The deal the Raiders worked out with veteran cornerback Eli Apple fell through, according to an ESPN report, which puts them back in the market for help at a position that lacks proven playmakers. The Raiders and Apple had agreed to a one-year contract that would have paid him $6 million next season in free
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."