Re-signing Justin Ellis earlier this week cost the Raiders $4.375 million for next season and guarantees the fifth-year defensive tackle $8.5 million as part of his three-year extension. The move cut into the Raiders salary-cap space by a decent chunk, with Ellis’ 2018 earnings reducing the Raiders cap room to a shade more than $23
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."