Sources: Raiders discussing Oracle Park move with Giants, but deal not done


Sources: Raiders discussing Oracle Park move with Giants, but deal not done

The Raiders continue to discuss with the Giants the possibility of playing the 2019 NFL season at Oracle Park, multiple Giants sources told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic on Sunday night, but a deal is not done yet. NFL sources confirmed those facts, and emphasized that nothing has been finalized. 

The Raiders didn’t respond to multiple requests seeking comment.

A source told Pavlovic that the Giants were under the impression that the Raiders still were checking on two other potential sites.

NBC Bay Area’s Raj Mathai reported earlier in the day that the Raiders had reached a deal with the Giants to play in San Francisco next fall and an announcement is expected later this week.

Any Raiders-to-San Francisco move must be approved by the 49ers and the NFL. The 49ers have territorial rights over the city, but sources told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco that the team has not signed off on the Raiders playing there. The league also has not approved the move, according to the sources.

It’s possible that any deal concerning the Raiders’ 2019 home could be done soon. The NFL must start work on next season’s schedule, and Commissioner Roger Goodell said during Super Bowl week that he hoped an agreement would be struck by early February.

The Giants aren’t opposed to the idea of sharing their stadium with a football team. They have hosted bowl games in the past and, per a team source, considered being the home for an XFL team when the league reboots in 2020. Having the Raiders in Oracle Park down the stretch would be a different story, though.

The NFL conducted another site survey of Oracle Park recently, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported earlier Sunday. 

The Raiders spent the vast majority of their time in the Bay at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Their lease with the stadium expired after the 2018 season, and the Silver and Black pulled a one-year extension off the table after the city sued the team and the NFL over what it claimed were antitrust violations.

Matt Maiocco and Alex Pavlovic contributed to this report.

NFL free agency: Raiders target George Iloka agrees to Cowboys contract


NFL free agency: Raiders target George Iloka agrees to Cowboys contract

The Raiders added one former Bengals defender earlier this week. They were not able to add another.

Safety George Iloka, who reportedly visited the Raiders earlier in the week, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys.

The team announced the deal on Saturday.

The Raiders reunited linebacker Vontaze Burfict with defensive coordinator Paul Guenther on Tuesday, and tried to do the same with Iloka, who spent the first six seasons of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals. The 28-year-old spent the 2018 season with the Minnesota Vikings.

Missing out on Iloka isn't the worst thing in the world for the Raiders. They addressed the safety position over the last week with the additions of Lamarcus Joyner and Curtis Riley.

NFL free agency: Raiders sign QB Mike Glennon to back up Derek Carr


NFL free agency: Raiders sign QB Mike Glennon to back up Derek Carr

The Raiders wanted an experienced backup quarterback behind Derek Carr, and got one Friday by signing Mike Glennon.

Now they hope he never plays. It’s still a vital role in meeting rooms and on-the-field, should an emergency arise on game day. Young bucks can get caught in the headlights. Veterans won’t be as good as the starter, but can generally function better being inserted into a game without many practice reps.

He has hopped into action during five seasons and has 22 starts, meaning he can handle short-relief or a stretch as the starter.

That calms some fan's nerves after the Raiders released AJ McCarron, who has already signed with the Houston Texans, leaving Nathan Peterman as the only non-Carr quarterback on the roster.

Glennon steps into the No. 2 slot having completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 5,107 yards and 35 touchdowns with 20 interceptions over five seasons.

Peterman is still with the Raiders on a futures contract, and is the No. 3 guy at the moment.

Many will look at the signing and wonder if it impacts the possibility of drafting a quarterback next month. It’s hard to rule anything out, but the disciplined choice would be to address the pass rush early and often in the 2019 NFL Draft, though a quarterback could get taken later in the selection process.

But…having Glennon on the roster won’t prohibit the Raiders from taking Kyler Murray or Dwayne Haskins. Would the Raiders eliminate the prospect of taking Quinnen Williams because interior pass rushers P.J. Hall and Maurice Hurst were drafted last year? Absolutely not.

A edge rusher is the team’s most pressing need and must be addressed with quality and quantity before the season starts.

The Raiders don’t have to take a quarterback now in the draft, and adding Glennon takes the pressure off the demand to get another one down the line. Glennon should be viewed as a reliable backup who can step into service if Carr isn’t available.