Derek Carr is getting another weapon.
Free agent wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has signed a deal with the Raiders, the team announced Monday evening.
In his fourth season with the Vikings, Patterson caught a career-high 52 passes for 453 yards and two touchdowns.
Patterson was taken with the No. 29 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Tennessee.
The 25-year-old South Carolina-native returned a total of 134 kickoffs for 4,075 yards and five touchdowns.
Patterson was named to the Pro Bowl in 2013 and 2016 and earned First-Team All-Pro selection both years as a kick returner.
News that the two sides were close was first reported by The San Francisco Chronicle and confirmed to CSNCalifornia.com Monday evening.
More to come...
Life is not peachy in Raider Nation right now.
All-Pro edge rusher Khalil Mack is gone. The team is 0-2, and now, there is reportedly a divide in the front office.
That divide is being caused by none other than head coach Jon Gruden himself, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Here's how Rapoport explains it:
"The way that Jon Gruden handles personnel has caused a divide in that building. Here's why: Gruden has what has amounted to his own personnel staff, he has people like Dave Rozzano, who is Head of Football Research, who came to prominence on Twitter with several wild takes, including Jake Locker should be the #1 pick. He has essentially become Gruden's right-hand man. Gruden also has his own draft board, his own personnel board, his own people that help him make cut-ups. And then on the other side, there are the respected scouts from [General Manager] Reggie McKenzie who helped build this team from basically nothing into a playoff team and so some of those people feel Gruden has simply not listened to them. It is clear that he is listen to those in his inner circle to do a lot of things, including sign veterans and trade Khalil Mack."
Oh boy. Sounds like things could get worse in Oakland before they start to get better.
Gruden and the Raiders are in Miami to take on the Dolphins. Will he be celebrating his first win since returning to the Raiders? Or will he be walking off the field 0-3 and into a postgame press conference full of questions about this story?
The Raiders (0-2) make the long trip to South Beach to take on the Dolphins (2-0) in Week 3 of the 2018 NFL season.
Oakland had a chance to pick up its first win last week, but it squandered a fourth-quarter lead and lost on Denver kicker Brandon McManus' late field goal. Raiders coach Jon Gruden is looking for more out of his pass rush and hoping linebacker Bruce Irvin can step up.
The Dolphins are coming off a 20-12 win over the Jets in New York last weekend. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw two touchdown passes while running back Kenyan Drake ran for 53 yards and one touchdown.
Here's how some national pundits picked the Raiders-Dolphins game,
Paul Gutierrez, ESPN.com: Raiders 24, Dolphins 23
Cameron Wolfe, ESPN.com: Dolphins 26, Raiders 20
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: Dolphins 23, Raiders 16
Elliot Harrison, NFL.com: Dolphins 26, Raiders 20
Brad Weiss, Just Blog Baby: Dolphins 28, Raiders 24
Greg Cote, Miami Herald: Dolphins 24, Raiders 20