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Raiders add offensive line depth, agree to deal with guard Eric Kush

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Raiders add offensive line depth, agree to deal with guard Eric Kush

The Raiders went a few days without adding a free agent. That didn’t mean they were done.

Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock continued checking boxes on Saturday morning, bringing guard Eric Kush into the fray. The interior lineman and his agent confirmed the pact on social media.

The Raiders were looking for depth there behind starters Richie Incognito and Gabe Jackson. Denzelle Good also re-upped with the Raiders this winter.

Kush has played 49 games since entering the league in 2013 and has played guard on the right and left. He also has limited experience at center. Andre James will be the backup center, though he can play guard as well.

Kust lost the 2017 season to injury and finished 2018 on injured reserve as well. He started the first seven games of 2019 for Cleveland but lost his gig to a younger player. The Browns released him on Feb. 17.

The Raiders have stocked up at guard, creating an environment where the Raiders could try to trade Jackson if they find worthy compensation. Jackson is set to make a $9.350 million base salary in 2020 under a contract that lasts through 2022 but is essentially pay-as-you-go.

His name has come up as a possible trade chip and could get a quality return considering his talent and on-field disposition. He’s a top-tier guard and is getting paid like one, maybe too much for a new regime that didn’t authorize his big-money contract extension. Jackson also has been hurt the last two seasons. He played most of 2018 with a torn pectoral muscle and missed the 2019 season’s first half with a torn MCL.

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When healthy, Jackson’s awesome. He and Trent Brown compose one of the best right flanks in football, but Good has proven a solid option at right guard should the Raiders ship Jackson off for an NFL draft pick or two. With Kush in the fray, they have the flexibility to make a deal if they choose. That won’t be an easy decision no matter what is done, but this Kush signing gives the Raiders options down the road.

As it stands, Kolton Miller, Incognito, Hudson, Jackson and Brown would start, from left to right, along the Raiders offensive line. James, Good, Kush, Brandon Parker and David Sharpe are set up in reserve. That’s a solid unit that could be supplemented again in the draft.

Raiders begin UNLV turf installation to play on at Allegiant Stadium

Raiders begin UNLV turf installation to play on at Allegiant Stadium

Two weeks after the Raiders’ natural grass turf was laid out, it’s UNLV football’s turn to get in on the action at Allegiant Stadium.

Crews on Tuesday began installing the artificial turf UNLV will play its home games on inside of the $2 billion, 65,000-seat stadium.

Photos show crews got the installation of the turf underway in the north end of the stadium. The turf is being installed in sections and already has field lines painted on the surface.

UNLV is slated to play six home games at Allegiant Stadium. The Rebels and the Raiders worked out a deal for UNLV’s Oct. 24 game versus Colorado State to be moved to Oct. 23 to have the Sept. 12 game versus Arizona State be played at Allegiant, as opposed to Sam Boyd Stadium.

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NFL rumors: Raiders considering moving 2020 training camp to Nevada

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NFL rumors: Raiders considering moving 2020 training camp to Nevada

The Raiders’ arrival in Las Vegas could come sooner than anticipated.

The team is seriously considering moving its training camp from Napa, California, to its new headquarters in Henderson. According to a person close to the team who was not authorized to speak on the record, training camp at the Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center is a viable option.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, team headquarters across the NFL have been entirely or partially closed since March. That has forced teams to conduct offseason programs virtually rather than at their practice facilities.

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