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Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have made the following transactions, the club announced Friday.

SIGNED THE FOLLOWING FREE AGENTS:

Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Enemkpali, IK                          LB/DE             6-1      260     4          Louisiana Tech

Johnson, Rufus                        LB/DE             6-5      280     1          Tarleton State

WAIVED THE FOLLOWING PLAYER:

Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Casher, Chris                          DE                   6-3      264     R          Faulkner

Enemkpali: Originally drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round (210th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft…Has appeared in 17 career games for the Jets and Buffalo Bills, totaling nine tackles…Spent the entire 2016 season on the Reserve/Inured List…Played in 47 games with 33 starts over four seasons at Louisiana Tech.

Johnson: Originally drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round (183rd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft…Has appeared in one career game, which came in 2015 for the New England Patriots…Played in 20 games with 19 starts over two seasons at Tarleton State after transferring from Kilgore (Texas) Junior College.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Release LB Curtis Lofton

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have released LB Curtis Lofton, the club announced Friday.

Lofton played in 16 games for the Raiders in 2015, totaling 80 tackles (53 solo), one sack and one fumble recovery. Over eight seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints and Raiders, Lofton has played in 128 games with 120 starts.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Ken Stabler Selected As Senior Finalist For Pro Football Hall Of Fame

CANTON, OHIO – Quarterback Ken Stabler and guard Dick Stanfel were selected as senior finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016. Stabler and Stanfel were picked by the Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee that met in Canton today.

“This is wonderful news for the Snake, wonderful news for anybody that has ever associated with Stabler, the Raider Nation, the Raiders, all of the coaches and players who ever played with him.
“Everybody that played with him and coached him knew that he had those qualities. He was a Pro Football Hall of Fame candidate way back then. So, it’s magical that he finally made it (as a finalist). It’s long overdue and I’m very happy for him.”
– Former Raiders Head Coach Tom Flores

Stabler was drafted in the second round out of Alabama by the Oakland Raiders in 1968. The left-handed quarterback was known for his exciting style of play and ability to win games. He compiled an impressive .661 winning percentage over his 15-season career with the Oakland Raiders (1970-79), Houston Oilers (1980-81) and New Orleans Saints (1982-84). In all, “The Snake” threw for 27,938 yards and 194 touchdowns in his 184-game career. Stabler, who passed away on July 8, 2015, was the only quarterback since the AFL-NFL merger to lead his team to five consecutive conference championship games. He guided the Raiders to the AFC title game each season from 1973-77. He also quarterbacked Oakland to a victory in Super Bowl XI with a 32-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Stabler was twice named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player (1974 and 1976) and voted to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1970s.
Stanfel, who passed away on June 22, 2015, was selected in the second round of the 1951 draft by the Detroit Lions. In seven seasons with the Lions (1952-55) and Washington Redskins (1956-58), he developed the reputation as one of the finest guards in the NFL.

Dick Stanfel

The former University of San Francisco standout was named first-team All-NFL five times, voted to four Pro Bowls and selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1950s. He also was once voted by his teammates as the Lions Most Valuable Player. Noted as a team leader, Stanfel was an integral part of the Lions teams that appeared in three straight NFL championship games. Detroit captured back-to-back NFL titles in 1952 and 1953.

The Seniors Committee is comprised of nine members of the overall selection committee. Through mail vote, the 2016 senior nominees were reduced to a final list of candidates. Then, on a rotating basis, five of the nine members meet at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton to discuss each of the senior candidates and select the finalist. A senior nominee is a player whose career ended at least 25 years ago.
Stabler and Stanfel must receive the same 80 percent voting support that is required of all finalists. The Hall’s Selection Committee, at its annual meeting to be held on Saturday, February 6, 2016 in San Francisco, Calif., will consider 18 finalists, including two Seniors (Stabler and Stanfel), one Contributor (to be named in early September), and 15 Modern-Era candidates (to be determined from a preliminary list announced in mid-September). Current bylaws call for a class no smaller than four or larger than eight. The Seniors finalists will be voted on for election independent of the other finalists.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016 will be formally enshrined during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 4-7, 2016. The Enshrinement Ceremony is televised nationally by the Hall of Fame’s broadcast partners, NFL Network and ESPN.

Courtesy of Oakland Raiders Media Relations

The San Francisco 49ers Snag Former Detroit Lions Running Back Reggie Bush

March 14, 2015 5:49 PM PT

Shawn Jonas

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – The number two overall pick in the 2006 draft, legendary USC Running Back Reggie Bush, agreed to undisclosed terms with the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday.  After visiting with  the 49ers on Wednesday and then the New England Patriots on Friday. Reports said that he left New England without a deal offered.

Bush is now a 30-year-old veteran who’s recently had a problem staying healthy in his last couple  seasons. He has missed 8-games over the past two seasons.  He has only played a full 16 game schedule twice in his NFL career. Bush joins a 49ers backfield that could use his multitalented skill-set. Possibly play the role of a 3rd-down running back and in most passing situations.

“The best is yet to come,” Bush posted on his Twitter account, 

Bush rushed for 297 yards and also had 253 receiving yards in 11 games last season for the Detroit Lions.  He was slowed by an ankle injury. He’s spent two years with both the Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins after playing his first five seasons with the New Orleans Saints who drafted the Heisman Trophy winner. 

After visiting with Bush, general manager Trent Baalke called him a “great guy, great guy. We had a very good conversation.” 

Baalke envisions a running back-by-committee approach.

Bush will complement Carlos Hyde and Kendall Hunter in a 49ers backfield that will be without Frank Gore for the first time since 2004. Gore, the 49ers’ all-time leading rusher, signed a three-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts last week after pulling away from the Philadelphia Eagles offer.

The 49ers lost a sixth starter from last season: cornerback Perrish Cox, who agreed to join the Tennessee Titans (three years, $15 million, according to the Baltimore Sun).

The 49ers also added veteran cornerbacks Chris Cook and Shareece Wright who agreed on one-year deals.

Wright led the league in pass interference penalties during his final season with the Chargers. He spent the last four years in San Diego.  He reportedly got a $4 million deal that includes $1 million in incentives. 

 

 

The Oakland Raiders Sign Former Saints Linebacker Curtis Lofton

March, 11, 2015 5:06 PM PT

Shawn Jonas

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent LB Curtis Lofton, the club announced Wednesday.

Lofton joins the Raiders after spending the last three seasons with the New Orleans Saints. A defensive team captain the past two years, Lofton led the team in tackles in each of his two seasons with the Saints. His career totals include 112 games played with 111 starts, 1,058 tackles (689 solo), seven sacks, 11 forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, seven interceptions and 38 passes defensed. He has exceeded 100 tackles each season and led his team in stops the last six seasons.

Before joining the Saints, Lofton spent four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. In 2011, the 6-foot, 241-pounder recorded a career-high 147 tackles (87 solo), and was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week following a Week 17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in which he led the team with 14 stops (eight solo) and had a 26-yard interception returned for a touchdown.

Lofton has also played in five career postseason games, totaling 45 tackles (27 solo) and one sack.

A native of Kingfisher, Oklahoma, Lofton was originally selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round (37th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma. Lofton played in 39 games at Oklahoma with 19 starts, including four starts at middle linebacker. He recorded 197 tackles (117 solo), one sack, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and three interceptions. His performance as a senior in 2007 earned him Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press and consensus All-American and All-Big 12 Conference honors.

Curtis Lofton signed a 3 year / $18,000,000 contract with the Oakland Raiders, including $6,500,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $6,000,000.

The Oakland Raiders Media Conference Call Q & A

Q: Did this develop pretty quickly over the last 24 hours or so?

Lofton: “Yeah, there was an interest on both sides and it got done really quickly.”

Q: Did they talk to you about what your role would be here and if you would be playing in the middle?

Lofton: “I think my role here is I’m going to be the middle linebacker and kind of the quarterback of the defense. Kind of help these young guys get lined up. Take charge and they brought me here to win.”

Q: What impressions do you have of Sio Moore and Khalil Mack?

Lofton: “I’ve seen some film of them, but I haven’t really seen enough to give you guys what I think of them just yet. I think I’d rather meet them and be around them before I start giving my opinion of them.”

Q: Was there something in talking to Ken Norton, Jr. and Jack Del Rio that attracted you to this defensive scheme?

Lofton: “I think the No. 1 thing that attracted me to the Raiders is just the passion, the energy, just the positive feeling that we’re going to get this thing turned around. Why not win now? Another cool thing about it is Coach Del Rio was a linebacker, played linebacker, Ken Norton Jr., he played linebacker, and then linebackers coach coach Sal Sunseri, they all played linebacker. So, they’re going to see it how I see it and I think they can help me take my game to the next level.”

Q: Is it difficult to separate the business side from a city and a town that you grew to love in New Orleans?

Lofton: “Yeah, it sucks getting cut. It sucks getting released. At the same time, like I said, there are a lot of things to look forward to. My future coming here, being a part of this. These great fans and the great history here. I cherish my time there but, walking outside and seeing the scenery and this weather, it’s tough to be disappointed about being here.”

Q: I’m sure you knock on wood when you hear people talking about your consecutive games played and all of that, but is your durability and availability a point of pride for you?

Lofton: “That’s definitely my pride. There have been times when I didn’t think I was going to be able to play and I found it within to play. I think I’ve got this burning force inside of me that loves to compete, and I feel like anytime I’m on the field, I give my team a great chance to win. So I always try to be out there regardless, and plus, I always put my team above my own needs and my own health. That’s how I’ve always been and that’s how I’ll always be.”

Q: Dan Williams said Charles Woodson and Justin Tuck were around to talk to him. To come to a team with two veterans of that kind of credibility in this league, how appealing is that?
Lofton: “I got to sit down and have dinner with Tuck last night, and it’s definitely appealing. He made a great case for here. I’ve got a ton of respect for him in this game. He told me, he said, ‘We’re missing a middle backer. We need you to be that guy.’ I thought about it and I signed up today, so I’m ready.”

Q: The Raiders have been connected to DeMarco Murray for about 24 hours, and you went to college with him. Will you play the role of recruiter now that you’re with the Raiders.

Lofton: “Man, I think you can’t have too many good players on one team, or too many good Sooners, that were former Sooners on one team. I reached out to DeMarco. I think he has a lot on his plate right now and I would love for him to be a part of this team. Man, it would be awesome to get him.”

Q: So you did reach out to Murray?

Lofton: “Yes, I did.”

Q: In terms of the responsibility of being the middle linebacker and knowing the scheme, are you going to try to sink your teeth into this playbook and try to get as immersed as possible in the time you have?

Lofton: “I think that I’ve been given some tools that will help me get into the book, this playbook, and start learning, and I’ll do that. But some of it, too, is just you have to walk it. You have to get a good feel for it. You’ve got to be around the guys, see how you’re going to play things. Coaches are still getting things together, so I feel like I’m definitely going to immerse myself as much as possible and learn the little bit they gave me and knock that out, so when I come back, I’ve got a jumpstart. But I’ve always been a fast learner.”