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NFL rumors: Former Raiders tight end Jared Cook nearing contract with Saints

NFL rumors: Former Raiders tight end Jared Cook nearing contract with Saints

The Raiders have been busy so far this offseason, making numerous changes up and down their roster heading into Jon Gruden's second season -- in his second Raiders' stint -- at the helm.

According to a new report, it appears they have more work left ahead of them.

The Saints are nearing a deal with tight end Jared Cook, reports ProFootball Talk's Charean Williams. As NBC Sports Bay Area's Scott Bair notes, this won't come as a surprise to the Raiders.

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Cook is coming off the best season of his career, in which he caught 68 passes for 896 yards and six touchdowns as Derek Carr's primary security blanket. While Oakland has made significant additions to their passing attack in the form of receivers Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams, it appears they will need to find a new tight end as well.

Kendrick Bourne says Nick Bosa would be 'icing on the cake' for 49ers

Kendrick Bourne says Nick Bosa would be 'icing on the cake' for 49ers

The 49ers are reportedly having dinner with former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa on Wednesday night, and it appears one of their wide receivers is fully on board with the idea of Bosa in a San Francisco uniform, if that's the direction the 49ers choose to go with the second overall pick in next month's draft.

Kendrick Bourne took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to voice his support for how he views Bosa fitting in with the rest of the 49ers' current defensive line.

After acquiring Dee Ford in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs, the additional inclusion of Bosa would give San Francisco not one, but two superior edge rushers to what they put on the field last season. The 49ers' biggest need entering the offseason was improving their pass rush, and drafting Bosa would go a long way towards accomplishing that goal.

Wednesday's reported dinner will not be the first time San Francisco's brass has met with Bosa. General manager John Lynch previously met Bosa in Pasadena ahead of last year's Rose Bowl. The 49ers also met with the talented pass rusher at last month's NFL Scouting Combine.

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"He’s a good kid,” Lynch said of Bosa. “We’re looking forward to spending more time with him."

What Bosa will order at dinner is anyone's guess. But Bourne clearly already knows what he wants the 49ers to have for dessert.

Warriors announce Metallica, SF Symphony as inaugural Chase Center event

Warriors announce Metallica, SF Symphony as inaugural Chase Center event

Chase Center is opening in a matter of months, and now we know what the inaugural event at the Warriors' new home arena will be.

At a press conference Monday, it was announced that Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony will reunite and perform together as the inaugural event at Chase Center on Friday, Sept. 6, celebrating the 20th anniversary of their Grammy award-winning "Symphony and Metallica" (S&M) album.

The announcement was the first during the Warriors' "Reveal Week," throughout which the first group of top-tier shows to be performed at Chase Center this fall will be revealed.

"Bringing together Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony 20 years later for our first event at Chase Center is going to be an incredible and unique performance for the Bay Area,” said Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts. “This announcement is one of many of the must-see acts we’ll have as we continue to add a variety and diversity of shows to Chase Center’s calendar."

Warriors coach Steve Kerr was clearly excited by the news, as evidenced by his pregame attire in San Antonio ahead of Golden State's game against the Spurs.

Over the weekend, Draymond Green indirectly quoted a Metallica song, saying, "nothing else matters."

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It's bound to be a popular ticket, but here's going out on a limb and assuming Kerr and Green will be able to get some.