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Oakland Raiders Exercise Fifth-Year Option On DE Khalil Mack

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have exercised the fifth-year option on DE Khalil Mack, extending his contract through the 2018 season, the club announced Thursday.

The Raiders originally drafted Mack in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder has emerged into one of the league’s premier defenders over his first three seasons, earning Associated Press First Team All-Pro selections in back-to-back seasons (2015-16), while adding an Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year award in 2016 among numerous other individual accolades. For his career, Mack has started all 48 games, totaling 240 tackles (173 solo), 30 sacks, eight forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one interception returned for a touchdown and 12 passes defensed.

Last season, Mack was named the Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press and Pro Football Writers of America after recording 77 tackles (56), five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one interception returned for a touchdown and four passes defensed. On his way to becoming the second Raider to win the AP Defensive Player of the Year award and first since 1980, Mack was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for November and also won two AFC Defensive Player of the Week awards. He also tied an NFL record by notching a sack in eight consecutive games from Oct. 16-Dec. 8.

A native of Fort Pierce, Fla., Mack played collegiately at Buffalo, starting all 48 games in which he appeared. He set a career NCAA record with 16 forced fumbles while setting a school record with 28.5 sacks. Mack also garnered first-team All-MAC honors three seasons in a row from 2011-2013.

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Raiders Reggie McKenzie Named Sporting News Executive of the Year

ALAMEDA, Calif.Oakland Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie was named the Sporting News NFL Executive of the Year, Sporting News announced Monday. The honor was determined by a vote of NFL team executives.

In 2016, McKenzie’s fifth year as general manager, the Raiders posted a 12-4 record and advanced to the postseason for the first time since the 2002 campaign. The Raiders had an NFL-high seven Pro Bowl selections, had two players earn first-team All-Pro recognition and DE Khalil Mack was named the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year.

Since being named General Manager by Owner Mark Davis in 2012, four Raiders draft picks have gone on to receive Pro Bowl selections. Mack, the Raiders’ first-round pick in 2014, earned his second straight Pro Bowl nod, while QB Derek Carr, the team’s second-round selection that year, emerged as a Most Valuable Player candidate and has received Pro Bowl invitations in each of the last two seasons. WR Amari Cooper, the team’s first-round pick in 2015, has also earned two Pro Bowl selections after beginning his career with consecutive 1,000-yard receiving campaigns. RB Latavius Murray, a sixth-round pick in 2013, earned a Pro Bowl bid in 2015 and was named an alternate this past year.

In addition, 10 players drafted by the Raiders in the fourth round or later since 2013 have started multiple games for the team and six different draft picks have earned All-Rookie honors.

Last offseason, the Raiders signed LB Bruce Irvin, S Reggie Nelson, G/T Kelechi Osemele and CB Sean Smith, securing four of the “top 25 available free agents” according to NFL.com. All seven of the team’s draft picks saw significant action during the season and first-round selection S Karl Joseph was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team. A remarkable seven undrafted free agents, acquired by the Raiders in the weeks following the 2016 NFL Draft, finished the season on the team’s active roster.

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Oakland Raiders Khalil Mack Named Associated Press Defensive Player Of The Year

ALAMEDA, Calif.Oakland Raiders DE Khalil Mack was named the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year, the National Football League announced Saturday at the Sixth Annual NFL Honors from the Wortham Theater Center in Houston, Texas.

The honor marks the second time in franchise history that a Raider has won the award, as Mack joins CB Lester Hayes, who won the award in 1980. Mack was also named the Pro Football Writers of America’s Defensive Player of the Year last month.

This season, Mack finished with 77 tackles (56 solo), 11 sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one interception returned for a touchdown and four passes defensed on the way to earning his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection. Mack was also named to the Associated Press All-Pro Team and the PFWA All-NFL Team this year.

The third-year pro turned in another outstanding campaign, dominating opposing offenses in both the run and passing game. He was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month in November after posting 13 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one interception and two passes defensed, helping the Raiders go 3-0 in November. He also earned two AFC Defensive Player of the Week Awards (Week 9 vs. Denver and Week 12 vs. Carolina), while becoming the first player since 2009 to record a sack, interception returned for a touchdown, forced fumble and fumble recovery in the same game when he accomplished the feat in Week 12 against the Carolina Panthers.

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Oakland Raiders Justin Tuck Announces Retirement from NFL

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ALAMEDA, Calif.Oakland Raiders DE Justin Tuck announced today that he will retire from the National Football League.

Justin Tuck has been an invaluable part of the Raiders organization since the day he arrived here,” General Manager Reggie McKenzie said. “Everyone in the building appreciates all that he has done both on and off the field. His leadership in the locker room and mentorship of young players like Khalil Mack is immeasurable. The Raiders wish him and his family the absolute best.”

Justin Tuck is a leader and a true professional on and off the field,” Head Coach Jack Del Rio said. “His commitment to his teammates and the organization was awesome and he was a pleasure to coach. I wish Justin and his family nothing but the best.”

Tuck retires after 11 seasons in the league, playing his first nine with the New York Giants from 2005-13 and final two with Oakland from 2014-15. For his career, he played in 147 games with 107 starts and totaled 499 tackles (348 solo), 66.5 sacks, 22 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, three interceptions and 32 passes defensed. Tuck also appeared in 10 postseason games and posted 32 tackles (26 solo), 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one pass defensed.

Originally drafted by the Giants in the third round (74th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft, Tuck is a two-time Pro Bowler, having been selected in 2008 and 2010. He was also named a first-team All-Pro in 2008 after he set a career high with 12 sacks. Tuck helped the Giants win two Super Bowls during his tenure in New York, Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. He ranks second in Super Bowl history with four sacks, having posted two in each of his Super Bowl appearances.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder signed with the Raiders as an unrestricted free agent in March 2014. He played in 15 games for Oakland in 2014 and led the team with five sacks. In 2015, he started the first five games before suffering a season-ending injury in Week 5 that landed him on the Reserve/Injured List.

Off the field, Tuck has created a lasting impact in the community. The Raiders’ nominee in 2015 for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, Tuck’s extensive philanthropic work has been recognized and honored by numerous charitable organizations, both national and international. In 2008, he and his wife, Lauran, established Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy, a program focused on providing access to books, combating summer learning loss, and closing the educational opportunity gap that exists for low-income Americans. The program has given more than 65,000 books to over 11,000 students across the country.

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Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray Selected To First Pro Bowl

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ALAMEDA, Calif.Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray was named to his first Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Sunday. Murray, who was originally selected as an alternate, replaces Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart, who will be participating in the Super Bowl.

Murray joins teammates S Charles Woodson, FB Marcel Reece, DE Khalil Mack, QB Derek Carr and WR Amari Cooper as selections to the NFL’s all-star game, to be played at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium on Jan. 31. In December, Murray, Cooper and Carr and were named alternates for the Pro Bowl, and Carr and Cooper were named as replacements last week.

The Raiders’ six Pro Bowl selections mark the team’s most since having six in 1994. The selections that season were WR/KR Tim Brown, G Kevin Gogan, QB Jeff Hostetler, CB Terry McDaniel, DT Chester McGlockton and G Steve Wisniewski. The most Pro Bowl representatives in franchise history came in 1973 and 1974 when the Raiders featured nine Pro Bowlers each year.

Murray became the first Raider since 2010 to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, totaling 1,066 yards on 266 carries (4.0 avg.) and six touchdowns in 2015. His rushing total ranked sixth in the NFL and second among all AFC running backs. The third-year player also ranked third on the team with 41 receptions, totaling 232 yards.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound running back eclipsed the 100-yard mark twice during the campaign, racking up 139 yards on the ground in a Week 3 victory at Cleveland and posting a 113-yard effort in a Week 8 win over the New York Jets at home. He topped 70 yards rushing in a game on five other occasions during the year.

The native of Nedrow, N.Y., was drafted by the Raiders in the sixth round (184th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of UCF. He spent his rookie year on the reserve/injured list before playing in 15 games with three starts in 2014. He finished his second season with 82 carries for 424 yards and two touchdowns, leading the team with a 5.2-yard rushing average.

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Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper Selected To First Pro Bowl

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ALAMEDA, Calif. Oakland Raiders rookie WR Amari Cooper was named to his first Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Thursday. Cooper, who was originally selected as an alternate, replaces New York Jets WR Brandon Marshall.

Cooper joins teammates S Charles Woodson, FB Marcel Reece, DE Khalil Mack and QB Derek Carr as selections to the NFL’s all-star game, to be played at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium on Jan. 31. In December, Cooper, Carr and RB Latavius Murray were named alternates for the Pro Bowl, and Carr was named as a replacement on Wednesday.

The five Pro Bowl selections for the Raiders mark the most for the team since having five in 2002. Cooper is the third Raiders draft pick in the last two years to be named to the Pro Bowl, joining Mack and Carr. He is the sixth Raiders rookie to make the Pro Bowl, joining Woodson (1998), Tim Brown (1988), Marcus Allen (1982), Ray Guy (1973) and Raymond Chester (1970) on that list.

Cooper led NFL rookies in nearly every receiving category by posting 72 receptions for 1,070 yards (14.9 avg.) with six touchdowns in 2015. He became the first ever Raiders rookie to reach 1,000 receiving yards and set franchise records for receptions and 100-yard games by a rookie with five.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound wideout led the team in receiving yards and yards per catch, while ranking first among NFL rookies in receptions, receiving yards and tying for first in touchdowns. Additionally, his 72 catches are the most ever by a wide receiver 21 or younger and his yardage total is the second most by a NFL player 21 or younger.

Cooper saw the first of his five 100-yard games come in Week 2 against Baltimore, while also becoming the youngest Raiders wide receiver to catch a touchdown pass. In Week 3 at Cleveland, Cooper became the first Raiders rookie with 100 receiving yards in back-to-back games since James Jett (Nov. 21-28, 1993) and joined DeSean Jackson (2008) as the only NFL rookies in the past 30 years with two 100-yard receiving games in their team’s first three games. Cooper’s five 100-yard games are tied for the second most by a rookie since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

The native of Miami, Fla., was tabbed as the Raiders’ first-round draft pick and the fourth-overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft after a record-setting career at Alabama. He was the highest wide receiver taken in the draft and the first receiver taken by Oakland in the first round since 2009.

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Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr Selected For First Pro Bowl

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ALAMEDA, Calif. Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr was named to his first Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Wednesday. Carr, who was originally selected as an alternate for the Pro Bowl, replaces Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, who is unable to participate due to injury.

“First, I want to thank God for the opportunity to be able to go to Hawaii,” said Carr. “Secondly, I want to thank my family, my friends, my teammates, my coaches and all of Raider Nation for their support. Third, I want to thank everyone who voted for me and all of the opposing players and coaches that voted for me. That means more to me than they know. Go Raiders!”

Carr’s teammates S Charles Woodson, FB Marcel Reece and DE Khalil Mack were also selected to the NFL’s all-star game, to be played at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium on Jan. 31. In December, RB Latavius Murray and rookie WR Amari Cooper were also named alternates for the Pro Bowl.

One of the NFL’s most dynamic young passers, Carr becomes the first Raiders quarterback to be named to the Pro Bowl since Rich Gannon in 2002 after starting all 16 games. He threw for 3,987 yards on 350-of-573 passing (61.1 percent) with 32 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for a passer rating of 91.1. He also added career-high rushing totals with 33 attempts for 138 yards (4.2 avg.).
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound signal caller finished his sophomore campaign tied for seventh in the NFL in passing touchdowns and 300-yard passing performances with six. Carr also recorded four fourth-quarter comeback drives, five games with a rating of at least 100.0 (5-0 record) and 11 multi-touchdown games, tied for third in the NFL.

Carr was named the Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Week twice in 2015 after leading the Raiders on fourth-quarter scoring drives to secure comeback victories. In Week 2 against Baltimore, he threw for a career-high 351 yards and three scores, including the game-winning touchdown pass with 26 seconds remaining. Carr again led a fourth-quarter comeback drive and threw a touchdown pass with 1:21 remaining to defeat the Tennessee Titans on the road in Week 12. Carr tied a single-game high by throwing four touchdowns in back-to-back games in Weeks 8 and 9, against the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers, respectively.

The native of Bakersfield, Calif., joined the Raiders in 2014 as the team’s second-round selection (36th overall) in the NFL Draft. He has started all 32 games over his first two NFL seasons, becoming the first offensive player to do so in Raiders franchise history. Carr is the owner of 53 career touchdown passes, the second most ever by a player through his first two NFL seasons.

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Oakland Raiders Punter Marquette King Wins AFC Special Teams Player Of The Week

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ALAMEDA, Calif.Oakland Raiders P Marquette King has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his Week 16 performance against the San Diego Chargers, the National Football League announced today.

This marks the first time in King’s career that he has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. A Raider has now won the award 23 times, with King’s recognition being the first since K Sebastian Janikowski won it in 2012 after his Week 15 effort against the Kansas City Chiefs. In total, a Raiders player has won AFC Offensive, Defensive or Special Teams Player of the Week 82 times.

In last Thursday night’s win over the Chargers, King punted eight times for 400 yards (50.0 gross average; 49.8 net average) with a long of 65 in the Raiders’ 23-20 overtime victory over the San Diego Chargers. Six of his punts were downed inside San Diego’s 20-yard line. His 49.8 net average led the NFL in Week 16, and his six punts downed inside the 20-yard line ranked second. King pinned his 39th punt of the season inside the opponents’ 20-yard line (second in the NFL this year), setting a new single-season franchise record since the statistic became official in 1976.

This is the second time this season that Oakland has had a player win a Player of the Week Award, as DE Khalil Mack won the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his Week 14 performance against the Denver Broncos. Additionally, S Charles Woodson was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for October.

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Oakland Raiders Woodson, Reece and Mack Selected To Pro Bowl

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ALAMEDA, Calif.Oakland Raiders S Charles Woodson, FB Marcel Reece and DE Khalil Mack have been named to the 2016 Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Tuesday.

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QB Derek Carr, WR Amari Cooper and RB Latavius Murray were named as alternates for the annual all-star game, scheduled to be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Jan. 31, 2016.

After announcing his intention to retire at season’s end, Woodson has been selected to his ninth Pro Bowl and fifth as a Raider. He has started all 14 games at safety this season, totaling 82 tackles (59 solo), five interceptions, nine passes defensed, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries. His five interceptions are tied for sixth in the NFL and his 82 tackles are second on the team. Earlier this year, was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for October after posting three interceptions in three games, including a season-high two picks in Week 5 vs. Denver.

Reece has been selected to his fourth straight Pro Bowl, as he has been chosen every season since 2012. The four-time Pro Bowler has played in all 14 games for the Raiders this year, starting six, and totaled 28 receptions for 266 yards (9.5 avg.) with three touchdowns and 10 carries for 36 yards. Reece’s 9.5 yards per reception rank seventh among all running backs and fullbacks this season. In Week 1 vs. Cincinnati, Reece posted his first career multi-touchdown game, hauling in two touchdown receptions.

In his second season, Mack has started all 14 games, totaling 62 tackles (46 solo), 15 sacks, two forced fumbles and three passes defensed. His 15 sacks lead the NFL and he is just one sack away from tying the franchise single-season record. Mack owns four multi-sack games this year, including a 2015 NFL single-game high five sacks in the team’s Week 14 victory at Denver, a performance for which he was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

The three Pro Bowlers for the Raiders mark the most the team has had since 2011 when they had four.

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Oakland Raiders DE Khalil Mack Wins AFC Defensive Player Of The Week

ALAMEDA, Calif.Oakland Raiders DE Khalil Mack has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his Week 14 performance against the Denver Broncos, the National Football League announced today.

This is the first time in Mack’s career he has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week. The award marks the 31st time a Raider has won it and first since S Charles Woodson won the award in 2014 after his Week 12 effort against the Kansas City Chiefs. In total, a Raiders player has won AFC Offensive, Defensive or Special Teams Player of the Week 81 times.

In last week’s victory over the Broncos in Denver, Mack posted nine tackles (six solo), a career-high five sacks and one forced fumble. His five sacks tied a single-game franchise record, matching Howie Long’s performance on Oct. 2, 1983. Mack became just the sixth player since 1982 to record five sacks and one forced fumble in a game, and he tied the mark for most sacks in a half since 1991. After posting nine sacks over the last three weeks, Mack now leads the NFL with 14 sacks this season.

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