The Raiders lost two of their own free agents to other teams Wednesday, but they lessened the sting somewhat by extending one-year tenders to five of their other free agents. Offensive lineman Denver Kirkland, kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, linebacker Shilique Calhoun, LB/DE James Cowser and safety Erik Harris will be back with the Raiders next season,
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."