Jon Gruden: Raiders need ‘full-time’ Marshawn Lynch

February 21, 2018

Where does Marshawn Lynch stand in the eyes of the NFL’s highest-paid coach? Although Jon Gruden stated last week that he’s “counting on” Lynch as the leading ball carrier, the Raiders‘ new on-field boss also conceded that the 31-year-old back’s return is an open question. Notorious for marching to the beat of his own drummer, Lynch has already retired once from the NFL. Can the team count on a total…

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Trevor Siemian expected to be on trading block

February 21, 2018

Next week’s NFL Scouting Combine promises to deliver a whirlwind of chatter, gossip and juicy rumors. The machine is already churning in Denver, where the future of quarterback Trevor Siemian is entirely up in the air. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Siemian is expected to be available through a trade as the Broncos plan to aggressively overhaul their quarterback room, per a source informed of the situation….

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D.J. Swearinger at peace with Alex Smith trade

February 19, 2018

Now that he’s had a few weeks to digest the trade that ultimately will jettison Redskins cornerback Kendall Fuller for Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, D.J. Swearinger is remorseful about the way he initially responded to January’s blockbuster. The Redskins safety blasted the move on Twitter shortly after details of the trade emerged, calling the deal — which will also send a 2018 third-round pick to the Chiefs — “unbelievable” and…

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Chiefs sign ex-Raiders CB David Amerson to 1-year deal

February 17, 2018

David Amerson will remain in the AFC West. The Kansas City Chiefs announced Friday they’ve signed the free-agent cornerback. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports Amerson joins on a one-year deal worth up to $6 million, according to a source informed of the situation. The Oakland Raiders released the fifth-year player earlier this month after three seasons. He played in and started six games for Oakland during the 2017 season, recording career…

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Chiefs sign former Raiders cornerback David Amerson

February 17, 2018

David Amerson will remain in the AFC West in 2018. The Kansas City Chiefs announced Friday they’ve signed the free-agent cornerback. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports Amerson joins on a one-year deal worth up to $6 million, according to a source informed of the situation. The Oakland Raiders released Amerson earlier this month. He played in and started six games for Oakland during the 2017 season, recording career lows…

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Jon Gruden sees Marshawn Lynch, Crabtree returning

February 15, 2018

One of the byproducts of Jon Gruden’s reunion with the Raiders is the increased likelihood that aging veterans such as Marshawn Lynch and Michael Crabtree will remain in Oakland for another season. When Lynch came out of retirement to play in the Black Hole last season, it was anyone’s guess whether he would see the second year of his two-year contract. Speaking with the Bay Area News Group on Wednesday,…

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Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson heads to become free agent

February 13, 2018

The Kansas City Chiefs will say goodbye to Derrick Johnson. The team announced Tuesday the veteran linebacker will be a free agent when his contract voids at the start of the new league year on March 14. “Few players in recent history have meant more to the Chiefs franchise and the Kansas City community than Derrick Johnson,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement. “His tireless work…

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Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson to become free agent

February 13, 2018

The Kansas City Chiefs will say goodbye to Derrick Johnson. The team announced Tuesday the veteran linebacker will be a free agent when his contract voids at the start of the new league year on March 14. “Few players in recent history have meant more to the Chiefs franchise and the Kansas City community than Derrick Johnson,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement. “His tireless work…

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Alex Smith ‘pumped’ for trade to Washington Redskins

February 12, 2018

Alex Smith is set to be traded for the second time in his career despite playing at Pro Bowl levels both times. But this weekend, he said he was “pumped” for the latest move. Perhaps it’s because the quarterback’s new team, the Washington Redskins, don’t have a young signal-caller waiting in the wings to take his position like the 49ers (Colin Kaepernick) and Chiefs (Patrick Mahomes) did. Perhaps it’s the…

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Raiders cut CB David Amerson after three seasons

February 5, 2018

The Oakland Raiders are moving on from David Amerson just two years into a four-year extension. Oakland cut the fifth-year cornerback on Monday. Amerson played in and started six games for Oakland this season, recording career lows in passes defensed (4) and tackles (14) while missing most of the year with a foot injury. Amerson’s release comes two days before his 2018 was fully guaranteed, per Spotrac, and the corner…

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