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Randy Moss wonders who's holding Antonio Brown accountable for actions

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Randy Moss wonders who's holding Antonio Brown accountable for actions

Randy Moss, like Antonio Brown, was a superstar wide receiver who played for the Raiders and New England Patriots. Moss, unlike Brown, lasted much longer than one game in both stops. 

Brown tried to follow in Moss' footsteps with a move from Oakland to Foxboro, although his was far more expedited after not playing a single game in silver and black. Moss enjoyed one of the greatest seasons by a receiver in NFL history in 2007 while catching passes from Tom Brady, and he ultimately had 259 catches from 3,904 yards and 50 touchdowns in four seasons in New England. 

Two weeks after Brown joined the Patriots, New England cut him following a stretch in which he was accused of sexual assault in a federal lawsuit in Florida and sending threatening text messages to a woman who accused him of sexual misconduct. 

When the 31-year-old tried to tweet through it, sharing his intention to never play in the NFL again during a Sunday morning tweet-storm, Moss had simple advice for Brown on ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown."

"I've been saying for the last couple of months about (him) just shutting up and playing football," Brown said Sunday. "And now, you're here at home, tweeting on Sunday. That's our day to go out there and do what we love to do."

Moss told ESPN's Adam Schefter last week that Brown had reached out to ask the Hall of Famer about playing for the Patriots. His message at the time struck a similar tone, saying that "magic is going to happen" if Brown could "get up there and focus." 

The magic didn't last long in New England after Brown sent threatening text messages to an artist who was the subject of a Sports Illustrated story earlier last week. The artist alleged that Brown had walked up to her wearing only a hand cloth over his penis as he spoke to her. Those text messages reportedly upset Patriots owner Robert Kraft, and Brown was released after Kraft spoke with New England coach Bill Belichick. 

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In each of his three NFL stops, Brown has worn out his welcome in increasingly quick fashion. His relationship with Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger turned icy, and the Steelers traded him to the Raiders. Fines over a confrontation with Oakland general manager Mike Mayock prompted the Raiders to void Brown's contract -- and for him to ask for his release. The last troubling allegation proved to be one too many for the Patriots, and now Brown is out of work.

"Now out of all three of those places you've been, up to today, where is the accountability for his actions," Moss asked. " ... I'm speaking from a teammate [perspective] -- I would not want to come in on Sunday or come in during the week and not focus on the game of football. And now that he doesn't have football, the people around him close better just pay attention to him and keep him close."

Brown alluded to filing a grievance over the Patriots withholding his $9 million signing bonus. That's owed to him Monday, and if Sunday's tweets are any indication, Brown likely won't take Moss' advice and keep quiet.

Damarious Randall, Raiders agree to terms after Eli Apple pact dissolves

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Damarious Randall, Raiders agree to terms after Eli Apple pact dissolves

The Raiders fell into some unexpected salary-cap space Thursday when their deal with Eli Apple dissolved. They wasted no time putting it to use.

They kept the investment in the secondary, agreeing on terms of a contract with defensive back Damarious Randall on Thursday night. That news comes via ESPN’s Josina Anderson, who said Randall texted her directly with news of the deal.

The 27-year old played free safety his last two years with the Cleveland Browns and cornerback the previous three with the Green Bay Packers.

Randall could pair with Johnathan Abram at safety or play outside cornerback, if that’s what is required. The Raiders have needs at both spots.

Randall and Abram seem like an ideal mix at safety, though the Raiders desperately need a starting outside cornerback opposite Trayvon Mullen. That position could get filled with remaining funds in free agency or with one of two first-round NFL draft picks.

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The 27-year-old Randall’s a proven commodity, with 16 interceptions in five NFL seasons. He didn’t have a pick last year but had four in every season before that.

Randall was traded from Green Bay to Cleveland before the 2018 season and was solid in coverage with the Browns. He was awesome in 2018, with four interceptions, five passes defensed and he allowed just a 68.8 passer rating when targeted.

The Raiders' secondary is better with Randall than it would’ve been with Apple in the mix, so this should be considered a win for the Silver and Black after a strange and unexpected turn of events.

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Las Vegas has three solid pieces of its secondary with Randall, Abram and Mullen. Lamarcus Joyner is expected to man the slot again in 2020, with just one more void left to fill.

The Raiders have upgraded several defensive positions, including some at every level of the unit. The team should be significantly better on that side of the ball, especially if they hit on a defensive player high in the draft.

Source: Eli Apple, Raiders don't finalize contract in free agency

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Source: Eli Apple, Raiders don't finalize contract in free agency

The Raiders agreed in principle on terms of a one-year deal with Eli Apple last month. It was worth $6 million, bringing the former first-round pick into the Silver and Black’s defensive backfield.

A league source with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed the agreement on March 18, but the deal never came across the transaction wire as many other Raiders additions had. Turns out there was a good reason for that.

The deal was never finalized, and now it never will be. The pact has been dissolved, a league source confirmed Thursday, making Apple an unrestricted free agent once again. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news. An inabilty to get a physical was at issue, though it's uncertain at this time if a deadline was missed. 

The money earmarked for Apple is now Raiders' salary-cap space moving forward, leaving roughly $11 million remaining at this stage. The Silver and Black need $9.4 million to sign their draft picks as currently slotted, per Over the Cap.

Apple was set to be an option to start at outside cornerback opposite Travyon Mullen, thought he didn’t eliminate the team’s need at the position. The Raiders were expected to add one in the draft, quite possibly in the first round.

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That could certainly happen now, and as early as No. 12 overall, as the Silver and Black look for a plug-and-play option from the college ranks.

There are some veteran options on the market, including last year’s starter Daryl Worley. The Cincinnati Bengals cut Dre Kirkpatrick this week, and he knows Paul Guenther’s defense from their time together in Cincinnati. Logan Ryan, Aqib Talib and Prince Amukamara also remain on the open market.

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