By committing more than $31 million in salary-cap money to linebackers Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski, defensive end Carl Nassib and defensive tackle Maliek Collins next season, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock showed that they recognized it was time to spread the wealth beyond offensive players. Yet, there remains a
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."