Agent: Raiders still in running to sign LB Zach Brown

Agent: Raiders still in running to sign LB Zach Brown

Free agent linebacker Zach Brown visited the Raiders facility last week and left without a contract. That doesn’t mean the Silver and Black are out of the running.

Brown’s camp remains in talks with the Raiders on a possible contract, Brown’s new agents, Jason and Michael Katz, told CSN California on Tuesday afternoon. The Raiders aren’t the only team vying for Brown’s services. He completed a visit with the Miami Dolphins earlier Tuesday, and NFL Network reports he’ll visit Buffalo next.

He spent last season with the Bills, and had a career year. Brown had 148 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception during his only season in Buffalo. He spent the previous four years with the Tennessee Titans.

Brown stands 6-foot-1, 248 pounds and is a quality coverage linebacker, something the Raiders need even after signing Miami weakside linebacker Jelani Jenkins to a one-year contract on Monday.

Two-year starter Malcolm Smith signed with the 49ers this offseason, and Perry Riley Jr. remains on the open market. The Raiders could re-sign Riley, who brought stability to the middle linebacker spot after joining the Raiders during the 2016 season.

Brown changed representation during his time on the open market. He recently hired Jason and Michael Katz of CSE Football, a move that was announced on Tuesday morning.

Raiders WR Amari Cooper buys mother dream home, new car

Raiders WR Amari Cooper buys mother dream home, new car

Amari Cooper draws some big paychecks. The 2015 No. 4 overall pick and two-time Pro Bowl receiver isn’t keeping it all to himself.

The Raiders receiver took care of the person who took care of him growing up, and bought his mother a house and a car. Cooper honored his mother Michelle Green publicly in a Tuesday Instagram post, with a picture of her in front of a beautiful home and a new SUV.

“I grew up in the projects, we didn't even own a car,” Cooper wrote in his post. “The whole story is way too long and melancholic, but just know a dream can go a long way if it's followed by faith and hard work. It took us 20+ years but now my mother has the house and car of her dreams. You deserve it mama, I love you.”

Lynch's agent: Marshawn misses football, unsure if he'll return

Lynch's agent: Marshawn misses football, unsure if he'll return

The prospect of Marshawn Lynch coming out of retirement to join the Raiders has been a scalding topic in recent days. National reports have stated the Raiders have interest, and that the powerful running back is seriously considering a return.

If that’s the case, Lynch’s agent hasn’t heard about it.

Doug Hendrickson provided some insight on the matter Tuesday in an interview with KNBR, and said he hasn’t even spoken with Lynch about coming back.

“Well in all sincerity, Marshawn’s been in Canada,” Hendrickson told KNBR, with quotes pulled from the station’s website. “I’m due to see him this week. So he and I have not spoken about this at all. So it was the media who took the ball and kind of ran with it. He’s one of the most unique guys I’ve ever been with in my life. Marshawn, it wouldn’t shock me in three days if he says, ‘Hey, I want to play.’ It wouldn’t shock me if he says, ‘Nah, I don’t know where this came from. I don’t want to play.'”

Hendrickson said Lynch misses a sport he dominated at Oakland Tech High, the University of California and the NFL, and that a possible return won’t be financially based. Ultimately, there’s no telling what he’ll do.

“He doesn’t spend any of the money he’s made. He’s got a lot of money,” Hendrickson said. “He does miss football, no question. He loves the game of football. He’s 30. But until I meet with him this week, you know, I don’t know what his mindset is. He’s the kind of guy that can shift by the hour.”

Lynch retired from NFL football after the 2016 season, and has had some fun traveling the world, guest starring on television shows and doing charitable work in Oakland, a hometown he champions at every turn. He also owns a popular Beast Mode apparel company, which has stores in Oakland and Seattle.

“Marshawn’s always done it his way,” Hendrickson said. “He hasn’t succumbed to public pressure. He does it how he wants to do it. All the athletes look at him and want to do the same thing, but they can’t do it. He’s authentic. He’s real.”