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Raiders’ Jon Gruden Discusses Offseason Plans

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The Oakland Raiders have a big offseason ahead of them, with a treasure chest of high-end draft picks and plenty of work to do in free agency as well.

Raiders’ head coach Jon Gruden discussed those plans on the Raiders Podcast Network, via Raiders.com.

“I think there’s a lot of potential for trades, and I think that’s one of the things I’m excited about [with] Mike Mayock,” Gruden said. 

“What he brings to the table, he’s got great resources around the NFL. He’s been in every building, he’s on a first-name basis, everybody knows Mike and I think he’s going to be on the phones quite a bit with the two picks you talked about. Who knows, we may move up with the No. 4 pick, we may move back with that pick. We’ll see how it all unfolds.”

Gruden also discussed the team’s approach to free agency.

We’ve been doing nothing but studying free agents,” Gruden said. “Guys [whose] contracts are up, obviously we aren’t looking to add players that are at the end of their career. We’re looking for blossoming young players, those guys usually don’t get to free agency. The pickings are slim for everybody, but there are a couple diamonds in the rough. We’ll see where the market goes, but you don’t want to spend all your money that you have on a few free agents, you want to try and keep some of that money available in case a trade might develop during the draft.”

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Jets Sign David Fales

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David Fales

The New York Jets have signed veteran quarterback David Fales, who is very familiar with head coach Adam Gase, according to the New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta.

Fales will now backup Luke Falk, who takes over as the starter until Sam Darnold is healthy enough to return.

Fales spent time with Gase while both were with the Miami Dolphins, and while the two were together with the Chicago Bears.

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Steelers Sign Paxton Lynch to Practice Squad

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed veteran quarterback Paxton Lynch to their practice squad.

Lynch, a former first round pick by the Denver Broncos, has been a bust during his career and recently failed to make the Seattle Seahawks final roster following the conclusion of the preseason.

With Mason Rudolph under center in the wake of Ben Roethlisberger’s injury, Lynch becomes another security blank for the Steelers moving forward.

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Raiders Release Jonathan Cooper

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The Oakland Raiders have released veteran guard Jonathan Cooper, according to an official team announcement.

Cooper’s release cleared the necessary roster spot needed for the return of Richie Incognito, who served a two-game suspension.

Cooper has been inactive for the past two weeks.

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