Category Archives: Bay Area Sports

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

Two-Time World Champion Barry Zito To Return To Raley Field

Former Athletics and Giants pitcher to make an appearance for River Cats game on August 10

 West Sacramento, CA – Former Sacramento River Cats, Oakland Athletics, and San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito will be at Raley Field on Friday, August 10, 2018 to sign autographs for fans and throw the ceremonial first pitch.

The River Cats will host a pregame VIP meet and greet with Zito, which will include those who have purchased a Giant Pack. He will also be available for autographs on the concourse after throwing out the first pitch.

Barry Zito began the 2000 season with the River Cats, the franchise’s first year in Sacramento, and made his Major League debut that same year with the Oakland Athletics. Zito spent seven seasons with the Athletics before signing with the San Francisco Giants after the 2006 season. Two World Championships highlighted his seven seasons with the Giants. Zito was a member of the Nashville (Triple-A Oakland) roster in 2015 and pitched six shutout innings at Raley Field during the team’s series against Sacramento that year.

The fan-favorite Giant Pack includes a Senate level seat for each of the 13 biggest River Cats games of 2018 and is available for just $299 (an $800 value). Fans who purchase the package are also guaranteed premium giveaway items for the 2018 season, including a limited edition Madison Bumgarner Sactown jersey t-shirt. A full list of included game dates is available online at rivercats.com.

Giant Pack buyers will also receive exclusive access to a presale for the 2018 exhibition game on March 24 at Raley Field between the Sacramento River Cats and the San Francisco Giants. Presale date has not yet been determined.

For more information, please call the River Cats ticket hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487) or email tickets@rivercats.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Jack Del Rio Foundation Hosts First Bocce Ball Tournament

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Jack Del Rio Foundation is proud to host its first ever bocce ball tournament tomorrow at Campo di Bocce in Fremont. The event will benefit Hayward High School/Mt. Eden High School/Tennyson High School athletics, NorCal Special Olympics and the Alameda County Deputy Sheriff’s Athletic League.

“Linda and I have made a long standing commitment to give back to the community, primarily to underserved youth who face continuous challenges and uncompromising adversity,” said Jack Del Rio. “We desire to make a difference in the lives of others and encourage all of us to look outward for opportunities to serve, whether it be through financial support, time, or by volunteering our skills and talents.”

The Jack Del Rio Bocce Ball Tournament will include 32 teams and will begin at 12 p.m. The event will include a live auction and a trophy presentation following competition. The championship round is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

The title sponsor of the Jack Del Rio Bocce Ball Tournament is Clear Channel Outdoor and elite-level sponsors include BCCI Builders and the Carson Valley Inn.

Proceeds from this sold-out event will go to support the Jack Del Rio Foundation’s mission, which is to motivate our community to meet the needs of underserved youth. The Jack Del Rio Foundation seeks to energize, educate and enrich the lives of our youth through the generous investment of financial support, time and devotion.

For more information, please visit jackdelriofoundation.org/bocce-tournament

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raider Media Relations