With defensive end Khalil Mack’s salary off the books, fellow defensive end Bruce Irvin now holds the distinction of being the Raiders’ highest-paid defender and quarterback Derek Carr is being paid more than half what the Raiders 25 defensive players are slated to earn this season combined. By trading Mack on Saturday, the Raiders freed
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."