by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/14/14) The Raiders signed free agent defensive end Antonio Smith on Friday, the team announced. Smith has 41.5 career sacks. He registered posted 50 tackles (27 solo), five sacks, one forced fumble and one pass defensed last season with the Texans.
Tarell Brown crosses the bay, signs with Raiders
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/14/14) Former 49ers cornerback Tarell Brownagreed on a deal with the crosstown team, the Raiders, on Friday, according to the 49ers' team website. He signed a one-year, $3.5 million guaranteed deal with Oakland.
For the first time since his rookie season, Brown did not record an interception in 2013. He had 32 tackles and 10 defended passes over 13 games with San Francisco last season.
Raiders add veteran LaMarr Woodley
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/13/14) The Raiders beefed up their defense with another addition Thursday, as ESPN.com reports the team has agreed a two-year deal with free-agent linebacker LaMarr Woodley. The deal has a maximum value of $12 million, according to the report.
Woodley spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Steelers, recording three straight double-digit sack seasons. Unfortunately, injuries have limited the 29-year-old's effectiveness recently, as he finished the 2013 season with just five sacks in 11 games.
Raiders sign Justin Tuck
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/13/14) Defensive end Justin Tucksigned with the Raiders on a two-year, $11 million deal, reports the New York Daily News.
The report says Tuck, who played for the Giants for nine seasons, even gave his former team the chance to match the offer. He had 11 sacks in 2013.
"Everyone talks about once you turn 30, it’s all downhill," Tuck said. "I don't believe in that. I don't look at myself in that regard. I feel like I have a lot of great football left in me."
Charles Woodson could retire if deal not right
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (2/28/14) Defensive back Charles Woodson wants to return to the Raiders in 2014, and both general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen have said they want the 16-year veteran back, reports ESPN.
But if Woodson does not receive what he considers a fair contract offer from Oakland he said he is ready to retire.
"If the right numbers don't come across, for myself and from the team's standpoint, then it's a serious consideration. ... I could have played my last season in the NFL," Woodson told SiriusXM NFL radio on Thursday. "So that's definitely something that I think about. I do plan on playing another year. Hopefully something can get done with the Raiders, but if not, then I've got to take a real hard look at last year being the last one."
Woodson, 37, played all but seven defensive snaps last season. He finished with 97 tackles, third on the team, with two sacks, an interception, three forced fumbles and two fumbles recoveries.
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The Raiders DST has a lot of work to do before Fantasy owners can count on them. In 2012, the Raiders were among the worst DST options with just 117 Fantasy points in a standard league. They had only 11 interceptions, 25 sacks and nine fumble recoveries while allowing 443 points. In the past two years, the Raiders have allowed 876 points, which is ridiculously bad. Until things start to change on defense, you canít count on the Raiders DST as anything more than a bye-week replacement in the deepest of leagues. Based on the stats, itís easy to pass on the Raiders DST on Draft Day. (Updated 4/26/13)