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Jared Veldheer a hot commodity? While both Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen have said they want to retain left tackle Jared Veldheer, they are not the only ones interested in procuring his services. According to several reports, the Arizona Cardinals have made a big push for Veldheer, which would reunite him with former Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer. And while it is believed the ...
Report: Oakland Raiders' Jacoby Ford to be free agent The Raiders have more salary-cap room than any NFL team, but receiver Jacoby Ford is headed to free agency, according to one report. So what's the deal in Oakland?
Buying or Selling: Latest Buzz on the Oakland Raiders' Free Agency Rumor Mill With more salary cap space to spend than any other NFL team, the Oakland Raiders should be the subject of many rumors leading up to and during the 2014 free agency period. Thus far, it has become clear that when it comes to leaking information, the new Raiders management regime is no different than the one prior, keeping as quiet as possible ahead of any moves to be made. Yet with so many ...
Oakland Raiders Need to Stay Away from Champ Bailey It's easy to fall in love with a player whose name is "Champ," especially a Champ whose 16-year career has more than enough accomplishments to land him in Canton. But when that Champ is in his mid-30s, fresh off an injury-plagued season that made him tons of money, it seems as if he's a Champ who just isn't worth taking a chance on. The Denver Broncos said goodbye to cornerback Champ Bailey ...
Oakland Raiders 2014 NFL Mock Draft Tracker What will the Oakland Raiders do in the 2014 NFL draft? Keep track of all the predictions made in our mock drafts leading up to Round 1 on May 8. We said: With more than $65 million in cap space, and positions to fill all over the roster, the Raiders are in desperate need of true playmakers.
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Oakland Raiders Add Pressure During Free Agency by Not Tagging Houston, Veldheer The Oakland Raiders are less than a week away from two of their best players becoming unrestricted free agents. Defensive end Lamarr Houston and left tackle Jared Veldheer will both be able to start talking with other teams in just a few days, which could lead to their departures from the team. Although the Raiders still have an exclusive window to negotiate with Veldheer and Houston until March ...
Top free-agent roundup: AFC West The AFC West produced three playoff teams and the eventual AFC title winner in the Denver Broncos, so it should come as no surprise that many top free agents come from the division. Oakland Raiders reporter Paul Gutierrez, Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold, Kansas City Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher and San Diego Chargers reporter Eric D. Williams break down the top 15: 1. Branden Albert, Chiefs ...
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"Snake" was at the forefront of the Oakland Raiders glory years under Coach John Madden. In his 10 Raider years, the left handed All-America quarterback from Alabama was named to the Pro Bowl five times ('73 to '77) passed for more than 200 yards 36 times in league play, in 1977 led the Raiders to Super Bowl victory over Minnesota. While a Raider he set a record of 143 attempts without an interception, completed 1,182 passes for a Raider record. Enshrined into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.
Kenny "The Snake" Stabler (born December 25, 1945) is a former American football quarterback who played quarterback at the University of Alabama and for the Oakland Raiders under coach John Madden (1970-1984). He is left-handed, and at the time of his pro career left-handed quarterbacks were looked on as being unsuitable for professional football, with a variety of semi-credible excuses being given for this view. One such was that the spin on passes would be the reverse of "normal", resulting in problems for receivers.
Born on Christmas Day 1945 in Foley, Alabama, the left-handed Stabler became a highly touted football player in high school, earning the nickname "The Snake" from his coach after a long, winding touchdown run. He was recruited by Alabama's Paul "Bear" Bryant and joined the team in 1964. In 1965 he led Alabama to a national championship. He finished his career with the Crimson Tide in 1967, having compiled a 28-3-2 record as a starter. He was drafted in the second round of the NFL draft in 1968. Stabler first made his mark in the NFL in a 1972 playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. After entering the game in relief of Daryle Lamonica, he scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter on a 31-yard scramble. The Steelers, however, came back to win on a controversial, deflected pass from Terry Bradshaw to Franco Harris, known in football lore as The Immaculate Reception.
After suffering severe knee injuries, Stabler became less a scrambling quarterback and more a classic, drop-back passer, known for deadly-accurate passes in the 10-to-20 yard range and an uncanny ability to lead late, come-from-behind drives. During the peak of his career he had an impressive receiving corps consisting of sprinter Cliff Branch, sure-handed possession receiver Fred Biletnikoff, and Hall-of-Fame tight end Dave Casper. As a starter in Oakland, Stabler was named AFC player of the year in 1974 and 1976, and was the NFL's passing champion in 1976. In 1977 he guided the Raiders to their first Super Bowl victory, after a narrow playoff victory over the New England Patriots in which he scored the winning touchdown on a surprise quarterback keeper. In the 1977 AFC Playoffs against the Baltimore Colts he threw a crucial 4th quarter pass to Dave Casper that set up a game tying field goal that sent into overtime in which the Raiders eventually won; that incredible 4th quarter pass was dubbed The Ghost To The Post.
In 1980 he was traded to the Houston Oilers for Dan Pastorini, whom Raiders' owner Al Davis regarded as a more effective deep passer. The Oilers in turn saw Stabler as the missing ingredient that could finally get them past the Steelers and into the Super Bowl. Ironically, Pastorini lost the starting job in Oakland to Jim Plunkett after an injury, and Plunkett then led the Raiders over Stabler and the Oilers in the playoffs. Stabler played one more season with Houston and then finished his NFL career with a three-year stint with the New Orleans Saints.
He currently provides color commentary alongside Eli Gold for broadcasts of Alabama football.