Raiders create $2.31M in cap space by reworking LB Nick Kwiatkoski's deal
Kwiatkoski signed a three-year, $21M pact in March 2020 and started a career-high 12 games last season. The Raiders added void years to the deal in March, creating some cap room and did a more traditional restructure this week.While the terms of Wright’s agreement are not in yet, the Raiders’ latest adjustment to the Kwiatkoski contract helped their linebacking corps add an experienced piece. The team now has Wright (140 career starts), Perryman (51), Littleton (51) and Kwiatkoski (34) on its active roster. Nicholas Morrow (29 starts) is on IR to begin the season.
LAS VEGAS – Carl Nassib, a defensive end for the Las Vegas Raiders, has played 74 games in the NFL and said he tries to remember them all.
“And I won’t forget this one,’’ he said Monday night.
It was Nassib’s first regular-season game since becoming the NFL's first active, openly gay player – and he had a starring role.
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With the Raiders and Baltimore Ravens battling it out in overtime on "Monday Night Football," Nassib caused a fumble – with a strip-sack of Ravens star quarterback Lamar Jackson -- that set up the Raiders’ game-winning touchdown in a thrilling, 33-27 victory.
Texans audition veteran CB Dre Kirkpatrick
Kirkpatrick was a longtime Bengals starter, but he has yet to find work this year. He spent 2020 with the Cardinals, appearing in 14 games with 11 starts. He finished out with 56 tackles, seven passes defended, three interceptions and a much softer market than anticipated. He’s since worked out for the Niners, Saints and Patriots, but left all of those visits without a deal. Now 31, Kirkpatrick has totaled 358 tackles, three sacks, 72 passes defensed and 13 interceptions across nine NFL seasons. The Texans could certainly use his help, and it stands to reason that the Buccaneers could also give him a call.
Nassib, 28, publicly came out on June 21.
“I’m happy we got the win on the day I kind of made a little bit of history, which was really, really nice to do,’’ said Nassib. “I had a lot of people come before me in the LGBTQ community that helped me get to where I am, and I’m super thankful for that.’’
Nassib is a backup and was needed more than ever for two reasons: Two other defensive ends suited up because two others were out with injury, and Jackson, the 2019 NFL MVP, is one of the best and most elusive runners in the league.
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Urban Meyer told reporters Tuesday that Tebow's inability to help the special teams portion of Jacksonville's roster cost him his chance at a comeback. "It was special teams," Meyer explained. "This whole roster management is really critical as we journey here into the next two weeks. Two of the special teams phases are tackling and he had never tackled. . . . The tight end position is one of those [positions], and tailback, if you can’t contribute on special teams, that’s a tough go." It's widely believed Tebow has played his last down of competitive football at the highest level.
Jackson was more than solid on Monday, passing for 235 yards and rushing for 86. But with Nassib helping apply pressure, the Ravens superstar wasn’t good enough to propel his team past the Raiders. Especially after Nassib knocked the ball loose while taking down Jackson in the backfield.
Raiders defensive tackle Darius Philon recovered the fumble with 4:31 left in overtime at the Ravens' 27-yard line. Two plays later, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw a 31-yard strike to Zay Jones for the game-winning touchdown. Nassib joined the wild celebration, and not long after drew praise from Raiders head coach Jon Gruden.
“That was big,’’ Gruden said of Nassib’s forced fumble. “He made us a big play at the end of the game.’’
Chances are, Nassib will have opportunities to make others.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Raiders' Carl Nassib makes history and has huge play in his first game since publicly coming out
Bears HC Matt Nagy: Andy Dalton to get increased snaps in next preseason game .
Nagy told reporters Monday that veteran quarterback Andy Dalton remains No. 1 on the depth chart and that he's on track to start Week 1.Nagy told reporters Monday, including Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times, that veteran quarterback Andy Dalton remains No. 1 on the depth chart and that he's on track to start Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams.