QB Gradkowski signs with Bengals


QB Gradkowski signs with Bengals

CSNBayArea.com staff

Raiders free agent quarterback Bruce Gradkowski has signed a two-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to a national media report.

Gradkowski confirmed the move to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area's Kate Longworth shortly after the initial news.

The popular QB shared this message on his departure: "It's been a great experience in the bay and I wanna thank the awesome fans!"

Raiders coach Hue Jackson was asked about the departure of Gradkowski, as well as that of Robert Gallery, who reportedly signed with Seattle.

Im very happy for both of those individuals," Jackson said. "Those individuals were here and a big part of what we did a year ago. I wish them well. They have great families. When they were here, they did everything they could. Im sure theyll move forward and keep going. The most important thing for me is, these men that are here and the way I get these guys ready to play football.

Gradkowski was plagued by shoulder and knee injuries the past two seasons.

ESPN's Adam Schefter posted news of the deal on Twitter shortly before 2 p.m.

Gradkowski appeared in six games for Oakland in 2010, completing 83 of 157 attempts, with five touchdowns and seven interceptions. He appeared in seven games in 2009, including an upset of the Steelers in Pittsburgh, Gradkowski's home town.

On November 22, 2009, in his first start for the Raiders, Gradkowski threw two touchdowns to spark a come-from-behind 20-17 victory over the heavily favored Bengals.

Gradkowski was a sixth-round selection of Tampa Bay in 2006.

Report: Browns have preliminary extension talks with Pryor

Report: Browns have preliminary extension talks with Pryor

Despite the team's overall struggles, fifth-year pro Terrelle Pryor is finding himself in Cleveland.

With his rushing, receiving and even passing contributions, his stock has quickly risen under the Hue Jackson regime. 

The Browns have been impressed enough where they've reportedly had preliminary contract extension talks with Pryor, according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.

Pryor, 27, is set to be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

The 2016 season, a breakout one for the 6-foot-6 athletic phenom, marks his second in Cleveland. 

Pryor was originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft.  

He started 10 games for the Raiders at quarterback, compiling a 3-7 record, while tossing nine touchdowns to 12 interceptions. 

He was traded away after three largely unsuccessful seasons. 

In Cleveland this year, Pryor is 5-of-9 passing with 44 yards, has 21 rushing yards and a touchdown on eight attempts, and has a 33 receptions on 59 targets for a whopping 477 yards and three touchdowns. 

Injury report: RB Murray questionable, in line to play Sunday

Injury report: RB Murray questionable, in line to play Sunday

ALAMEDA – The Raiders should get Latavius Murray back in time to play the Jacksonville Jaguars.

That’s good news for the running game and the entire Raiders roster, which is surprisingly healthy at this point in the season.

Murray was listed as questionable on Friday’s official injury report but, barring a setback, is expected to play after missing two games with turf toe.

Murray was limited the entire week, but his return to football activity was a productive period.

“I thought he had a good week of practice,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “It was nice to have him back.”

Menelik Watson also returned this week, but was limited in each practice and deemed questionable for the game. He may be healthy enough to be active, but it’s uncertain whether he or Austin Howard will start at right tackle.

There are several examples of the Raiders bringing returners back slowly this season. They could make Watson an emergency option behind Howard in hopes of giving him another week to get back in the swing of things.

While there are key players on injured reserve, there was near-perfect attendance for Friday’s walk-thru practice before the team left for Jacksonville.

Brynden Trawick returned for this light session after missing two heavier days, though offensive tackle Vadal Alexander was considered a non-participant.

Raiders Status Report

OL Vadal Alexander (ankle)
RB Latavius Murray (toe), OL Rodney Hudson (knee), OL Gabe Jackson (knee), RB Taiwan Jones (knee), OT Menelik Watson (calf), OL Jon Feliciano (calf), S Brynden Trawick (shoulder)

Jaguars Status Report

OT Kelvin Beachum (knee), DL Jared Odrick (hip), TE Neal Sterling (foot), TE Julius Thomas (ankle)

NOTE: Jacksonville’s CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring), S Johnathan Cyprien (calf), S Tashaun Gipson (knee), RB Corey Grant (toe), WR Rashad Greene (Achilles), WR Allen Hurns (shoulder), DT Abry Jones (hamstring), G Brandon Linder (foot), DT Sen’Derrick Marks (knee) and OT Jeremy Parnell (hip) did not receive an injury designation, meaning they will play.