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Oakland Raiders Sign TE Derek Carrier

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agentTE Derek Carrier, the club announced Thursday.

Carrier, 27, was a member of the Los Angeles Rams in 2017, playing in 14 games with three starts and tallying eight receptions for 71 yards (8.9 avg.).

The 6-foot-4, 244-pounder originally signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2012, and has since made stops with the Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins and Rams.

In 50 career games with 16 starts, Carrier has totaled 36 receptions for 327 yards (9.1 avg.) and one touchdown, while also adding three kickoff returns for 41 yards.

Carrier attended Beloit College (Wis.), where he earned All-Midwest Conference honors twice and was named the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Private College Player of the Year in 2011. In 39 games with the Buccaneers, the Edgerton, Wis., native set school records in receptions (189), receiving yards (3,111) and receiving touchdowns (29).

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Release WR Michael Crabtree

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have released WR Michael Crabtree, the club announced Thursday.

Crabtree played in 46 games over three seasons for the Raiders after signing with the club as a free agent in 2015. He recorded 232 receptions for 2,543 yards and 25 touchdowns with Oakland. Over his nine-year career with the San Francisco 49ers and Raiders, Crabtree has totaled 579 receptions for 6,870 with 51 touchdowns.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign RB Doug Martin

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent RB Doug Martin, the club announced Thursday.

Martin, 29, joins the Silver and Black for his seventh NFL season after spending the first six years of his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 2012 first-round draft pick (31st overall) is a two-time Pro Bowler (2012 and 2015) and was selected to the Associated Press All-Pro First Team in 2015. He appeared in 68 games with 65 starts as a Buccaneer, totaling 4,633 rushing yards on 1,150 attempts (4.0 avg.) with 26 touchdowns. Additionally, Martin has recorded 130 receptions for 1,091 yards and scored twice.

The 5-foot-9, 215-pound rusher exits Tampa Bay with the fourth-most rushing yards in club history, and his 11 100-yard games as a rusher are tied for second-most in club annals. Additionally, his 26 rushing scores rank third in franchise history.

Last season, Martin appeared in 11 games for the Buccaneers, making eight starts and posting 406 yards on 138 attempts, while adding nine receptions for 84 yards. He holds two of the club’s top-three single-season performances by a rusher, tallying 1,454 yards in 2012 and 1,402 yards in 2015.

A native of Stockton, Calif., Martin played in 51 games for Boise State from 2007-11, making 25 starts. Throughout his collegiate career, Martin notched 3,431 rushing yards on 617 carries (5.6 avg.) and added 43 touchdowns in addition to his 67 receptions for 715 yards (10.7 avg.) and four receiving scores. Selected to the All-Western Athletic Conference First Team in 2010, Martin was also named the Broncos’ Offense Most Valuable Player in 2011 in addition to a first-team All-Mountain West Conference honor.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign WR Griff Whalen

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent WR Griff Whalen, the club announced Monday.

Whalen spent part of the 2017 season with the Baltimore Ravens, playing in two games for the team and tallying four receptions for 23 yards and one punt return for two yards.

Whalen was originally signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2012. Over his six years in the NFL, he has made stops with the Colts, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots and Ravens.

In 43 career games played with three starts, Whalen’s offensive totals include 51 receptions for 532 yards and three touchdowns. As a returner, the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder has posted 47 punt returns for 378 yards and 29 kickoff returns for 701 yards over his career.

Prior to signing with the Colts, Whalen played four seasons at Stanford (2008-11), seeing action in 39 games with 13 starts. The Sylvania, Ohio, native posted 80 receptions for 1,058 yards and five touchdowns over his career and was named a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy as a senior in 2011, awarded to the top player in college football who began his career as a walk-on.

Press Release Courtesy of the  Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Re-Sign DT Justin Ellis

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have re-signed DT Justin Ellis to a three-year contract, the club announced Monday.

Ellis, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, was originally drafted by the team in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Over his four-year career, the run-stuffing defensive tackle has played in 60 games with 41 starts and totaled 134 tackles (82 solo), 0.5 sacks and three passes defensed.

The 6-foot-2, 335-pounder played in all 16 games last year, making 14 starts, while helping solidify the Raiders’ interior defensive line. He posted a career-high 44 tackles and 0.5 sacks in 2017.

Before being drafted by the Raiders, the native of Monroe, La., played four years at Louisiana Tech, recording 102 tackles (37), 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Release Marshall Newhouse And Sean Smith

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have released T Marshall Newhouseand CB Sean Smith, the club announced Monday.

Newhouse started 14 games at right tackle for the Raiders in 2017, and has played in 100 games with 70 starts over his eight-year NFL career.

Over two seasons with the Raiders, Smith appeared in 29 games with 22 starts and totaled 77 tackles, four interceptions and 17 passes defensed. A nine-year NFL veteran, Smith has played in 137 career games with 122 starts.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Annual Preseason PartyIs This Sunday

Season kicks off Sunday with free food, clubhouse tours, and the launch of single-game ticket sales

West Sacramento, CA Opening Day at Raley Field may not be until April 10, but Sacramento River Cats fans will get a sneak peek of what’s to come on Sunday, March 4 at the annual River Cats Preseason Party at Raley Field. The event will be from noon until 3:00 pm and features free hot dogs and pizza, clubhouse tours, and the launch of single-game ticket sales.

Fans are invited to Raley Field to check out the new features and improvements to the ballpark, including the extended backstop netting which will provide increased fan-protection all season. Those in attendance will be able to go behind the scenes with the Raley Field clubhouse tour, and there will be complimentary food at the Raley Field storefronts including hot dogs, sodas, and Round Table Pizza.

Another exciting feature of this year’s Preseason Party is batting practice on the field (weather permitting). Fans of all ages will have an opportunity to take batting practice down on the field for a donation to the River Cats Foundation. There will also be free activities for kids including arts and crafts, face painters, and the Down on the Farm play area.

Not only will fans have the opportunity to get their first look at Raley Field for 2018, they’ll also be among the first to be able to purchase individual game tickets. This includes the launch of premium games like Opening Night, Independence Day Eve, Fan Appreciation Day, all giveaway dates, and more. The Round Table Pizza Ticket Office will open at 12:00 p.m. and fans are encouraged to get their tickets now to avoid box office lines and sellouts during the season.

Tickets to the March 24 Exhibition game between the Sacramento River Cats and San Francisco Giants are currently only available online though the Best of Raley Field 3-Pack, but a limited number of seats will be available at Sunday’s Preseason Party.

River Cats faithful can also gear up for the 2018 season by visiting the On Deck Shop at Raley Field. The store is stocked with new River Cats and San Francisco Giants gear that fans will want to check out before the March 24 Exhibition Game and April 10 season opener.

A variety of season ticket plans are still available and fans can schedule a tour to check out available seats by calling (916) 371-HITS (4487) or emailing

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats  Media Relations

Jake Owen’s “Life’s Whatcha Make It Tour 2018” With Rising Star Jordan Davis To Make Tour Stop At Raley Field

Tickets on sale starting Friday, March 2, new music from Owen available February 28

West Sacramento, CA – Blue Cap Entertainment in conjunction with Raley Field and the Sacramento River Cats announced today that Big Loud recording artist Jake Owen’s “Life’s Whatcha Make It Tour 2018,” will be making a tour stop to perform at Raley Field on September 14, 2018. Tickets will go on sale starting Friday, March 2 at 10:00 a.m.

“I really do believe that life’s whatcha make it,” says Owen. “If you wake up feeling positive, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll see things throughout the day in a positive light. I think concerts are like that: it’s what you make it. People show up to have a good time and the artists on stage feel that too. A lot of my songs over the years have pointed to that idea. The fact that we’re playing baseball parks on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer, when people are ready to get out, have a good time, and don’t have to work the next day, is really cool. And, I’m so pumped to have Jordan Davis on the bill with me. It’s going to be an awesome tour. I’m fired up!”

Owen has partnered with CID Entertainment to offer three levels of VIP Ticket Packages on tour. VIP Ticket Packages include a premium concert ticket and exclusive VIP merchandise. Fans can also opt-in to join Jake before the show for a ‘Good Company’ experience where he’ll perform two acoustic songs. Details on the Jake Owen VIP package can be found HERE.

In addition, Owen has been in the recording studio working with award-winning producer Joey Moi, who produced Jake’s biggest hits to date: “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” “Alone With You, and “Beachin,’” to name a few. New music from Owen will be available on Wednesday, February 28, details coming soon.

Tickets for this concert can be purchased starting at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018 by visiting, calling (800) 745-3000, or in person starting at noon on Sunday, March 4 at the Raley Field Box Office.

Press Release Courtesy of the  Sacramento River Cats  Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Falls To Los Angeles FC 1-0

MLS side LAFC defeat Sacramento Republic FC 1-0 in preseason friendly at Papa Murphy’s Park.

Sacramento Republic FC and Los Angeles Football Club both came out attacking and feeling each other out. Republic FC saw its first real scoring chance in the 13th minute when Wilson Kneeshaw attacked up the right side. Kneeshaw got all the way to the touchline before slicing a cross into the box. The cross was deflected by the defense and bounced to the near post where Hayden Partain had been making a run. Partain flung his body at the ball, trying to redirect it into the net, but the ball took a hard bounce and it was cleared away from danger.

 Republic FC had another strong chance in the 25th minute when Christian Eissele and Cameron Iwasa nearly linked up for a spectacular goal. Eissele laid off a long ball to a streaking Iwasa just outside the box. Iwasa wasted no time volleying a shot through LAFC’s defense, but it was just wide of the goal. The two would link up again in the 31st minute, but Eissele’s shot was saved by LAFC keeper Tyler Miller.

 LAFC did not see many chances in the first half, but Marcos Ureña nearly put LAFC ahead in the 31st minute. The forward found open space in the box and the ball crossed to his feet. He tried to beat Republic FC keeper Josh Cohen to the far post, but his shot went just wide and out of play. The match would remain scoreless through halftime.

 The visitors had a bevy of chances early in the second half as they had four consecutive shots in the 53rd minute. LAFC put five men in the box and had every one of their shots either blocked by Cohen or deflected by a Republic FC defender. The home side was able to withstand the 20-second flurry and ultimately clear the ball away.

 LAFC would finally break through in the 60th minute with a goal from João Moutinho. The MLS side capitalized on extended offensive pressure to start the second half, as Moutinho beat the defense and received a pass from Carlos Vela. Moutinho promptly beat Cohen with a well-placed far-post strike for the goal.

 Cohen kept Republic FC within striking distance with an excellent diving save in the 68th minute. Marcos Ureña again was open in the box and again Cohen was able to block away his shot. Rafa Diaz, who came on for Cohen late in the second half, also made a key stop in the 83rd minute. Despite the best efforts of the home side to equalize, the match ended in a 1-0 victory for LAFC.

 “They have good players and they move the ball well,” said Republic FC Head Coach Simon Elliott of LAFC. “We always try to do our homework before games. I thought our defending deeper was decent and I thought we could have done better defending higher.”

 Republic FC will continue their 2017 preseason when they take on USL newcomers Fresno FC in a friendly match on Sunday, Mar. 4.  Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Stanislaus State University.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations