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Guy Chosen For HOF
Former Raider Ray Guy, arguably the greatest punter in NFL history, is among seven players chosen for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014. More

2013 Season Review
Another season of lowlights for the Raiders. More

Obituary: Todd Christensen
Former Pro Bowl tight end Todd Christensen, who helped the Raiders win two Super Bowls, dies from complications during heart transplant surgery. He was 57. More

Jano Supports The Oakland Athletics
Contrary to a published report, Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski roots for the Oakland Athletics. More

Guy On HOF List
Former Raiders punter Ray Guy and ex-Atlanta Falcons defensive end Claude Humphrey are named the Pro Football Hall of Fame's senior committee nominations for induction into the Class of 2014. More

2013 Season Preview
Oakland is banking on a healthy Darren McFadden and a revamped defense to end an abysmal streak of 10 straight non-winning seasons. More

Back In Silver And Black
Defensive back Charles Woodson, who helped lead the Raiders to three AFC West titles and a Super Bowl berth during the early 2000s, signs a one-year contract with Oakland. More

2013 Draft Capsules
A quick look at the Raiders' 2013 NFL draft selections. More

Quarterback Carousel
The Raiders' acquisition of Matt Flynn signals the end of Carson Palmer's tenure in Oakland. More

Tuck Rule Eliminated
By a vote of 29-1 with two abstentions, the NFL owners abolish The Tuck Rule. The Raiders lost a playoff game against the New England Patriots at the end of the 2001 season after an Oakland recovery of a Tom Brady fumble late in regulation was overturned because of the controversial rule. More

Coliseum To Have Fewer Seats
The Raiders will reduce the capacity at O.co Coliseum by nearly 10,000 seats to 53,200 starting in the 2013 season. More

Sapp In HOF; Brown Out
Former Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp is voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame but ex-Oakland wide receiver Tim Brown is bypassed by voters the fourth straight year. More

Super Bowl 'Sabotage'
Former Raiders coach Bill Callahan denies allegations made by Tim Brown — and supported by fellow Oakland receiver Jerry Rice — that Callahan “sabotaged” the Raiders in their Super Bowl XXXVII loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003. More

Q & A With McKenzie
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie talks with reporters about the team's future and disappointing 2012 season. More

2012 Season Review
A struggling defense and inconsistent running game are key factors in Oakland's 10th straight non-winning season as the Raiders have a 4-12 record under first-year head coach Dennis Allen. More

Pro Bowl Snub
For the first time since the 2003 season, no Raiders players are chosen for the Pro Bowl. More

Marcus Allen Sighting
Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Raiders running back Marcus Allen lights the flame in honor of the late Al Davis before the Raiders beat the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 23. More

2012 Season Preview
Under first-year head coach Dennis Allen, the Raiders seek their first playoff berth since the 2002 season. More

Obituary: Tom Keating
Former defensive tackle Tom Keating, who helped the Raiders win the 1967 American Football League title and advance to Super Bowl II, passes at 69. More

Obituary: Ben Davidson
Ben Davidson, a colorful and pugnacious defensive end who starred for the Raiders during the 1960s, dies. He was 72. More

2012 Draft Capsules
A quick look at the Raiders' 2012 NFL draft selections. More

Obituary: George Anderson
Longtime Raiders trainer George Anderson, who worked for the team for 35 years and developed a state of the art knee brace, passes at 82. More

HOF: Brown Denied Again
Former Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown is among 11 finalists not chosen for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2012. More

Taking The Reins
Dennis Allen is introduced as the Raiders' 18th head coach. More

Raiders Hire Allen
The Raiders announce the hiring of Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen as their head coach. More

Hue Is Shown The Door
The Raiders fire first-year head coach Hue Jackson on the same day Reggie McKenzie is introduced as the team's new general manager. More

Raiders Choose McKenzie
The Raiders hire Green Bay Packers director of foottball operations Reggie McKenzie as their new general manager. More

Davis: L.A. Among Suitors
New Raiders owner Mark Davis, the son of the late Al Davis, tells reporters the team needs a new stadium. More

2011 Season Review
With four losses in their last five games, the Raiders blow a chance to end a nine-season playoff drought. More

Obituary
Former Raiders defensive tackle Chester McGlockton dies at age 42. More

Raiders Get Palmer
The Raiders acquire quarterback Carson Palmer from the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for a 2012 first-round draft pick and a conditional 2013 second-round choice. More

Al Davis Dies
Raiders managing general partner Al Davis dies at his home in Oakland, Calif., on Oct. 8, 2011. He was 82. More

2011 Season Preview
First-year head coach Hue Jackson tries to get the Raiders back to the NFL playoffs for the first time since 2002. More

Raiders 2011 Draft Capsules
Penn State guard/center Stefen Wisniewski heads the Raiders' 2011 NFL Draft class. More

Jackson Named Head Coach
Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who led an Oakland resurgence on offense during the 2010 season, is promoted to Raiders' head coach. More

Why Davis Soured On Cable
Raiders managing general partner Al Davis explains his reasons for severing ties with former coach Tom Cable. More

The World According To Al
Excerpts from Al Davis' comments during a Jan. 18 news conference. More

Cable Out With Raiders
Tom Cable won't return as Raiders coach. More

2010 Season Review
Darren McFadden leads the Raiders to their first non-losing season in eight years. More

Pro Football Icon Succumbs
George Blanda, the Hall of Fame quarterback and kicker who played a record 26 seasons and once almost single-handedly engineered five straight Raiders victories, dies at 83. More

2010 Season Preview
Quarterback Jason Campbell and other new faces try to help Oakland end its seven-season abyss. More

Raiders Great Tatum Dies
Former Raiders safety Jack Tatum dies of a heart attack at 61. More

Reports: Russell Arrested
Former Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell is arrested July 5 at his home in Mobile, Ala., for possession of a controlled substance. More

Given The Boot
The Raiders release quarterback JaMarcus Russell, ending his disastrous three-year tenure in Oakland. More

Raiders Trade For QB
The Raiders acquire quarterback Jason Campbell from the Washington Redskins in exchange for a 2012 fourth-round draft choice, likely signaling the end of JaMarcus Russell's tenure in Oakland. More

Raiders Get McClain
Oakland selects Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain with the eighth overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft. More

2010 Draft Capsules
A quick look at the players selected by the Raiders during the 2010 NFL draft. More

Jano's Rich Deal
Kicker Sebastian Janikowski signs a four-year, $16 million contract with the Raiders. More

Rice Enters HOF
Jerry Rice is voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but former Raiders teammate Tim Brown will have to wait at least another year before gaining entry to the Canton, Ohio shrine. More

2009 Season Review
The Raiders suffer an NFL-record seventh straight losing season with at least 11 losses. More

JaMarcus Breaks Silence
Saying his benching was "embarrassing," Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell speaks with reporters for the first time since being demoted in mid-November. More

D.A.: No Charges Warranted
Raiders coach Tom Cable won't face charges after being investigated over allegations that he assaulted one of his assistants. More

Report: Hanson Breaks Silence
Former Raiders defensive assistant coach Randy Hanson reportedly says that coach Tom Cable blindsided him and threatened to kill him during the Aug. 5 incident in which Hanson says Cable broke his jaw. More

Seymour On Board
Saying he was "blindsided" by being traded from the New England Patriots, five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Richard Seymour joins the Raiders. More

Blockbuster Trade
The Raiders trade for New England five-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Richard Seymour in exchange for a 2011 first-round draft choice, the Patroits announced Sept. 6, 2009. In his first eight NFL seasons, he helped the Patriots win three Super Bowl titles. More

Report: Cable Choked Assistant
Raiders coach Tom Cable choked defensive assistant coach Randy Hanson in an Aug. 5 altercation in Napa, Calif., according to a nationalfootballpost.com story. More

Swinging Raiders
Raiders coach Tom Cable reportedly punches assistant Randy Hanson. More

2009 NFL Draft
The Raiders select Maryland wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey with the seventh overall choice in the 2009 NFL Draft. More

Raiders Draft Capsules
A quick look at the players selected by the Raiders during the 2009 NFL Draft.

Lost At Sea
The U.S. Coast Guard on March 3 reportedly ends its search for Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper and two other men missing in the Gulf of Mexico since Feb. 28. More

Cable Ready
The Raiders name Tom Cable as head coach, removing the interim label from his title more than five weeks after the 2008 season ends. More

2008 Season Review
The Raiders end a sixth straight losing season with back-to-back victories. More

Final Destination
Defensive back Rod Woodson, who helped lead the Raiders to the 2003 Super Bowl, is among six inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. More

Ticket To Hawaii
Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is named a starter to the 2009 Pro Bowl on Feb. 8 in Honolulu. Oakland punter Shane Lechler also makes the American Football Conference team, his fourth such honor. More

Kiffin Fired
Calling his former coach a "flat-out liar," Al Davis fires Lane Kiffin and promotes offensive line coach Tom Cable. More

Remembering Upshaw
Raiders Hall of Fame guard Gene Upshaw is remembered by colleagues and friends at a Washington, D.C. memorial. More

Raiders Great Dies
Raiders Hall of Fame guard Gene Upshaw has died at 63, according to published reports. Upshaw, the longtime executive director of the NFL Players Association, passed Aug. 20 from pancreatic cancer at his home near Lake Tahoe, California. More

Raiders Pick McFadden
The Raiders select Arkansas running back Darren McFadden with the fourth overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft. More

Kiffin Breaks Silence
Raiders coach Lane Kiffin addresses his relationship with Oakland managing general partner Al Davis and other team issues with reporters at the NFL owners meetings in Palm Beach, Fla. More

Guy Denied Again
Former Raiders punter Ray Guy isn't among the six-man Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2008. More

Sapp Retires
Defensive tackle Warren Sapp informs Raiders officials that he's retiring. More

2007 Season Review
Lane Kiffin's first season as Raiders coach has positives and negatives. More

Russell's Record Deal
Quarterback JaMarcus Russell signs a reported six-year, $61 million contract with $29 million guaranteed with the Raiders, ending the longest holdout in over two decades by the NFL's top draft pick. More

Culpepper Joins Raiders
Oakland signs former Vikings and Dolphins quarterback Daunte Culpepper. More

Raiders Trade Moss
Oakland sends disgruntled wide receiver Randy Moss to the New England Patriots in exchange for a 2007 fourth-round draft choice. More

Oakland Selects Russell
The Raiders choose Louisiana State quarterback JaMarcus Russell with the first overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft. More

Guy Denied
Former Raiders punter Ray Guy isn't chosen for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2007 despite being among 17 finalists. More

Kiffin Hired
USC offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is named Raiders coach. More

Shell Fired
Art Shell is dismissed as Raiders coach, the team announces. More

Embarrassing Season
For the Raiders, their 2006 season ranks among the worst in team history. A floundering offense is the chief reason for Oakland's fourth straight losing season, a franchise record for futility. More

Shell Fires Back
Raiders coach Art Shell tells reporters in a post-practice interview on Nov. 29, 2006 that a person in the team's front office is backstabbing the team's coaching staff. More

Long-Awaited Day
Former Raiders coach John Madden is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. More

Oakland Takes Texas DB
The Raiders select Texas safety Michael Huff with the seventh overall choice in the 2006 NFL draft. More

Back For More
Art Shell, fired by Al Davis after the 1994 season, is hired for his second tour of duty as Raiders coach. More

Hall Selects Madden
Former Raiders coach John Madden is voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. More

Abysmal Showing
A winless record against AFC West opposition is among the lowlights of Oakland's 2005 season. More

Turner Dismissed
The Raiders fire coach Norv Turner after consecutive losing seasons. More

Ex-Raider Russell Dies
Former Raiders defensive tackle Darrell Russell dies after a high-speed car crash in Los Angeles. More

Raiders Scrap PSLs
The Raiders and the city of Oakland and Alameda County officials have agreed to end the Personal Seat License concept. More

Moss Lights Up
In an HBO interview, Raiders receiver Randy Moss reveals he has smoked marijuana. More

Gannon Says Goodbye
Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon announces his retirement after 18 seasons in the NFL. More

Raiders Get Moss
The Raiders complete a trade with the Minnesota Vikings for combustible wide reveiver Randy Moss. More

View From The Bottom
In the 2004 season, the Raiders finish last in their division for only the third time in franchise history. More

End Of An Era
Tim Brown, arguably the greatest receiver in franchise history, is released by the Raiders. More

Sapp Comes Aboard
Seven-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Warren Sapp, who helped Tampa Bay dismantle Oakland in Super Bowl XXXVII, signs a seven-year, $36.6 million contract with the Raiders. More

Raiders Choose Turner
Longtime NFL coach Norv Turner, the Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator the past two seasons, is named Raiders head coach. More

View From The Throne
Raiders czar Al Davis holds a news conference for the first time since March 2002. More

Parting Shots
Bill Callahan, speaking publicly for the first time since his dismissal as Raiders head coach, fires back at wide receiver Tim Brown. More

Fall From Grace
One season after playing in the Super Bowl, the 2003 Raiders implode -- on and off the field. More

Callahan Dismissed
Bill Callahan is fired as Raiders head coach eleven months after leading the team to the Super Bowl. More

Robbins Returns
Raiders center Barret Robbins, suspended the morning of Super Bowl XXXVII, returned to practice with the Raiders on June 12, 2003, the first day of a mandatory minicamp. More

Uncertain Future For Robbins
Raiders center Barret Robbins spent 30 days in an undisclosed treatment facility for bipolar disorder and alcohol abuse, his agent said in a statement March 5, 2003. More

One Victory Short
Quarterback Rich Gannon leads the Raiders to their first Super Bowl since 1984. More

Gannon Honored
Rich Gannon is named the NFL 2002 Most Valuable Player. More

Callahan Promoted
Oakland offensive coordinator Bill Callahan replaces Jon Gruden as Raiders head coach. More

Point Of View
There are two sides to Jon Gruden leaving the Raiders. More

Gruden Bolts Raiders
In the early hours of Feb. 18, 2002, Jon Gruden's coaching career makes a sharp turn toward Tampa, Fla. More

Snow Job
Oakland's 2001 season ends in bitter defeat and controversy. More

Crossing The Bay
Wide receiver Jerry Rice spent 16 record-breaking seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. One day after being cut in a salary-cap move, the future Pro Football Hall of Famer signs with the Raiders on June 5, 2001. More

Crushing Ending
For the Raiders, the lasting images of the 2000 season are pain and accomplishment. More

Turner Succumbs
Raiders free safety Eric Turner lost his battle with cancer on May 28, 2000. Two weeks after denying reports he was gravely ill, Turner died at Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He was 31. More

Closing The Gap
The Raiders exhibited mettle, talent and maddening inconsistency during the 1999-2000 season. They began with a last-minute loss at Green Bay and finished with a stirring overtime victory at Kansas City. Playing a grueling schedule that included four games in 18 days, Oakland had an 8-8 record for the second straight year. More

Bye, Bye, George
The Raiders trumpeted the arrival of Jeff George. They announced his acquisition at a lavish news conference on Feb. 15, 1997. Team owner Al Davis and then head coach Joe Bugel raved about the superior passing skills of their new quarterback. The salient fact that George had a tarnished reputation with his two previous NFL teams in Indianapolis and Atlanta was of little consequence on this self-proclaimed glorious day in Silver and Black history. Two years later, George has been shown the door. Again. He lasted long enough with the Raiders to demonstrate his shortcomings, football and otherwise. More

Gruden Era Begins
The Raiders established a seed of promise during their 1998 season. First-year coach Jon Gruden developed a positive attitude, discipline and camaraderie. Gone was the finger-pointing and underachievement of the previous three years. Gone was the sideline chaos from unsuccessful coaching regimes of Joe Bugel and Mike White. Instead, Gruden's Raiders showed resiliency and fortitude despite mounting injuries. More

Death Wish For Bender
Leon Bender's life was busting out with promise. Already a husband and father, he waited anxiously for the start of his playing career with the Raiders. Now those dreams are shattered forever. Bender was found dead on May 30, 1998 in the home of Terry Bolar in Marietta, Ga. The Oakland rookie was visiting Bolar, an associate of Eugene Parker, Bender's agent. The Cobb County (Ga.) medical examiner's office confirmed that a seizure disorder was the cause of death on June 10. More

Adios, Mr. Underachievement
Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chester McGlockton typifies the tarnished image of pro athletes in the 1990s. For every big play he made the past two seasons for the Raiders, there were countless other occasions when the former Clemson All-America jumped offsides or was on cruise-control - not giving maximum effort in a sport that commands commitment and sacrifice to be successful. More

End Of The Road
First, the Raiders took away Larry Brown's job as a cornerback. Then they stripped him of his uniform jersey. And the final insult came Tuesday, June 2, when Oakland released the Super Bowl XXX MVP. More

The Godfather Speaks
Al Davis has laid another seed of mistrust. The Raiders owner was typically evasive when asked if his beleaguered franchise would honor the remaining 13 years of its lease to play at the Oakland Coliseum. "You want to take the president off the front pages tomorrow," don't you?" Davis responded to a reporter's question. "I'm sure Monica (Lewinsky) wants me to do that." More

Taps For Bugel
Joe Bugel is the first Raiders head coach fired by Al Davis after only one season. Hold the sympathy cards, please. Bugel, a decent man and proven offensive line coach, should give thanks for being commissioned to leave Da Silver and Bleak. More

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