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Finishing touch: NFL owners unanimously approve Raiders 2019 Oakland lease | Silver and Black Pride

There was never any doubt the owners would approve the Raiders new lease in Oakland, but regardless, it was a step that had to be taken. So, the owners had their vote today at the owners meeting in Phoenix Arizona and they all approved it.

Marshawn Lynch, Raiders waiting to see how draft plays out before deciding whether to re-sign | Silver and Black Pride

As Mike Mayock said, the decision won’t be made until we see how the draft plays out.

Jon Gruden believes Raiders rebuild is ‘on schedule’ | Silver and Black Pride

Trotter didn’t waste any time asking Gruden his opinion on where the Raiders stand currently.

Raiders’ Jon Gruden: Derek Carr will be our QB | NFL.com

However, for anyone and everyone who believes he doesn’t view Carr as the Raiders’ quarterback of the future, Gruden does and he said just as much.

Raiders find value in deep dive into NFL Draft’s quarterbacks | Las Vegas Review-Journal

They scouted the quarterback at Missouri. They coached him at the Senior Bowl. They saw him at the NFL scouting combine. On April 25, when general manager Mike Mayock and coach Jon Gruden likely watch another team select Lock in the first round, they will possess an in-depth scouting report on a player they expect to face in the future.

AFC West

Broncos could be close to finalizing agreement for stadium naming rights | Denver Post

In August 2011, Sports Authority signed a 25-year agreement worth $6 million annually. But it went bankrupt in 2016, and the Broncos purchased the rest of the contract, which has allowed them to seek a new corporate sponsor. The team has also been making all of the payments for stadium maintenance and upgrades.

Jake Butt looks to make impact after two straight seasons lost to injury | The Denver Channel

In two seasons with the Broncos, Butt owns eight catches for 85 yards. He played three games last year, averaging 10.6 yards per reception before tearing his left knee at practice in a non-contact drill. It was hard to reconcile given that Butt missed his rookie campaign while rehabbing a torn ACL in his right knee. He has suffered the injury three times since college, where he blossomed into the nation’s top tight end at Michigan.

Former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin retires from NFL | Arrowhead Addict

After announcing his retirement at his wife’s baby shower, Maclin took to Twitter to officially announce to fans and others around the National Football League that he was indeed calling quits.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes to join ABC’s 2019 NFL draft coverage | Chiefs Wire

He’s the NFL’s MVP, he’s a great basketball player, a great golfer, and he isn’t half bad when he picks up a video game controller. Now he’s going to add a new talent to his repertoire and join ABC’s 2019 NFL draft coverage.

Bleacher Report 3-round Mock: Chargers go WR, CB, QB | Bolts from the Blue

Early Monday morning, Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller released his latest three-round mock draft for all 32 teams. It’s definitely one of the more interesting mock drafts I’ve seen this off-season for the Chargers, that’s for sure.

NFL news

NFL coaches express frustration with competition committee over replay | Washington Post

One NFL coach said he would not describe the meeting as heated. But strong opinions were expressed, said the coach, who described coaches as virtually unanimous in wanting to see major replay modifications.

Bears to open NFL season versus Packers | ChicagoBears.com

The NFL announced Monday that the Bears will host the Green Bay Packers in the regular-season opener Thursday night, Sept. 5. The two longtime rivals have played 198 games against each other, with the first meeting in 1921.

Indeed, Gronkowski transformed the position, an achievement that will one day make him a certain Hall of Fame inductee. It wasn’t just Gronkowski’s uncommon mix of size and speed; he played with an inimitable combination of acrobatic athleticism and reckless abandon.

Verizon, NFL reach 2-year partnership to enhance game and fan experience | Yahoo Sports

In the partnership announcement Monday, there were three key facets aimed at enhancing NFL games and the fan experience. It’s a two-year partnership to jointly develop new products and services that utilize the 5G network of mobile connectivity.

2019 NFL Draft Big Board: Top 100 prospect rankings see shifts following pro days | CBS Sports

The big change here is Christian Wilkins out of my top 10. He really came on during his senior year, but I’ve realized I just don’t think he has superstar potential. I’ll be stunned if he isn’t a solid pro for a long time. Will he ever be a true difference maker on a defense? I see a Michael Brockers type impact with him.