For all his considerable charm, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has a way of being rather disingenuous when dismissing things that have been talked about ad nauseam. Make no mistake, he holds all the meaningful cards in terms of whether holdout defensive end Khalil Mack receives a long-term extension or is traded to another team.
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."