Jon Gruden dipped into his satchel of cash Thursday and set aside $9 million or so for five players from last season’s team, with running back Jalen Richard, cornerback Daryl Worley and safety Erik Harris accounting for most of that figure. To date, Gruden already has more than one-third of his salary-cap surplus allotted for
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."