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Oakland Raiders Place Mario Edwards Jr. on Reserve/Injured; Add Two to Practice Squad

ALAMEDA, CALIFORNIA– The Oakland Raiders have signed the following two players to their practice squad, the club announced Monday. Additionally, the Raiders have placed Defensive End Mario Edwards Jr. on the Reserve/Injured List.

Fanaika, Jason   Defensive End  Rookie   Utah
Grant, Curtis    Linebacker   1 year   Ohio State

Fanaika: Originally signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent, May 6, 2016…Waived by 49ers, August 30, 2016…Appeared in 26 games (18 starts) and registered 88 tackles and nine sacks in two seasons at Utah…Transferred from Utah State after the 2012 season…Played in 21 games (five starts), recording 29 tackles and one sack at Utah State…Native of Pleasant Grove, Utah.

Grant: Originally signed with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent, May 2, 2015…Waived by Chargers, Sept. 30, 2015…Signed by Atlanta Falcons to practice squad, Dec. 15, 2015…Signed by Tennessee Titans as a free agent, April 1, 2016…Waived by Titans, Sept. 2, 2016…Played four years at Ohio State, totaling 131 tackles and 3.5 sacks…Was a co-captain for the Buckeyes in 2014 as the team won the BCS National Championship…Native of Richmond, Va.

Oakland Raiders Claim DB Tramain Jacobs And LB Lenny Jones Via Waivers

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have claimed DB Tramain Jacobs (New York Giants) and LB Lenny Jones (San Francisco 49ers) via waivers, the club announced Friday.

Jacobs was originally signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in May 2014. He spent most of the 2014 season Baltimore’s practice squad before being elevated to the active roster and appearing in three games for the Ravens, primarily on special teams. Last year, he was waived by the Ravens at the end of training camp before joining the Giants in September and playing in five games. For his career, Jacobs has appeared in eight games and recorded three special teams tackles. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder played in 26 games over two seasons at Texas A&M, totaling 55 tackles (39 solo), two interceptions and 13 passes defensed.

Jones was originally signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in May 2016. He appeared in 50 games with 31 starts over four seasons at Nevada, totaling 149 tackles and 19 sacks, ranking fifth on the school’s all-time sack list. The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder is a native of nearby San Leandro, Calif., and attended San Leandro High School.

In corresponding moves, the Raiders have waived/injured CB SaQwan Edwards and waived DE Damontre Moore. Additionally, DL Denico Autry passed his physical and returned to practice today.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Re-Sign LB Aldon Smith

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ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have re-signed LB Aldon Smith, the club announced Monday.

In five NFL seasons, one with the Raiders and four with the San Francisco 49ers, Smith has played in 59 games with 37 starts and totaled 221 tackles (158 solo), 47.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception and eight passes defensed. He has also posted 5.5 sacks in eight career playoff games.

Last season, the 6-foot-4, 265-pounder played in nine games for Oakland and posted 29 tackles (17 solo), 3.5 sacks and three passes defensed.

The 49ers’ first-round draft pick (seventh overall) in 2011, Smith was the runner-up in the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year voting after recording 14 sacks in his first season. In 2012, Smith was named to the Pro Bowl and selected for first-team All Pro honors after posting 19.5 sacks and his first career interception.

A native of Raytown, Mo., Smith played in 23 games with 21 starts over two seasons at Missouri where he totaled 112 tackles, 17 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception and seven passes defensed and earned a first-team All-Big 12 selection as a senior.

Smith is currently suspended for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances and Abuse.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Announce Lease Extension At O.co Coliseum

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ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders and the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority have agreed to a one-year lease extension for the Raiders to play at O.co Coliseum, it was announced Thursday. The agreement includes an additional two years of team options following the 2016 season.

In addition, the Raiders will not raise ticket prices for the 11th straight season for season ticket members. Season tickets start at $225 for Raiders home games.

The Raiders have also retained consultant Larry MacNeil, a senior real estate executive, to the Oakland stadium development team. MacNeil spent 10 years as the Chief Financial Officer of the San Francisco 49ers and was in charge of the development of Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. He will represent the Raiders’ interests in negotiations with the City and County to explore opportunities for a new stadium in Oakland.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin Named Walter Payton NFL Man Of The Year

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San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin was named the 2015 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, presented by Nationwide, on Saturday, February 6, becoming the first player in franchise history to win the esteemed accolade. One of the most prestigious awards in all of sports, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award is the only league award that recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence. As a part of the honor, Boldin’s Q81 foundation will receive a $50,000 donation, courtesy of the NFL Foundation and Nationwide.

“I’m beyond humbled to be selected as the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year,” said Boldin. “I used to dream that I could play like Walter Payton when I was growing up, but he became even more of an inspiration to me as I learned about his legacy as a humanitarian. I commend the other 31 finalists throughout the National Football League who continue to use this platform to influence the lives of others in a positive way. May we continue to open our hearts and make an impact in our communities and throughout this world.”

Anquan Boldin is a tremendous example of a professional athlete who has used the platform the National Football League affords him to positively impact the lives of others,” said 49ers CEO Jed York. “The diversity of his philanthropic efforts and the hands-on approach he takes to providing for those who cannot provide for themselves is widely respected throughout professional sports. Anquan has been a great ambassador for the San Francisco 49ers, and we congratulate him on being named this year’s Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.”

Boldin etched his name in the NFL record books multiple times throughout the 2015 season. In Week 16, Boldin recorded his 1,000th career reception becoming one of only 13 players in NFL history to record 1,000-or-more receptions in their career. In addition, Boldin reached 1,000 receptions in 185 games, making him the fifth-fastest player to reach that milestone, and currently ranks 12th in NFL history with 1,009 career receptions. Boldin also became the first player in NFL history to record 50-or-more receptions and at least 600 yards receiving in each of his first 13 NFL seasons. He finished the season with 69 receptions for 789 yards and four touchdowns. Throughout his career, Boldin has been honored with NFL Man of the Year nominations four times by three different teams and has been equally impactful in the community during his 13 years in the NFL.

Boldin is responsible for establishing the Anquan Boldin (Q81) Foundation, which for 12 years has been dedicated to expanding the educational and life opportunities of underprivileged children. Through grassroots efforts by Boldin, the foundation has showcased charitable activities in Phoenix, Baltimore, South Florida and the San Francisco Bay Area, developing a niche for awarding scholastic and community achievement in youth, as well as distributing four-year college scholarships to deserving high school seniors. In 2014, the three-time Pro Bowl selection and his wife, Dionne, donated one million dollars to the Q81 Foundation for continued distribution of college scholarships. That same year, the NFLPA awarded Boldin and his foundation $100,000 for winning the prestigious Byron “Whizzer” White Award. Boldin’s foundation was also awarded $25,000, when he was named a 2015 Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award finalist, the only NFL player to be acknowledged.

Furthermore, the 13-year veteran recruits fellow NFL players and celebrities to participate in the annual Q-Festival, a weekend of free entertainment provided to residents and participating fans in his Florida hometown of Palm Beach County, raising more than $100,000 annually. Other seasonal services provided through the foundation include Thanksgiving giveaways, holiday shopping sprees and back-to-school donations.

Boldin’s philanthropic endeavors have also had a global impact. Since 2010, he has worked with Oxfam America, taking two overseas trips to Ethiopia and Senegal and later using his testimony at the White House to lobby Senegalese rights.

Press Release Courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Safety Charles Woodson Named Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award Winner

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Charles Woodson of the Oakland Raiders is the winner of the second annual Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award presented by Mcdonald’s, it was announced today. The award recognizes the NFL player who demonstrates the qualities of outstanding sportsmanship on the playing field, including fair play, respect for opponents and integrity in competition.

The announcement of the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award Presented by McDonald’s was made at NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special that will air nationally at 9 PM ET/PT tonight on CBS. The award was founded last year in honor of the late founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Rooney, SR.

Woodson will receive a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of his choice.

To commemorate the honor, Woodson was presented on-stage “The Art Rooney Trophy,” which represents the important role that sportsmanship plays in the game and how NFL players that demonstrate integrity and honor on the field serve as role models for other players at all levels. The award design was inspired by the upward arc of a football in motion and contains a gold line embedded in glass that represents the path of sportsmanship throughout a career. Etched into the award are the words “integrity,” “honor,” “respect,” and “fairness,” the values that define excellent sportsmanship.

The winner of the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award is determined by a vote of current NFL players. In 2014, the players chose Larry Fitzgeraldof the Arizona Cardinals as the inaugural winner of the Art Rooney Award.

Each NFL team nominated one of its players for the award, which recognizes players who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship on the field. A panel of former players from the NFL Legends Community selected eight finalists (four in the AFC; four in the NFC) from the 32 nominees. The panel of Legends Coordinators was comprised of Warrick Dunn, Curtis Martin, Karl Mecklenburg, Leonard Wheeler.

The eight finalists were listed on the Pro Bowl ballot under the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award when players voted on December 18, 2015. From the eight finalists, each team’s players submit a consensus vote of its choice for the winner. As in Pro Bowl voting, a team could not vote for its own player.

The finalists, featuring four players from each conference, were running back JUSTIN FORSETT (Baltimore), running back MATT FORTÉ (Chicago), linebacker LUKE KUECHLY (Carolina), quarterback MATT HASSELBECK (Indianapolis), wide receiver CALVIN JOHNSON (Detroit), cornerback JASON MC COURTY (Tennessee), tackle JOE STALEY (San Francisco) and Woodson.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

San Francisco 49ers Wr Anquan Boldin Named Finalist For Walter Payton NFL Man Of The Year

San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin was named one of three finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, presented by Nationwide, for the second consecutive year. One of the most prestigious awards in all of sports, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award is the only league award that recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence.

Boldin will be available on a conference call on Tuesday, January 26th at 11 a.m. PT. (49ers Conference Call Line – 866-710-5981 – Conference Room Number: 159-231-8300).

Boldin etched his name in the NFL record books multiple times throughout the 2015 season. In Week 16, Boldin recorded his 1,000th career reception becoming one of only 13 players in NFL history to record 1,000-or-more receptions in their career. In addition, Boldin reached 1,000 receptions in 185 games, making him the fifth-fastest player to reach that milestone, and currently ranks 12th in NFL history with 1,009 career receptions. Boldin also became the first player in NFL history to record 50-or-more receptions and at least 600 yards receiving in each of his first 13 NFL seasons. He finished the season with 69 receptions for 789 yards and four touchdowns. Throughout his career, Boldin has been honored with NFL Man of the Year nominations four times by three different teams and has been equally impactful in the community during his 13 years in the NFL.

Boldin is responsible for establishing the Anquan Boldin (Q81) Foundation, which for 12 years has been dedicated to expanding the educational and life opportunities of underprivileged children. Through grassroots efforts by Boldin, the foundation has showcased charitable activities in Phoenix, Baltimore, South Florida and the San Francisco Bay Area, developing a niche for awarding scholastic and community achievement in youth, as well as distributing four-year college scholarships to deserving high school seniors. In 2014, the three-time Pro Bowl selection and his wife, Dionne, donated one million dollars to the Q81 Foundation for continued distribution of college scholarships. That same year, the NFLPA awarded Boldin and his foundation $100,000 for winning the prestigious Byron “Whizzer” White Award. Boldin’s foundation was also awarded $25,000, when he was named a 2015 Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award finalist, the only NFL player to be acknowledged.

Furthermore, the 13-year veteran recruits fellow NFL players and celebrities to participate in the annual Q-Festival, a weekend of free entertainment provided to residents and participating fans in his Florida hometown of Palm Beach County, raising more than $100,000 annually. Other seasonal services provided through the foundation include Thanksgiving giveaways, holiday shopping sprees and back-to-school donations.

Boldin’s philanthropic endeavors have also had a global impact. Since 2010, he has worked with Oxfam America, taking two overseas trips to Ethiopia and Senegal and later using his testimony at the White House to lobby Senegalese rights.

Each of the 32 team nominees for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year receives a $5,000 donation to their charity of choice. The two runner-ups will receive an additional $6,000 donation, and the winner will receive a $50,000 donation. Donations will be courtesy of the NFL Foundation and Nationwide.

The winner will be announced during the 5th Annual NFL Honors Awards show, a two-hour primetime special airing nationally on CBS on February 6, the night before Super Bowl 50, from 6-8 p.m. PT at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

2014 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award Winner Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis on Boldin:

“Anquan is a great dude. He’s very genuine and very passionate about helping others. It’s tremendous what he’s doing in the community. The lives he’s been able to impact, it leaves me in awe. I definitely feel that he should win the award. He’s very much deserving. Hopefully he’ll be the recipient of that award this year just based on all the things he’s been able to accomplish.”

San Francisco 49ers WR and 2014 Baltimore Ravens Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Nominee Torrey Smith on Boldin:

“I’m planning on him winning it. I think he should win it. The impact he’s had in Arizona, obviously back home in Florida, in Baltimore and now here. It’s crazy. He’s so spread out. There are not many players that can say that. What Anquan has done is really unique and it’s going to continue to live on longer than his playing days here and I think that says a lot because I think he’s a Hall of Famer.”

Press Release Courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers Media Relations

Khalil Mack Ties Howie Longs’ Raiders Franchise Sack Record With Five

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DENVER, CO. – Defensive End Khalil Mack tied a franchise record and set a career high with five sacks, matching Howie Long’s five sacks on Oct. 2, 1983.

Mack Also goes into Sunday night leading the NFL in sacks with 14. Before J.J. Watt battles the Patriots on NBC’s Sunday Night Football he has a total of 13.5 sacks

Mack is the sixth NFL player since sacks became official in 1982 to record five sacks and one forced fumble in a game. The last player to do so was Aldon Smith for the San Francisco 49ers in 2012.
The only other Raider with four sacks and a forced fumble in a single game was Anthony Smith on Oct. 18, 1992 (two forced fumbles).

Oakland Raiders Sign WR Michael Crabtree To Four-Year Contract Extension

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ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent WR Michael Crabtree to a four-year contract extension, the club announced Wednesday.

Crabtree joined the Raiders as an unrestricted free agent this past offseason from the San Francisco 49ers. So far this season, Crabtree has played in all 12 games for the Silver and Black, totaling 66 receptions for 760 yards (11.5 avg.) and seven touchdowns. His 66 receptions and seven touchdowns lead the team, and he has posted three 100-yard receiving games.

For his career, Crabtree has totaled 91 games played with 88 starts, 413 receptions for 5,087 yards (12.3 avg.) and 33 touchdowns. Additionally, he has posted 40 catches for 516 yards and four touchdowns in eight postseason games. Crabtree has recorded at least one catch in all 91 games played and at least three receptions in 78 of those games.

The Dallas, Texas, native was originally drafted by the 49ers in the first round (10th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Texas Tech. Crabtree was a two-time winner (2007, 2008) of the Fred Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation’s top wide receiver. The two-time All-American finished his two-year career at Texas Tech with 231 receptions for 3,127 yards and 41 touchdowns.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

San Francisco 49ers Place QB Colin Kaepernick On Injured Reserve; Promote QB Dylan Thompson To Active Roster

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The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have placed QB Colin Kaepernick on the Injured Reserve List, and promoted QB Dylan Thompson to the active roster from the team’s practice squad.

Thompson (6-3, 218) originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent out of the University of South Carolina on May 5, 2015. He was released by the team on September 5, and then signed to the team’s practice squad the following day.

A 24-year-old native of Boiling Springs, SC, Thompson set the South Carolina Gamecock record and led the SEC with 3,564 passing yards last season.

Thompson will wear number 13.

Kaepernick (6-4, 230) appeared in nine games (eight starts) this season and threw for 1,615 yards and six touchdowns while adding 45 rushes for 256 yards and one touchdown on the ground.

Press Release Courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers Media Relations