Photo by USA Today Part of the decision to trade defensive end Khalil Mack, Jon Gruden said shortly after, was the economics involved with paying him a salary in the neighborhood of quarterback Derek Carr’s $25 million figure last season. Six months later, Gruden traded for wide receiver Antonio Brown and rewarded him with
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."