For 10.5 Million & 6TH Round Pick, Raiders Anoint Schaub Starter — Re-Sign Woodson, Young to Defense, Sign Jones, Penn, Boothe, to Offense — Bucs ink Mike Jenkins — Raiders want Cheerleader Lawsuit Handled by NFL Commish, not Courts

 

Allen goes all-in on Schaub; everyone else competing for backup spots  (by Steve Corkran, Bay Area News Group)…Raiders coach Dennis Allen is so confident that he has found his long-term answer at quarterback that he anointed Matt Schaub the starter only hours after the Raiders acquired Schaub in a trade. “We brought Matt Schaub in to be our starting quarterback,” Allen said in a conference call with Bay Area media Friday afternoon. “We feel very confident that he’s going to be able to come in and function in that role and be outstanding for us. … Right now, Matt Schaub is our starting quarterback.” (read more)

What are the Oakland Raiders doing?  (by Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com)…The Raiders overpaid to get Matt Schaub. He was coming off a disastrous season, and they were forced to give up a sixth-round pick and pay Schaub $10.5 million because they were afraid Schaub would bolt for the Cleveland Browns if he made it to free agency. No other team would have paid Schaub close to that amount. (read more)

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Schaub Introductory Press Conference  (Raiders.com)…QB Matt Schaub took questions from the media alongside offensive coordinator Greg Olson in an introductory press conference.

QUESTION: How important was it for you to get a fresh start after last year? How excited are you to start somewhere new?

SCHAUB: “Very important. A fresh start can do a lot of things for a player and a team. I’m one of those guys. Last year did not go at all how I had planned, given my prior nine years before that. I’m looking for a fresh start. I’m excited about the opportunity here and the players on this team, the coaches, the plan and the direction. Reggie has brought in a great mix of young players as well as veteran leaders and proven players in this business and I’m excited to be a part of the direction that this team is heading.”

QUESTION: The last winning quarterback here was 12 years ago, Rich Gannon. A lot of guys have come through here and with back-to-back four-win seasons, do you think you’re the guy that can lead this team to a winning record?

SCHAUB: “Without question, I think I’m that guy. That’s one of the most unique and intriguing aspects of coming to this organization is the rich and storied tradition that they have here, especially at this position. There are so many great quarterbacks that have played here, played at a championship level. It’s just great to possibly be a part of that and make my name here, but also with the organization and be a part of this special situation.”

(read the rest of the transcript from Schaub’s press conference)

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Charles Woodson Re-Signs with Raiders (Raiders.com)…The Oakland Raiders have re-signed S Charles Woodson, General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Friday. (Read more)

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Raiders Sign Donald Penn (Raiders.com)…The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent T Donald Penn, General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Wednesday. Penn has played in 122 career games over his eight seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Penn has started a remarkable 108 consecutive games, all at left tackle, since earning the starting job in 2007. (read more)

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Raiders Retain Usama Young  (Raiders.com)…The Oakland Raiders have re-signed S Usama Young, General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Wednesday. Young returns to the Raiders after spending the 2013 campaign with the Silver and Black. Last season, he totaled 27 tackles (19 solo), one interception and a career-high 2.5 sacks, tops among Raiders defensive backs, before having his season cut short due to injury. He was also a key contributor on special teams, adding six tackles. (read more)

Get to Know Coach Robertson  (by Rebecca Corman, Raiders.com)…The Raiders added Marcus Robertson as one of two defensive backs coaches on the coaching staff. Robertson joins the Silver and Black after five seasons working with the secondary for the Tennessee Titans and two seasons with the defensive backs in Detroit. (read more)

Raiders Sign Kevin Boothe  (Raiders.com)…The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent OL Kevin Boothe, General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Monday. Boothe has started all 16 games in each of the past two seasons at various positions along the offensive line for the New York Giants. The eight-year veteran started 10 games at left guard and six at center last season. For his career, Boothe has played in 105 games with 62 starts at both guard positions, right tackle and center. (read more)

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Raiders Ink Veteran James Jones  (Raiders.com)…The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent WR James Jones, General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Monday. Jones joins the Raiders following seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers, during which he helped the team to a victory in Super Bowl XLV. Jones’ career totals include 104 games played with 47 starts, 310 receptions for 4,305 yards (13.9 avg.) and 37 touchdowns. Additionally, he has posted 28 catches for 410 yards and four touchdowns in 11 postseason games. (read more)

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Bucs add Mike Jenkins to secondary  (by Pat Yasinskas, ESPN)…Cornerback Mike Jenkins has agreed to a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team announced. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Jenkins, a native of nearby Bradenton, Fla., and a product of the University of South Florida, spent five years with the Dallas Cowboys and last season with the Oakland Raiders. (read more)

Raiders ask judge to sideline cheerleader lawsuit  (by Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle)…The Oakland Raiders want to sidetrack a suit that accuses them of cheating cheerleaders out of wages and expenses and send it to arbitration before the NFL commissioner, the top league official who already decides whether players should be suspended for drugs or fined for late hits. (read more)

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