ALAMEDA -- Quentin Groves was acquired by the Raiders in an April, 2010 trade as part of Oakland's overhaul of its linebackers unit, along with Kamerion Wimbley and draft pick Rolando McClain.Two full seasons later, and having lost his starting job on the weak side to another trade acquisition in Aaron Curry, Groves believes he could have played his final game for the Raiders."I might sign to another team next year," Groves announced unprovoked on Monday. "But at the end of the day Im still a Raider. Deep down in my heart I'm still a Raider.You know, this league is funny. You can be here one year and gone the next. I could be here one day and gone the next. That's the funny thing about this league. I pray I'm back though."Groves, was a second-round pick of Jacksonville in 2008 but played out of position there as a defensive end. He had a rebirth, of sorts, as a first-year member of the Raiders in starting 12 games and totaling a career-high 40 tackles with two passes defensed, an interception, two fumble recoveries and a safety.But this year, he lost his job after Curry was picked up from Seattle five games into the season and became a relatively expensive special teams standout."Yeah, I have no hard feeling toward the organization for what they did," Groves said. "They went out and searched and found a better player, who's a more natural hitter, put him in that spot and he did great so, I have no doubts, no regrets, nothing sad to say about that."Groves finished the 2011 season with 24 tackles and might have upped his value on the market with his adaptability."From a business mind, yeah," he said. "Because in this game you have to be versatile. Because they're always looking to replace you. Always looking to bring in somebody younger or more experienced in and stuff like that."
A week after signing a deal with the Vikings, former Raiders running back Latavius Murray has undergone ankle surgery.
The Vikings made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.
Minnesota issued the following statement regarding the surgery:
"Vikings RB Latavius Murray had successful ankle surgery today. The surgery was performed by Dr. Bob Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina. We were aware of the required surgery prior to signing Latavius on March 16. Latavius is expected to fully recover and be available for training camp."
Murray's deal with the Vikings is reported worth $15 million over three years, but can reportedly be voied after the first year.
Drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Murray became the Raiders' primary running back midway through the 2015 season. In his three years in Oakland, Murray carried the ball 543 times for 2,278 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2015.
After four seasons with the Raiders, tight end Mychal Rivera is on the move.
The 2013 sixth-round pick has signed a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team announced.
News of an agreement between the two sides was first reported by ESPN. Terms of the deal were not immediately known.
After playing a prominent role in Oakland his first two seasons, Rivera saw his numbers decrease in 2015 and 2016. This past season, he caught just 18 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown.
In his time with the Raiders, the Tennessee alum caught a total of 146 passes for 1,413 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The Raiders signed free agent tight end Jared Cook last week to go with incumbents Clive Walford and Lee Smith.
Shortly after the deal was announced, Rivera took to Instagram to thank Raiders fans.
"Thank You #RaiderNation. It was an honor to wear silver and black for the first 4 years of my NFL career. A kid from LA was drafted to the Bay...and God made a way! Wins, Losses, Blood, Sweat, & Tears made me the player I am today. Better than ever. The values that embody what it is to be a Raider will stick with me for life," Rivera wrote.
Free agent tight end Mychal Rivera has agreed to terms with the Jaguars, two sources tell me.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) March 22, 2017
Thank You #RaiderNation. It was an honor to wear silver and black for the first 4 years of my NFL career. A kid from LA was drafted to the Bay...and God made a way! Wins, Losses, Blood, Sweat, & Tears made me the player I am today. Better than ever. The values that embody what it is to be a Raider will stick with me for life.