All those rumors and "reports" of free agent receiver T.J Houshmandzadeh working out for the Raiders over the weekend and taking a physical on Tuesday?
More trick than treat, it turns out.
Raiders coach Hue Jackson told reporters following Monday's first post-bye practice that Houshmandzadeh did not, in fact, work out on Sunday. Rather, he will do so on Tuesday.
Houshmandzadeh, 34, has a history with both Jackson (he was his position coach in Cincinnati from 2004 through 2006) and new Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer. In fact, it was with Palmer under center that Houshmandzadeh had a career year in 2007, catching an NFL-high 112 passes for 1,143 yards and 12 touchdowns.
But he tailed off in 2010 with Baltimore, catching just 30 passes for 398 yards and three TDs.
Raiders Pro Bowl left guard Kelechi Osemele, running back Taiwan Jones and safety Brynden Trawick are currently enjoying their offseason in New Zealand.
But a few videos they posted going white-water rafting and bungee jumping left head coach Jack Del Rio a bit anxious.
"Anxiety level went up a bit thinking of my BIG pro bowl LG on the rapids!!" Del Rio tweeted Monday. "Can't leave out Brynden or Taiwan either ... have fun and be safe"
Osemele has posted a handful of photos and videos from the trip, including one of a raft capsizing with the caption: "It got real out there!!! Category 4 Rapids #NewZealand." Another showed the 6-foot-5, 333-pounder doing a backflip off a bungee platform with the caption: "Just did a backflip off the highest swing in the WORLD!!!!!!! Crazy!!! #LivingLife"
Trent Richardson is reportedly in some trouble.
Richardson was arrested on Thursday night for domestic violence, according to TMZ Sports.
The former running back was taken into custody on a third degree charge, the report states, with bail being set for $1,000.
The arrest was made in Hoover, Alabama.
The Browns selected Richardson with the third overall pick in the 2012 draft.
He was traded to the Colts in 2013 and played for Indianapolis in 2014.
He signed with the Raiders in 2015 and appeared in three exhibition games, but did not make the team.
The 26-year old was cut by the Ravens last August.