The Raiders are reportedly "considering" hiring Stanford co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Jason Tarver as new coach Dennis Allen's defensive coordinator.ESPN reported the interest, and there have been rumblings that Tarver has already accepted the job, though a source at Stanford could not corroborate the report. The Raiders have also not made any comment.Tarver, 37, and a Phi Beta Kappa, has a B.S. degree in chemistry, a master's degree in biochemistry and molecular biology and twice received the departmental prize for distinguished teaching at UCLA. Football-wise, he just finished his first season at Stanford after 10 years with the 49ers as an offensive quality control assistant, an assistant running backs coach, offensive assistant and outside linebackers coach. He was the Cardinal's co-D.C. with Derek Mason, though Mason called the plays.While not exactly an after-thought, the Raiders' defensive coordinator position is thought to be somewhat ceremonial as Allen is a defensive-minded coach having served as Denver's D.C. last season. Still, Allen said he did not believe a head coach could be effective as a head coach if he is calling plays.Since being introduced on Monday, Allen has seemingly been rebuffed in his attempts to hire a defensive coordinator. The Raiders have reportedly been denied permission by Denver and New Orleans to interview Broncos linebackers coach Richard Smith and Saints defensive line coach Bill Johnson.Another purported candidate with a relationship to Allen, Kansas City defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas, decided to stay with the Chiefs and former 49ers and San Diego defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, who reportedly interviewed with the Raiders, was hired this week by Indianapolis.Other names linked to the Raiders and Allen are 49ers secondary coach Ed Donatell, who has been a defensive coordinator in Green Bay (2000-03) and Atlanta (2004-2006), and Green Bay cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr.
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.