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Oakland Raiders Sign S Marcus Gilchrist

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent S Marcus Gilchrist, the club announced Thursday.

Gilchrist signs with the Raiders after seven NFL seasons with the San Diego Chargers, New York Jets and Houston Texans. Over his career, Gilchrist has played in 107 games with 82 starts, totaling 426 tackles (330 solo), 11 interceptions, 33 passes defensed, four sacks, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He began his career as a cornerback and shifted to safety during the 2013 season.

Last season, the 5-foot-10, 200-pounder appeared in all 16 games for the Texans, making 13 starts at safety and totaling 56 tackles, one interception, six passes defensed, one sack and one forced fumble. He set career highs in tackles (82), interceptions (three) and passes defensed (seven) as a member of the Jets in 2015.

A native of High Point, N.C., Gilchrist played four seasons (2007-10) at Clemson, appearing in 53 games, a number that is tied for a school record. He totaled 211 tackles over his career and was named an All-ACC honorable mention as a senior.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders To Host New England In Mexico City In 2017

NFL Returns to Mexico

Building off the tremendous success of the 2016 game in Mexico, the NFL will return to Mexico City in 2017 when the Oakland Raiders host the New England Patriots at Estadio Azteca, NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL announced today at his press conference in Houston in advance of Super Bowl LI.

The date and time of the game will be determined in conjunction with the release of the NFL schedule this spring. The game in Mexico is the fifth international game confirmed for 2017, adding to the four previously announced games in London, and a testament to the NFL’s increased commitment to growing the game beyond the borders of the United States.

“We have a tremendous fan base in Mexico,” Goodell said. “Their passion for football is inspiring, and we look forward to another memorable game in Mexico City between two great teams next season.”

The Raiders will play in Mexico for the second consecutive season after earning a 27-20 win over the Houston Texans on November 21 before a sellout crowd of 76,473 in the first-ever Monday Night Football game played outside of the United States.
“The Raiders are excited to return to Estadio Azteca and represent the National Football League once again on an international stage,” said Raiders Owner MARK DAVIS. “We enjoyed tremendous support from the Raider Nation in Mexico in 2016 and look forward to experiencing that great passion again this year.”

The Patriots will play their first-ever regular-season game in Mexico.
“The largest crowd the Patriots have played in front of was in Mexico City in 1998,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO ROBERT KRAFT. “It was a great experience and I am looking forward to our return. I know that we have a lot of passionate Patriots fans in Mexico. We have had plenty of success in international games and I attribute that to our tremendous fan support in those venues. I look forward to meeting some of our fantastic fans and enjoying the food and culture there in the fall.”

Fans interested in receiving information about tickets for the game, which will go on sale this summer, should register their interest at www.nfl.com/mexico/registration. Season ticket members of Oakland and New England will receive information directly from the clubs once tickets are ready for sale.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

San Jose SaberCats Add Defensive Lineman Chris McAllister

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SAN JOSE, CA. – The San Jose SaberCats announced that they have been assigned defensive lineman Chris McAllister.

McAlliser (6’2 255) joins the SaberCats in his first year in the Arena Football League. A standout at Baylor University, McAllister earned All-Big 12 First Team honors after registering 6.5 sacks in 2013. As a junior in 2012, McAllister totaled six sacks and was named Defensive Most Valuable Player in the Holiday bowl. His 15 career sacks are tied for the all-time school record at Baylor.

“Chris had an impressive collegiate career and having a player of his caliber will add depth to our defense,” said Owner and Head Coach Darren Arbet.

In 2014, McAllister signed with the Houston Texans of the National Football league as an undrafted free agent.

Oakland Raiders Sign Trindon Holliday, Waive/Injured Andre Debose

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent WR/RS Trindon Holliday, the club announced Wednesday. To make room on the roster, the Raiders have waived/injured WR Andre Debose with an Achilles injury.

Holliday joins the Silver and Black after stints with the Houston Texans (2011-12), Denver Broncos (2012-13), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014) and San Francisco 49ers (2014). He has appeared in 33 career games, totaling 82 punt returns for 769 yards (9.4 avg.) and 54 kickoff returns for 1,455 yards (26.9 avg.), with a total of four return touchdowns (two punt, two kickoff). In four postseason appearances with Denver, the 5-foot-5, 170pounder has added 90 yards on three punt returns (30.0 avg.) with one score and 12 kickoff returns for 344 yards (28.7 avg.) with one touchdown.

Originally a sixth-round pick (197th overall) by the Houston Texans in the 2010 NFL Draft, Holliday played four years (2006-09) at LSU, where he contributed at running back and led the SEC as a senior in punt return touchdowns (one) and average yards per punt return (18.1). With four career rushing touchdowns in college, Holliday also amassed four return touchdowns (two punt, two kickoff). The Zachary, La., native also won the 2009 NCAA title in the 100-meter dash.

Press Release Courtesy of The Oakland Raiders Media Relations

The Oakland Raiders Release Veteran Defensive Tackle Antonio Smith

March 31, 2015 1:00PM

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Alameda, California –The Oakland Raiders announce have they released veteran defensive tackle Antonio Smith Tuesday afternoon.

The Raiders 33-year-old had 20 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble in 16 games in 2014. Smith has missed just one game since the 2005 season.

The Raiders save $4 million against the salary cap without any dead money associated with the transaction. Smith was set to enter the latter half of a two-year $9 million contract with $4 million in guaranteed money paid last season.

The Raiders added free agent Dan Williams to the interior defensive line, already manned by second-year pro Justin Ellis. Both players are known as run stuffers on the inside.

Smith would have complimented Ellis and Williams at the three technique.

C.J. Wilson was re-signed last week, he has the ability to play all four positions on the defensive line. He played defensive end last year. Wilson is expected to mover around under new head coach Jack Del Rio and defensive coordinator Ken Norton.

The Raiders should add another player in this group possibly through the 2015 NFL draft. USC’s Leonard Williams would be a great addition, although he isn’t expected to still be there when the Raiders draft at the #4 .

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Antonio Smith giving thanks and enjoys a moment after breaking the longest losing streak by a single player. 2013 Houston Texans 14 games, and 2014 Oakland Raiders 10 games for a total of 24 straight losses. NFL record.

The Oakland Raiders Cut Ties With Veteran Quarterback Matt Schaub

March 16, 2015 7:44 PM PT

Shawn Jonas

After just one year the Oakland Raiders cut ties with veteran quarterback Matt Schaub.  The move was expected.

The Raiders had acquired Schaub originally to start.  The Raiders  first-string offense struggled scoring points with Schaub early in the preseason.

Derek Carr

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Ex-Head Coach Dennis Allen chose to start rookie Derek Carr over Schaub in the last preseason game against the World Champion Seattle Seahawks. Carr was almost perfect starting in place of Schaub, completing 11 of 13 passes for 143 yards and led the Raiders to four touchdowns in four drives.

Carr was named the starter for the season opener. The second-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft  was the only rookie quarterback to start every game in 2014.

Carr credited Schaub throughout the season for aiding him develop as quickly as he did. Schaub handled the situation with class.

The Raiders acquired Schaub  from Houston for a sixth-round pick.

Schaub  only threw 10 passes for Oakland and two of them were intercepted.

The Raiders paid Schaub $8 million last season. His release saves them $5.5 million in salary-cap room.

The Raiders have signed nine unrestricted free agents a league high. They still have $25.1 million remaining.

Schaub’s release became even more likely when Oakland signed Christian Ponder on Friday.

Ponder will compete with Matt McGloin for the back up position.

The Raiders new offensive coordinator, Bill Musgrave,  coached Ponder in Minnesota. Ponder will aid in the process of Carr and McGloin learning Musgraves’ system.