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New England Patriots v Denver Broncos

The Oakland Raiders have agreed to terms with defensive end Andre Carter, according to multiple reports.

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Seattle Seahawks v Denver Broncos

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Update 4:28 pm

The Carson Palmer era in Oakland was nothing to write home about, and it appears the Raiders have decided to move on with a new Quarterback of the future.

Jason La Canfora reports Matt Flynn will become a Raider. The 28-year-old spent last season backing up Russell Wilson in Seattle.

From La Canforfa:

The Raiders are expected to complete a trade for Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn. shortly, according to league sources. The Raiders have been talking to Seattle about him recently, as had the Bills and Jaguars. Oakland is looking for options to replace Carson Palmer, who is to make $13 million for 2013 and has balked at a pay cut.  The Seahawks are looking to move Flynn’s $5 million salary and give him a chance to start elsewhere, and they will consider Tyler Thigpen among the options to replace Flynn as Russell Wilson’s backup, sources said.

We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

Arizona Cardinals v Seattle Seahawks

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders have shown interest in  Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Matt Flynn.

Flynn signed a free agent deal with the Seattle Seahawks in the last off season with the expectations that he would be the Seahawks’ starting QB, only to lose his job to rookie Russell Wilson.

Flynn only appeared in 3 games with the Seahawks last season, completing 5 passes on 9 attempts for 68 yards.

veldheersize

Okay. So, I know you’re probably going to see this picture and your attention will be immediately drawn to Jared Veldheer, the 325 pound offensive lineman for the Oakland Raiders, and rightfully so. It appears as though Veldheer’s diet consists exclusively of titan shank and X-Men blood.

However, I beseech you to look to Veldheer’s left in order to attain the proper perspective.

Those three men are likely the biggest fish in the majority of ponds. They are without a doubt the muskies of their respective lakes. They all weigh in excess of 200 pounds, and they’re all absolutely dwarfed by Veldheer. They look like miniature Mousketeers next to the offensive tackle.

I’m unsure if they’re his friends, or merely an appetizer for the main course.

According to Silver & Black Pride, Veldheer has been beefing up in preparation for the Raiders switch back to a power blocking scheme. I’d imagine that his off-season routine is probably a good start to ensuring more playing time this coming year.

Raiders sign Kaluka Maiava

Cleveland Browns v Indianapolis Colts

The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent linebacker Kaluka Maiava to a three-year, $6 million contract. The Former Cleveland Brown was drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He appeared in all sixteen games for the Browns in the last two seasons.

 

 

Last season, he collected 35 solo tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles.

Initially I had Terrelle Pryor’s name in the headline. So be it. To be frank the Quarterback situation in Oakland may be the worst in the league — fans of the Jets, Bills, Chiefs and Jaguars have legitimate claims to to that mantel.

Carson Palmer has left the game after being jacked up by Panthers pass rusher extraordinaire Greg Hardy. Unfortunately for everyone involved — most especially Carson — the hit was illegal.

The few of you who started the Panthers defence today are in luck. Palmer’s one completion on the day was to fellow Quarterback Terrelle Pryor. You can’t make this up.

Update 2:04pm:

Throughout the season our Madden Nostradamus has given us many bits of wisdom, all of which come from the video game machine’s inner oracle powers. No doubt you’ve used every one of them for your Thursday night fantasy decisions, including starting Kevin Ogletree in Week 1. If we can’t trust a video game, I’m not sure that I can live in this world anymore.

But this week’s sim led us to a strong conclusion. Namely, START DARREN MCFADDEN TONIGHT.

We (and by that I mean Scott Johnson, our Madden maestro) usually do this sim on Wednesday mornings, because despite all appearances to the contrary, there’s some degree of preparation required to produce most of the content which appears on this Internet writing space. So we sometimes have to make a very educated guess about injury statuses, and the expected workload of players who may be playing in a limited capacity.

It’s Week 14, and that process hasn’t taken a big bite our of our collective asses yet. That ends now.

We knew Darren McFadden would most likely, almost definitely play this week, but prior to doing this sim exactly how much work he would receive remained uncertain. So we went conservative, and kept Marcel Reece slotted in. And whatever, because McFadden will bust a body part on his second carry tonight anyway.

What Madden then told us through Reece is that you need to start Raiders running back X in all fantasy lineups.

Use your imagination while watching the virtual reality below (*head asplodes*), and pretend Reece is McFadden It really doesn’t matter, because either way Madden’s message is clear. The Raiders running back who’s the starting running back is a running back that you need on your roster tonight.

Yeah, that just happened. The Raiders beat the Broncos 20-3. Madden cares little for your facts and history, and the Broncos’ real-life spanking of the Raiders earlier this year in Week 4, winning 37-6.

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