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)
Taken from a list off of Yahoo! Sports
Arizona Cardinals: Calais Campbell, defensive end
Atlanta Falcons: Brent Grimes, cornerback
Baltimore Ravens: Ray Rice, running back
Chicago Bears: Matt Forte, running back
Cincinnati Bengals: Mike Nugent, kicker
Cleveland Browns: Phil Dawson, kicker
Dallas Cowboys: Anthony Spencer, linebacker
Denver Broncos: Matt Prater, kicker
Detroit Lions: Cliff Avril, defensive end
Indianapolis Colts: Robert Mathis, defensive end
Jacksonville Jaguars: Josh Scobee, kicker
Kansas City Chiefs: Dwayne Bowe, wide receiver
New England Patriots: Wes Welker, wide receiver
New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees, quarterback
New York Giants: Steve Weatherford, punter
Oakland Raiders: Tyvon Branch, safety
Philadelphia Eagles: DeSean Jackson, wide receiver
San Francisco 49ers: Dashon Goldson, safety
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Connor Barth, kicker
Tennessee Titans: Michael Griffin, safety
Washington Redskins: Fred Davis, tight end
For the most part there were many key players who were franchise tagged giving the team another year to work out a contract, but there also some very important players who weren’t franchise tagged and could be left to test free agency or in works with a new contract.
Mario Williams (OLB, Houston Texans), Matt Flynn (QB, Green Bay Packers), Vincent Jackson (WR, San Diego Chargers), Carl Nicks (G, New Orleans Saints),Brandon Lloyd (WR, St. Louis Rams), Cortland Finnegan (CB, Tennessee Titans), Marques Colston(WR, New Orleans Saints).
From what is being said around the league both Vincent Jackson and Marques Colston are going to test their luck in free agency to take their talents elsewhere to another team.
- Tags complete, QB Flynn heads players headed to market (aol.sportingnews.com)
- Biggest NFL Franchise Tag Winners and Losers (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…
TWO WORDS!! THANK GOD!
Honestly, this is the best news I’ve heard in a while when it comes to the Raiders’ defense. Stanford Routt, CB, was released less than a year after signing a big $54.5 million dollar contract. This comes shortly after the Raiders hire new defensive coordinator, Jason Tarver. As a Raider fan myself, I’m happy to see this happen because of the many crucial penalties he caused during the season. They would come at the times when the Raiders would have had a big defensive stop, but because of his pass interference calls or holding calls the opposing team would get the first down.
When Nnamdi Asomugha was on the team Routt’s numbers were actually pretty decent and relatively better than Asomugha’s. So it was only right for him to get a big contract, but for the following season he would have to show up in a major way since the team lost Asomugha to the Eagles. WRONG! Routt gave up nine touchdown passes and led the NFL with 17 penalties. That is not numbers a starting cornerback who would have received $5 million on Friday (if he was still on the Raider roster) should’ve been producing. So it was only right, in post-Davis fashion, to let him go.