The Raiders offseason program ended Wednesday, but rookies stick around another week-plus to work with the strength staff and player engagement folks, who go over off-the-field insights that used to be covered during the rookie symposium.
That means they’re still around to sign contracts. The Raiders inked their second-round pick Trayvon Mullen to a four-year contract on Tuesday afternoon, shortly after announcing a completed deal for No. 4 overall pick Clelin Ferrell.
Mullen was taken at No. 40, slotting into a four-year contract worth $7.25 million. It comes with a $3.29 million signing bonus.
That’s two former Clemson Tigers signed the same day. The Raiders drafted a third, but fifth-round pick Hunter Renfrow was locked up weeks ago.
Mullen worked primarily with the second unit, at outside cornerback, during the offseason program. He joins a competitive position group led by Gareon Conley. Daryl Worley is another presumptive starter, though Nevin Lawson and Mullen will have an opportunity to push for significant snaps in 2019.
“I feel like you’re getting someone who could potentially be a lockdown corner in this league,” Ferrell said back in May. “He has every athletic skill set that you need in a corner, and obviously has that competitive mindset. That’s the biggest thing, you can have all the ability, but are you a competitor? That’s the thing he definitely has.”
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No. 24 overall pick Josh Jacobs and No. 27 selection Johnathan Abram are the only 2019 draft picks who haven’t signed contracts. That could easily happen this week, while rookies are still in town.
Issues aren’t expected with either deal, and could be signed before the full squad reports to Raiders training camp on July 26.
Facing reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes and the rest of the Chiefs' explosive offensive doesn't help, but through two games, the Raiders have allowed the most yards passing in the league.
You know what could help with that? A 24-year-old All-Pro cornerback in his prime who wants his current team to trade him.
Jalen Ramsey wants out of Jacksonville and the Raiders could be the perfect match. ESPN's Josina Anderson reported Thursday that the Raiders are one of a handful of teams that have made "substantive inquiries" on a trade for Ramsey.
Ramsey won't come cheap and likely will cost the Raiders one of their two first-round draft picks next year, but he's worth the hefty price tag. He can be a lot to handle, but so are most great cornerbacks.
The former No. 5 overall draft pick is the true definition of a shutdown corner. He follows the opposing team's top receiver and causes chaos for a quarterback. Ramsey has nine interceptions in 50 career games and 45 passes defensed.
With the Raiders moving to Las Vegas following this season, Ramsey already has expressed an interest in playing in Sin City in the past, too.
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Though he's requested a trade, Ramsey is expected play Thursday night for the Jaguars against the Titans. A trade could soon be on the horizon, though.
Buckle up, Raiders fans.
Antonio Brown has another reason to worry about his feet. No, he doesn't have extreme frost bite again. But he will be looking for new shoes.
Nike has seen enough. The company told the Boston Globe that it cut ties with the former Raiders receiver Thursday. A Nike spokesperson declined to tell the newspaper the reasoning for the decision.
The only statement Nike provided the Globe was “Antonio Brown is not a Nike athlete.”
After a tumultuous offseason with the Raiders, the team released Brown the day before the regular season began. Brown signed with the Patriots hours later. His antics caused plenty of headaches for the Silver and Black, but they were not juvenile in nature. But recent allegations since his release show that might not always have been the case.
Days after Brown signed with the Patriots, his former trainer, Britney Taylor, filed a lawsuit against Brown alleging the star receiver sexually assaulted her three separate times, including "forcibly raping" her. Brown has denied these allegations.
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Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko recently did a deep dive on Brown that shows a pattern of disturbing behavior, including another report of sexual misconduct.
Nike introduced the “Nike Tech Trainer Antonio Brown” shoe in early February, one month before the Raiders acquired Brown from the Steelers for two NFL draft picks. The shoe was listed for $100, but no longer is seen on the company's website.
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