over a Cincinnati Bengals team that cut him recently.

Brown’s an old-school middle linebacker, someone who can make sure tackles and fit in well on obvious rushing downs. The Raiders primarily use two linebacker sets even in base packages, bringing in relative newcomer Will Compton against heavier sets.

Brown believes he’ll be able to integrate well and play quickly, considering the similarities between Paul Guenther’s scheme and what is run in Cincinnati.

“I have a lot of the terminology down already, so it’s just a matter of getting back,” Brown said. “I’m excited about it.”

He has watched Raiders film already and likes what he has seen from this group. Brown helped run the Bengals defense until recently. He was released on Tuesday, spent a couple days as a free agent and now is with a new team.

He goes from a winless crew to one in the playoffs, an intriguing aspect of this new gig.

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“It’s really cool, especially coming from an 0-9, now 0-10 team,” Brown said. “There’s a lot more life, a lot more energy over here. That’s fun to be around.”

The Raiders are Brown’s third team in six seasons. He spent his first four NFL years as a full-time starter in Buffalo before moving on to Cincinnati in 2018. He wasn’t as integral to that team. His best season came in 2017, when he had 101 tackles and three passes defensed.