Author: Chris McClain

Derrick Johnson ready to lead, both on and off the field

The Oakland Raiders missed out on linebacker prospect Roquan Smith in this year’s NFL Draft, and instead elected to sign veteran linebacker Derrick Johnson. Johnson joins the Silver & Black from the AFC West-rival Kansas City Chiefs, where he played for 13 years after being drafted 15th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. With the Chiefs, Johnson appeared in 182 games, totaling 1,262 tackles, 27.5 sacks, 23 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries, 14 interceptions and 77 pass defensed. Johnson said it was “different” putting on the Silver & Black after wearing Chiefs colors for so long, but it’s still the...

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Raiders sign three free agents

The Oakland Raiders roster continues to evolve after the draft, as the team announced they have signed three free agents after they tried out during last week’s rookie mini-camp. The team announced they signed TE Paul Butler (California), FB Henry Poggi (Michigan) and RB Chris Warren (Texas). Butler joins the team after participating in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2017 rookie minicamp. The 6-foot-6, 252-pound tight end played in 33 games over four seasons at Texas, hauling in 32 receptions for 381 yards and five touchdowns. Poggi played four years at Michigan, making 13 starts at fullback and four starts at...

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Raiders officially add LB Derrick Johnson

The Oakland Raiders officially added linebacker help, announcing that they have signed veteran Derrick Johnson. Johnson is familiar with the AFC West, joining the Silver & Black after 13 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs after being selected 15th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. Since then, he has been named to four Pro Bowls and named to the AP All-Pro First Team in 2011. Johnson has appeared in 182 games, totaling 1,262 tackles, 27.5 sacks, 23 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries, 14 interceptions and 77 pass defensed. The signing gives a relatively young Raiders linebacker room a veteran...

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Raiders trade former second-round pick Jihad Ward

The Oakland Raiders stayed active on the final day of the 2018 NFL Draft, trading defensive tackle Jihad Ward to the Dallas Cowboys. In exchange for his former second-round pick, general manager Reggie McKenzie and the Raiders received wide receiver Ryan Switzer from the Dallas Cowboys. Switzer was drafted in the fourth round last year out of North Carolina and appeared in all 16 games, catching just six passes for 41 yards. The young receiver has experience playing in the slot and is a return man, tying him to Raiders special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia, who had the same...

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Raiders draft inside linebacker in the sixth round

The Oakland Raiders entered the 2018 NFL Draft with questions at the inside linebacker position but chose to wait to address it. After not getting a chance to draft Georgia linebacker in the first round, the Raiders waited until the sixth round to select University of Washington linebacker Azeem Victor. Victor has good instincts and has been compared to Vontaze Burfict, the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker that new defensive coordinator Paul Guenther is familiar with. Victor only started in five games last year, getting suspended twice: once for a DUI and once for a failed drug test. The Raiders still...

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