Author: Chris McClain

Raiders add some safety help

The Oakland Raiders kept their active Thursday going by adding some defensive backfield help. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media is reporting that the Raiders have signed safety Marcus Gilchrist to a one-year deal. Former #Texans safety Marcus Gilchrist is signing a 1-yr deal with the #Raiders, source said. Another defensive signing today. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 15, 2018 Gilchrist replaced Corey Moore as the starter for the Houston Texans last year, starting 13 games and recording 56 tackles, one sack, an interception and one forced fumble just one year after tearing his patellar tendon in 2016. The 29-year-old safety is a former second-round pick of the Chargers and has 11 interceptions in his career. He also played two seasons for the New York...

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Jon Gruden gets his fullback

New Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is used to having an old-school fullback on his roster, and it appears he went out and got one he wanted. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Raiders have signed former Cowboys fullback Keith Smith to a two-year deal. The #Raiders and FB Keith Smith have agreed to terms on a 2-year worth $4.2million, source said. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 15, 2018 Smith will become the lead blocker for Marshawn Lynch and newly-signed Doug Martin, but he will also contribute on special teams. New Raiders special teams coach Rich Bisaccia left the Cowboys to join Gruden in Oakland. The Raiders also made sense for Smith so that he can be closer to home, where he went to school at San Jose State. The four-year veteran began his career as a linebacker before making a successful move to fullback two years ago....

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Raiders sign running back Doug Martin

The Oakland Raiders have added a running back to their stable, signing Bay Area native Doug Martin. The #Raiders have agreed to terms with former #Bucs RB Doug Martin, source said. Jon Gruden locks in running back depth and Martin gets a second chance. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 15, 2018 The Bay Area native spent his first six seasons in the NFL with the Buccaneers and is averaging 772 rushing yards per season. Martin’s best year came in his rookie year, when he rushed for 1,454 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns. That year, he gashed a porous Raiders...

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Raiders make moves at wide receiver

General manager Reggie McKenzie and the Oakland Raiders made some changes to the roster on Thursday, mainly to the wide receiver position. McKenzie is reportedly cutting ties with receiver Michael Crabtree, who spent the last three seasons with the Raiders. His last year in the Silver & Black was his worst, catching just 58 passes for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. Instead, the Raiders elected to sign former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson, who was released just 48 hours ago. Former Packers and Raiders receiver James Jones broke the news. Breaking News: Jordy Nelson to the @RAIDERS...

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Raiders keep one of their own in the Silver & Black

The Raiders’ strategy in the early goings of free agency has clearly been to keep some of the team’s key pieces, signing key unrestricted free agents. Just days after signing defensive tackle Justin Ellis to a new contract, the Raiders have reportedly agreed to an extension with tight end Lee Smith. Veteran TE Lee Smith is re-signing with the #Raiders, source said. — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 14, 2018 Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie originally signed Smith to a three-year deal in 2015 and he has since become a key piece to the Raiders offense, especially the run game....

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