Nov 15, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Jeremy Chinn (21) and cornerback Rasul Douglas (24) react in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders sign CB Rasul Douglas

The Las Vegas Raiders on Monday announced the signing of free agent cornerback Rasul Douglas.

Terms were not released.

Douglas was waived by the Philadelphia Eagles in September and scooped up by the Carolina Panthers. He played in 14 games (11 starts) this past season, finishing with 62 tackles and nine passes defensed for the Panthers.

Douglas has five career interceptions in 60 games (29 starts). He was selected in the third round of the 2017 draft by the Eagles.

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Jan 10, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Cleveland Browns players including strong safety Karl Joseph (42) and wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) celebrate at the showtime camera against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Browns won 48-37. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders bring back safety Karl Joseph

The Las Vegas Raiders are reuniting with one of their former first-round picks.

Unrestricted free-agent safety Karl Joseph has signed a deal to return to his original team, the team announced Friday.

NFL Network reported Joseph visited with the Raiders on Thursday. No official contract terms were released or reported.

“Man, I’m so excited to be back,” Joseph said on a video clip posted on the Raiders’ official Twitter account. “Ready to get this thing rolling and finish what we started back here, man. Let’s go. Once a Raider, always a Raider.”

The physical safety played with the Cleveland Browns last season after signing a one-year, $2.5 million deal almost a year ago to the day.

Joseph finished tied for third on the Browns with 67 tackles, adding one interception and two fumble recoveries in 2020, when Joseph started in eight of his 14 games. He also started in both of Cleveland’s playoff outings, scoring the opening touchdown on a fumble return just 14 seconds into Cleveland’s 48-37 upset over Pittsburgh in the AFC wild-card round.

Joseph, 27, spent his first four seasons with the Raiders after the team, then based in Oakland, selected him with the 14th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. In five NFL seasons, he has delivered 303 tackles, five interceptions, three sacks and five fumbles recovered.

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Dec 26, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jakeem Grant (19) is tackled by Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Nevin Lawson (26) at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Raiders CB Nevin Lawson suspended two games

Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Nevin Lawson has been suspended for the first two games of the upcoming season for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, multiple media outlets reported.

Lawson, who signed a one-year contract for $1.9 million with the Raiders last month, will miss the season opener for the third straight year.

Lawson, 29, received a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances prior to the 2019 season opener. He also received a one-game ban for using his helmet as weapon in the 2019 season finale against the Denver Broncos, causing him to miss the first game of the 2020 campaign.

Lawson collected a career-high 61 tackles to go along with four pass deflections, two forced fumbles and one sack in 14 games (nine starts) last season. He has 290 tackles, 34 pass deflections, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 88 games (68 starts) with the Detroit Lions and Raiders.

Lawson had four interceptions as a college senior at Utah State in 2013 before being a fourth-round pick by the Lions in 2014.

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Jan 16, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Willie Snead (83) makes a catch during warm ups before an AFC Divisional Round playoff game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Agent: WR Willie Snead signing with Raiders

The Las Vegas Raiders are signing wide receiver Willie Snead IV to a one-year contract, agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN on Friday.

Financial terms were not disclosed for Snead, who will join fellow wideout John Brown as offseason acquisitions by the Raiders. Las Vegas lost wide receiver Nelson Agholor to the New England Patriots free agency.

Snead, 28, recorded 33 receptions for 432 yards with three touchdowns in 13 games last season with the Baltimore Ravens.

He has 275 catches for 3,393 yards and 16 touchdowns in 86 career games with the New Orleans Saints (2015-17) and Ravens (2018-20).

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Dec 17, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) against the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Marcus Mariota takes pay cut, returns to Raiders

Jan 3, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talks with cornerback Steven Nelson (22) during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterback Marcus Mariota is expected to return to the Las Vegas Raiders on a reworked contract that will pay him $3.5 million this season, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

Mariota can earn up to $8 million with incentives.

Either way, it’s a big pay cut for Mariota, who signed a two-year, $17.6 million deal with the Raiders last March to back up Derek Carr. He earned $20.9 million in 2019 with the Tennessee Titans but lost his starting job to Ryan Tannehill and wasn’t re-signed.

Mariota, 27, was scheduled to earn $10.7 million in 2021, but with the money not guaranteed, the Raiders would have cut him had he not agreed to restructure his deal. The reduced 2021 salary cap made that price too high for a backup, and Mariota found himself with limited options as many teams with needs at quarterback have filled their open spots.

The Titans made him the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2015. In 61 career starts, he has a 29-32 record and has thrown for 13,433 yards with 77 touchdowns and 45 interceptions. He also has run for 1,487 yards and added 12 scores.

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Nov 22, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Nevin Lawson (26) tackles Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman (17) at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Raiders CB Nevin Lawson returning on one-year deal

The Las Vegas Raiders are re-signing cornerback Nevin Lawson, according to multiple reports on Saturday.

The deal is for one season, per reports.

Lawson started 14 of 25 games played for the Raiders over the past two seasons. He recorded a career-high 61 tackles last season.

Lawson, 29, spent his first five seasons for the Detroit Lions and started 54 of 63 games played. He returned a fumble for touchdown during the 2017 season.

Despite playing in 88 career games, Lawson doesn’t have an interception.

Lawson had four interceptions as a college senior at Utah State in 2013 before being a fourth-round pick by the Lions in 2014.

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Jan 3, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake (41) reacts in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. The Rams defeated the Cardinals 18-7. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Raiders signing RB Kenyan Drake to 2-year deal

Jan 3, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Seattle Seahawks fullback Nick Bellore (44) blocks for running back Chris Carson (32) against the San Francisco 49ers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Las Vegas Raiders are signing free agent running back Kenyan Drake to a two-year deal worth up to $14.5 million, ESPN and NFL Network reported Thursday.

He gets an $11 million contract with incentives that could earn him another $3.5 million, per the reports.

Drake finished 10th in the NFL last season with 10 rushing touchdowns in Arizona while two-year Raiders starting RB Josh Jacobs tied for fourth with 12. Jacobs made the Pro Bowl last season.

Drake was traded by Miami to the Cardinals during the 2019 season and made an immediate impact, rushing for eight TDs in eight games. He made David Johnson expendable and the Cardinals parlayed him into wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins ahead of the 2020 season.

Drake was selected in the third round of the 2016 draft by the Miami Dolphins. He has rushed for 3,130 yards (4.5 yards per carry) and 27 TDs in 77 games (37 starts) for the Dolphins and Cardinals. He also has six career receiving TDs on 169 receptions out of the backfield.

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Nov 17, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders offensive guard Richie Incognito (64) before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Raiders re-sign 4-time Pro Bowl G Richie Incognito

Over a week after being released from the team as a salary-cap casualty, the Las Vegas Raiders plan to re-sign four-time Pro Bowl guard Richie Incognito, NFL Network reported Wednesday.

Per the report, the Raiders will sign him to a one-year contract worth up to $2.62 million, including $1.1 million in guaranteed money. The move ended up saving the Raiders nearly $3 million in cap room in 2021.

Incognito played in only two games in 2020 before he was placed on injured reserve in September with a season-ending Achilles injury. Per a separate report last week, the 37-year-old Incognito has completely recovered and hopes to play next season.

After sitting out the 2018 season, Incognito signed a two-year deal with the Raiders in 2019 and started 12 games that season. He missed the first two games of the campaign while serving an NFL-mandated suspension for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy.

Incognito, whose past includes a well-documented bullying incident with former Miami Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin, has 13 seasons of NFL experience. He also did not play during the 2014 season.

A third-round draft pick in 2005 by the then-St. Louis Rams, the 6-foot-4 guard has played in 164 games (all starts) with the Rams (2006-09), Buffalo Bills (2009, 2015-17), Dolphins (2010-13) and Raiders (2019 in Oakland, 2020 in Las Vegas).

Earlier Wednesday it was three-time Pro Bowl center Rodney Hudson who was a cap victim, with the Raiders dealing him to Arizona for a third-round pick. The team also re-signed tackle Denzelle Good on a two-year, $8.36 million deal, per NFL Network.

The Raiders have spent most of free agency attempting to upgrade their defense, which allowed 29.9 points per game in 2020 (third-most in the NFL). They reeled in DT Quinton Jefferson on Wednesday and before that added several other free agents on the defensive line — including Yannick Ngakoue (two years, $26 million), Johnathan Hankins (one year, $3.5 million) and Solomon Thomas (one year, up to $5 million). They also re-signed linebacker Nicholas Morrow on a reported one-year, $5 million deal.

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Dec 26, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders center Rodney Hudson (61) reacts as he walks off the field following the game against the Miami Dolphins at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals acquire C Rodney Hudson, sign WR A.J. Green

Aug 18, 2020; Thousand Oaks California, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Malcolm Brown (34) is defended by safety John Johnson III (43) during training camp at Cal Lutheran University. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Center Rodney Hudson was traded from the Las Vegas Raiders to the Arizona Cardinals for a third-round pick on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

Hudson was informed he would be released earlier in the week, but the Raiders reconsidered when the Cardinals increased their trade offer to a third-rounder, NFL Network reported. The Cardinals announced the move and said the terms of the deal include a seventh-round pick being returned from the Raiders.

A three-time Pro Bowl pick, Hudson turns 32 in July and twice was awarded with contracts from the Raiders that made him the highest-paid player at the position. That includes a three-year, $33.75 million extension with the Raiders in August 2019.

Hudson missed only one game the past five seasons. He joined the Raiders in 2015 as an unrestricted free agent after four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Cardinals have been busy adding veterans with name value.

Also on Wednesday, Arizona agreed to a one-year deal with wide receiver A.J. Green worth up to $8.5 million with $6 million guaranteed, ESPN reported.

Green, 32, struggled to regain his form last season after making the Pro Bowl in his first seven seasons in Cincinnati. He had 47 catches for 523 yards with two touchdowns in 2020.

Earlier in the month, Arizona made a major splash with the addition of defensive lineman J.J. Watt. Watt requested his release from the Houston Texans and chose to sign a two-year, $31 million deal with the Cardinals.

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Dec 26, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders center Rodney Hudson (61) reacts as he walks off the field following the game against the Miami Dolphins at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Raiders release C Rodney Hudson

Aug 22, 2020; Flowery Branch, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takk McKinley loosens up during training camp at the Falcons training facility. Mandatory Credit: Curtis Compton/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Three-time Pro Bowl center Rodney Hudson was informed he will be released by the Las Vegas Raiders, according to multiple reports.

In a complete overhaul of the front five, Hudson becomes the fourth regular starter on the Raiders’ offensive line to hit the market with only offensive tackle Kolton Miller remaining.

Hudson’s cap charge of more than $15 million can be spread over the next two seasons as a June 1 designated release.

Hudson will turn 32 in July and twice was awarded with contracts from the Raiders that made him the highest-paid player at the position. That includes a three-year, $33.75 million extension with the Raiders in August 2019.

Hudson missed only one game the past five seasons. He joined the Raiders in 2015 as an unrestricted free agent after four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.

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