In Jon Gruden’s first tenure as Raiders head coach, 33-year-old Anthony Newman was signed to play strong safety and Gruden persuaded 38-year-old Albert Lewis to put off retirement for one more season. The more experience on the back end of the defense, the better. That likely won’t help 34-year-old Reggie Nelson, who is an unrestricted
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."