Oakland Raiders Acquire Fifth-Round Selection; Trade Osemele

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have acquired a fifth-round selection (140th overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft via a trade with the New York Jets, the club announced Wednesday. 

As part of the trade terms, the Raiders will receive the 140th overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft in exchange for G/T Kelechi Osemele, in addition to Oakland’s sixth-round selection (196th overall) in this year’s draft. The sixth-round selection sent to the Jets was originally acquired via trade with the Chicago Bears on September 1, 2018.

Osemele signed with the Raiders in 2016 and started in all 42 appearances for the Silver and Black over the last three seasons. In 2016, Osemele earned his first Pro Bowl selection and was named to the Associated Press All-Pro First Team and the PFWA All-NFL Team. He earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection in 2017 and was named a Pro Bowl alternate in 2018.

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Oakland Raiders Sign Trent Brown

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent T Trent Brown, the club announced Wednesday.

Brown spent last season as a member of the New England Patriots after spending three years (2015-17) with the San Francisco 49ers. He has played in 47 games with 44 starts over his four-year career and has appeared in three postseason contests.

Last season, Brown helped lift New England to a victory in Super Bowl LIII, while paving the way for an offense that ranked fifth in the NFL with 393.4 yards per game during the regular season. Brown helped QB Tom Brady reach 4,000 yards passing for the 10th time in his career, while becoming the fourth NFL player to reach 6,000 completions and 70,000 passing yards in 2018.

The 6-8, 380-pounder started 28-of-31 games for the 49ers after the team selected him in the seventh round (244th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.

A native of Albany, Ga., Brown played two seasons at Florida, appearing in 23 games with 11 starts for the Gators during his career. As a senior, he helped pave the way for 187.7 rushing yards per game, including five games over 200 yards.

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Oakland Raiders Acquire All-Pro WR Antonio Brown

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have acquired WR Antonio Brown via a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the club announced Wednesday.

As part of the trade terms, Oakland will send Pittsburgh their 2019 third-round (66th overall) and fifth-round selection (141st overall) in return for Brown.

Originally a sixth-round selection (195th overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2010 NFL Draft, Brown joins the Raiders as a four-time first-team All-Pro selection and seven-time Pro Bowler after building one of the most decorated resumes in NFL history through his first nine years (2010-18). In 130 contests with 103 starts, his 837 receptions, 11,207 yards and 74 touchdown receptions rank fourth among all active players. In postseason action, Brown has played in 10 contests and tallied 51 receptions for 837 yards and four touchdowns. 

Since entering the league in 2010, Brown has totaled seven 1,000-yard seasons with the Steelers, and leads the NFL in both yards and receptions during that span, while his touchdown total ranks second and his four seasons of double-digit receiving scores are tied for second. Over the last six seasons (2013-18), Brown has compiled 686 receptions and accumulated 9,145 yards receiving, the most by a player in NFL history in any six-year span. 

Last season, Brown hauled in 104 passes for 1,297 yards and led the league in touchdown receptions for the first time with a career high and Steelers single-season record 15 receiving scores. With his 100-plus receptions, Brown became the first player in NFL history to amass six consecutive 100-catch seasons, while he also compiled 1,200 yards receiving in each of those seasons. Over the course of the season, Brown surpassed 10,000 career receiving yards in his 116th career regular season game, tying Torry Holt for the second-fewest games in league history to reach the milestone, and later surpassed the 11,000-yard barrier in his 129th game. Only Calvin Johnson reached 11,000 yards in fewer games (127). Moreover, he reached 800 career receptions, joining Torry Holt and Marvin Harrison as the only players in NFL history to reach the milestone in a player’s first nine seasons, while setting an NFL record for the fewest games (126) to the 800-reception mark. Brown also led the NFL in 20-plus-yard touchdown receptions, tallying 10, the most in a single season since Terrell Owens’ 10 in 2007.

Brown tallied four first-team All-Pro selections from 2014-17 and was named to the PFWA’s All-NFL and All-AFC Teams in each of those seasons, while notching three AFC Offensive Player of the Month Awards. From 2013-17, Brown tallied an NFL-record 582 receptions during the five-year span, while also setting NFL records for most receptions (622) and receiving yards (8,281) by a player in their first career 100 regular season contests. Brown became the first Steeler ever to record 1,000 yards and at least 10 receiving touchdowns in three consecutive seasons (2014-16), and also joined Johnson as the only player in NFL history to notch 1,600 yards in back-to-back years (2014-15). Those campaigns were highlighted by a league-leading 1,698 yards in 2014 and a 2015 season that saw him post the fourth-most single-season receiving yardage (1,834) ever, as well as tying for the second-most single-season reception total (136). In addition to setting yet another NFL-record with 375 receptions from 2013-15, Brown’s two-year total of 262 receptions from 2014-15 also tabbed him as the first player in league annals to haul in at least 125 passes in consecutive seasons.

Brown earned his first Pro Bowl honor in 2011, as he became the first player in NFL history to record at least 1,000 receiving yards and at least 1,000 return yards in a single season. Over his career, he has returned 186 career punts for 1,759 yards, including four returned for touchdowns, in addition to returning 47 kickoffs for 1,173 yards and another score. Brown is one of just three players in NFL history to total at least 70 career touchdown receptions and five return touchdowns. 

A native of Miami, Fla., Brown attended Central Michigan (2007-09) and appeared in 41 contests for the Chippewas, finishing as the school’s all-time leader in receptions (305), second in touchdown receptions (22) and third in receiving yards (3,199). He also added 2,612 kickoff return yards, including two for touchdowns, adding 822 punt return yards and an additional three scores en route to being named MAC Special Teams Player of the Year in consecutive seasons (2008-09). Brown was the only player in school history with two 1,000-yard and 100-catch seasons.

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Oakland Raiders Sign Erik Harris to Two-Year Deal

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed S Erik Harris to a two-year contract, the team announced Friday.

Harris joined the Raiders in 2017 after appearing in four contests with the New Orleans Saints in 2016. In his two seasons with the Silver and Black, Harris has appeared in 31 contests and made four starts, totaling 48 tackles (36 solo), two interceptions and seven passes defensed. Last season, Harris evolved into a contributor on defense and made the first four starts of his career, tallying career highs in tackles (43), interceptions (two) and passes defensed (seven).

Prior to his NFL debut with the Saints, Harris played three seasons (2013-15) for the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, totaling 79 tackles, three interceptions, three sacks and four fumble recoveries in 42 games. 

A native of New Oxford, Pa., Harris played four seasons at California (PA), appearing in a total of 52 contests and making 37 starts over his final two seasons with the Vulcans. Harris was selected to the Don Hansen Bowl as a senior, while also earning All-PSAC West Second Team honors after starting all 13 contests and recording 71 stops (37), three sacks and three interceptions.

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Oakland Raiders Add Five Assistant Coaches

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have hired the following five assistants as part of Head Coach Jon Gruden’s staff, the club announced Thursday.

Coach                              Title

Brentson Buckner                  Defensive Line

Taver Johnson                        Assistant Defensive Backs

John Morton                           Senior Offensive Assistant

A.J. Neibel                              Head Strength and Conditioning

Kirby Wilson                          Running Backs

Buckner: Joins for his first season with the Raiders after spending the 2018 campaign on staff as the defensive line coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers…Served in the same capacity for five seasons (2013-17) with the Arizona Cardinals, where he began his professional coaching career…Spent time as a training camp coaching intern with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2010-12…Prior to the NFL, was head coach of the Northside Christian Academy in Charlotte, N.C. …Began his coaching career as a defensive coordinator for Victory (N.C.) Academy in 2007…Played 12 years in the NFL after being selected in the second round (50th overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1994 NFL Draft…As a defensive lineman, spent time with the Steelers (1994-96), Cincinnati Bengals (1997), San Francisco 49ers (1998-2000) and Carolina Panthers (2001-06), appearing in 174 games and making 127 starts.

Johnson: Enters his first season with the Raiders after spending the past 13 among the collegiate ranks…Returned for his second stint at Ohio State in 2018, serving as the school’s cornerbacks/special teams coordinator…Spent 2017 as defensive coordinator at Temple…Worked three seasons (2014-16) at Purdue as defensive backs coach…Worked with defensive backs at Arkansas in 2013 after his role as assistant head coach/linebackers coach upon his arrival in 2012…Began his first stint with Ohio State in 2007, where he spent five seasons working as cornerbacks coach…Served as assistant head coach/defensive coordinator for Miami (Ohio) from 2005-06…Made his NFL debut in 2004 with the Cleveland Browns as a special teams coach…Mentored the linebackers at Miami (Ohio) for four seasons (2000-03)…Worked as a  graduate assistant at Notre Dame in 1999…At Millikin, spent three seasons (1996-98) in the role of defensive coordinator/linebackers coach…Began his coaching career at his alma mater, Wittenberg, where he spent two years (1994-95) working with the defensive line.

Morton: Enters his 17th season as an NFL coach and ninth with the Silver and Black…Most recently worked with the New York Jets in 2017 as the club’s offensive coordinator…In his second stint with the New Orleans Saints, worked as the team’s wide receivers coach from 2015-16, after working as an offensive assistant/passing game coach in 2006…Coached for the San Francisco 49ers as a wide receivers coach for four seasons (2011-14)…At USC, was offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach for his final two years (2009-10) with the program after beginning as a passing game coordinator/wide receiver coach for his first two years (2007-08) with the Trojans…Had a one-year stint with the San Diego Chargers in 2005 as a passing game/wide receivers coach…Began his coaching career with the Oakland Raiders, spending eight years (1997-2004) with the club…Elevated to tight ends coach for his final year with the Raiders in 2004, after serving as senior offensive assistant from 2002-03…Worked as an offensive quality control/ wide receivers coach for the club from 2000-01, and as an offensive assistant and wide receivers coach the previous two years (1998-99) as part of Head Coach Jon Gruden’s staff…Began in the personnel department with the Raiders in 1997 during his inaugural year in the NFL.

Neibel: Begins his second stint with the Raiders, after spending the previous two seasons (2017-18) with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an athletic performance specialist/physical therapy assistant…Before working with the Jaguars, spent six seasons (2011-16) with the Atlanta Falcons…Served as an athletic performance manager during his last year with the club in 2016…Was the Falcons’ head strength and conditioning coach from 2013-15, after spending his first two years (2011-12) with the club as a strength and conditioning assistant…Spent time in MLB working with the San Francisco Giants as a strength and conditioning consultant from 2009-10…In his first tour with the Raiders, spent six seasons (2003-08) as a strength and conditioning/sports medicine associate. 

Wilson: Joins the Raiders for his 26th year coaching running backs, including 21 years in the NFL…Finished his one-year stint in his return to Arizona in 2018, after previously coaching in the same capacity for the Cardinals from 2004-06…Prior to his return to Arizona, spent two seasons (2016-17) with the Cleveland Browns as the run game coordinator/running backs coach…Coached running backs for the Minnesota Vikings (2014-15), Pittsburgh Steelers (2007-13) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-03) with Head Coach Jon Gruden…Spent one year on staff at USC as the school’s wide receivers coach in 2001…Prior to his return to the college ranks, coached running backs for the Washington Redskins (2000) and New England Patriots (1997-99)…Mentored the running bucks at Iowa State for two seasons from 1995-96…Worked as a secondary coach during his tenure at Wyoming (1993-94)…Worked two years at Southern Illinois, serving as a passing game coordinator in 1992 after coaching the linebackers in 1991…First began working with running backs during his two-year stay with Los Angeles Southwest College in his role as quarterbacks/running backs coach…Began his career at Pasadena Community College as a wide receivers coach in 1985.

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Oakland Raiders’ TE Jared Cook Named To AFC Pro Bowl Team

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Oakland Raiders TE Jared Cook has been named to the 2019 Pro Bowl roster, the NFL announced Monday.

Cook is the first Raider to be named to the 2019 Pro Bowl after setting career highs across the board, including receptions (68), receiving yards (896) and touchdowns (six), each of which either tied for the team lead or outright led the Silver and Black in 2018. Cook tallied four 100-yard contests on the season, tied for third-most among all tight ends in the NFL en route to the most receiving yards by a Raiders tight end in a single season since 1986.

Among many of his highlights was his 180-yard Week 1 performance on Monday Night Football. On his record-setting night, Cook set the franchise’s single-game mark by a tight end, surpassing Todd Christensen’s 173 yards in 1986, as it also tied for the sixth-most single-game receiving yardage by a tight end in NFL history. Additionally, his 15 receptions of at least 20 yards ranked third among his position group both this season and in club history.

Cook will replace TE Travis Kelce in what will be his first career trip to the annual All-Star game at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 27, 2019.

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Oakland Raiders’ Frostee Rucker Wins Craig Long Award

ALAMEDA, Calif. – DE Frostee Rucker was named the recipient of the fifth-annual Oakland Raiders Craig Long Award, the team announced Thursday.

Chosen by a select group of local media and facilitated by the Oakland Raiders’ media relations department, the Craig Long Award is presented annually to the player who best exemplifies professionalism and collaboration with the media at large.

Rucker, who was signed as a free agent by the Raiders in June, has started all 14 games in which he has played for the Silver and Black this season. A 13-year NFL veteran, Rucker has totaled 32 tackles (20 solo) and two passes defensed in his first season in Oakland. Originally drafted by Cincinnati in 2006, Rucker played 12 years with the Bengals, Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals, totaling 142 games played with 73 starts, 21.5 sacks and 265 total tackles. He was named the winner of the Media Good Guy Award by the Arizona chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) in 2017.

Long, who passed away in 2007 at age 36, was a valuable member of the Oakland Raiders’ public relations staff from 1997-2004. An Iowa native, Long fulfilled his childhood dream of working in the front office for his favorite team.

Craig Long Award Winners

2018 – DE Frostee Rucker

2017 – RB Jalen Richard

2016 – T Donald Penn

2015 – S Charles Woodson 

2014 – DL Antonio Smith

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Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed S Dallin Leavitt and TE Paul Butler from the practice squad, the club announced Monday. 

Butler was originally signed by the club as an undrafted free agent after participating on a tryout basis at the team’s rookie mini-camp this past May. A 6-foot-6, 252-pound tight end out of California Pa., Butler appeared in 33 games over four seasons with Vulcans, totaling 32 receptions for 381 yards, adding five scores. A native of Dubois, Pa., Butler has spent the entire 2018 campaign on the club’s practice squad after appearing in all four of the team’s preseason contests.

Leavitt, a 5-10, 203-pound rookie from Utah State, was originally signed as an undrafted free agent in May and has spent the entire season to date on the Raiders’ practice squad. Leavitt played two years at Utah State after beginning his career at BYU. His collegiate totals include 45 games played with 26 starts, 211 tackles (121 solo), seven interceptions, six tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and eight passes defensed. A two-time Academic All-Mountain West Conference selection, Leavitt saw action in all four of the Silver and Black’s preseason contests.

In corresponding moves, the Raiders have placed CB Daryl Worley on the Reserve/Injured List and waived DE Damontre’ Moore.

Moore was signed to the club’s active roster as a free agent ahead of the team’s Week 14 contest. In two appearances with the Raiders, Moore tallied one tackle.

Worley, who joined the Raiders as a free agent in April, has played in 10 games with nine starts this season. His season totals include 33 tackles (30), one interception and seven passes defensed. Worley played his first two seasons with the Carolina Panthers and the third-year pro has recorded four interceptions in 41 career games.

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Three Oakland Raiders Named Pro Bowl Alternates

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Oakland Raiders TE Jared CookC Rodney Hudson and G/T Kelechi Osemelehave been named 2019 Pro Bowl alternates, the NFL announced Tuesday.

Cook has been named an alternate after setting career highs in nearly every major statistical category this season, including receptions (63), receiving yards (848) and touchdowns (six), each of which lead the Silver and Black in 2018. Cook has tallied four 100-yard contests on the season, tied for second-most among all tight ends in the NFL en route to the most receiving yards by a Raiders tight end since 1986. Among many of his highlights was his 180-yard Week 1 performance on Monday Night Football. On his record-setting night, Cook set the franchise’s single-game mark by a tight end, surpassing Todd Christensen’s 173 yards in 1986, as it also tied for the sixth-most single-game receiving yardage by a tight end in NFL history. Additionally, his 15 receptions of at least 20 yards ranks third among his position group both this season and in club history with two games yet to play.

Also named as alternates to the annual All-Star game at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 27, 2019, were offensive linemen Hudson and Osemele. Hudson and Osemele, both two-time selections from 2016-17, anchor an offensive line that has assisted in many of QB Derek Carr’s achievements this season. Carr set a franchise record in Week 15 when passing Rich Gannon’s mark of 277 consecutive passes without throwing an interception, and currently stands with the longest active streak in the NFL at 299 attempts. The men in the middle have also provided ample time upfront for Carr this season, as he joined Peyton Manning as the only two quarterbacks in NFL history to complete 300 passes in each of their first five seasons. Per Pro Football Focus, Hudson ranks first among all centers in pass-blocking efficiency, and has not allowed a sack in 914 snaps this season. Since Osemele’s arrival in 2016, the club has surrendered just 90 sacks, a total that ranks as the sixth-fewest in the NFL during that span.

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Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed DB Rico Gafford and DT Gabe Wright from the practice squad, the club announced Tuesday. 

Gafford, a 5-foot-10, 184-pound versatile defensive back out of Wyoming, was originally signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent this past May. Gafford appeared in all four preseason contests for the Titans before being signed to the Raiders’ practice squad ahead of Week 1, where he has spent his rookie campaign. Gafford appeared in 27 games and made 23 starts over his two seasons at Wyoming (2016-17), totaling 103 tackles, including 1.5 for loss, six interceptions with one returned for a touchdown, 11 passes defensed and three forced fumbles.

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 Miami Dolphins in 2017. His career totals include 13 games played with one start, recording 13 tackles (nine solo) and two passes defensed. Wright appeared in three preseasons contests for the Raiders in 2018 and has spent most of the regular season on the club’s practice squad.

In corresponding moves, the Raiders have placed G Gabe Jackson on the Reserve/Injured List and waived LB Emmanuel Lamur.

Jackson, originally a third-round selection (81st overall) by the club in the 2014 NFL Draft, has made 72 starts in 73 appearances over his five-year career. In 2018, Jackson started all 13 contest at right guard for the Silver and Black.

Lamur signed with the team this past offseason as an unrestricted free agent. The seventh-year veteran has appeared in 79 contests over his career, making 19 starts. In his lone season with the Raiders, Lamur appeared in eight contests with four starts and collected 12 tackles (11).

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