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Report: Raiders to sign safety LaMarcus Joyner to 4-year deal | Silver and Black Pride

Late on the first day of the free agency negotiating period, the Raiders made their second splash and their first big splash on defense, adding safety LaMarcus Joyner on a 4-year deal.

NFL Free Agency: Raiders reportedly to sign Trent Brown to record deal to become their left tackle | Silver and Black Pride

The free agent negotiating period just opened and the Raiders are already making big moves. They are signing former Patriots Trent Brown to a record contract according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Can Derek Carr And The Raiders Make The Most Of Antonio Brown? | FiveThirtyEight

Brown will land atop an Oakland receiving corps that is sorely lacking in playmakers, and he’ll surely become the focal point of the passing attack. But how exactly will the Raiders deploy their new weapon?

Raiders Film Room: What newly signed free agent tackle Trent Brown brings to the table | Silver and Black Pride

Brown is a giant tackle with experience playing on both sides as a pro. He leans on his technique and power as a pass blocker and can move well enough to make the most of his frame and natural strength. When he gets his hands on a defender its over. The Raiders made a huge upgrade by signing an ascending player who is still only 25 years old.

With already two big Oakland Raiders offensive signings, should LeVeon Bell be next? | Silver and Black Pride

If there was a perfect balance of a running back for a Gruden it would be Bell. The patience in the backfield, the infuriating running style, soft hands and power. Over the course of his five year career Bell has caught 78.04% of his targets, averages 4.4 yards per carry and 1,599.2 yards from scrimmage in his career.

AFC West

Source: DB Kareem Jackson headed to Broncos |

Former Houston Texans defensive back Kareem Jackson intends to sign a three-year, $33 million deal with the Denver Broncos that includes $23 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Broncos exercise Emmanuel Sanders’ 2019 option |

The Denver Broncos on Monday formally picked up Sanders’ 2019 contract year, all but assuring the recovering wide receiver of his roster spot for next season.

Tyrann Mathieu means Chiefs no longer have to count on Eric Berry |

Mathieu, who turns 27 in May, gives the Chiefs the versatile safety they’ve lacked ever since losing Berry to a torn Achilles tendon in the 2017 season opener. He’ll be the rangy center fielder in coverage they’ve lived without, but also a presence against the run.

Kansas City Chiefs: What Carlos Hyde signing means | FanSided

Carlos Hyde was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars early Friday morning and just hours later, Ian Rapoport was already reporting that the Chiefs planned on signinghim pending a physical. Barely 24 hours after his release Hyde was officially a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Chargers a possible surprise destination for safety Earl Thomas | Chargers Wire

The Chargers, a team that’s not notorious for making splash signings, might change that this offseason. With there being a glaring need at the free safety position after the release of Jahleel Addae, could Los Angeles have interest in Earl Thomas?

Chargers owner Dean Spanos could’ve had the most popular NFL team in L.A. | Los Angeles Times

The Chargers had no chance of becoming Los Angeles’ team after playing in San Diego for 56 years, but Spanos could have been the owner of the city’s most popular NFL team if he had left the Chargers’ name, history and logo in San Diego and started anew here.

NFL news

2019 NFL free agency: Biggest takeaways from a wild start |

I was surprised at the initial surprise regarding Foles’ four-year, $88 million contract with the Jaguars. In a world where tackle Trent Brown parlays his Super Bowl success to more than $36 million guaranteed from the Raiders, is it really surprising that Foles would reportedly get more than $50 million guaranteed?

Which NFL teams do the best job of spending their money? | For the Win

What is that price point? When does a player’s salary start to outweigh his contribution to the team? And what kind of effect can that have on a team’s ability to build its roster? Those questions have been rattling around my head since Mack signed his deal, which came shortly after Aaron Donald, a similarly dominant and generously compensated player, signed a massive deal of his own. The goal of this series, which we’re calling NFL Moneyball, is to attempt to provide (at least partial) answers to those questions.

Landon Collins to sign 6-year, $84M deal with Redskins |

Collins, 25, was widely regarded as one of the top safeties eligible to enter the open market, and was ranked No. 5 on’s Top 101 free agents of 2019.

Lions expected to sign Trey Flowers to five-year deal |

The Lions are slated to be adding pass rusher Trey Flowers on a five-year contract, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports. The deal, which reunites Flowers with coach Matt Patricia, is expected to be worth more than $16 or $17 million per season.

Niners to sign LB Kwon Alexander to massive contract |

It’s a huge, eye-popping payday for the 24-year-old linebacker, whose $13.5 million average tops linebackers like Luke Kuechly ($12.36 million).