Gutierrez: Raiders Wise to Pass on Moss


Gutierrez: Raiders Wise to Pass on Moss


ALAMEDA - The Raiders were 14th in the waiver wire order today and though receiver Randy Moss was there for the taking, they took a pass.Good for them.The thinking was Oakland might take a chance on the noted malcontent to kick the Raiders offense into a higher gear because A) Al Davis has said before that he never wanted to part with the mercurial receiver in the first place and B) the Raiders are thin at wide receiver.Thankfully for the blossoming Raiders, they plugged their nose and turned away.We looked at everything, in terms of whats best for our football team, and I just feel like, right now, were O.K., coach Tom Cable said. Were getting healthier at (receiver), meaning (Louis) Murphys doing fine, (Chaz) Schilens is coming along. I think were doing O.K.The Raiders have won their last two games by a combined 92-17, have gained more than 1,000 yards of offense and have a young, impressionable roster. Moss has quit on his last four teams Minnesota, Oakland, New England, Minnesota again so why throw that into the mix?
Moss was a lost cause when not motivated in Oakland in 2005 and 2006, after being acquired for a first-round draft pick and linebacker Napoleon Harris. Then the Raiders shipped Moss to the Patriots for a fourth-round choice.The Raiders have too many positives going right now to mess with the vibe and tempt fate.Straight cash, homie?So good luck to the Tennessee Titans, who picked him up with the No. 22 waiver priority. It should also serve as a notice, of sorts, to Moss 21 other teams said, no thanks.

Cousins buys chocolate from kids for charity, donates bars to flight staff

Cousins buys chocolate from kids for charity, donates bars to flight staff

DeMarcus Cousins leads the NBA in technical fouls. He also leads the league in scowls and he’s even kicked over a few garbage cans following the Kings' loss to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. But that’s just a small portion of who he is.

According to a source that travels with the team, Cousins went out of his way Sunday morning to make an impact in the lives of a couple of local youth in Chicago.

Kids were selling chocolate bars outside the team’s hotel trying to earn money for charity. Plenty of people walked by, avoiding the youth, but Cousins stopped, reached into his pocket and purchased all of the boxes they had to sell.

Later on in the day, Cousins donated the candy to the flight service staff for use on the flight to Detroit.

Cousins gets plenty of negative press for his antics on the floor, but off the court, he is extremely generous. He plays Santa-Cuz during the holidays, buying gifts for underprivileged children in Sacramento and his hometown of Mobile, Alabama. He has also purchased a new scoreboard for a local high school and even paid for the funeral of a local high school football player who lost his life in a drive-by shooting.

No one is perfect, Cousins included, but he also has a genuinely good side that he often doesn’t seek or receive press for.


Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.

On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.

Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.

Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”

Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.

Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.

Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.

Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.

If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.