Davis simply chose to make a business decision – in not ever even engaging in meaningful contract talks with his best player – that quickly led to a football decision, the only binary decision that made sense given the lack of contract negotiations. If the Raiders weren’t going to pay Mack then they’d be shipping him to a team that was prepared to shatter the $20M/year threshold for the dominant pass rusher. With Mack prepared to take his holdout well into the regular season if necessary, and Jon Gruden seeking to eliminate distractions and subplots heading into his first season back from the broadcast booth, readers of this space are anything but surprised that this saga ended as it did.
And another Reggie McKenzie draft pick is ousted by Jon Gruden. Treyvon Hester, despite performing quite well this preseason was waived today in favor of former Cowboys defensive tackle Brian Price.
The 6-3, 210-pounder has never had a 1000-yard season in his career. His best season was in 2014 when he caught 74 passes for 953 yards and 7 touchdowns. He had 52 catches for 548 yards and 3 touchdowns last season in Cincinnati.
The reference to next year seems to be an acknowledgement that Bryant is facing some kind of issue related to the league’s substance-abuse policy that could keep him from playing this year. Bryant has already missed one full season because of a league-imposed suspension and there have been reports that he’s facing another issue this year, although neither the league, the Raiders nor Bryant has confirmed those reports.
And Gruden justified his oldest roster in the NFL and the gutting of McKenzie’s draft picks from the roster by throwing McKenzie under an 18-wheeler instead of a bus.
“When we first came in, we planned the next 10-15 years of our life,” Carr said. “I think that’s the weirdest part, because it’s a little bit of a different chapter now.”
Along with bringing back guard Denver Kirkland, the Raiders added defensive backs Rico Gafford and Terrell Sinkfield.
And the AFC West didn’t get harder for them over the weekend. The Raiders made themselves worse. The Silver and Black still may challenge, but you don’t improve trading away young All-Pros. Jon Gruden has whacked nearly 50 percent of the roster since he arrived in January, earning every bit of that $100 million.
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For that reason, the Chargers elected to avoid placing Henry on injured reserve, instead placing him on the physically unable to perform list. The move preserves the very slight chance Henry returns from injury faster than expected, which will only matter if the Chargers are still playing come January. Henry tore his ACL in practice on May 22.
Hindered by a sore heel, the All-Pro safety hasn’t practiced since August 11, and he didn’t play in the preseason. Asked if Berry would be ready to go on Sunday in Los Angeles, coach Andy Reid was non-committal.
The former NFL quarterback, who is suing NFL owners for allegedly colluding to keep him out of the league, is one of the faces of a new Nike campaign meant to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the brand’s iconic “Just Do It” motto.
Buckner is halfway through his rookie contract, as executed by Joel Segal, Mack’s agent. The earliest a contract extension can come is after this season, and it might be wiser for the cap-healthy 49ers to pay up sooner than wait for Buckner’s fifth-year option of about $13 million in 2020.
“I’m anxious to hear this one, Jon Gruden and Khalil Mack talking about the trade,” McDonough said. “Khalil Mack traded by Oakland, by our man the Gru-dog, to the Chicago Bears. The Bears got a great player. I don’t know what my man the Gru-dog is doing. He got some draft picks, but that’s one of the best defensive players in the league. He could’ve been a Gruden Grinder. Now he’s a Chicago Bear.”
“We are disappointed Le’Veon Bell has not signed his franchise tender and rejoined his teammates,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement released by the team. “Coach [Mike] Tomlin and the coaching staff will continue to focus on preparing the players on our roster for our regular-season opener on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.”
Darnold started two preseason games, including what many regard the all-important third contest, and finished the slate completing 29 of 45 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. His 83.94 preseason passer rating was second on the team behind Bridgewater.