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NFL offseason has officially begun, where to next for Raiders? | Silver and Black Pride

We should know for sure where the Raiders are going to be calling home for the 2019 season. Reports late Sunday had the Raiders agreeing to terms with the San Francisco Giants to play at Oracle Park for the 2019 season, but there’s still the matter of the 49ers relinquishing territorial rights and the NFL signing off on it. This all needs to happen quickly because the NFL wants to put together the schedule.

Raiders to McCovey Cove: Much game still to be played | Mercury News

And even if an agreement is reached, the prospect of the Raiders tracking their cleats on another baseball diamond faces a plethora of logistical, security and bureaucratic hurdles. High among them is the traffic anarchy that would occur when football season clashes with basketball season as the Golden State Warriors move into the brand-new Chase Center a few blocks away.

Consolation prize: Raiders still only LA based NFL team to win a Super Bowl | Silver and Black Pride

Though some 75% of Raiders fans were rooting hard for the Patriots to lose the Super Bowl, there is a small bit of comfort that comes from the Rams not hoisting the Lombardi — it means the Raiders remain the only NFL franchise to bring a Super Bowl championship to the city of Los Angeles.

All those who are suddenly calling Julian Edelman a Hall of Famer: Cliff Branch would like a word | Silver and Black Pride

Prisoner of the moment is a very real thing. Sunday the Patriots managed to win a Super Bowlputting up 13 points. Julian Edelman didn’t score the lone touchdown, or even have the big play that set it up (Rob Gronkowski did). But he led the team with 10 catches for 141 yards to win MVP. And now the chatter is that he should be a Hall of Famer.

AFC West

BR predicts CB Ronald Darby signs with Broncos in free agency |

Bleacher Report believes an ideal solution is shoring up the position via free agency, and the online media outlet floated Ronald Darby as a potential target. Columnist Maurice Moton points to Denver’s thinning depth with star Chris Harris Jr. returning from injury and 2018 starters Bradley Roby and Tramaine Brock heading to the open market.


According to news reports, Lynn was hit while crossing the street by a speeding driver who had a blood alcohol content level three-times the legal limit. The impact was so great that Lynn flew some 40-50 feet into a parked car, totaling the vehicle.

Super Bowl 2020 odds: Vegas gives Broncos 100-to-1 odds to win it all | Denver Post

Bovada opened its first set of futures bets on who will hoist the Lombardi Trophy on Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami, and Denver comes in at +10,000 — or 1/100 odds. Translation: A winning $10 wager would net a $1,000 payout. Only the Redskins (+15,000) and Dolphins (+30,000) are viewed as longer shots to win it all.

Could the Chiefs play a game in St. Louis? KC city councilman says idea makes sense | ABC KMBC

City Councilman and mayoral candidate Quinton Lucas told St. Louis television station KMOV that if it comes down to losing a home game, he thinks the Chiefs would be better off trying to build a regional footprint rather than an international following.

NFL news

Rob Gronkowski mum on NFL future after huge Super Bowl LIII |

There’s no way of knowing if Gronkowski will keep on going. His body has taken a tremendous beating over the last nine years. Even Sunday night, he took a huge shot on his quadriceps, the pain of which had not subsided by the end of the game. He has spoken in the past about retiring, which makes the question about his future even more relevant going forward. Not that he wanted any part of it.

VIDEO: Dave Portnoy Escorted Out of Patriots Afterparty by NFL | The Big Lead

While the NFL may not want Portnoy around, he’s a prominent figure in the Boston sports media. It’s not a great look for the NFL to drag him out of the Super Bowl and then deny him entry into a team event.

Super Bowl champion Patriots could reportedly miss out on playing in NFL’s 2019 regular-season opener | CBS Sports

According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune and long-time NFL reporter Ed Werder, the Patriots are likely going to be getting the boot from the 2019 opener in favor of two completely different teams. This isn’t any conspiracy against the Patriots; the NFL is just thinking about doing something different because the league will be kicking off its 100th season in 2019.

Inside the NFL’s Star-Studded Super Bowl Commercial | Billboard

The league gathered greats from the past six decades including Terry Bradshaw, Jim Brown, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Todd Gurley, Odell Beckham Jr. and many, many more to help kick off its 100th season celebration.