Raiders Sign Defensive Leaders, Tuck & Woodley say team can win, helping recruit Free Agents – Buccaneer OT Donald Penn Visits Raiders — Tracy Porter headed to Washington — Davis to McKenzie, “If my decision…Rescind Saffold’s contract offer”

 

Raiders make up ground after bad start to free agency  (by Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle)…That exhaling sound you might have heard around noon Thursday was the huge sigh of relief emanating from the Raiders’ Alameda compound. (read more)

Raiders Sign Veteran DE Justin Tuck  (Raiders.com)…Tuck joins the Raiders following nine seasons with the New York Giants, during which he helped the team to victories in Super Bowl XLVI and XLII. A two-time Pro Bowler (2008 and 2010), Tuck’s career totals include 127 games played with 90 starts, 509 tackles (338 solo), 60.5 sacks, 20 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, two interceptions and 23 passes defensed. Additionally, he served as the team’s defensive captain from 2010-13. (read more)

DE Justin Tuck to the Oakland Raiders: It’s a two­-year deal for $11 million, so it’s not bad. And Tuck played better last season than he did in 2012, when I made him the league’s most­overrated player. He might have a year or two left, and he does offer versatility. He had 11 sacks last season and did a nice job against the run. Grade: B-­minus — CBS Sports

RELATED COVERAGE:
Justin Tuck Conference Call (Raiders.com)
More on Justin Tuck (Raiders.com)
Raiders sign top-notch DE to replace Houston (Bay Area News Group)
Tuck: ‘I’ll be a recruiter’ of defensive talent (CSN Bay Area)

Raiders Sign LaMarr Woodley (Raiders.com)…Woodley has spent the previous seven years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and helped the team win Super Bowl XLIII. Selected to the Pro Bowl in 2009, Woodley has played in 94 games with 81 starts and totaled 355 tackles (258 solo), 57 sacks, nine forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries, five interceptions and 15 passes defensed. His 57 sacks rank seventh on the Steelers’ all-time sack list and he has recorded 16 games of at least 1.5 sacks. (read more)

Screen Shot 2014-03-13 at 6.47.40 PMOLB LaMarr Woodley to the Oakland Raiders: They got him for two years at $12 million, which is a good deal. When he has been healthy, he’s been a good player. But he’s missed too much time the past three seasons. Even so, I think this is worth the risk for the Raiders. They got this one right. Grade: B-plus — CBS Sports

RELATED COVERAGE:
LaMarr Woodley Conference Call (Raiders.com)
More on LaMarr Woodley (Raiders.com)
LaMarr Woodley: there’s “a lot of good football still left in me” (95.7fm The Game)
Woodley: This team can be good (ESPN)

Raiders React on Twitter to Tuck and Woodley (Raiders.com)…Raiders players and coaches react on Twitter after the team signs Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley. (read more)

Austin Howard Conference Call  (Raiders.com)…Recently acquired offensive tackle Austin Howard answered questions from the media via conference call. (read more)

Donald Penn to visit Raiders  (by National Football Post)…Cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today, offensive tackle Donald Penn is set to visit the Oakland Raiders, according to ESPN. (read more)

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Tracy Porter headed to Washington  (by Scott Bair, CSN Bay Area)…Free-agent cornerback Tracy Porter agreed to terms on a contract to join the Washington Redskins. NFL Network reported the deal on Thursday morning. (read more)

Why the Raiders pulled the contract for Rodger Saffold (by Vic Tafur, SF Gate)…Saffold failed a physical for a torn labrum, sources said, and trainers told general manager Reggie McKenzie and owner Mark Davis that the shoulder wouldn’t heal properly unless he had surgery and three months of rest. That didn’t make Davis very happy, sources said, considering last year first-round pick D.J. Hayden needed surgery upon arrival and acquired quarterback Matt Flynn was also hurt. While the NFL Network reported that Davis made the call to rescind Saffold’s contract offer, sources inside the room make a small distinction: It was McKenzie’s call, but Davis did make very clear that if it was up to the owner, he wouldn’t go through with it. (read more)

Rodger Saffold returns to Rams after ‘painful’ experience with Raiders (by Jim Corbett & Nate Davis)…”What a crazy experience,” Saffold’s agent Alan Herman told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday. “It was painful. Let’s put it that way. …I think it was an ownership decision and not the general manager. That’s my gut feeling. And that’s unfortunate.” (read more)

RELATED COVERAGE:
Dr. Frank Cordasco says Rodger Saffold didn’t need surgery  (95.7fm The Game)
How Things went awry for Saffold in Oakland (St. Louis Today)

Mike Mayock on who the Raiders should target at #5 in the draft  (95.7fm The Game)…The NFL analyst for NFL Network looked at some possible rookie replacements for Jared Veldheer in Oakland, and how the thinks the 49ers should use Jonathan Martin. (listen)

 

 

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