Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has stumbled across a handful of players that should have been locked up by other teams but ended up in a silver-and-black uniform and turned out to be productive players. That’s what good teams do: they find talented players in untenable situations, make their pitch and cash in. Gruden’s list
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."