The Oakland Raiders issued a statement today on the passing of their former player, Chester McGlockton:
The Raider family is deeply saddened by the passing of Chester McGlockton.The thoughts and prayers of the Raider Nation are with the McGlockton family during this difficult time, said Raiders Chief Executive Amy Trask.
McGlockton was chosen by the Los Angeles Raiders with the 16th overall pick in 1992. He played with them from 1992-97, and earned four straight Pro Bowl selections while with the Silver and Black.RELATED: Chester McGlockton dies at 42 Former teammate Tim Brown reacts
Raiders coach Hue Jackson shared his thoughts Wednesday afternoon:Before I start off talking about our football team and what we need to do I think I need to say a couple of words about Chester McGlockton. Obviously we lost another great Raider today in my opinion. I got to know Chester myself personally since my time here. Id like to give Im sure from the team, the organization and myself, Id like to give our blessings, our prayers, to his wife Zina and their two beautiful kids." Jackson said.
"I got to know the young man in church at the Well where pastor Napoleon Kauffman is the pastor. This morning when I found out the news it was tough, Theres some guys here on this staff that obviously played with him and theres players here that know him but I think it kind of hit them pretty hard. A young man who was just starting to do so many other great things in his life and then all of a sudden life is taken away. But obviously God has a bigger plan for him.
"One thing I do know about him was he was a god-fearing man who spent his time at church and with his family. Were going to miss him. Its tough. But thats a part of this thing. I talked to the team about it today. Just the opportunities you get in this life, you never know when its going to be over but those things happen Hell always be in our thoughts and our prayers and well miss him tremendously. Again, our thoughts go out to his family.
McGlockton also played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos and New York Jets during his 12-year career and has been serving on the football staff at Stanford for the past two seasons.A native of Whiteville, N.C., McGlockton was a three-year standout at Clemson and earned his undergraduate degree from Tennessee-Martin in 2010.
Update (8:39 p.m.): The Raiders announced they have officially signed first-round draft pick Gareon Conley.
NAPA – The Raiders first full squad practice starts Saturday morning. Gareon Conley will be available to participate. The first-round cornerback agreed on terms of his rookie contract on Friday afternoon, a league source confirmed to , allowing him to report without missing anything major.
Conley is in the Bay Area and expected to sign the contract Friday night at the Napa Valley Marriott.
According to this years rookie wage scale, as published by overthecap.com, the No. 24 overall pick is slotted to make $10.467 million over the life of a four-year contract. The Raiders also hold a fifth-year option to extend the deal. Conley’s contract includes a $5.752 million signing bonus and a $1.9 million base salary in 2017.
Conley missed four days of pre-camp instruction designed for rookies, quarterbacks and select veterans, but shouldn’t be considered a setback. Conley should be able to hit the ground running when he takes the field.
That’s a good thing considering they’ll need him to make an instant impact as a slot cornerback at least.
Conley’s situation could have been complicated by an ongoing investigation into a sexual assault allegation stemming from an April 9 incident in Cleveland. Conley has staunchly maintained his innocence in regard to the allegation, and has not been arrested or charged with a crime. The Raiders remain confident in their selection and the pre-draft research that went into it. It's uncertain at this time whether or how much Conley's legal situation played into contract talks.
CBS Sports was first to report the news of Conley and the Raiders agreeing to terms.
Donald Penn is set to earn over $7 million this season in the second of a two-year, $11.9 million deal with Oakland. But the 34-year-old veteran wants more.
Penn, who has started all 16 games in each of the last nine NFL seasons, is not reporting to training camp because he is unhappy with his contract situation, according to Ian Rapoport.
Penn reportedly wants to be paid like a Top 10 left tackle. He played like one last year. He allowed just 28 quarterback pressures in 676 pass-blocking snaps and gave up just one sack, though it was the takedown where Derek Carr broke his fibula.
Penn stands 6-foot-5, weighs 305 pounds, and -- at left tackle -- occupies a crucial position of the offensive line that protects prized quarterback Derek Carr.
The Raiders don't have another solid option at left tackle, unless they disrupt the line and move left guard Kelechi Osemele over.
Penn has seen the Raiders invest heavily in offensive linemen since he signed on, with massive contract given to Osemele and Rodney Hudson in recent seasons. The Raiders just gave right guard Gabe Jackson a five-year, $56 million contract extension.
The Raiders should have $14.825 million in salary cap space remaining this season after the release of Austin Howard and Taiwan Jones.