Raiders assign RFA tenders to TE Miller, RB Bush


Raiders assign RFA tenders to TE Miller, RB Bush


Paul Gutierrez

As expected, and in what may amount to nothing more than ceremonial moves, the Raiders have assigned restricted free-agent tenders to Pro Bowl tight end Zach Miller and running back Michael Bush.And while both players received first- and third-round tenders, as cornerback Stanford Routt did last year, the tags might mean nothing in a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Both Miller and Bush are fourth-year players and would be restricted free agents under the rules of the expired CBA.Also important to note the tenders had to be assigned before 9 p.m. Thursday, as that is when the CBA expired. No league business can be conducted in the seven-day extension agreed upon today between the NFL owners and players union to try and broker a new labor agreement.Miller said he had been in preliminary contract discussions with the Raiders before the CBA expired.Once the CBA stuff is settled, Im sure well have some more discussions. Its just that everything is so uncertain right now with this extension because this isnt how it usually works. Its just different than its been before.It would be great to be back in Oakland. The teams getting better and I really want to play for Hue Jackson; hes going to be a great coach.Miller is in an unusual situation in that he is also the Raiders player representative to the union.Theres a lot going on, he said. You get to see the business side of things, the micro and the macro.Bush did not respond immediately to a phone call seeking comment and the Raiders would not confirm the tenders.Raiders senior executive John Herrera did say, however, Were doing things to protect our franchise.Miller led the Raiders in receptions for the third straight year, catching 60 passes for 685 yards and a career-high five touchdowns.Bush, running behind Darren McFadden, had career-bests in rushing yardage (655 yards), rushing TDs (eight) and receiving yards (194 yards). Bush, though, was arrested last month on suspicion of DUI.

Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

Raiders cornerback Sean Smith has been charged with assault, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday.

The charge is for assault of his sister's boyfriend in Smith's hometown of Pasadena. Smith allegedly beat and stomped the boyfriend's head on the morning of July 4, 2017 in Old Town Pasadena, the district attorney said.

Smith faces formal felony counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury to the victim.

The 30-year old plans to fight the charges levied against him. 

"Sean maintains his innocence at this time," Smith's attorney, Daniel Rosenberg told NBC Sports Califorinia on Thursday evening. "We are going to be entering a plea of not guilty and fighting these charges."

A warrant was filed on Aug. 16. Smith's arriagnment is scheduled for Sept. 29. 

Smith was not present at Thursday's Raiders practice, the last session of training camp. He surrendered to Los Angeles County authorities, posted an $80,000 bond and has been released from custody.

If convicted as charged, Smith could face a maximum sentence of seven years in California prison. 

A Raiders spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The case is still under investigation by the Pasadena Police Department. 

This is another blow in a rough summer for Smith. He has struggled on the practice field during training camp and faces an off-field legal issue. Smith is guaranteed $9.5 million for the 2017 season. 

More to come...

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

NAPA – Marshawn Lynch spoke with the media Thursday for the second time as a Raider. He was quick-witted, disarming and, as always, not suitable for work.

It was five minutes of peak Marshawn, where he brought light to his charitable endeavors, called himself the “daddy” of his position group and cleverly sidestepped all things nation anthem.

He was asked four questions on other topics before elephant in the room was mentioned. It didn’t stick around long.

“I think the elephant left the room because a little mouse ran in here,” Lynch deadpanned. “Didn’t they say elephants are scared of mice or something? That [expletive] left the room, cousin.”

[RATTO: Lynch reminds media how much control he exerts over any interaction]

Two more related questions came down the pike. The first was about Del Rio letting players be themselves. He answered a different question instead.

“Yeah, because on ‘doctor-24,’ it’s a designed way that you’re supposed to run it but I have all freedom to go any way that I choose to run it,” Lynch said. “I would say, yes.”

The final anthem-esque query was deflected in a similar fashion.

“When we run ‘74’ or something like that, where I have to scan and read on both sides, that is pretty difficult. For the most part, I’m a veteran so I can make it work.”

Two things were crystal clear after speaking with Lynch.

He didn’t miss football one bit during his year in retirement. Lynch said this spring he decided to return after the Raiders were approved to relocate away from his native Oakland. He wants to represent his hometown well and give them something to cheer before the team leaves for Las Vegas.

That’s why he’s fired up even for Saturday’s exhibition against the Rams – he’s expected to make a cameo in that game – his first in Oakland wearing silver and black.

“It’s truly a blessing and just to have the opportunity to go and do that is a good [expletive] feeling,” Lynch said. “It’s a good [expletive] feeling.”

Lynch has always been active in the community, and hopes him playing here will bring more visibility to what’s being done to help kids in Oakland.

“I plan on continuing to do what I do in the community,” Lynch said. “It’ll probably be that now that I’m here, more people that are in the community might actually come out and support what it is that we’ve got going on.”