Tag Archives: 2016 NFL Draft

Oakland Raiders Waive/NFI OL Vadal Alexander

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have Waived/Non-Football Injury OL Vadal Alexander, the club announced Tuesday.

Alexander was originally a seventh-round pick (234th overall) of the club in the 2016 NFL Draft. Over his two seasons with the Raiders, he appeared in 24 games at both guard and tackle while making nine starts.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign CB Daryl Worley

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent CB Daryl Worley, the club announced Monday.

Worley joins the Silver and Black entering his third year in the NFL, having spent the last two seasons with the Carolina Panthers. Worley, a third-round selection (77th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft, has appeared in 31 contests and made 25 starts, recording 150 tackles (111 solo), two sacks, three interceptions and 19 passes defensed.

Last season, Worley made a career-high 14 starts for the Panthers and set career highs in interceptions (two) and passes defensed (10), while also adding 63 tackles. As a rookie, he appeared in all 16 contests and ranked second on the team with nine passes defensed.

A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Worley attended West Virginia for three years (2013-15) before entering the NFL draft following his junior season. While with the Mountaineers, he appeared in 34 games and made 27 starts, totaled 146 tackles, 10 interceptions, 21 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery while being named an All-Big 12 Conference selection twice.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign LB Shilique Calhoun To Active Roster

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed LB Shilique Calhoun to the active roster, the club announced Saturday.

Calhoun was originally selected by the Raiders in the third round (75th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he totaled five tackles, 0.5 sacks and one pass defensed in 10 games played before suffering a knee injury and being placed on the Reserve/Injured List on Dec. 23.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder played in 54 games with 41 starts over four seasons at Michigan State, finishing with 131 career tackles. He also tallied 27 sacks, ranking second on the school’s all-time list.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have placed CB Antonio Hamilton on the Reserve/Injured List.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Team Up With Jack Del Rio Foundation For Community Work In Mexico City

A Silver and Black contingent will travel to Mexico City to perform philanthropic endeavors in advance of the Oakland Raiders arriving for their Monday Night, November 21 contest against the Houston Texans at Azteca Stadium. Linda and Lauren Del Rio, wife and daughter of Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio, will lead the group in Mexico City to participate in charitable work on Sunday, November 20, when the Jack Del Rio Foundation will donate backpacks, school supplies and playground balls to underserved children.

“I was inspired by the Sport in the Service of Humanity Conference in Rome,” said Linda Del Rio. “After speaking with my fellow delegates, who all do amazing charitable work in the world of sport globally and in Third World countries on a daily basis, I believed that this would be a fantastic opportunity to give something sustainable back to Mexico City within the world of sport.”

In addition, a $10,000 check will be gifted to Mano Amiga from the Del Rio Foundation and NFL Mexico and toiletry kits will be provided to the parents within Mano Amiga. The Jack Del Rio Foundation is also donating a check in the amount of $8,000 to Mano Amiga for the purchase of athletic uniforms. Mano Amiga is a 20-year-old 501c3 non-profit company that organizes and facilitates mission trips for youth organizations from churches and schools and works to help people from Latin American countries that are in need.

Mano Amiga thanks the Del Rio Foundation for the opportunity you offer our students to widen their horizons and aspirations through the passion and generosity of people and organizations like yours. Thank you for joining the mission of transforming lives through Mano Amiga,” said Gina Chavez of Mano Amiga.

The Del Rios will be joined at the event in Mexico City by Raiders Alumnus Lincoln Kennedy, members of the Raiders Women’s Association, Raiderettes, Raider Rusher, as well as representatives from NFL Mexico and Mano Amiga.

Local students in the Mano Amiga organization will participate in a free youth football clinic facilitated by the team and geared towards boys and girls.  The clinic features the educational and recreational benefits of football presented in a safe and fun environment. The curriculum makes it so that any student can participate regardless of age, gender, ability or experience.

The Raiders have made several previous trips to Mexico City already this year. The Silver and Black hosted a Fan Fest to celebrate Day 3 of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Estadio Azteca Plaza in late April, where fans in attendance watched rounds 4-7 of the NFL Draft on large screens and experiences selection announcements, live performances, appearances by Raiders players and alumni, and performances by the Raiderettes. In addition, earlier this year Raiders running backs Latavius Murray and Taiwan Jones squared off in a can’t-miss matchup as the two served as guest coaches in the Tochito Flag Football Championship in Mexico City.

The Raiders were also involved in a number activities recently in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. During a game in October, the Raiders honored Oakland’s Chicana Latina Foundation Executive Director Olga Talamante as the recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. The awards recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market.

The Raiders also celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month by partnering with a local Ballet Folklorico performance group to educate local underserved youth from Roosevelt Elementary School in the Oakland suburb of San Leandro about the history of Ballet Folklorico and its significance to the heritage of Mexico and Latin American culture.  Raiders players Shilique Calhoun, Gabe Jackson, Taiwan Jones and Jaydon Mickens joined the Mexico Danza dancers and students in an energetic Ballet Folklorico session of learning traditional dance moves. The event tied in with Play 60 messaging of dance being an easy and fun way to be active for at least 60 minutes a day. Additionally, the group put on a traditional Ballet Folklorico performance.

Earlier this year, the Raiders were one of seven NFL teams to participate in an NFL PLAY 60 Character Camp. The camps are presented in partnership with the Muñoz Agency and USA Football and are part of the NFL’s year-round Hispanic outreach initiative, focused on offering youth opportunities to play and experience the game of football while emphasizing exercise and reinforcing the importance of character in athletics and life. 

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign Third-Round Pick LB Shilique Calhoun

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed third-round draft pick LB Shilique Calhoun, the club announced Friday.

With Calhoun’s signing, the Raiders have now signed all of their seven draft picks from the 2016 NFL Draft.

Calhoun was selected 75th overall by the Raiders in April’s draft. He played in 54 games with 42 starts over four seasons at Michigan State, totaling 131 tackles (74 solo), 44 tackles for loss, 27 sacks, one interception, four forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and five passes defensed. His 27 sacks rank second on the school’s all-time sacks list.

As a senior, Calhoun started all 14 games, recording 49 tackles (22), 10.5 sacks, three passes defensed and one forced fumble. He was named second-team All-American for the third year in a row while also earning first-team All-Big Ten honors for the third consecutive year. The Middletown, N.J., native was also named a Hendricks Award Finalist in 2015 as well as a Lombardi Award Semifinalist and Bednarik Award Semifinalist for the second straight year.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raider Media Relations

Raiders Trade WR Brice Butler To Cowboys For Conditional Draft Pick

The Oakland Raiders traded Wide Receiver  Brice Butler to the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday for a conditional 2016 draft pick.

If Butler is on 53-man roster for six games, the Raiders and the Cowboys Swap Dallas’ fifth-round pick for Oakland’s sixth-round pick.

Depending on how Dallas and Oakland finishes essentially the Raiders could be just moving up about 10-15 spots into the 5th round. Defining the trade the Raiders will have two fifth round pick one early one late and no sixth-round pick. That is if Butler is on Cowboys 53-man roster for six games.

The Cowboys will be without their star wide receiver Dez Bryant due to a broken bone in his foot. He is said to be out 6-8 weeks.

Butler was a seventh-round pick in 2013, and hung around despite being on the roster bubble since he got drafted. He played 25 games in his first two seasons, with two starts. All told, Butler had 30 catches for 383 yards and two touchdowns during his Raiders tenure.

Del Rio said in his weekly SiriusXM NFL Radio show that it allowed the Raiders to free up a roster spot to help other positions dealing with injury.

Butler announced the trade himself via Twitter

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