Raiders' Antonio Brown picks new helmet for NFL season after long saga

Raiders' Antonio Brown picks new helmet for NFL season after long saga

Our long #HelmetGate nightmare finally might be over.

Antonio Brown has decided on the headgear he'll wear for the Raiders this season: The Xenith Shadow.

ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted a photo of AB with the new helmet Wednesday, which was later confirmed by Xenith and Brown himself.

"I choose Xenith," Brown said in a video published by Xenith. "Route-running and position is really key. Being able to put my foot in the ground, and access my net rotation and my eyes to be able to separate from defenders and be able to make that big play.

"Xenith allows me to be able to be flexible and running 20-to-21 miles per hour down the field, and get my head around and track the ball and be able to make those nice catches.

"Xenith is boomin'," Brown finished, with a nod to his "business is boomin'" monicker.

Before choosing Xenith, Brown wore the "Schutt AiR Advantage" helmet. The Schutt model, which Brown filed two grievances with the NFL in hopes of being able to play in, no longer was NOCSAE certified. Brown had been wearing the Schutt AiR Advantage helmet for his entire career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and argued that he should still be able to wear it this year with Oakland.

But to no avail.

The Schutt AiR Advantage also is no longer being produced by manufacturers and was only deemed "adequate," by Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings, which gave it two out of a possible five stars.

So for now, we can rest easy ... it appears the current helmet is working well for him:

We'll see Brown wear the "Xenith Shadow" for the Raiders' Week 1 game against the Broncos this Monday on "Monday Night Football."

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Raiders' Derek Carr just trolling with Khalil Mack post, David Carr says

Raiders' Derek Carr just trolling with Khalil Mack post, David Carr says

It's been another offseason of rumors for Derek Carr.

Despite a solid 2019 campaign in Year 2 under Jon Gruden, whispers of the Raiders' interest in other quarterbacks, notably Tom Brady, have been circulating since the season ended. There also have been rumors the Silver and Black could look to trade Carr this offseason. Carr sent shockwaves of his own across social media earlier this week when he posted a photo of himself and former teammate Khalil Mack on Instagram, sparking speculation he could be headed to the Chicago Bears.

But, according to Carr's brother David, he was just having a little fun with the offseason rumor mill.

“His son’s favorite movie is Trolls. He’s just having fun. It’s the offseason,” David Carr said on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access."

While Derek Carr is used to questions about his job security being a topic of conversation, it appears the veteran quarterback is enjoying stoking the trade flames himself for once. 

But he might also be sending a message to the Raiders that other teams would love for him to be their starting quarterback if they don't.

The Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and others have been mentioned as possible landing spots for Derek Carr if he is traded. 

As for the Raiders' offseason plans at quarterback, it feels like the smart money is on Carr entering the season as the starter. While the Brady rumors have taken up all the oxygen, it feels like a stretch to suggest that the six-time Super Bowl champion would leave the New England Patriots at this point in his career. Of course, if Brady wants to wear silver and black, the Raiders have to make that happen.

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It seems likely Carr will take the first snap for the Raiders in Las Vegas with a free-agent acquisition occupying the backup role and looking to take over should Carr not take the next step head coach Jon Gruden wants to see.

If more rumors continue to pop up, don't be surprised to see Carr take to social media with another cryptic post.

Jon Gruden announces Raiders' minicamp will be in Las Vegas, not Alameda

Jon Gruden announces Raiders' minicamp will be in Las Vegas, not Alameda

The Raiders' move from Oakland to Las Vegas is ramping up.

Head coach Jon Gruden announced Saturday before Tyson Fury's win over Deontay Wilder in a heavyweight fight that the Silver and Black would host their mandatory minicamp at their new home in Sin City.

“If we can let everyone in, we will,” Gruden said on the big screen at the fight, via The Las Vegas Review-Journal.

It is unclear whether or not the Raiders will hold the event in Las Vegas or at the team's facility in Henderson, Nev., although the latter seems more likely.

The Raiders are expected to host their training camp in Napa next summer before shifting football operations to Nevada full time.

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Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock face another important offseason as they look to continue the upward trajectory from last season.

The Raiders started Phase 1 of Gruden's rebuild last offseason. They had a historically successful draft class led by running back Josh Jacobs, cornerback Trayvon Mullen and defensive end Maxx Crosby

It will be imperative for Gruden and Mayock to hit on their draft picks again. The Raiders have the No. 12 and No. 19 picks in the first round. With a deep class of young wide receivers, the Silver and Black could greatly improve their offense if they call the right names in April when the draft will be held in April. 

With over $50 million in salary cap room, the Raiders also must navigate free agency successfully. There are a number of players they could pursue, including Tom Brady, but they must hit on their free-agent signings in order to make another leap up the AFC West ladder.