Three Raiders selected to 2016 Pro Bowl


Three Raiders selected to 2016 Pro Bowl

ALAMEDA – Raiders safety Charles Woodson is on the home stretch of his illustrious 18-year career. The 39-year old announced his retirement on Monday, despite the fact he’s still one of the best defensive backs in the NFL.

That point was proven on Tuesday night, when he was named to the ninth Pro Bowl of his career.

The league announced players voted into its annual all-star game during a show aired on NFL Network, honors decided by voting from fans, players and coaches.

Woodson wasn’t the only Raiders to make the team. Fullback Marcel Reece and Khalil Mack also made the team. The Pro Bowl will be played on Jan. 31, 2016 in Hawaii, the week prior to the Super Bowl at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

Mack made the team despite finishing sixth in fan voting among defensive ends. He is well respected by coaches and his peers. The honor is deserved. Mack has 15 sacks with two games remaining. He also has 21 tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles. Mack should be in the conversation to be the league’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Reece’s stats are down this year, but he’s a well-respected player at a position that isn’t used regularly. This will be Reece’s fourth-straight trip to the Pro Bowl. Reece was the Raiders’ only representative for the last three years.

Most focus will rightfully be on Woodson, who said a few weeks back that a Pro Bowl honor would be special at his advanced age.

“It would mean something,” Woodson said. “I’m a player people consider to be done a few years ago. To be in year 18, and to have that possibly is pretty big. Do you play for those things? Not necessarily. But, when you go out and work hard, you kind of are. What it feel good to have that happen? Absolutely.”

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, rookie receiver Amari Cooper and running back Latavius Murray were named as Pro Bowl alternates. Odds are great that one or more of those guys will play in Hawaii, considering how many players drop out of the exhibition. Players on teams that make the Super Bowl will automatically drop out, and others typically back out due to injury or personal reasons.

Carr's inclusion seems likely, considering the quarterbacks in front of him could make deep postseason runs.

Why Raiders might wade back into NFL trade market with rumors swirling

Why Raiders might wade back into NFL trade market with rumors swirling

ALAMEDA – The Raiders continue making roster moves throughout the season. The latest came Tuesday, when veteran middle linebacker Derrick Johnson was formally released.

There could be more alterations on the horizons as the Raiders try to improve.

“There’s going to continue to be roster changes, certainly, on every team in the league,” head coach Jon Gruden said. “That’s just the way the league is. Players get hurt. We’ll see what the medical report is when we return from the bye and we’ll go from there.”

Injuries certainly necessitate change. That’s how defensive tackles Johnathan Hankins and Clinton McDonald ended up on the roster. Justin Ellis went on injured and P.J. Hall was lost a few weeks, creating vacancies filled by guys who stuck.

That’s one way rosters change. The others? Performance or preferred compensation.

We’ll explore the latter in this post.

Jay Glazer reported Sunday on the Fox pregame show that the Raiders are shopping former first-round picks Amari Cooper and Karl Joseph in trades.

Other media outlets, including one prominent site, have thrown other names out there, assuming the Raiders are willing to part with anyone after a 1-5 start. We won’t repeat unsubstantiated names, or those associated with conditionals like “could” or “might.”

Generally speaking, it will be interesting to see how involved the Raiders are moving parts before the Oct. 30 NFL trade deadline. Trading Cooper especially would show the Raiders are clearing the deck for future picks and salary-cap freedom. Cooper should demand significant salary in his second contract, which could be extended this offseason or after he plays on a fifth-year option. Cooper has been inconsistent, making it tougher to pay him top dollar.

Joseph was the No. 4 safety before hurting his hamstring a few weeks back, so getting something for someone not high on the depth chart might be worth it to brass.

Glazer reports in The Athletic that the Raiders are looking for a first-round pick for Cooper, but would have a market for the dynamic talent should the price drop some. The Alabama product is working the through the concussion protocol, meaning he wouldn’t get dealt until he is cleared.

Gruden was asked about shopping Cooper after a 27-3 loss to Seattle on Sunday, during which the receiver was concussed.

”I don't know. I haven't heard that. I'm not -- I'm not -- you know, I'm just sorry to have to deal with a lot of these reports,” Gruden said. “I just hope Amari is okay. Like I said, he's going to be a big part of our pass offense and we'll see what happens here. Hopefully he's all right.”

Glazer reports “decent compensation” is being demanded for Joseph, though a market hasn’t really developed.

There are other short-term veterans who could get moved, even in a league where deadline trades aren’t terribly common.

The Raiders are on the prowl for upgrades now or, more likely, in the future. It’s possible they could part with a player of pedigree to acquire them.

Source: Raiders fined $20,000 for violating NFL injury report rule


Source: Raiders fined $20,000 for violating NFL injury report rule

The Raiders designated left guard Kelechi Osemele as questionable the Friday before a Week 5 contest against the L.A. Chargers with a knee injury. 

The Pro Bowl lineman then didn’t make the Saturday trip to Los Angeles with his team, leaving no chance he would play that Sunday at StubHub! Center. 

The Raiders didn’t downgrade his status, however, and that's a violation of NFL rules on injury disclosure. They were fined $20,000 by the NFL for that misstep, a source confirmed Thursday. 

A questionable player’s status often is determined the day before the game or in pregame warm-ups, but Osemele’s status was clear when he didn’t get on the plane. He should’ve been downgraded to out Saturday afternoon, per NFL rules.