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Raiders, Oakland Coliseum Sign 1-Year Contract: Latest Details and Reaction

The Oakland Raiders announced Thursday that the team signed a one-year agreement for the 2016 season to continue playing at O.Co Coliseum.

Owner Mark Davis confirmed the team would also have the option to extend the lease through 2017 and 2018, per Jimmy Durkin of the Bay Area News Group. He also added the team would be paying an increased rent, though the fans wouldn’t see a rise in ticket prices, according to Scott Bair of CSN California.

Davis called the deal a “win-win,” per Levi Damien of SB Nation.

The Raiders have the option to move to Los Angeles in 2017 if the San Diego Chargers ultimately don’t relocate there, per NFL.com. They were without a home for next season until coming to this agreement with O.Co Coliseum.

Future options for the organization outside of residing in Oakland or Los Angeles include relocating to Las Vegas, San Antonio, San Diego (if the Chargers relocate), Sacramento or sharing a stadium with the MLB’s San Francisco Giants, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. 

There is apparently little interest in the Raiders and San Francisco 49ers sharing a stadium, however, per Florio.

“We want to stay in Oakland, but we need help,” Davis said, per Bair.

In fact, Davis said until the Oakland Athletics, who share a stadium with the Raiders, make a decision on their future, the team’s “hands are tied,” per Bair. 

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle passed along a statement from the A’s regarding the new lease:

Davis announced the team hired Larry MacNeil as they explore options for a new stadium, per Durkin:

The Raiders spent their first 22 seasons as an organization in Oakland (1960-81) before moving to Los Angeles for 13 years. The team then returned to Oakland in 1995, where it has been since. 

But the Raiders were one of three organizations, including the then-St. Louis Rams and the Chargers, that were keen to bring an NFL franchise back to Los Angeles. The Rams’ relocation was approved in January, and the team will begin playing in Los Angeles in 2016.

The Raiders may ultimately end up in Los Angeles for the second time in team history, but for at least one more season, the team will be remaining in Oakland.

 

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Nate Allen Re-Signs with Raiders: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Discarded by the Oakland Raiders earlier in the offseason, Nate Allen was picked up by the team once again on Thursday, agreeing to terms on a deal, per an official team announcement.

Around this time last year, Allen was signing for Oakland. The Raiders were set to pay him $23 million over four years. It looked like an overpay at the time, and the team decided to cut bait just one year into the contract, cutting Allen on Feb. 9, per ESPN.com.

Jordan Raanan of NJ Advance Media congratulated Allen and his agent for still managing to get a tidy sum from the Raiders:

A torn MCL forced Allen to miss six games early in the year, and the injury continued to linger as he played his last game in Oakland’s Week 12 defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs before going back on injured reserve. In five appearances, he had 11 combined tackles and an interception.

Allen’s contract dominated so much of his narrative last year. Even if he had stayed healthy the entire way, it’s unlikely his performance would’ve lived up to what the Raiders were paying him. In that respect, his four-year deal made him a rich man but also set him up to fail in the Bay Area.

Oakland wasn’t going to make the same mistake of giving the 28-year-old more than he was actually worth, and that will result in more reasonable expectations for his contributions in 2016. His value on the field could prove to exceed his contract since his value is so low following his injury issues.

Allen can be a productive safety in the NFL. In 2014, he recorded 62 combined tackles, a forced fumble and four interceptions, and in his five years with the Philadelphia Eagles, he started in 69 games.

Once he hit the open market, Allen wasn’t going to be the most in-demand safety, but he’d unquestionably have some suitors who weren’t looking to target the top tier of players. As it turned out, one of them was the same suitor who landed him last season.

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Raiders-Texans in Mexico City in November

The Raiders will play a regular-season game against the Houston Texans in Mexico City on Nov. 21, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed Friday.

The Raiders will be designated the hosts of the “Monday Night Football” game and will play seven regular-season games at the Coliseum, assuming a one-year lease extension is finalized.

Texans owner Bob McNair used Houston’s ability to draw Mexican fans to Super Bowl LI festivities as part of the pitch to land the league’s biggest spectacle.

Raiders-Texans in Mexico City in November

The Raiders will play a regular-season game against the Houston Texans in Mexico City on Nov. 21, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed Friday.

The Raiders will be designated the hosts of the “Monday Night Football” game and will play seven regular-season games at the Coliseum, assuming a one-year lease extension is finalized.

Texans owner Bob McNair used Houston’s ability to draw Mexican fans to Super Bowl LI festivities as part of the pitch to land the league’s biggest spectacle.

Raiders in line to play game in Mexico City

The Raiders are expected to play a regular-season game against the Houston Texans in Mexico City next season, league sources said, and an announcement could come as soon as Friday.

The Raiders are expected to host the game and lose a home game, once they agree to a one-year lease extension at O.co Coliseum.

Owner Mark Davis acknowledged this week that’s his only move for 2016, after the owners voted last month to allow the Rams — and not the Raiders or Chargers — to move to the Los Angeles market.

Johnny Manziel’s ex-girlfriend told police the Browns quarterback hit her during an argument last weekend in Texas and said he appeared to be on drugs, according to a police report.

League spokesman Greg Aiello said in an e-mail to the Associated Press that we are aware of the police report.

Raiders QB Ken Stabler had CTE

The longtime Oakland QB, who died in July from colon cancer, also had Stage 3 chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), his family told the New York Times in a report published Wednesday.

“The day after Stabler died on July 8, a victim of colon cancer at age 69, his brain was removed during an autopsy and ferried to scientists in Massachusetts,” the Times wrote.

On a scale of 1 to 4, Stabler had high Stage 3 chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., the degenerative brain disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head, according to researchers at Boston University.

The Boston University study has found CTE in 90 of the 94 former NFL players examined,

Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau, who in 2012 committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest reportedly to preserve his brain for study, was found to have suffered from CTE When that news broke, Stabler decided to donated his brain for research.

Former players filed a class-action lawsuit against the NFL, seeking damages from decades of concussions, and it was settled in April but is currently under appeal.

[...] to see the state that he was in physically and mentally when he died, and to learn that despite all the energy and time and resources he gave to football — and not that he played the game for free, he made money, too — without the knowledge that this is where he would end up, physically and cognitively, and for the settlement to say you get nothing?

In his career, he completed 2,270 of his 3,793 passes for 27,938 yards and 194 touchdowns with 222 interceptions.

Roger Goodell Comments on Raiders’ Potential Move to Las Vegas

As the Oakland Raiders‘ future home remains up in the air, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is not opposed to the franchise making a move to Las Vegas. 

Speaking on The Rich Eisen Show, via John Breech of CBSSports.com, Goodell said the Raiders’ fate lies with the owners: “Ultimately, it’s the ownership’s decision. It requires 24 of the 32 owners to approve any relocation to any market.”

However, Goodell noted that any speculation about where the Raiders could end up is “premature” right now and “there are specific issues that would need to be discussed in the context of Las Vegas.”

The Raiders were hoping for a return to Los Angeles in 2016, but they withdrew their request to relocate on Jan. 12. NFL owners ultimately approved the Rams‘ move to L.A. for the 2016 season, with the Chargers granted the first opportunity to join them after next season. 

According to Jim Trotter of ESPN.com, the Raiders are next in line to join the Rams in L.A. if the Chargers decline their option. 

Even though it’s not official the Raiders will return to Oakland next season, owner Mark Davis told Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News the team is finalizing a one-year lease to play at O.co Coliseum. 

After that, however, the Raiders could be on the move. Davis recently took a trip to Las Vegas for a meeting with Las Vegas Sands chairman Sheldon Adelson:

The Las Vegas Sands Corporation has proposed a $1 billion domed stadium in hopes of possibly luring an NFL team to the city, according to Howard Stutz of the Las Vegas Review-Journal

That project is just in the conceptual stage right now, but the economics would appeal greatly to the Raiders because Breech noted they currently have “zero public money” for a potential new stadium. 

While the NFL doesn’t want any of its teams or employees to be associated with gambling to protect the integrity of the game, the league sent a memo to all 32 teams saying there is “no prohibition under league rules on a team moving to any particular city,” per ESPN.com news services.

Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post does think the Raiders’ potential new name has a certain ring to it:

The Raiders’ long-term future remains very much unclear at the moment, but within the next 12 months, there is going to be some resolution to the situation. The franchise has been in Oakland since 1995 after moving from L.A.

Las Vegas certainly appears to have the resources and motivation to lure a professional franchise to the city, and the NFL isn’t standing in the Raiders’ way. It’s going to be a fascinating year on the business side of the sport.   

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NFL to air Thursday games on NBC, CBS

CBS had carried games in partnership with NFL Network the past two seasons.

A person familiar with the contracts said that the deals are worth $450 million for 10 games, five each on CBS and NBC.

NFL Network still will televise eight games exclusively, which will include late-season Saturday matchups and other to-be-determined games.

Fells played 14 games last season, 12 as a starter, and had career highs of 21 receptions for 311 yards and three touchdowns.

Willis spent the past three years as a defensive line coach in the Canadian Football League and Blaney was the offensive line coach at Iowa State the past two season. …

Raiders’ Justin Tuck announces retirement

A day after one of his proteges, defensive end Khalil Mack, played in his first Pro Bowl, Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck announced his retirement Monday.

The two-time Super Bowl champion played two seasons with the Raiders, and led the team with five sacks in 2014.

At 6-foot-5, 268 pounds, Tuck played 11 seasons and won championships with the Giants in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.

“Justin Tuck has been an invaluable part of the Raiders’ organization since the day he arrived here,” general manager Reggie McKenzie said in the team’s statement.

Tuck will keep busy with all of his charitable endeavors, In June, he and his wife, Lauran, donated $250,000 to provide books and support for literacy-enhancing programs for children of low-income Bay Area families.

Trask still sees potential for Raiders stadium deal in Oakland

Trask, the team’s former chief executive officer, is back in the Bay Area this week in her role as a CBS analyst.

Trask was one of several CBS broadcasters made available to reporters Monday at the Super Bowl media center in San Francisco.

[...] she was asked about her onetime franchise, still seeking a new stadium after all these years.

“I would hope the Raiders take a moment to sit with Oakland, not across the table in a negotiating posture but side by side in a collaborative posture, and see if there’s a deal to be worked out there,” Trask said.

Look, it’s a sensational location, the best-served of any stadium in the NFL in terms of public transportation.

Spanos has until January 2017 to join the Rams as co-tenants in a new stadium to be built in Inglewood.