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Reports say Raiders hire Broncos assistant Allen


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Reports say that the Oakland Raiders are going to hire Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as their new coach replacing Hue Jackson.

The only snag holding up the deal is an agreement on a contract.

The 39-year-old Allen will be the first Oakland head coach with a defensive background since Al Davis hired John Madden back in 1969.

The Raiders have not confirmed the hiring as of yet.


Info compiled from Facebook, Twitter, Radio & TV reports

Raiders take Pryor in third round of supplemental draft


Terrelle Pryor at his Pro Day (courtesy of 247 Sports

There are several good things that are on Terrelle Pryor’s side by being drafted in the third round of Monday’s NFL supplemental draft by the Oakland Raiders.

He was drafted by a team known to turn troubled players into stars; the team has spent a decade looking for a franchise quarterback and former Ohio State teammate Chimdi Chekwa was drafted by the Raiders in the fourth round of the regular 2011 NFL draft. That might help with the transition of having someone else on the team that he knows.

Raiders personnel say that Pryor’s speed is what owner Al Davis fell in love with. Pryor has always been known for speed, size, his 6’5, 232-pound frame but his ability to be an NFL quarterback as been a question since his freshman year at Ohio State.

Currently, Jason Campbell is the starter for the Raiders and all he has on Pryor is experience, but not the talent.

Pryor can expect a nice pay check, but not like he would’ve had if he’d been drafted in the regular NFL draft.

ESPN and sports talks show have reported that Pryor is going to be offered a four-year deal around $2.36 million, which includes a $591,000 signing bonus.


Info compiled from NFL, Oakland Raiders, Radio & TV news

NFL great George Blanda dies at age 83


The NFL lost one of its most popular players and one of its all-time greats as well.

George Blanda, the ageless Hall of Fame quarterback and kicker who played 26 years, died on Monday at age 83.

He has always been remembered for his fantastic run of late-game heroics for the Oakland Raiders. He was a close personal friend of team owner Al Davis.

What is remarkable about George Blanda’s career is that he retired one month shy of his 49th birthday before the 1976 season, playing longer than any other player in pro football history.

George Blanda (NFL & Oakland Raiders photo)

Blanda spent 10 seasons with the Chicago Bears, part of one year with the Baltimore Colts, seven with the Houston Oilers and the last nine of his career with the Raiders.

He scored 2,002 points in his career, kicking 335 field goals and 943 extra points, running for nine touchdowns and throwing for 236.

A very prolific passer, Blanda threw for 19,149 yards and 165 touchdowns in seven seasons for Houston. He was the American Football League Player of the Year in 1961 and holds the AFL single-game passing record of 464 yards on October 29, 1961, against Buffalo, and was chosen the league’s all-time place kicker.

Blanda threw for 26,920 yards in his career and held the pro football record for interceptions with 277 until Brett Favre passed him up in 2007.

He also retired with the most points in history until that total was bested by several players in recent years.

compiled from staff, NFL & Oakland Raiders news

Bengals owner Mike Brown offers Terrell Owens a contract


Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown over the past several years has become the new Al Davis of the NFL. Meaning that he will give troubled athletes a second and third chance to get their career back in order.

Brown kept bringing wide receiver Chris Henry back on the team. Henry was arrested five times and died last season in by falling out of his fiancee’s truck.

In the past two years, the Bengals have signed running back Cedric Benson, running back Larry Johnson and Matt Jones, all were let go by other teams for off-the-field troubles and issues.

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Now, Cincinnati is looking to add Terrell Owens to its already deep receiving corp.

Brown said Monday that the team has offered a contract to Owens and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. The Bengals passed on the chance to sign the 36-year-old after a tryout back in March. But in recent days, have given it more thought now that he is still available.

If Owens accepts the offer, and he has been given a deadline of Wednesday to do so, he would join his good friend, Chad Ochocinco on the Bengals.

The Bengals have also signed receiver Antonio Bryant and given him a four-year deal a few months ago.

The renewed interest in Owens has been that Cincinnati quarterback Carson Palmer has been working out with T.O. in California, and called both Mike Brown and head coach Marvin Lewis about trying to give a second thought to signing him.

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Raiders cut their losses with JaMarcus Russell

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After three years, more than $39 million and only seven wins as the number 1 quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, JaMarcus Russell’s career in Oakland is history.

The top overall pick in the 2007 draft, Russell was a colassal failure in Oakland. Two weeks after acquiring quarterback Jason Campbell from Washington, the Raiders released Russell. At 24, his NFL career is at a standstill, and it is not clear if he’ll get another offer from another team.

JaMarcus Russell (nfl)

The decision shows that owner Al Davis finally had lost patience with the talented but unproductive and erratic quarterback he drafted against the wishes of then coach Lane Kiffin.

The Raiders paid Russell about $36.4 million through last season. They still owe him $3 million more, putting the final tab on his earnings at  about $39.4 million. But the team saved $6.45 million by not having him on the roster in 2010.

Since the start of the common draft in 1967  as we know it today, only one other number 1 pick was released this quickly in his NFL career. Indianapolis cut 1992 pick Steve Emtman after three seasons, but that was more because of injuries than production.