Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has a full plate right now, with training camp kicking into high gear Friday and, among other things, star defensive player Khalil Mack holding out for a monster contract extension. Yet, he needs to find time to see if he can pry safety Earl Thomas from the Seattle Seahawks. Thomas,
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."