It’s not very common for teams to give up on first-round draft picks the way Raiders head coach Jon Gruden did with cornerback Gareon Conley, especially when that player was an every-game starter. But the reason is at the root of a larger issue that Gruden wants changed. Former Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie selected
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."