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Raiders News

Raiders’ second Jon Gruden era started with drama, ends with questions - NFL Nation- ESPN
Before the season began, the Raiders traded Khalil Mack. From there, Gruden’s rebuilding project must deal with stadium questions and draft capital.

What Raiders, 49ers had in common proves Bay Area can endure football | NBCS Bay Area
The two Bay Area football teams share similar stories -- both of which do not finish with much of a happy ending.

Mike Mayock will be Raiders' new GM, report says
The Oakland Raiders reportedly hired NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock to be their new GM.

Report: Mike Mayock hired as Oakland Raiders new General Manager - Silver And Black Pride
That was quick. Mike Mayock was in Kansas City yesterday to fulfill duties for his NFL Network gig and took advantaged of the locale to interview for the vacant GM position as well.

2019 NFL Draft: Oakland Raiders team needs, draft picks, prospects to watch -
With their 2018 season over, it's time for Raiders fans to turn their attention to the draft

AFC West

Kansas City Chiefs wrap up division title, No. 1 seed in AFC
Kansas City took care of business by beating Oakland to finish the regular season 12-4 behind Patrick Mahomes' 281 passing yards and 49th and 50th TD passes of the season.

Chiefs earn some much-needed rest by clinching bye - NFL Nation- ESPN
Eric Berry, Sammy Watkins and Spencer Ware all sat out Sunday's season finale, and now the Chiefs get a week off before hosting a playoff game.

Denver Broncos fire Vance Joseph after back-to-back losing seasons
After their first back-to-back losing seasons since the early 1970s, the Broncos fired Vance Joseph on Monday, a day after the team finished 6-10.

Broncos GM John Elway releases statement on firing Vance Joseph
"The bottom line is we need to win more football games," Broncos GM John Elway said after firing coach Vance Joseph.

Melvin Gordon not automatic for Chargers' playoff opener - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Chargers running back Melvin Gordon suffers ankle injury.

Philip Rivers, Chargers' offense shaky in win; rematch with Ravens looms - AFC West- ESPN
The Chargers QB threw two interceptions in an ugly win, and he will try to shake his late-season funk in Baltimore in the first round of the playoffs.

NFL News

NFL Coaching Tracker 2019: Updates, latest news and rumors as coaches get fired and hired -
Check here for the latest news, rumors and updates for NFL coaching changes and searches

NFL head coach firings: Vance Joseph, Marvin Lewis, Adam Gase |
One quarter of NFL teams will be looking for a new head coach this offseason.

2018 NFL playoffs preview - Schedule, bracket, team strengths and weaknesses, matchup possibilities
The playoff field is finally set. Here's your guide to everything you need to know about the 12 teams vying to win Super Bowl LIII.

NFL playoffs: 32 things we learned heading into postseason
The matchups are all set, and the postseason picture is now clear. Will the top seeds advance to the Super Bowl or will a sleeper team emerge?

The NFL playoffs always include some duds at quarterback, but not this year - The Washington Post
When Andrew Luck made the playoffs instead of Blaine Gabbert, it meant we will get to watch a dozen worthwhile quarterbacks this January.

Leonard Fournette told that his Week 13 suspension voids guaranteed money in his contract
The Jaguars have notified running back Leonard Fournette that his suspension late last month voided the remaining guarantees in his four-year rookie contract, a source confirmed to ESPN's Adam Schefter, after it was first reported by The Associated Press.