Before free agency kicks off in mid-March as the main course of player movement in the offseason, the NFL dangles in front of fans the franchise tag as sort of an hors d’oeuvres to whet fans’ appetite. That process commences Tuesday, and here’s how it affects the Raiders. In terms of the Raiders using the franchise
Steve has covered the Raiders in some capacity since their return to Oakland in 1995. He was the full-time beat writer from 1997-2010. for the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News and covered more than 400 NFL games, including four Super Bowls. He also is the co-author of a recently released book titled "Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield."