One of the benefits for the Raiders to trading defensive end Khalil Mack was freeing up almost $14 million in salary-cap room right away, in addition to avoiding a much-bigger burden for five seasons or more by not signing him to a long-term extension. However, a large chunk of that newfound money already has been
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."