The Oakland Raiders have signed thirteen free agents to ad to the team roster. The team issued a statement saying all will be present and participate in the three-day rookie mini-camp along with the six draft picks the team picked up during the NFL Draft. The Raiders only had six draft picks for the draft and feel that more rookies need to be added for their team to strive.
Among the undrafted players are cornerback Conroy Black, linebacker Kaelin Burnett, receiver Derek Carrier, receiver Brandon Carswell, defensive tackle Dominique Hamilton, safety Aaron Henry, punter Marquette King, tackle Dan Knapp, linebacker Mario Kurn, receiver Thomas Mayo, guard Lucas Nix, safety Chaz Powell, and receiver Rod Streater.
The team has signed an abundance of defensive players to boost their struggling secondary, in hopes to be a top contender for the AFC West.
- 2012 NFL Undrafted Free Agents: Raiders Reportedly Pick Up 10 Additional Players (bayarea.sbnation.com)
Rumors and speculation have run through the NFL that Matt Leinart would be working out for the Oakland Raiders, but up until now it was only a rumor. The Oakland Raiders have officially signed the former USC quarterback as a backup to starting quarterback, Carson Palmer. Leinart was a 2006 pick for the Arizona Cardinals and has yet to live up to the hype he received after leaving USC. After he was cut from the Cardinals he was signed to a one-year deal by the Houston Texans where he was the back up to starter Matt Schuab. Details of Leinart’s contract have yet to be released.
Yesterday evening the 2012 NFL Schedule was released for the general public. The season starts off with a match up between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants on Wednesday, September 5th. It’ll be the first time the season would start on a Wednesday. And the Monday Night Football match ups will be a double-header with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens then the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers. The start of the season will definitely be something to look forward to. Some more great match ups coming up through the season will be conference championship rematches between the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants along with the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots, those games are definitely going to be must see TV.
- 2012 NFL Schedule: Playoff Rematches You Must Not Miss (bleacherreport.com)
- Monday Night Football Schedule: Ravens and Bengals Reportedly Open MNF Slate (bleacherreport.com)
Raiders Safety, Matt Giordano has been resigned to the Oakland Raiders. Giordano had a great showing last season when he started in the last eight games with 70 combined tackles, one sack, and five interceptions. Giordano played in 15 games, but didn’t stand out until late in the season.
Considering the Raiders lack in defense, ending 29th in points allowed and yards allowed, Giordano is definitely a benefit for the team in helping their secondary.
- Raiders bring back Matt Giordano (profootballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Oakland Raiders Free Agency: Raiders Re-Sign Matt Giordano (bleacherreport.com)
At around 8:59am this morning, I was woken up by one of my SportsCenter alerts confirming that Peyton Manning has instructed his agents to start negotiations with the Denver Broncos. Being a Raiders fan this news is very disheartening, but what would I have rather had? Manning as a 49er or a Bronco? Honestly I think I was hoping for neither, but it’s looking as though Manning will be the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Where does that leave Tim Tebow? Well sources say that Tebow would ultimately be traded when the deal with Manning becomes finalized. I don’t like Tebow much at all since I see him as a running back posing as a quarterback. But I guess I would’ve took the lesser of two evils and had Tebow stay in Denver seeing as how the Raiders defense is in the rebuilding stage. This day following Peyton Manning and what he may do is going to get more interesting as the hours go by.
- Peyton Manning Broncos Deal Imminent, Will Tim Tebow Be Traded? (blippitt.com)
- Report: Peyton Manning Chooses Denver Broncos (bleacherreport.com)
The Oakland Raiders are my favorite team and a question I ask myself a lot during the offseason is, what’s going on? Raiders are known for outrageous contracts and using free agency as the draft to sign players who used to be good but are no longer up to par.
But since so many changes have come up after the horrendous showing against San Diego, a game that would have pushed them into the playoffs for the first time since 2002. So what’s in store for the 8-8 team? The first thing done was wiping out most of the coaching staff from last season including head coach, Hue Jackson and replacing him with Denver Broncos defensive coordinator, Dennis Allen. Allen would be the first defensive minded coach since Raiders hired John Madden for the job in 1969, bringing the franchise a Super Bowl victory in 1976. Does that mean history will repeat itself, bring the franchise to glory once again? Only time will tell. Keep Reading There’s More…