Raiders sign former Cal running back C.J. Anderson in East Bay homecoming


Raiders sign former Cal running back C.J. Anderson in East Bay homecoming

The season is winding down, but the Raiders aren't done adding depth in the backfield.

Oakland signed running back C.J. Anderson to a deal, which he announced on his Instagram page.

A source confirmed to NBC Sports California's Scott Bair earlier Tuesday afternoon that the Raiders were planning to sign the Vallejo native. ESPN and NFL Network first reported the move was imminent. 

Anderson rushed for 104 yards on 24 carries in nine games with the Carolina Panthers earlier this season, but managed zero yards on three carries in his last two games before the Panthers released him on Nov. 12. 

Doug Martin picked up the bulk of the Raiders' carries after Marshawn Lynch was placed on injured reserve after a Week 6 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, while Jalen Richard remained a fixture in the passing game. Anderson's signing could mean Lynch won't suit up the rest of the season. 

The Raiders already designated Justin Ellis to return off injured reserve, meaning one of Lynch and offensive tackle Donald Penn will not be able to return to the team this year. With Martin, Richard, DeAndre Washington, and eventually Anderson all on the roster, the Silver and Black would likely need to make a corresponding move. 

Anderson, like Lynch, is a Cal product. He first acknowledged the move in a tweet with a word anyone from the East Bay would recognize.

There's no word yet whether or not the signing made Anderson want to get hyphy or go dumb. 

Raiders inactives: Trent Brown, Zay Jones unavailable vs. Packers


Raiders inactives: Trent Brown, Zay Jones unavailable vs. Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Raiders' offensive line just can’t get right. They finally got Gabe Jackson back after the guard missed the first five games, only to lose star right tackle Trent Brown for Sunday’s Week 7 game against the Packers.

Brown suffered a calf strain during Monday’s practice, the first workout after the bye week.

Brown was unavailable Wednesday and Thursday. He was limited Friday, but he didn’t look ready to play at that point. The days after that didn’t help enough to make him active here at Lambeau Field.

David Sharpe will start in his place. Brandon Parker will be the swing tackle. That could spell trouble against Packers edge rushers Preston Smith and Za'Darius Smith.

That’s not the only significant blow the Raiders must absorb. They didn’t deem new receiver Zay Jones ready to go after roughly two weeks prep in the Raiders' offense.

The Raiders acquired Jones from the Buffalo Bills in an Oct. 7 trade and gave him a crash course in their scheme, but he wasn’t prepped enough to handle the snap count required of an active receiver.

The Silver and Black are weak at that spot, going with Trevor Davis, Keelan Doss, Marcell Ateman and Hunter Renfrow. Dwayne Harris will miss his fourth straight game while dealing with an ankle injury.

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All told, the Raiders have Brown, Jones, Tyrell Williams, edge rusher Arden Key, cornerback Keiseasn Nixon and quarterback DeShone Kizer inactive for this game.

Meanwhile, the Packers will get two of their receivers back, as both Geronimo Allison and Marquez Valdes-Scantling will be active.

NFL rumors: Antonio Brown's $30 million grievance vs. Raiders hits snag


NFL rumors: Antonio Brown's $30 million grievance vs. Raiders hits snag

Antonio Brown is looking to get paid without ever suiting up for the Raiders, but it looks like his case has hit a snag. 

The troubled receiver filed multiple grievances against the Raiders in an attempt to recoup the $30 million in guaranteed money he lost when Oakland released him prior to the beginning of the season.

However, it appears Raiders owner Mark Davis kept the receipts. The Raiders submitted text messages Brown sent to Davis that show Brown requesting his release from the Raiders, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Sunday.

Tough look for AB.

Brown's short tenure with the Raiders was littered with insanity.

He arrived at training camp in Napa via hot air balloon. But the four-time All-Pro immediately was ruled out with a foot ailment that turned out to be frostbite from a cryochamber. Even once his feet healed, Brown rarely saw the field as he sat out due to multiple grievances with the NFL over the league's new helmet policy requiring him to wear a helmet that actually would protect his brain from the trauma inflicted on it while on the field.

After missing walkthroughs and practices due to his helmet issue, Raiders general manager Mike Mayock issued several fines to Brown, causing the receiver to confront Mayock at practice in a heated altercation that reportedly saw Brown call Mayock a "cracker" and threaten to punch him.

Days later, Brown took to Instagram after another fine that voided the guaranteed money in his contract.

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The Raiders capitulated and Brown signed on with the Patriots and played one game for New England before being released amidst sexual assault allegations. Brown's former trainer, Britney Taylor, filed a federal civil lawsuit against Brown accusing the receiver of sexually assaulting her on three different occasions. An anonymous woman then told Sports Illustrated that Brown made unwanted sexual advances toward her, to which the receiver responded by sending her menacing and threatening text messages.

The Patriots released Brown the next day.

Brown filed multiple grievances against both the Raiders and Patriots in an attempt to receive all the money he believes he is owed. But it appears he won't be getting that $30 million from the Silver and Black.