Oakland Raiders Donate $250,000 To Save Oakland High School Sports

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have answered the call with a $250,000 donation to save Oakland youth sports that were eliminated by the Oakland Unified School District due to budget constraints.

“The prospect of these kids losing their dreams was difficult to hear for everyone in the community,” said Raiders Owner Mark Davis. “After school athletics are an important part of the high school experience and this donation will keep student-athletes on the playing fields in Oakland.”

“For decades, the Oakland Raiders have been big brothers to our football players and models for all students to emulate. They have been there for us when we were down, and when our students needed someone to look up to. But this donation from the Raiders is like a last-second game-winning touchdown,” said Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell. “$250,000 will go a long way to ensuring that our young people can dedicate themselves on the fields and courts, in the pools, and on the mats this year and beyond. There’s no way to properly thank anyone for such a huge donation, so let me just say from all students, staff and families, we thank the Oakland Raiders, and like us, you will always be OUSD.”

The Raiders will allocate the funds through the East Bay Community Foundation. (www.ebcf.org).  The donation will be coordinated with the Oakland Athletic League (O.A.L.).

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Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agents CB Jarell Carter and DT Connor Flagel, the club announced Monday.

Carter joins the Raiders after spending his rookie season on the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad after signing with the club as an undrafted free agent. A four-year player at Trinity International (2013-16), the 5-foot-10, 196-pound cornerback appeared in 36 games and made 31 starts, recording 156 tackles (85 solo), 0.5 sacks, six interceptions, 28 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, earning NCCAA All-American honors twice.

Flagel was originally signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent out of Central Missouri. The 6-foot-5, 296-pound defensive end appeared in 35 contests and made 33 starts during his three seasons with the Mules, totaling 111 tackles, including 10 for loss, 4.5 sacks, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries.

In corresponding moves, the Raiders have released T Breno Giacomini and placed WR Griff Whalen on the Reserve/Injured List, both of whom signed to the club as free agents this past March.

Giacomini, entering his 11th season in the NFL, has appeared in 94 total games and made 86 starts. Since being drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft, he has also spent time with the Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets and Houston Texans.

Whalen totaled four receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown in exhibition play for the club this preseason, adding four punt returns for 46 yards and two kickoff returns for 45 yards. His career totals include 43 games played with three starts, registering 51 receptions for 532 yards and three touchdowns.

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Oakland Raiders Sign CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie; Waive S Obi Melifonwu

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the club announced Thursday.

Rodgers-Cromartie, a two-time Pro Bowler (2009, 2015) and second-team All-Pro selection in 2016, spent his first three seasons from 2008-2010 with the Arizona Cardinals before having stints with the Philadelphia Eagles (2011-12), Denver Broncos (2013) and most recently with the New York Giants (2014-17). A veteran of 10 years, Rodgers-Cromartie has played in 153 contests and made 120 starts, recording 435 tackles (379 solo), 2.5 sacks, 30 interceptions, six returned for touchdowns, 144 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. His postseason totals include 10 games played with 10 starts, making 32 tackles (31), three interceptions and 14 passes defensed.

Since entering the league in 2008, his 144 passes defensed rank first among all active players, while his 30 interceptions rank sixth. In 2016, he led the Giants and finished tied for second in the NFL with six interceptions, earning a second-team All-Pro selection. A year prior in 2015, he started in all 15 games he appeared in and notched a career-high 56 tackles (52), three interceptions, one that was returned for a touchdown, 13 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery en route to his second Pro Bowl honor. 

Originally drafted by the Cardinals in the first round (16th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft, Rodgers-Cromartie recorded 13 interceptions and 66 passes defensed while appearing in all 48 games in his first three seasons, earning his first Pro Bowl selection in 2009. Additionally, he was recognized for his exceptional play in 2008 and named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team after posting four interceptions and 19 passes defensed, marks that paced all NFL rookies.

Last season, the 6-foot-2, 203 pound cornerback played in 15 contests and made six starts for the Giants, tallying 48 stops (31) and one pass defensed.

A native of Bradenton, Fla., he played four seasons at Tennessee State (2004-07). For the Tigers, he appeared in 44 games with 39 starts and earned All-American honors twice, finishing with 11 career interceptions, four of which he returned for touchdowns.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have Waived/Injured S Obi Melifonwu. A second-round (56th overall) selection by the club in the 2017 NFL Draft, Melifonwu appeared in five games and made one start in his rookie season, while spending 10 weeks on the Reserve/Injured List due to both a knee and hip injury.

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Oakland Raiders Claim CB Antwuan Davis

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have claimed CB Antwuan Davis via waivers from the Detroit Lions, the club announced Tuesday.

Davis, an undrafted free agent following the conclusion of this year’s NFL Draft, originally signed with the Detroit Lions, where he spent time with the club throughout the team’s offseason program and training camp. Appearing in two preseason contests for the Lions, the 5-foot-11, 196-pound cornerback has recorded two tackles (one solo) in exhibition play.

A native of Mineral Wells, Texas, Davis played four seasons at Texas, appearing in a total of 23 contests. Over his four-year career, he totaled 50 tackles (40), one sack, two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, one pass defensed, one fumble recovery and three forced fumbles. 

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have Waived/Injured S Tevin Mitchel.

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Oakland Raiders Claim DT Gabe Wright; Place DT Ahtyba Rubin On IR

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have claimed DT Gabe Wright via waivers from the Miami Dolphins, the club announced Wednesday.

Wright was originally drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round (113th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Over his three-year career, the 6-foot-3, 309-pound defensive tackle has spent time with the Lions (2015), Cleveland Browns (2016) and most recently the Dolphins in 2017. His career totals include 13 games played with one start, while recording 13 tackles (nine solo) and two passes defensed. 

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have placed DT Ahtyba Rubin on the Reserve/Injured List. 

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Oakland Raiders Acquire Fifth-Round Selection, Trade Switzer

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have acquired a fifth-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft via a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the club announced Monday. As part of the trade terms, the Raiders will receive the Steelers’ fifth-round selection in the 2019 Draft in exchange for WR Ryan Switzer and Oakland’s selection in the sixth round of this year’s draft.

Switzer was originally acquired this past offseason via a trade with the Dallas Cowboys. Now in his second year in the NFL, he appeared in all 16 games as a rookie in 2017 and was named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie First Team after totaling 856 return yards, ranking third in kickoff return average (25.0 avg.) and returning one punt for a score.

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Oakland Raiders Waive LB Shilique Calhoun

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have waived LB Shilique Calhoun, the club announced Wednesday. 

Calhoun was originally selected by the club in the third round (75th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. During his time with the team, he appeared in 20 contests and totaled eight tackles (four) and one pass defensed, while also adding five special teams tackles.

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Oakland Raiders Sign S Quincy Mauger

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent S Quincy Mauger, the club announced Thursday.

Mauger, originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Atlanta Falcons in 2017, spent his rookie season on the Reserve/Injured List with a knee injury. A four-year player out of Georgia (2013-16), he appeared in 50 games, recording 186 tackles (128 solo), 0.5 sacks, seven interceptions, 12 passes defensed and one forced fumble. 

A native of Marietta, Ga., the 6-foot, 206-pound safety played in 12 contests as a senior in 2016 with the Bulldogs and tallied 20 stops (12), two interceptions and two passes defensed. 

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have waived LS Drew Scott, who signed with the club following participation in the team’s rookie minicamp on a tryout basis in May.

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Oakland Raiders Sign CB Raysean Pringle; Waive/Injured DB Shaquille Richardson

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent CB Raysean Pringle, the club announced Monday.

Pringle joins the Raiders after spending his rookie season on both the Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad in 2017. A former running back and wide receiver of Southern Utah, Pringle appeared in 33 games and made nine starts for the Thunderbirds. In his four seasons with the team (2013-16), the Oakland, Calif., native totaled 1,130 yards and 14 touchdowns on 228 carries, adding 36 receptions for 329 yards and one touchdown.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have Waived/Injured DB Shaquille Richardson, who participated with the team throughout the club’s offseason program.

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Oakland Raiders Sign K Mike Nugent; Waive K Giorgio Tavecchio

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent K Mike Nugent, the club announced Saturday.

Nugent joins the Raiders a veteran of 13 seasons, spending time with the New York Jets (2005-08), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009), Arizona Cardinals (2009), Cincinnati Bengals (2010-16), Dallas Cowboys (2017) and most recently with the Chicago Bears. Originally a second-round pick (47th overall) of the Jets in the 2006 NFL Draft, Nugent has appeared in 161 contests and registered an 81 percent career average on field goals, making 247-of-305 attempts, while making 359-of-372  (96.5 percent) PATs and totaling 1,100 points. He has appeared in five  postseason games, making 7-of-8 field goal attempts and connecting on all five PATs.

Last season, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound kicker spent time with both the Cowboys and Bears, connecting on 11-of-13 field goal attempts (84.6 percent) while making 15-of-17 (88.2 percent) PATs.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have waived K Giorgio Tavecchio. Tavecchio was elevated to the active roster ahead of the club’s Week 1 contest in 2017 and made 16-of-21 field goal attempts while going 33-of-34 on PATs.

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